Things to do in New York this fall: Top 20 concerts to see in NYC

From a star-studded Central Park charity event to death-metal titans and hip-hop heat-seekers, we've got the goods on who to hear this season

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  • It's been a long, hot summer for big concerts in New York City…but hey, it's not like you want to slow down now, or you wouldn't live here in the first place. No, as the fall arrives and the students repopulate local schools—and, more importantly, nightclubs and concert halls—we're all seized once again with an urge to remember what's best about New York in Autumn. And just like that, a fresh wave of big events comes along like clockwork. If you're feeling civic minded, or just want to witness the legendary Stevie Wonder without paying cash, Global Citizen returns for another year of star-studded consciousness raising. Rock the Bells celebrates its 10th anniversary with hip-hop's elite—including, ummm, "Virtual ODB." Kathleen Hanna's new band the Julie Ruin and freshly exhumed death-metal combo Carcass are just a few more of the concerts you must check out this year.

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    Fall concerts: The Julie Ruin

    Riot-grrrl icon Kathleen Hanna, of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, bounces back from a long, painful hiatus with a fierce new band, the Julie Ruin, whose recently issued LP Run Fast marks Hanna's fierce, inspiring return to form. Kinetic pop-punksters Swearin' open. Bowery Ballroom, Sept 3

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    Fall concerts: Icona Pop

    The sassy Swedish electropop duo of Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo hits New York with the benefit of having scored one of 2013's zeitgeist singles: "I Love It," a sleek bit of irresistibly tuneful nihilism. Webster Hall, Sept 20; Music Hall of Williamsburg, Sept 25

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    Fall concerts: Flag!

    It's been a mess of a year for Black Flag fans. This past January, founder-guitarist Greg Ginn announced that he was rescuscitating the group in revamped form for a new album and tour, while a cadre of other former members—including original vocalist Keith Morris (also of the excellent Off!), bass standout Chuck Dukowski and drummer Bill Stevenson—proclaimed that they’d be staging their own series of greatest-hits-style gigs under the Flag! moniker. The behind-the-scenes drama rages on, but you'd do well to put all that out of your head; just show up and plan to scream yourself hoarse along with hardcore chestnuts such as "My War," "Six Pack" and "Revenge." Irving Plaza, Sept 19

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    Fall concerts: Vampire Weekend

    First: the charming album. Second: the clever and charming album. Third: This year's triumphant Modern Vampires of the City is Vampire Weekend's most charming, smart full length to date. Don't pass up the chance to see NYC's preppiest heroes in action, playing on home turf tonight in the splendid company of It girls Solange Knowles and Sky Ferreira. Barclays Center, Sept 20

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    Fall concerts: Lionel Richie

    “Tam bo li de say de moi ya!” Do you know what that means? Of course not! Will that stop you from singing along and following up with a joyous “Hey Jambo Jumbo!” in the middle-eight section of "All Night Long"? Oh hell no! The Commodores singer with the voice as smooth as an eel in oil hits town on a tour entitled "All the hits, All night long." We can't tell you how excited this makes us. Barclays Center, Sept 24

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    Fall concerts: Carcass

    British extreme-metal institution Carcass, which negotiated a transition from raw goregrind demos to regal twin-guitar heroics and catchy melodic-death hooks in just a decade before disbanding, reunited for a victory lap in 2007. Now, in what must be the most unexpected reunion of the year—sorry, Sabs!—founding guitarist Bill Steer and scorch-throated frontman Jeff Walker return with a new Carcass lineup, a vicious album (Surgical Steel) and a compelling opener in NYC veteran crew Immolation. Saint Vitus, Sept 25; Gramercy Theatre, Sept 26

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    Fall concerts: Neko Case

    The flame-haired songstress with the golden voice returns with a new solo album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. If the music is as knockout ambitious as its defiant title, we have high hopes it may be Case's best yet. Radio City Music Hall, Sept 26

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    Fall concerts: Atoms for Peace

    Of course you're curious about Thom Yorke's other band, the all-star busman's holiday with Nigel Godrich, Flea, Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco. The group's debut album, Amok, has an understatedly funky shimmer, a bit like Radiohead summoning Fela and Curtis Mayfield, while Brian Eno and Kip Hanrahan wrestle over the mixing board. If you followed that reference, you've probably got your tickets already. Barclays Center, Sept 27

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    Fall concerts: Global Citizen Festival with Stevie Wonder + Kings of Leon + Alicia Keys + John Mayer

    Returning for a second year with another big bash in Central Park, Global Citizen allows you to earn your way in to catch Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer by performing civic-minded acts, with a goal of eliminating extreme poverty around the globe by 2030. Get started by visiting globalcitizen.org. Central Park Great Lawn, Sept 28

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    Fall concerts: Massive Attack

    Though dour Brits Massive Attack may keep a low profile, it hasn't stopped them from spawning an entire music genre—trip hop, in the ’90s—with an influence that reverberates to this day, in the sounds of bands like the xx and the Weeknd. Don't miss your chance to see the real deal in (understated) action when the crew joins forces with filmmaker Adam Curtis for the U.S. premiere of Massive Attack v Adam Curtis. Park Avenue Armory, Sept 28–Oct 4

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    Fall concerts: Phoenix

    Following up on a swanky Apollo Theater gig this past May, Thomas Mars & Co. touch down at the Brooklyn mega-arena in support of the recent Bankrupt!, the follow up to their 2009 breakthrough, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. If you knew and loved that disc, with its lean beats, twinkly sonics and angelic hooks, chances are you'll fancy Phoenix's latest too—it certainly sounds like another winner to us. Also on board here are much buzzed about U.K. retro garage-rockers the Vaccines. Barclays Center, Oct 2

  • Fall concerts: Rock the Bells

    Rock the Bells is celebrating its 10th anniversary, which accounts for one of the strongest lineups wall to wall that we've seen in many a year. Headlining is Wu-Tang Clan—appearing with, we kid you not, "Virtual ODB." (Virtual 2Pac wept.) You'll also see Pretty Lights, Black Hippy, A$AP Mob, Kid Cudi, J. Cole, Big Sean, Tyler, the Creator and many, many more. Meadowlands Racetrack, Oct 4, 5

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    Fall concerts: The Weeknd

    Will Abel Tesfaye make the leap from mystery-cloaked DIY buzz magnet to pro-hyped superstar? Turn up at Radio City to size up this 23-year-old Toronto singer-producer— who's been pushing R&B to ever lusher, edgier extremes under the Weeknd moniker—as he supports Kiss Land, his major-label debut. Radio City Music Hall, Oct 7, 8

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    Fall concerts: Nine Inch Nails

    Perhaps we should have guessed that Trent Reznor would resurrect his seminal industrial-rock act for another tour, even after the long march of farewell shows NIN played in 2009. With a new family, a new label (Columbia), a new album (Hesitation Marks) and a sexy new throb to his sound, there's no chance that Reznor's sharp edge has dulled at all. Agit-prop postrock cabal Godspeed You! Black Emperor makes for a suitably provocative opener. Barclays Center, Oct 14; Prudential Center, Oct 15

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    Fall concerts: Savages

    You may not have formed an opinion on Savages, but chances are you've read plenty on them, whether adoring or skeptical. Make up your mind at Terminal 5, as the arrestingly severe postpunk revivalists air their dark, pounding manifestos. Terminal 5, Oct 16

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    Fall concerts: Pearl Jam

    The steadiest and sturdiest of the great Seattle grunge titans—the only one that hasn't lost a key member or taken an extended hiatus—rumbles into Barclays Center mere days after the release of its tenth studio LP, Lightning Bolt. Expect to hear raucous new tunes such as lead single "Mind Your Manners," as well as selections spanning a vast catalog that's far more compelling than the band's vocal haters would care to admit. Barclays Center, Oct 18, 19

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    Fall concerts: Drake + Miguel

    Hip-hop's Prince Charming hits town for two arena-show screamfests. Last time we talked to the star, he told us that he has a special chest where he keeps the bras thrown at him onstage. We're guessing that by now Drake could keep a small country in "support." Speaking of which, heat-seeking soul smoothie Miguel and Atlanta rapper Future lend their support at these gigs. Ahem. Prudential Center, Oct 27; Barclays Center, Oct 28

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    Fall concerts: James Blake

    With a new album under his belt—Overgrown is the follow-up to 2011's stunning debut—24-year-old Brit James Blake returns to the city for two big dates. Expect a set of his trademark sparse, dubstep-wobbled falsetto soul, with funky, R&B-flecked new material, and (fingers crossed) his lovely cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You." Terminal 5, Nov 6, 7

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    Fall concerts: The Eagles

    Sure it's easy to laugh at the Eagles; the arrangements are slicker than an otter in olive oil, the four-part harmonies scarily perfect, and the smiles dazzlingly white. But can you truthfully say that the sprawling, lysergic fantasy that is "Hotel California" has never had you air-guitaring on your knees? Nor has "Desperado" had you weeping in your beer? Pull on your best denim shirt and surrender to the noncool, mighty power of these Cali legends, whose current tour—including principals Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, as well as founding guitarist Bernie Leadon—arrives on the heels of a sprawling documentary, History of the Eagles. Madison Square Garden, Nov 8, 9, 11

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    Fall concerts: Morbid Angel

    The Tampa, Florida death-metal kingpins play their second local show since issuing a polarizing, industrial-influenced 2011 comeback LP, Illud Divinum Insanus. Longtime fans shouldn't worry, though: Tonight's set celebrates the 20th anniversary of 1993's Covenant—not only the bestselling death-metal album of all time, but also the first to appear on a major label and arguably the subgenre's artistic peak to date—with a start-to-finish rundown. It's a shame that original drummer Pete Sandoval won't be joining fellow core members David Vincent and Trey Azagthoth here, but with a set-list this promising, there's little point in splitting hairs. Irving Plaza, Nov 12

It's been a long, hot summer for big concerts in New York City…but hey, it's not like you want to slow down now, or you wouldn't live here in the first place. No, as the fall arrives and the students repopulate local schools—and, more importantly, nightclubs and concert halls—we're all seized once again with an urge to remember what's best about New York in Autumn. And just like that, a fresh wave of big events comes along like clockwork. If you're feeling civic minded, or just want to witness the legendary Stevie Wonder without paying cash, Global Citizen returns for another year of star-studded consciousness raising. Rock the Bells celebrates its 10th anniversary with hip-hop's elite—including, ummm, "Virtual ODB." Kathleen Hanna's new band the Julie Ruin and freshly exhumed death-metal combo Carcass are just a few more of the concerts you must check out this year.

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