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The best NYC concerts in August 2019

We round up the best NYC concerts in August 2019, including music festival and other outdoor gigs

Afropunk Brooklyn 2017
Photograph: Nicole Fara Silver
By Andrew Frisicano and Ro S |
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It might be August, but there's still plenty of outdoor concerts and summer music festivals left to go. Check out our schedule for the best NYC concerts in August 2019—which includes everything from indie-rock bands to hip-hop artists—and get out there.

RECOMMENDED: See our guide to concerts in NYC

NYC concerts in August

Blood Orange
Photograph: Courtesy Stacey Mark
Music, Pop

Blood Orange

icon-location-pin Damrosch Park (at Lincoln Center), Upper West Side
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Albums like last year's stunning Negro Swan, and 2016's Freetown Sound, a complex, swirling affair have cemented Dev Hynes's status as a multi-talented alt-pop visionary. Expect songs from across his discography as he takes the stage for Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

Florist
Photograph: Courtesy the artist
Music, Rock and indie

Florist

icon-location-pin Baby’s All Right, Williamsburg
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Pastoral and tender in tone, Emily Sprague’s hushed tunes as Florist trade in poignant, unadorned imagery rendered with heart-on-the-sleeve intimacy.

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Nosaj Thing
Photograph: Courtesy The Windish Agency
Music

Nosaj Thing

icon-location-pin Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park
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This LA beatsmith, who's remixed just about everyone (Drake, Radiohead, Little Dragon, Daedelus and many more), makes sinister, glitchy, instrumental hip-hop that's as indebted to Warren G as it is to Flying Lotus. He plays a free outdoors gig here for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

The Rolling Stones
Photograph: Courtesy Mark Seliger
Music, Rock and indie

The Rolling Stones

icon-location-pin MetLife Stadium,
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The world's grayest…er, greatest rock & roll band is back to get its rocks off with its first stateside shows since 2015. The reason to hit the road is, well, because they still can. The most recent album is 2016's covers collection Blue & Lonesome, and they seem to have fun adding a few blues numbers into their set of rock & roll smashes. Expect some harp-shredding solos by Mick, as well as the strutting and shimmying you've come to know and love. Here the band plays a show postponed from June due to Jagger undergoing medical treatment.

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Mac DeMarco
Photograph: Brad Elterman
Music, Rock and indie

Mac DeMarco

icon-location-pin Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park
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It's 2019 and the reigning hooligan jester of indie pop is up to all his same antics—this time, announcing a new album titled Here Comes the Cowboy alongside a new single "Nobody," both of which he claims bear no relationship to Mitski's acclaimed 2018 release, Be the Cowboy, nor its main single, also titled "Nobody." The video for (Mac's) "Nobody" features the singer in a hauntingly elaborate lizard-man (or, lizard-cowboy) costume, which is none too out of place in an oeuvre of music vids that includes the artist surrounded by VR humanoid dog creatures or drowning in a bathtub of cabbage heads. Catch all the madness at this outdoor Celebrate Brooklyn! gig.

The Smashing Pumpkins
Photograph: Courtesy Olivia Bee
Music, Rock and indie

Smashing Pumpkins

icon-location-pin Jones Beach, Wantagh
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What better way to endure the dog days of summer than with a good dose of ’90s angst? The alt-rockers hit town behind a newie, Shiny and Oh So Bright Vol. 1/LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun (a title that ostensibly indicates a continuing album series on the horizon), with an almost-complete original lineup. (Alas, bassist D’Arcy Wretzky will be absent because of a feud with Billy Corgan.)

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Lollapalooza 2017, Chance the Rapper
Photograph: Neal O'Bryan
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Chance the Rapper

icon-location-pin Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
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Chicago MC Chancelor Bennett has built a tidy following the past several years with witty, joyful, freewheeling mixtapes like 2013's Acid Rap and the follow-up, Coloring Book. Add to that a series of collaborations with Donnie Trumpet, confounding fringe-rapper Lil B, and soulful singer and keyboardist Francis Farewell Starlight and you have an impressively prolific series of mixtapes and singles to expect tunes from at this free early morning Good Morning America gig.

Desaparecidos
Photograph: Zach Hollowell
Music, Rock and indie

Joyce Manor + Saves the Day

icon-location-pin Webster Hall, East Village
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To the chagrin of some and celebration of others, the last two albums from these Cali emocore types skew toward the former half of their "pop-punk" moniker—consider such divisive lines as "[she was] singing 'What do you think about Kanye West? I think that he’s great / I think he’s the best.' Unexpected namedrops aside, the band's newest developments continue to mature the same brand of jaded irony that makes frontman Barry Johnson's writing so effective. Don't miss them as they pop up with genre vets Saves the Day.

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Music, Dance and electronic

Flying Lotus

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Mirage, Bushwick
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Brainfeeder honcho Flying Lotus has been masterminding the LA instrumental hip-hop scene for the better part of a decade. Catch his lush, forward-thinking electronic sounds at this massive open-air gig.

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