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The best concerts in NYC in April

The Smashing Pumpkins, Small Black, Frankie Rose and eskimeaux? New York is spoiling you for shows this month.

Photograph: Courtesy Jagjaguwar
Small Black

April arrives with a new batch of big concerts in NYC, and tickets for the choicest events are already on sale or will be soon. Check out some of these unmissable acts, including Eskimeaux (who made it into our best albums of 2015) and alt-rock band the Smashing Pumpkins. 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

Frankie Cosmos + eskimeaux + Anna McLellan

Prolific home recorder Frankie Cosmos, a.k.a. Greta Kline, has posted some 40-odd albums of poppy antifolk-inspired music on Bandcamp. You can hear the intimate lo-fi bedroom pop off the new LP, Next Thing, at the release party hosted in the equally intimate Shea Stadium. Sometimes-bandmember Gabrielle Smith steps out on her own in the opening set as Eskimeaux, a project which forgoes her associate’s cutesy twee elements in favor of hard-hearted explorations of intimacy, love and weariness with the disappointments therein.

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Fri Apr 1 - Sat Apr 2

Mal Blum + Leah Wellbaum of Slothrust + Vagabon + Real Life Buildings

NYC antifolk songsmith Mal Blum signed to Don Giovanni in 2014, a label which also houses the likes of Waxahatchee and Aye Nako—in other words, a fitting home for their quirky yet poignant punk. They turn up here in the LES to air songs from last year's album, You Look a Lot Like Me. Make sure to also keep an eye out for singer-songwriter Lætitia Tamko's wistful, haunting lo-fi project Vagabon.

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01 Apr 2016

Small Black + Frankie Rose

Like other chillwave surfers of yore rebranding since the genre's oceanic crash (see Neon Indian), Small Black has recently retooled its nostalgia-heavy pop with a lush, ’80s-steeped throb. The deeper, spacier vibe on the local electropop fave's new LP, Best Blues, should pair well with the celestail synth-pop from consummate dream pop scenester Frankie Rose (see Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls).

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02 Apr 2016

Ravi Coltrane

Expect plenty of inside-outside postbop intrigue here, as the subtly commanding sax star distills the innovative spirit from his jazz-royalty legacy into a distinctly modern style with a killer sextet.

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Tue Mar 29 - Sat Apr 2

Tom Harrell

One of the greatest trumpeters alive, Tom Harrell makes records these days with a widening variety of collaborators and moods. Expect engaging, masterfully arranged postbop here, as Harrell appears with a stellar quintet including pianist David Virelles and trumpeter Ralph Moore, both standout bandleaders in their own right.

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Tue Mar 29 - Sun Apr 3

Smashing Pumpkins + Liz Phair

Building off last year's In Plainsong tour, angsty '90s icon Billy Corgan is taking his latest Smashing Pumpkins ensemble out on the road. But don't expect the alt-rock nostalgia to be fuzz-driven—this time, the band is leaving the distortion pedals behind in favor of acoustic explorations of its catalogue. And look out in the upcoming year for a new album—the final LP in its Teargarden by Kaleidyscope cycle—inspired by the stripped-down live sounds.

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Mon Apr 4 - Wed Apr 6

Bleached + No Parents

No-messing girl punk outfit Bleached comprises sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin of L.A. art-punk favorites Mika Miko. Tonight the crew is in town to play behind their sophomore disc for Dead Oceans, Welcome to the Worms. Support comes from LA garage Punks No Parents.

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11 Apr 2016

Bryson Tiller

The fanfare accompanying last year's breakout single "Don't" signaled a bright future for darkly sensuous R&B singer Bryson Tiller, an artist who falls squarely into the vein of hypnotic crooners following the Weeknd. And accordingly, the smooth-yet-grimy debut he just released, T R A P S O U L—titled after his personally-coined genre tag—delivers on all the promise that song indicated.

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Thu Apr 21 - Fri Apr 22
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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!