The best NYC concerts and music festivals in September

Tom Petty, the Black Keys, Lorde, Lily Allen and the Replacements will rock the NYC concert stages in September

Photograph: Michael J. Chen
Lorde performs at Roseland Ballroom on March 10, 2014.

Die Antwoord | Terminal 5; Sept 9

It seems like an eternity ago (2010, for those keeping track) that the Web reached a collective frothing point over the Die Antwoord’s early videos, which chronicled a surreally scuzzy South African subculture known as zef. But the Cape Town dance-rap collective still turns heads now and again with statements such as this year's "Pitbull Terrier" vid, which featured prosthetics, a whole lot of fake blood and some very transformative spit. Here, the crew hits Terminal 5 in support of its recent third LP, Donker Mag.

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Terminal 5

Karen O | Manderly Bar at The McKittrick Hotel; Sept 9–11. Le Poisson Rouge; Sept 12.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs only release albums every three years or so, and that's a long time to go without a Karen O fix. Luckily, the incandescent frontwoman's solo debut, Crush Songs, is out in September on  Julian Casablancas's Cult Records. She's playing four intimate hometown shows in honor of the record, so be sure to get your tickets to see one of NYC's rock idols up close and personal.

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Spoon | Central Park, Rumsey Playfield; Sept 10

During a wildly acclaimed 20-year career, Britt Daniel & Co. have risen far beyond their roots as indie-rock underdogs. "Rent I Pay," the sassy, driving lead single from the new They Want My Soul, finds the Austin institution in a comfortable, unmistakably Spoon-y groove.

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Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

Chromeo + Big Freedia | Central Park, Rumsey Playfield; Sept 12

Canadian duo Chromeo hits the stage for a live set of super-fun (and enjoyably cheesy at times) electronic R&B stylings, playing from its recent album, White Women. Starting the show is booty-shaking extroardinaire Big Freedia, NOLA's biggest and best "sissy bounce" performer.

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Central Park, Rumsey Playfield Until Thu Jun 4

Glass Animals | Music Hall of Williamsburg; Sept 15

When Glass Animals frontman Dave Bayley first posted the band’s R&B-laced indie-pop online in 2010, the response was immediate and favorable, prompting him to quickly take the songs down. Come again? The truth was that Bayley was pursuing his medical degree, and like a good English chap, he didn’t want to get too wrapped up in all of this music hoo-ha. Two years later, with studies complete, it was time for Glass Animals, Take 2. The Oxford group reemerged, its hypnotic blend of smooth electronic grooves and funkified indie rock garnering heavy buzz. Here, the group plays behind its recent debut, Zaba—a lush, intricately crafted effort, deftly balancing bass-heavy tropical rhythms and Bayley’s airy croon.

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Music Hall of Williamsburg

Citizen Cope | Terminal 5; Sept 17, 18

With his mellifluous croon and warm arrangements, Basehead associate Citizen Cope is the Jack Johnson of soul. Not a bad thing in our book. At this big show, the self-proclaimed urban poet celebrates the 10th anniversary of his album The Clarence Greenwood Recordings, which featured heart-tuggers like "Sideways."

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King Crimson | Best Buy Theater; Sept 18–21

Of all the great prog-era dinosaurs still roaming the earth, Robert Fripp's 46-year-old art-rock institution has remained the most committed to reinvention. Every time the group reemerges—e.g., in its fierce, angular early-’70s incarnation, or its sleekly modernized early-’80s one—it's typically a butterfly-from-a-cocoon situation. Word has it that there's no fresh material in the works this time around, but the debut of a three-drummer septet lineup (dubbed a "Seven-Headed Beast" by Fripp) is news in and of itself. All hail.

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