Angel Olsen: Dec 8, 9 at the Bowery Ballroom
As an old soul trapped in the feverishly creative and restless mind of a young artist, Angel Olsen has a lot to say, and it often comes out in a torrent of hot-blooded emotion. The intense folkster, who started as a Bonnie "Prince" Billy backer, has been packing venues in support of this year's rough-and-tumble gem Burn Your Fire for No Witness. We bet this pair of Bowery dates will be no exception. Tickets on sale now at Ticketmaster.
Neneh Cherry: Jan 9 at the Highline Ballroom
February's Blank Project, the first new solo work from singer-rapper Neneh Cherry in nearly two decades, is a career-reviving, stereotype-defying exercise. Moving beyond the legacy of her 1988 single "Buffalo Stance," Cherry uses the album to experiment with electronic composition and explore the soulful side of her voice. Both will be on display at this show—amazingly, her first ever in the five boroughs. Tickets on sale Friday, Oct 24 at noon through Ticketweb.
Ariel Pink: Feb 25 at Terminal 5
Los Angeles DIY pop king Ariel Pink promotes his latest weirdo, lo-fi disc, Pom Pom. Pink drops the Haunted Graffiti moniker used for his last two excellent records; the resulting LP is more raw and wiry, like a Russ Meyer romp set to four-track. This is Pink's largest show in the city yet, and we're eager to hear how new material like "Black Ballerina" translates on a bigger platform. Tickets on sale Friday, Oct 24 at noon through Ticketmaster.
Sleater-Kinney: Feb 26 at Terminal 5
A mysteriously unmarked 7-inch (containing a heretofore unknown song) in Sleater-Kinney's recent career-spanning box set was all it took to get the blogosphere buzzing with reunion rumors. Days later, it was official—the band is back. The riot-grrrl torchbearers and indie-rock luminaries will release their eighth LP, No Cities to Love, in January, their first in 10 years. They're playing a slew of 2015 dates, including this big one at T5. Be quick with these tix: Pre-sale spots are already sold-out, though we're keeping an eye out for more dates to be announced. Tickets on sale Friday, Oct 24 at noon through Ticketmaster.
At the Gates + Converge + Vallenfyre: Apr 12 at Webster Hall
Extreme-metal powerhouse Decibel is known for putting together great package tours, and this one's another doozy. Headlining are Swedish death-metal vets At the Gates, gigging on the heels of their long-awaited comeback disc, At War with Reality. Setting the stage are Massachusetts metalcore titans Converge, whose 2012 set, All We Love We Leave Behind, blew our puny little minds. They're joined by U.K. act Vallenfyre, which features ATG drummer Adrian Erlandsson and players associated with renowned Brit crews Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride. Tickets on sale Friday, Oct 24 at 10am through Ticketweb.