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Governors Ball 2017
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The best concerts in NYC in June

Kick off your summer by attending some of the best concerts in NYC, from rock to hip-hop, happening this June

By Time Out contributors and Ro S
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Update: With the current ban on public gatherings of any size, many of the festivals  and concerts below may be postponed to a later date or canceled. 

There's no shortage of things to do in NYC this summer—sunbathing at NYC parks, checking out summer music festivals, lounging at rooftop pools… The list is endless. But don't let that distract you from these unmissable concerts in NYC!

RECOMMENDED: See our guide to concerts in NYC

Best concerts in NYC in June

Governors Ball

Things to do Festivals

Now on its ninth year, the annual Randalls Island event that is Governors Ball brings the goods for three days straight, with headliners Tyler the Creator, Florence + The Machine and The Strokes leading daily lineups that include Brockhampton, Blood Orange, Kacey Musgraves, Nas, SZA and many more. Single day or three day passes are available as well as VIP packages.

L7

Music Punk and metal

This trailblazing punk crew has lost none of its riotous energy after returning from a nearly two-decade "indefinite hiatus."After a spree of reunion shows the past few years, the band is releasing a new album Scatter the Rats, which promises all the same fiery magic that first forged the groundwork for the grunge and riot grrl movements in the ’90s: fierce rock tunes as confrontational as they are comical and catchy.

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TOKiMONSTA

Music Dance and electronic

A member of L.A.'s famed Brainfeeder label, producer Jennifer Lee makes psychedelic hip-hop with skittering electronic beats. Expect new tunes here from her latest, Lune Rouge, which was conceived during the producer's arduous journey relearning her musical abilities following brain surgery.

L'Rain
Photograph: Courtesy June Canedo

L'Rain

Music Dance and electronic

As L’Rain, Taja Cheek brews singularly atmospheric, soul-inflected soundscapes. Expect intricately arpeggiated jazz guitar, tight drumming chops and plenty of psychedelic tape loop ambience.

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The National
Photograph: Deirdre O'Callaghan

The National + Courtney Barnett

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Although they formed in Cincinnati, the National first exploded in Kings County, an almost comically appropriate home base: The group’s brooding, insightful songcraft touches upon the anxieties and cynicism many borough residents know all too well. The band's most recent disc, Sleep Well Beast, might be its most cohesive statement of that purpose yet, expanding its world of interior reflection with dense, gorgeously textured production. Catch them at this open-air set for BAM's Celebrate Brooklyn series.

The Rolling Stones
Photograph: Courtesy Mark Seliger

The Rolling Stones

Music Rock and indie

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 group's 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.

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Ariana Grande
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Ariana Grande

Music Pop

Between the tragic Manchester Arena bombing, the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller and the very public end of her brief engagement to SNL star Pete Davidson, the past year has been a rough one for Ariana Grande. But amid the turmoil, the singer released Sweetener, her most impressive collection of songs to date, filled with empowering anthems and soaring R&B ballads (not to mention the inescapable single “God is a Woman”). The former Nickelodeon star will take her latest album on the road this spring, including a stop at the United Center, where Grande can fill the cavernous venue with her expansive vocal range. No word yet on whether or not her pet pig, Piggy Smalls, will make an appearance, but we're keeping our fingers crossed.

Wu-Tang Clan

Music Rap, hip-hop and R&B

The legendary Staten Island rap crew that includes the renowned solo artists Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and RZA—who now pops up in movies just as often as he does on hit records—comes to Coney Island for a summertime bash. What needs to be said outside of "Wu-Tang Clan ain't nothing to fuck with"?

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Sun Ra Arkestra
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Sun Ra Arkestra

Music Jazz

When avant-garde bandleader Sun Ra departed this planet in 1993, he left the funkiest, swingingest band in the Milky Way here on Earth. Captained now by saxophonist Marshall Allen, the Arkestra still plays the intergalactic, big-band free jazz favored by its founder (the sequined Afrofuturist costumes are also still a major part of the show).

Death Cab for Cutie
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Death Cab for Cutie + Jenny Lewis

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Key exponents of the earnest, easy-listening school of indie rock that flourished in the early aughts, Death Cab for Cutie are still going strong. Here, Ben Gibbard and his Washington State crew gig behind their ninth LP, Thank You for Today. In keeping with the bands M.O., fans shouldn't expect too radical a shift; the new material just sounds like good, old Death Cab to us. Here at this stadium gig, frontwoman of revelatory ‘90s indie band Rilo Kiley, Lewis, sets the stage.

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