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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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Lorde
Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

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
Music, Punk and metal

Deafheaven

Elsewhere, Hell's Kitchen

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.

Music, Rock and indie

Soccer Mommy

Brooklyn Steel, East Williamsburg

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.

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Jenny Hval
Photograph: Mads Teglers
Music, Rock and indie

Jenny Hval

National Sawdust, Williamsburg

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.

Floating Points
Photograph: Louise Haywood-Schiefer
Music

Floating Points

National Sawdust, Williamsburg

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.

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Squarepusher
Photograph: David Milne
Clubs

Squarepusher

Brooklyn Steel, East Williamsburg

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
Music, Rock and indie

Waxahatchee

Elsewhere, Hell's Kitchen

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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