Tickets to nab now: Seven upcoming concerts you don't wanna miss!
Lorde! The Black Keys! King Crimson?!? Plan ahead, and grab tickets for these fall gigs.
Wed Jun 4 2014
Photograph: Michael J. Chen
Beyoncé and Jay Z: MetLife Stadium; July 12
Surprise! The summer of "surfbort" just got a little hotter—fresh from avoiding sibling kicks and punches in elevators, Bey and Jay have somehow found the time to add a second arena date to their On the Run tour. Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 7 at 10am.
Lorde: Pier 97; Sept 14. United Palace Theatre; Sept 15, 16
The recently crowned New Zealand pop princess announces a 22-date tour sandwiched between festival shows at Lolla and Austin City Limits. Lending (emotional) support is Canadian electronic duo Majical Cloudz, bringing its grim confessionals and stark sonic minimalism along for the ride. What aesthetic qualities tie together the indie-pop sensation and her opening support? We're not quite sure, but both have mastered the art of the brooding stare. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, June 10.
King Crimson: Best Buy Theater; Sept 18–20
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. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 6 at noon.
The Black Keys: Barclays Center; Sept 23
The indie-blues giants—whose new Turn Blue landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200—just added three extra dates to an already extensive tour, including this second show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Despite his recent mea culpa, chances are that onetime Keys detractor Jack White will not be in attendance. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 6 at noon.
The Joshua Light Show: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts; Oct 24
Multimedia artist Joshua White illuminated live shows with hallucinatory visuals for a slew of '70s psychedelic visionaries: Hendrix, the Dead, the Doors, Janis… The multimedia artist's patented “liquid lights” get a contemporary remake in October, as he hosts a three-day festival at NYU's Skirball Center. The acclaimed lineup of modern musical luminaries includes synth-pop producer Glasser, rock-inclined jazz trio the Bad Plus, seminal art-punkers Television and more. Tickets TBA.
The Allman Brothers: Beacon Theatre; Oct 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28
This is (probably) your last (six) chance(s) to see the mighty roots-rock jam squad—the Bros have officially announced their final live performances after 45 years together. This year, fans have faced canceled shows due to Greg Allman’s struggle with a bout of bronchitis, the planned departure of virtuoso guitarist Derek Trucks and now the end of the band in its entirety. But the grand finale—at the group's favorite Upper West Side haunt—is sure to be a big one. Tickets are on sale now and still available (at going to press).
Erasure: Terminal 5; Dec 30, 31
Let's be real: You know you want to celebrate the calendar flip by screaming "Respect" at the top of your lungs in a roomful of euphoric, gyrating fellow New Yorkers. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 6 at noon.
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