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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

Photograph: Courtesy Roger Deckker

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!

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Best concerts in NYC in June

The 1975

The bratty, likably bombastic British synth-popsters of the 1975 come from Manchester (the birthplace of the Smiths, the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays) and are somewhat of a big deal in their homeland, and increasingly in the States as well: The band's sophomore album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, topped the charts in both countries upon its release last year.

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Until Thu Jun 1

Governors Ball

The annual Randalls Island event is the one of the best local fests, hosting top talent from an array of genres over three days. Catch hip-hop rising stars (Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino), pop sounds of every ilk (from moody Lorde to pop-rock Phoenix), atmospheric, dreamy rock(Air, Beach House) and more. Friday, June 2, 2017 to Sunday, June 4, 2017

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Ween

Yearly rumors of a Ween reunion have popped up like clockwork since 2011 when the impish cult-favorites retired the act due to singer Aaron "Gene Ween" Freeman's struggles with substance abuse and onstage meltdown in Vancouver. But 2016 marked the year those rumors came true. For the band's sizable fan base, every Ween concert is a holy event. The Pennsylvanian institution's ability to project its virtuosic talent onto virtually any genre and goofily make it its own is worth the price of admission, even if you haven't drunk the Kool-Aid.

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Until Wed Jun 7
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Lake Street Dive

This wildly popular string band offers sweet, earthy, surprisingly rock & rolly songs—and plucky covers—that encompass classic soul, R&B and pop motifs, but it's singer Rachael Price's gorgeous, rich voice that will stop you in your tracks. The Boston outfit performs behind a new LP, Side Pony.

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Until Wed Jun 7

Girlpool

As folk-punk duo Girlpool, high school friends Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker weave complex vocal interplay—unison shouts along with lilting harmonies—above spare guitar melodies. The spare arrangement leaves every note exposed—a fitting framework for the radically vulnerable lyrics found on 2015's excellent release, Before the World Was Big.

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Until Fri Jun 9

Jurassic 5

L.A. hip-hop crew Jurassic 5 excels at combining old-school lyricism, laid-back beats and a positive brotherly rapport. The group—which re-formed in 2013 after six years away—visits the city play Williamsburg's new industrial-chic digs Brooklyn Steel.

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Until Sat Jun 10
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Land of Talk

This Montreal band plays small-scale indie-rock songs of desperate emotion (generally poignancy) and a youthful air. The band had been on hiatus for half a decade, until announcing this year's newest, Life After Youth.

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Until Wed Jun 14

Dawes

This rootsy Los Angeles band features brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, the sons of Tower of Power singer Lenny Goldsmith. Their new album, We're All Gonna Die, sounds like an ode to the Laurel Canyon music scene of the early ’70s.

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Until Wed Jun 14
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The Shins

Though this indie institution has undergone fundamental transformations in recent years, there's no mistaking the essential Shins-iness of the band's latest Heartworms: Once again we find James Mercer pondering life’s big questions in long-lined vocal melodies floating over jangly, detailed guitar-pop arrangements. Here the Portland, OR, indie-rock faves open the summer season with a Celebrate Brooklyn! benefit show.

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Until Thu Jun 15

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