The Hold Steady + So So Glos; Dec 31 at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Expert rock & roll mythologists the Hold Steady bring their tales of nostalgia, listlessness and inebriation to Williamsburg to celebrate New Year's Eve. The bar band extraordinaire is riding high from this spring's Teeth Dreams, so expect the group to ring in 2015 in a fervent, passionate glory. Tickets are on sale Friday, Oct 31 at noon through Ticketmaster.
Sturgill Simpson: Feb 11 at Bowery Ballroom; Feb 12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg
On this past summer's Metamodern Sounds in Country Music philosopher-bard Sturgill Simpson traded the reverent Waylon Jennings stylings of his early releases for a strikingly new brand of country, at once profoundly personal and intellectually exploratory. The Kentucky native showcases his radical country reinvention at these two shows in February. Tickets are on sale Saturday, Nov 1 at noon through Ticketmaster.
Sharon Van Etten + Leon Bridges; Feb 19 at the Warsaw
Brooklyn's own Sharon Van Etten, who has a new video out for "Your Love is Killing Me," plays a one-off hometown show before getting back on the road in support of her exceptional fourth album, Are We There. On top of her heartrendingly raw tunes, the lady's got some jokes up her sleeve; expect laughs squeezed in between the songs. Tickets on sale now at Ticketweb.
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga; June 19, 20 at Radio City Music Hall
It's safe to say that more kids dig Tony Bennett now than at any point in his 50-year career; chalk it up to overpopulation and shrewd collaborations like this one with pop's reigning auteur, Lady Gaga. The duo's jazz standards release, Cheek to Cheek, finds both performers in top form—we expect the same at these Radio City dates. Tickets are on sale Monday, Nov 3 at 9am through Ticketmaster.
Farmborough Country Music Festival: June 26–28 at Randalls Island
We all know that New Yorkers love whiskey-drenched ditties about pick-up trucks and heartbreak as much as any southerner, so you can imagine our excitement over Farmborough. The city's first-ever country music festival brings Nashville to Randalls Island for three days and features mega-star headliners Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley. Tickets are on sale Friday, Oct 31 at 10am through Ticketmaster.