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The best concerts in NYC in April

Highlights for the month’s concerts in NYC include Stevie Nicks, Mitski, PJ Harvey and the Decemberists

Photograph: Kristin Burns
Stevie Nicks

April arrives with a batch of killer new concerts, and tickets for the choicest events are already on sale or will be soon. In addition to unmissable acts, this month also features a new addition to the city’s best live music venues: Williamsburg’s industrial-chic Brooklyn Steel, where you’ll find indie rock titan Mitski (who made it into our best albums of 2016) and deliciously nerdy crew the Decemberists coronating its opening. And if you're looking for some late-night music, be sure to consult our weekly list of New York's best parties as well.

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Concerts in NYC in April


Stanley Clarke

What hasn't Clarke played over the course of his four-decade career? He's proficient in mainstream jazz, of course, but has also taken on chamber-scaled projects of genuine delicacy and electric fusion of arena-rock proportions. This two week residency at the Blue Note features the veteran bassist in two settings: first, he turns up with the iconic Ron Carter for a jazz bass duet of legendary proportions (March 28 through April 2); the week after, the maestro brings his Stanley Clarke Band to the stage to celebrate the release of a new CD (April 4 to April 9). He hasn't released much info on the record, but we expect an extension of his funky 2014 effort, Up, which skewed toward fusion while plumbing a range of genre impulses.

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Blue Note , Greenwich Village Tuesday March 28 2017 - Sunday April 9 2017

Lionel Richie + Mariah Carey

“Tam bo li de say de moi ya!” Do you know what that means? Of course not! (Because it is actually gibberish.) Will that stop you from singing along and following up with a joyous “Hey, Jambo Jumbo!” in the middle-eight section of "All Night Long"? Oh, hell no! The Commodores singer with the voice as smooth as an eel in oil comes to town for a stadium gig with megawatt singer Carey.

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Madison Square Garden , Midtown West Saturday April 1 2017

Stevie Nicks + The Pretenders

Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac's gold-dust woman herself, plays a massive arena gig in support of her 2014 solo album, 24 Karat Gold. (Not to fear, Mac fans; recent gigs haven't been stingy with the hits.) Formative punk–new-wave crossovers, The Pretenders, warm things up in the opening slot.

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Prudential Center Sunday April 2 2017 - Thursday April 6 2017

Xiu Xiu + Dreamcrusher

You don’t have to listen to much more than a minute of a Xiu Xiu song to understand that Jamie Stewart is upset. Indeed, nearly everything in the Durham, NC, singer’s catalog represents a shot across the bow of calmness: his vocal histrionics, the ping-ponging of intense imagery and emo straightforwardness and the wailing electronics that cut through otherwise pleasant melodies. Luwayne Glass peddles simiarly erratic mayhem in the opening set as Dreamcrusher, doling out glitchy synth anarchy, blown-out speaker textures and sinister screeches behind pupil-debilitating strobes.

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Brooklyn Night Bazaar , Greenpoint Thursday April 6 2017

Benjamin Clementine

British songman Benjamin Clementine, best known as the Paris-street-performer-turned-international-phenom, brings his captivating voice and emotive piano playing to NYC behind his 2015 Mercury-Prize-winning debut, At Least For Now.

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Carnegie Hall , Midtown West Thursday April 13 2017

New Order

Here's a treat: New Order, the seminal English postpunk outfit spawned from Joy Division, plays Radio City in support of its latest album, Music Complete. Ranging from wistful airs to thumping disco, the record's polished songcraft proves that despite the unceremonious departure of bassist Peter Hook—he called frontman Bernard Sumner a "twatto" and sued the band for millions—the guys have still got it. Fingers crossed that they'll offer up some classics like "Ceremony" alongside the new material.

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Radio City Music Hall , Midtown West Thursday April 13 2017

Modern English

Mid-'80s British postpunk veterans Modern English—the band that brought you "I'll Melt with You"—made a comeback in 2010 with Soundtrack, its first new album in 14 years. Expect to hear from last year's follow-up, Take Me to the Trees, tonight.

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Rough Trade NYC , Williamsburg Friday April 14 2017

The Decemberists

Portland, Oregon's Decemberists attract a nerdily passionate following thanks to their knowing (and, to some, pretentious) indie antiquarianism. There's no certain plans on new material this time around, though the band did just release a tenth-anniversary edition of its ambitious concept album, The Crane Wife, an expansive five-record set that includes outtakes, demos and bonus tracks. The band will, however, be ringing in the opening of Williamsburg's brand-spanking new venue Brooklyn Steel over the course of three nights.

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Brooklyn Steel , Williamsburg Monday April 17 2017 - Wednesday April 19 2017

PJ Harvey

Alt-rock icon PJ Harvey’s latest release, The Hope Six Demolition Project, is another singular statement. The record balances weighty tone and musical simplicity, as when Harvey builds tracks like “The Ministry of Defence” and “The Words That Maketh Murder” around ominously bellowing horns and eerie chanting. As ever, it’s unclear just what makes Harvey tick creatively, The Hope Six Demolition Project being just the latest example of her penchant for dark, compelling songwriting rooted in odd moods. Nevertheless, her output is always arresting. Her gig is one of the best excuses to check out Williamsburg’s new, long-awaited cavernous concert digs, Brooklyn Steel, a 20,000-square-foot, 1,800-person-capacity converted warehouse run by Bowery Presents, the folks behind venues such as Terminal 5 and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

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Brooklyn Steel , Williamsburg Thursday April 20 2017

Surfer Blood

These Floridians play catchy indie rock lined with light reverb, hooky guitars and, yes, surf stylings. The band just released a new album, Snowdonia, but despite its frosty title and cover art, the tunes meander through all the same summery stylings.

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Music Hall of Williamsburg , Williamsburg Thursday April 20 2017
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Where do I find The details for program of NY CONCERTI SINFONIETTA at Carnegie Hall this Sunday, May3rd? Yes, site needs a simple listing of events to peruse!


How about The Dear Hunter at Gramercy Theatre??? Two dates back to back playing their rock magnum opus you tools who cares about Billy Joel

John L
John L

This site sucks. Using it makes me nauseous. A simple listing would help.

Diego C
Diego C

I just want a listing of all the concerts - why is that so difficult to find?  I don't care about your picks.  This website has gotten so user-unfriendly!