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The best concerts in NYC in April 2020

April showers bring loads of concerts, right? Dig into the month's best concerts and live music highlights.

By Ro S
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Update: With the current ban on public gatherings of any size, many of the concerts below may be postponed to a later date or canceled. 

April arrives with a batch of killer new concerts, and tickets for the choicest events are already on sale or will be soon. You can catch unmissable acts playing at the city's best live music venues, from next year's biggest popstars on the rise to veteran fringe experimentalists. And if you're looking for some late-night music, be sure to consult our monthly list of New York's best parties as well.

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Concerts in NYC in April

Deafheaven
Photograph: Courtesy Randi Sumner

Deafheaven

Music Punk and metal

San Francisco's Deafheaven dips into black metal’s battle-tested playbook—rage-against-the-void screams and vein-popping blast beats—while boasting a distinctly blissed-out, dream-pop guitar palette.

Le Poisson Rouge, The Freedom Party
Photograph: Courtesy Joonbug.com

Cupcakke

Music Pop

Chicago rapper Cupcakke is best known for her extremely raunchy rhymes and one-liners, but recent albums like Eden have broadened her thematic (if not lyrical) horizons. Between quips about pussy and blue balls, Cupcakke promotes body positivity and yearns for romance that isn't confined to a bedroom. If you're a fan of Cardi B's quick-witted flow and don't mind a few graphic references to bodily fluids, this concert is for you.

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Soccer Mommy

Music Rock and indie

Soccer Mommy is the stage name of singer-guitarist Sophie Allison. On her upcomnig sophomore album, Color Theory, she expands on the pop-infused stylings of late ’90s alt-rock that made her debut so effective: head-on emotional lyrics and a particularly affecting wistful melancholy.

Jenny Hval
Photograph: Mads Teglers

Jenny Hval

Music Rock and indie

This Norwegian singer-songwriter's zigzagging melodies sound as poetic as her lyrics. With the occasional hint of a bluesy vocal inflection or a vaguely hip-hop beat, her choral pop experimentalism meanders into all sorts of odd places that sound eerily familiar.

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Caspian
Photograph: Wicked Mojo Photography

Caspian + Pianos Become the Teeth

Music

Massachusetts outfit Caspian inhabit that increasingly crowded realm in which metal overlaps with atmospheric post-rock, offering up narrative instrumentals that journey from quiet reverb-soaked dronescapes to bombastic climaxes as on their latest LP, On Circles.

Laura Marling
Photograph: Lucy Hamblin

Laura Marling

Music

Intense young English neofolk singer Laura Marling emerged from the celebrated London scene that gave us Mumford & Sons and Noah and the Whale and released her first album just days after her 18th birthday. Armed with a bigger sound and a bolder voice, Marling's recent work has made the case that her tunes are more timeless than they are old-fashioned.

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Floating Points
Photograph: Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Floating Points

Music

This London producer—Sam Shepherd to his pals—produces cool, sometimes jazzy, always groovy music akin to a tighter, less patchworked Four Tet, and releases much of it on his own wondrous label, Eglo. His 2015 album, Elaenia, moved into more expansive, lush territories, which he recreated live with an 11-piece band. This year's follow-up, Crush, promises to deliver an "unhinged" rendering of his unique expansive sound.

Little Dragon at Governors Ball 2015
Photograph: Dominick Mastrangelo

Little Dragon

Music Rock and indie

Expect a dreamy dance party from this Swedish quartet, which pits the agile singing of Yukimi Nagano against a languid band with an electronic edge. The band celebrates the release of its first new record in three years, New Me, Same Us.

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Squarepusher
Photograph: David Milne

Squarepusher

Clubs

With releases such as Feed Me Weird Things and Hard Normal Daddy, from ’96 and ’97, respectively, U.K. producer Tom Jenkinson (a.k.a. Squarepusher) helped humanize the drum ’n’ bass genre, creating electronic music that breathed like primo jazz fusion. As his new LP, Be Up A Hello, demonstrates, Jenkinson is still committed to an aesthetic of giddy sensory overload, crafting beats that bleep and buzz like the world's tightest android jazz combo albeit with a much broader emotional spectrum.

Waxahatchee
Photograph: Jesse Riggins

Waxahatchee

Music Rock and indie

Katie Crutchfield’s roots lie in the DIY punk scene, but via her solo project, Waxahatchee, she’s developed a talent for singer-songwriter fare that mixes confessional lyrics and irresistible hooks. Here she supports a new record, Saint Cloud, which follows her other recent albums in abandoning any ties with her initial lo-fi stylings in favor of a sparkling clean production sheen.

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