Concerts in NYC in June
Governors Ball occupies a unique place among summer concerts in NYC. The annual Randalls Island event is the one local fest where you can catch hip-hop chart toppers, tastemaker-approved buzz bands, left-field pop heroes and, yes, dance-commanding EDM overlords. Highlights this year include Kanye West, the Strokes, Robyn and Miguel. Friday, June 3 - Sunday, June 5.
Join some 55,000 hip-hop fans who will load up on sunscreen and converge in Jerz for Hot 97’s annual extravaganza. This year's headliners are still TBA, but on the smaller "festival stage" make sure to catch rising acts such as Chance the Rapper, Tory Lanez, Post Malone, Desiigner, Curren$y, Justine Skye, Dave East, Rotimi and Dougie F.
Now in its eighth year, Northside is a weeklong Williamsburg-centered festival featuring concerts, film screenings and talks. Northside utilizes existing venues to host showcase-style lineups around Brooklyn, in addition to presenting outdoor shows in McCarren Park. The festival's bread and butter is indie rock, and this year the big draws in that category include Wolf Parade, Conor Oberst and King Khan & the Shrines. The lineup also includes exciting electronic music artists such as Kingdom, Lotic and Rabit. Thursday, June 9 - Sunday, June 12.
With her massive voice and stage-ready histrionics, the U.K.’s reigning queen of mystical pop Florence Welch is a natural for a stadium takeover. Expect her theatrical wailing, drum-thwacking and barreling harp-playing to mix well with ethereal Canadian synth maestro Grimes' new flourescent hyper-pop tunes.
Tame Impala's first two critically acclaimed LP's, Innerspeaker and Lonerism, parlayed fuzz-soaked tidal waves of melodic psych-rock into massive anthems that, dare we say it, channeled John Lennon at times. The latest one, Currents, polishes that winning formula into a silkier sound that's referential but never merely derivative: old-fashioned, newfangled and timeless all at once.
Disclosure is riding high: Critics and consumers reached a rare consensus in pegging the duo’s debut, Settle, as 2013’s best dance record.The follow-up, Caracal, doesn’t stray much from the formula, with sleek, soulful garage-house tracks abetted by an A-list cast of guest vocalists including Sam Smith, the Weeknd and Lorde. Playing the massive Forest Hills stage, this Disclosure live experience is a guaranteed blowout, so remember: Hydrate well and get ready to move.
As part of Flying Lotus's increasingly eclectic Brainfeeder label, saxophone jazz-man Kamasi Washington has an ambitious streak. His sprawling 172-minute, three-volume undertaking appropriately titled The Epic is just one example of Washington's aim to reinvigorate and revolutionize the contemporary jazz scene.