Rufus and Martha Wainright’s Noel Nights: Emmylou Harris + Loudon Wainwright III + Justin Vivian Bond + Cibo Matto and more: Dec 17, 18 at The Town Hall
Rufus and Martha Wainwright are both stylish singer-songwriters in their own right, but they've never forgotten their roots—nor, more importantly, their family, as seen in this holiday tribute, which raises money for the Kate McGarrigle Foundation, named in honor of their late, folk-luminary mother and benefiting the McGill University Health Center. They're joined by many members of the Wainright clan, including aunt Sloan, dad Loudon and half-sis Lucy Wainwright Roche as well as high-profile pals including Emmylou Harris, Justin Vivian Bond and Cibo Matto. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.
NYC Winter Jazzfest 2015: Jan 8–10 at various venues
In recent years, the annual Winter Jazzfest has become a major highlight of the NYC jazz calendar. The event is both a bustling forum of discovery and a guaranteed blast— consider springing for the two-night pass. This year's installment features big names like Robert Glasper, Ron Carter, Renee Rosnes, Brad Mehldau, George Coleman, Benny Golson, Peter Bernstein and more. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov 21 at winterjazzfest.com.
Hozier: Mar 22 at the Hammerstein Ballroom
Dublin singer-songwriter Hozier, real name Andrew Hozier-Byrne, has been making music for a number of years, but it was his gripping, blues-brushed 2013 "Take Me to Church," that ignited the internet. Things are happening pretty fast for the young singer, who just played some sold-out Irving Plaza shows and now moves on up to the Hammerstein. Catch him now and say you were there at the beginning (or close to it). Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov 21 at noon through Ticketmaster.
The Decemberists + Alvvays: Apr 6 at the Beacon Theatre
Portland, OR's Decemberists attract a nerdily passionate following thanks to their knowing (and to some, pretentious) indie-antiquarianism. The band hits the road again after three years, supporting their latest album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World—and we have to say, the ornate Beacon Theatre is the perfect venue for the show. Opening is the excellent Toronto indie-pop crew Alvvays, whose self-titled debut album is one of this year's best. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov 21 at 11am through Ticketmaster.
Ride: June 4 at Terminal 5
Between 1988 and 1996, Ride put out four albums, considered classics of the shoegaze era, and then parted ways during Britpop's ascendency (which they foreshadowed with a hooky sensibility many of their peers lacked). Now, following in the footsteps of groups like Sleater-Kinney and fellow Creation Records-vets Swervedriver, the band is getting back together and, as luck would have it, playing a huge reunion show at T5. As per usual with these big comeback gigs, we don't expect tickets to last long—get 'em while you can. Tickets are on sale Friday, Nov 21 at noon through Ticketmaster.
Foo Fighters + Royal Blood: July 16 at Citi Field
For two decades, Dave Grohl and his Foos have persisted as America's greatest purveyors of fan-friendly radio rock. Is their output, including the much fussed-over new Sonic Highways, blandly middle-of-the-road? Yep. But is it also good for a beer-hoisting night of neo-classic-rock sing-alongs? You bet, it is. British grunge-blues types Royal Blood set the stage. Tickets are on pre-sale Saturday, Nov 22 at the Citi Field Box Office in Queens, located along 126th Street, between the Bullpen Gate and McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon. Queuing begins at 9am and ends at 3pm. See Foofighters.com for more info.