The month of July marks summer hitting full swing—which for music fans means concert season is at its peak! The list of NYC concerts in July 2017 is definitely something to get excited about. With Panorama Music Festival happening at the end of the month, this year's offerings of summer music festivals are more packed than ever. Save some energy for the night, though, because our list of the hottest parties has you covered at all the best clubs in NYC. And if that's not enough, here's our list of our favorite upcoming concerts this month.
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Prolific singer-songwriter (Sandy) Alex G, formerly known simply as Alex G, has built a dedicated following over the past few years through a steady output of washed-out indie odes, gently demented psyche musings and, most recently, twangy roots rock. The Philly native, whose guitar strumming talents also surfaced on Frank Ocean's Blonde and Endless, hits town behind a new full-length on Domino, Rocket. Also on the bill is one of our favorite rising indie-pop songwriters, Japanese Breakfast (otherwise known as Little Big League ex-frontwoman Michelle Zauner).
Presently, this revered English combo only contains one original member—drummer Jim McCarty—but don't let that get you down. The current roster comprises venerable guitarist Johnny A, Ram Jam's Myke Scavone, Detroit axman John Idan and bassist Kenny Aaronson, who has toured with Bob Dylan, Billy Idol and Joan Jett. Sure, the band's most famous guitar alumni (Clapton, Page, Beck) are missing, but this group of veteran performers is plenty qualified to deliver the band's trailblazing psych-blues sound.
Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton reunited last year for a string of shows in the U.K. in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their emergence as Arab Strap. This year finds the gents crossing the pond to play Pitchfork's annual music fest in Chicago and, luckily, they're stopping off in NYC on the way. Don't miss this rare chance to hear the beloved outfit's highly engrossing electronica-dappled indie rock live.
Seattle's Cave Singers are led by a man called Pete Quirk, a fitting surname for someone whose edged voice protrudes from his band's instrumentation like an ostrich's head. The band brings its grooving, stomp-and-clap folk stylings to Mercury Lounge for an early show. Local indie-rock quintet LAPêCHE opens with warm, woozy indie rock.
Ian McCulloch's Echo & the Bunnymen, the influential British gloom-pop troupe behind hits such as “The Killing Moon” and “Lips Like Sugar,” and Milwaukee folk-punk trio Violent Femmes hit town on their co-headlining tour. Expect a show laden with hits and peppered with selections from the bands' most recent offerings (Echo & the Bunnymen's Meteorites and Violent Femmes' We Can Do Anything). The Femmes are cooking up a new album, so chances are they'll try out some fresh material here, but doubtless the high point will be the collective mania unleashed by the opening lick of "Blister in the Sun."
Jim James & Co. roll into town to dish out a hearty helping of Southern-fried rock. The beloved Kentucky outfit never fails to hit that sweet spot where jammy looseness meets eclectic indie rock, so count on a freewheeling performance and some seriously crowd-pleasing covers. Opening is blues phenom Gary Clark Jr., who's supported the Stones and Clapton and even performed at the freakin' White House. Needless to say, you'll not want to miss his set.
A supergroup of sorts, Planetarium features indie darling Sufjan Stevens, the National’s Bryce Dessner, minimalist avant-garde composer Nico Muhly and percussionist James McAlister. You can spend this outdoor gig gazing skywards, as the quartet leads you through explorations inspired by the infinite silence of that darkened void, space: what’s right, what’s wrong and what does it mean to be human? Heady stuff.
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. Her output is always arresting, and this SummerStage benefit performance is well worth the price tag.
Singer, songwriter, bandleader and label chief Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk and sundry others) hits Prospect Park behind his latest full-length, Salutations. The album finds him revisiting his preceding effort, 2016's solitary Ruminations, this time with a full band in tow. As usual, Oberst isn’t pushing any limits with his quavery-voiced indie folk, but his plainspoken-troubadour style will sound just right in this open-air gig.
Between 1988 and 1996, seminal shoegaze outfit Ride released four albums, all now classics of the genre, and then broke up during Britpop's ascendency (which the band foreshadowed with a pop sensibility many of its peers lacked). The band reunited for a tour in 2015, and this year it's coming stateside again with more good news: A new release is in the works. Ride's first album in nearly two decades, Weather Diaries, is due out June 16 and if the initial singles, "Charm Assault" and "Home is a Feeling," are any indication, the foursome hasn't missed a beat.
In any discussion of rock acts that have improved with age, English heavy-metal institution Iron Maiden has to come in somewhere near the top: Even if Bruce Dickinson can't hit every screeching high note of his prime (cut him some slack, the guy just overcame tongue cancer), he deploys his resources for maximum impact, something that could be said equally for his restless bandmates. The band's international tour behind its latest, The Book of Souls, comes to a close with two shows in Brooklyn.
To create last year's Away, Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff decided to forgo his backing band, the lineup of which had been in flux over the years, and instead enlisted the help of jazz, classical and folk studio musicians. The resulting album is personal and threadbare, an unhurried exploration of the sweeping terrain of death and adversity. You'll likely hear from that effort at this intimate acoustic trio show, plus rarities and fan requests from across the band's 19-year career.
Panorama returns to Randalls Island for its second year, and it's boasting another action-packed lineup. Frank Ocean and Solange take the top slots on Fri 28, with Future Islands, MGMT, Tyler the Creator, Spoon, Theo Parrish, Omar S and DJ Shadow in the ranks. Sat 29's bill includes Tame Impala, Alt-J, Mitski, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Nicholas Jaar and Vince Staples, and Sun 30 features Nine Inch Nails, Angel Olsen, Cashmere Cat and Justice. Oh, and a little hip-hop outfit by the name of A Tribe Called Quest. According to Q-Tip, this is the group's final tour. Can you miss it? No, you can't.