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The best NYC concerts in November 2019

Consult our guide to the best concerts in November all across NYC

Fucked Up
Photograph: John Londono
By Ro S |
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November offers a lot more reasons to be thankful than just Thanksgiving turkeys and the best pies. The season of summer music festivals may have passed, but there are plenty of things to do in the fall nonetheless—including a slew of must-see shows. Check out our list of exciting fall concerts, and you’ll see braving the autumnal cold is well worth it. Here's our list of our favorite music highlights for the month.

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NYC concerts in November

Chelsea Wolfe
Photograph: Courtesy Enabler PR
Music, Rock and indie

Chelsea Wolfe

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Steel, East Williamsburg
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The goth-leaning singer-songwriter offers an improbable mix of scrappy outsider folk and black metal that has garnered substantial underground acclaim despite long odds. Despite what the title might imply, Wolfe aims her sights on the folk-ier end of those inspirations with her latest album, Birth of Violence.

Music, Rock, Pop & Hip-hop

The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die

icon-location-pin Rough Trade NYC, Williamsburg
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This Connecticut ensemble plays textured, moody emo music that reaches moving peaks of post-rock heights—a unique poignancy derived from heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics and Odyssian song structures that occasionally match the band name for length. 

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Toro y Moi
Photograph: Michael J. Chen
Music, Rock and indie

Toro y Moi

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Steel, East Williamsburg
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The only certainty about Chazwick Bundick is his penchant for change—from his initial synth-swathed chillwave output, to the full-on smooth-funk goodness of Anything in Return, to the hip-hop-inspired club beats of his side project Les Sins. Here he plays behind Outer Peace, a new album that lands somewhere between pumping house beats and woozy Drake-style R&B.

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Photograph: Taso Hountas
Music, Punk and metal

Slayer + Primus

icon-location-pin Madison Square Garden, Midtown West
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Call us nitpickers if you must, but it's hard for us to think of this heavy metal institution the same way in light of guitarist Jeff Hanneman's tragic passing and the formal sacking of drum titan Dave Lombardo in recent years. That said, this is your last chance to catch Slayer's bone-chilling warp-speed thrash, as the band touches down in support of the last leg of its farewell tour, "The Last Campaign," alongside funk-metal freaks Primus. Since even the thirteenth studio album promised to be released before the oncoming disbandment looks to be dead in the water—slain, if you will—cue up 2015's Repentless, throw up the horns, and come out to say au revoir to the dark gods of metal.

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(Sandy) Alex G
Photograph: Courtesy Tonje Thilesen
Music, Rock and indie

(Sandy) Alex G

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Steel, East Williamsburg
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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 psych musings and, most recently, twangy roots rock. The lead track "Gretel" off new release, House of Sugar, starts off with the Philly native's vocals pitched up into a disintegrated Chipmunk-register, all set over yearning strings—indicating that the new songs are sure to be every bit as grainy and touchingly earnest as 2017's excellent Rocket.

Stephin Merritt
Photograph: Marcelo Krasilcic
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The Magnetic Fields

icon-location-pin Symphony Space, Upper West Side
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Fifty songs written on 50 instruments celebrating 50 years of life—what more would you expect from the guy whose musical project centers on taking mundane concepts to the extreme? In what feels like the spiritual successor to the monumental 69 Love Songs, Stephin Merritt's recent 50 Song Memoir is another vast conceptual collection of charming yet cuttingly sardonic diddies. Performers behind that project join him here alongside the full original band lineup to play music from across the past thirty years in addition to new material.

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Stanley Clarke
Photograph: Courtesy Toshi Sakurai
Music, Jazz

Stanley Clarke Band

icon-location-pin Blue Note, Greenwich Village
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What hasn’t Clarke played over the course of his four-decade career? He’s proficient in mainstream jazz, of course, but he has also taken on chamber-scaled projects of genuine delicacy and electric fusion of arena-rock proportions. He turns up here with a combo that includes young drumming prodigy Mike Mitchell, whose furious chops never fail to inspire awe.

SUSS
Photograph: Chris Weiss
Music, Dance and electronic

SUSS + Rachika S

icon-location-pin The Sultan Room, Bushwick
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The ambling soundscapes from this local quintet traverse the sonic plains (and perhaps, mesas and oases) of the Southwest with an ambient bent. Pedal steel guitars, harmonica and mandolin all whirl together into a wistful, dreamlike haze that feels simultaneously universal and geographically specific. Here the band celebrates the release of High Line, the followup to last year's acclaimed debut. Also on the bill is Brooklyn composer Rachika S, whose live performances feature a spellbinding installation of neon lights and video projections.

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Angel Olsen
Photograph: Zia Anger
Music, Rock and indie

Angel Olsen

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Steel, East Williamsburg
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An unsettling apparition of folk-tinged Americana, Olsen veers between muted whispers and pained warbles to explore love, loss, regret and redemption. This year's All Mirrors finds Olsen flexing her vocal chops atop newly lush production, replete with string arrangements and glitzy synths. The result is an even more fiery gem than previous efforts, a testament to Olsen’s ever-evolving artistry.

Brockhampton
Photograph: Courtesy Ashlan Grey
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Brockhampton

icon-location-pin Madison Square Garden, Midtown West
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The L.A. rap crew visits NYC to celebrate its new fifth studio-album, Ginger, which according to founder Kevin Abstract, aims for an Outkast "Hey Ya"-esque energy in its young adult explorations of contemporary angst, anxiety and depression. Wherever the young collective draws inspiration for its wide-ranging taste and infectious energy, you can expect razor-sharp hooks and vividly resonant drama.

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