The best NYC concerts and music festivals in November

Julian Casablancas, alt-J, the New Pornographers and St. Lucia highlight our recommended NYC concerts this month

Photograph: Michael J. Chen
Julian Casablancas + the Voidz perform at Governors Ball on June 6, 2014.

Freddie Gibbs | Rough Trade NYC; Nov 3

Coming off fantastic summer collaborations with the World's Freshest and Madlib, the Indiana native is bringing his gritty rhymes and dazzling flows to Brooklyn. If we're lucky, he'll show off some new material from his upcoming second album, Eastside Slim.

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Rough Trade NYC

BABYMETAL | Hammerstein Ballroom (at the Manhattan Center); Nov 4

Over-the-top spectacle is part of metal's DNA, but when it comes to pure batshit bombast, BABYMETAL might just have everyone from Alice Cooper to Iron Maiden beat. This Japanese import juxtaposes the fizzy J-pop song-and-dance of three pixieish teens with mercilessly steroidal shred, raging pyrotechnics and camp-macabre chills. BABYMETAL’s NYC debut ought to fulfill your yearly WTF quota and then some.

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Hammerstein Ballroom (at the Manhattan Center)

Mac DeMarco | Terminal 5; Nov 4

The reigning hooligan king of indie pop, Mac DeMarco, peddles pouty, surreally stylized lo-fi tunage in support of a new LP, Salad Days. The impish outsider-lite-rocker has been busy on the local festival circuit recently, playing Northside and 4Knots this summer (not to mention a sold-out show at Webster Hall). In case you missed all three chances, here's your opportunity to catch the Canuck live.

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Terminal 5

FIXED: The Magician + JDH and Dave P with The Deep

Critics' pick

JDH and Dave P head to Output for another edition of their FIXED fiesta, dedicated to the outer reaches of house, techno, electro and disco. The night's big name is sonic sorcerer the Magician (a.k.a. Stephen Fasano), formerly of Belgium's erstwhile nouveau-disco duo Aeroplane. With NYC based DJ collective “The Deep” in the Panther Room all night, there's absolutely no excuse for missing this party.

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Output Until Wed Nov 5

Stevie Wonder | Madison Square Garden; Nov 6

Stevie Wonder. Songs in the Key of Life. Madison Square Garden. Yeah, it's actually happening. Elder statesman of pop Wonder isn't usually the type to dwell on past glories, but hey, this time he is. You've read the best-of lists, and you know the tunes. Forget other artists who ride the nostalgia wave until it crashes—Wonder's treating only 12 cities to this tour through pop history.

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Madison Square Garden

Kimbra + Empress Of | Bowery Ballroom; Nov 6

Heat-seeking New Zealand songstress Kimbra is much more than the crystal-clear–voiced cameo artist on Gotye's 2011 viral hit, "Somebody That I Used to Know." As a follow-up to 2012's Vows, a heavily rhythmic jazz-and-soul-inflected pop concoction, the 24-year-old recently released The Golden Echo, which promises to earn her the stateside name recognition she enjoys at home.

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Bowery Ballroom

Body/Head + Nate Young's Regression Nightmare + Steven Baczkowski | Union Pool; Nov 6, 7

Staking out fresh creative territory following the dissolution of both her artistic and romantic partnerships with Thurston Moore, ex–Sonic Youther Kim Gordon has promoted Body/Head—with Massachusetts noise/improv-scene fixture Bill Nace—from experimental side outlet to full-time gig. The blend of the pair’s six-string crackle and hiss with Gordon’s haunted moans scan as the sound of a mind, and maybe a heart, unraveling. Also on the bill are Wolf Eyes' Nate Young and avant-noiseman Steven Baczkowski.

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Union Pool

ReSolute: Bob Moses + Oskar Offermann b2b Edward + Black Light Smoke (live) + Lauren Ritter

Scissor and Thread's Bob Moses (the oddly named team of Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie) headlines at this secret-location soiree, thrown by party-starting powerhouse ReSolute. Berlin's Oskar Offerman plays a special back-to-back set with Edward, Jordan "Black Light Smoke" Lieb lays down his eccentric electronics in a live performance, and the opening set comes courtesy of ReSolute resident Lauren Ritter.

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Location TBA 08 Nov 2014
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