The best NYC concerts and music festivals in October

Spend some quality time with Lykke Li, Jessie Ware, Foster the People, First Aid Kit and the Allman Brothers in October

Photograph: Michael J. Chen
Lykke Li performs at the Apollo Theater on May 15, 2014.

Hercules and Love Affair | Verboten; Oct 2

New York's favorite house collective is bringing the party to Verboten, Williamsburg's brand-new megaclub. HALA is touring behind new album The Feast of the Broken Heart, which features the group's signature mix of introspective lyrics and floor-pounding beats, both courtesy of producer and frontman Andy Butler. Expect appearances by regular collaborators like singer-songwriter John Grant and DJ Kim Ann Foxman, and, of course, plan on dancing till dawn.

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Lykke Li | Radio City Music Hall; Oct 4

The shadowy Swedish songsmith plays cuts from her soul-baring latest, I Never Learn, which comes off like the modern-day counterpart to an immersive Phil Spector affair. Wallowing has rarely sounded so gorgeous.

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Radio City Music Hall

Modern Sky Festival | Central Park, Rumsey Playfield; Oct 4, 5

Beijing's Modern Sky Festival hosts its first U.S. edition at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield, presenting an eclectic lineup of indie-rock bands while showcasing a handful of intriguing Chinese groups. Headliners for the first night include reunited noise punks the Blood Brothers, art-rock faves Liars and a tribute to Nigerian funk musician William Onyeabor starring saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, Sinkane and others. Night two features indie crooner Cat Power, Canadian pop band Stars and songwriter supergroup the Both, comprised of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo.

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Central Park, Rumsey Playfield Sat Oct 4 - Sun Oct 5

Perfume Genius + Matteah Baim | Music Hall of Williamsburg; Oct 7

Delicately melancholic singer-songwriter Perfume Genius (real name Mike Hadreas) plays fractured, dark indie pop, utilizing a piano and minimal instrumentation. The glitzy synth shimmer of “Queen,” the first single off the new album, Too Bright, however, demonstrates an expanding sound palette and slightly sunnier affect.

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Foxygen + Dub Thompson | Music Hall of Williamsburg; Oct 8

After canceling performances during the tour for its third LP, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, Cali psych-pop duo Foxygen (which strikes us as a gentler, cuddlier version of MGMT) is back with a fresh single (the jangly "How Can You Really"), a big NYC show and, yes, a jumbo-size new album, …And Star Power.

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Allen Stone + Bad Rabbits + Bruno Major | Terminal 5; Oct 9

With his fedora and scruffy antigrooming, Allen Stone may look like a garden-variety Washington Square Park neohippie, but good golly, can this boy sing. Fans of Lewis Taylor, John Mayer and Raphael Saadiq will dig Stone's breathy, smooth voice and mellifluous way with melody; and if you're already a fan, you'll be happy to know that Stone's got a new album out this year—via Capitol, no less—so chances are he'll be airing some fresh tunes. Funkadelic-style soul-rock crew Bad Rabbits and dreamy London singer-songwriter Bruno Major open.

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Judas Priest + Steel Panther | Barclays Center; Oct 9. Izod Center; Oct 17.

Metal fans across the globe shed a tear three summers ago when it seemed that the juggernaut that is Judas Priest would be embarking on its final tour. But the band recently decided that its 16-album discography was simply too scant, and this fall, it's gallivanting across the nation in support of a much-buzzed new LP, Redeemer of Souls. If you've yet to witness Rob Halford and his legendary hell-bent-for-leather quintet in action, you'd better get moving—and if you think they've lost a move over the years, you've definitely got another thing coming. L.A.’s Steel Panther, which both sends up and revels in its hometown’s illustrious tradition of glam-metal bombast, sets the stage.

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Bastille | Radio City Music Hall; Oct 9, 10

Fast-rising Brit quartet Bastille manages to mesh an ’80s postpunk moodiness with perky, dramatic beats—not a million miles from Ed Sheeran singing with the Pet Shop Boys. Its sophomore album has purportedly been delayed due to extensive touring, but we figure that means you can expect a well-oiled show.

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Iceage + Helm | Bowery Ballroom; Oct 12

Breakout band Iceage turned heads in 2011 with its killer debut, New Brigade, a messy, impassioned and surprisingly hooky art-punk salvo. The Copenhagen quartet plays here in support of its flailing, fuzzed-out 2013 Matador debut, You're Nothing. Also on board is London experimentalist Luke Younger, a.k.a. Helm.

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King Diamond | Best Buy Theater; Oct 14

The rumors are true: The Danish heavy-metal kingpin finally returns stateside for a full North American tour. Beyond gratuitous facepaint, this Danish heavy-metal legend's live antics famously include microphones made from femurs, the ritual sacrifice of Satanic dolls, and a real human skull named “Melissa”—so expect some mayhem when he promises the show to be his biggest production yet.

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