Karen O: September 9–12 at Manderly Bar at the McKittrick Hotel
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 next month on Julian Casablancas's Cult Records. She's playing four intimate hometown shows the week of the album's release, so be sure to get your tickets to see one of NYC's rock idols up close and personal. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 15 at 3pm.
Shonen Knife: Sept 12 at the Wick
The Japanese pop-punk group has been active for more than 30 years, but they've still got the charmingly simple lyrics and infectiously basic chord progressions that made the sometimes-Ramones cover band '90s alt-rock darlings. They've toured with the likes of Nirvana and Sonic Youth, now snag your tickets to see them live in Brooklyn. Tickets on sale now.
Iggy Azalea: Sept 26 at JBL Live at Pier 97
The Summer of 2014 may have another month to go, but there's no debating that it belonged to Iggy Azalea. With "Problem" hitting number two while "Fancy" was still at the summit, she became the first artist since the Beatles to have her first charting singles simultaneously in Billboard's top slots. Striking while the iron's still very hot, she's announced a gig at Hudson River Park. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 15 at 10am.
FKA twigs: Nov 8 at Terminal 5
London's Tahliah Barnett has just released her debut, LP1, to rave reviews, and after a few NYC shows at increasingly large venues, she's hit the big time with this headlining gig at mega-venue Terminal 5. Jump on these tickets, they're almost definitely going fast. Tickets on sale Friday, August 15 at noon.
Diana Krall: Nov 22 at the Beacon Theatre
Having reached the Tony Bennett stage of her illustrious career, Diana Krall's latest album, Wallflower, will find the husky-voiced jazz pianist covering pop classics like "California Dreamin'" and "Desperado." It's the culmination of her slow-but-steady move towards pop material in the decade since her marriage to one Declan MacManus, a.k.a. Elvis Costello. Tickets on sale Friday, August 15 at 10am.
Culture Club: Nov 25 at the Beacon Theatre
After years of confronting the typical pop star problems–quibbling, intra-band romance, addiction, figuring out how to transition away from shoulder pads–Culture Club has reunited to play both coasts before next year's release of a brand-new album. Come get your nostalgia fix. Tickets on sale Friday, August 15 at 10am.
Opeth + In Flames + Red Fang: Dec 18 at Terminal 5
With Pale Communion, their eleventh LP, due out on the 26th, Swedish prog metal quintet Opeth just announced a North American tour. With acclaimed fellow Swedes In Flames supporting, this is a metal double header that can't be missed. Tickets on sale Friday, August 15 at noon.