The best NYC concerts in November 2018

Consult our guide to the best concerts in November all across NYC
Fucked Up
Photograph: John Londono
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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

Shannon and the Clams
Photograph: Courtesy Lily Chou/Wild About You Photogr
Music

Shannon and the Clams + Combo Chimbita + High Waisted

The Oakland, CA, band’s shimmy-friendly, girl-group-gone-garage fare mixes all the sweet innocence of rockabilly with a sense of psychedelic weirdness and DIY punk ethos and energy. Here the crew visits Brooklyn behind its latest LP, Onion. (Be sure to check out singer Shannon Shaw's solo effort from last year, Shannon in Nashville, as well.)

Fucked Up
Photograph: Courtesy John Londono
Music, Rock and indie

Fucked Up

Fucked Up has a remarkable knack for inciting indie-rock types to care about hardcore, probably because the Toronto outfit brings an operatic complexity to an often monochrome genre. The band returns to town to celebrate its latest ambitious album, Dose Your Dreams.

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Yaeji
Photograph: Courtesy Lydo Le
Clubs, House, disco and techno

Yaeji

This local producer melds house and hip-hop elements into a distinctive mix that's indisputably alluring—her singles "Drink I'm Sippin On" and "Raingurl" have upwards of two-million plays at this point. However, the singer is not one to hoard the spotlight. Previous shows have featured her collaborating with a Korean restaurant to make curry for the crowds, in attempt to recreate the familial, communal atmosphere of gathering for a home-cooked meal. This should also feel like a family affair, as the show is bill as an intimate "in the round."

Music, Rock and indie

Ron Gallo

Ron Gallo performs track off his new rockin' and quite insightful album, Stardust Birthday Party, which explores the artist's awakening via self-destruction. Check him out a Rough Trade on November 12. You won't regret it. 

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boygenius
Photograph: Courtesy Lera Pentelute
Music

Julien Baker + Phoebe Bridgers + Lucy Dacus

This recent teamup proves supergroups aren't dead. Baker, Bridgers and Dacus, who recently released a collaborative EP, boygenius, each make uniquely heartbreaking styles of folksy singer-songwriter fare: Dacus plies rugged, rootsy guitar with robust vocals; Bridgers follows in the tradition of Elliot Smith and Bright Eyes (the latter gave her an early-career cosign) with delicately spun explorations of relationships; and Baker lyrically mines death and tragedy over twinkling guitar loops and cathartic climaxes. Capitalizing on those individual talents, the trio is nothing short of jaw-dropping. Don't miss out as they descend on the cavernous halls of Brooklyn Steel, where they're sure to take the stage jointly for the EP's three songs alongside their solo sets.

Kamasi Washington
Photograph: Mike Park
Music, Jazz

Kamasi Washington

Saxophonist, bandleader and Kendrick Lamar collaborator Washington reinvigorated contemporary jazz and garnered heaps of mainstream critical acclaim with his ambitious three-hour 2015 debut, The Epic. He takes the stage behind a new album, Heaven and Earth. 

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Wild Nothing
Photograph: Shawn Brackbill
Music, Rock and indie

Wild Nothing + Men + Trust

Since his gorgeous 2010 debut Gemini, Jack Tatum has mined '80s sounds as Wild Nothing to create airy, nostalgic indie pop. He hits Brooklyn Steel behind his ambitious latest, Indigo. Get ready to daydream.

Dirty Projectors
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Music, Jazz

Dirty Projectors

Dave Longstreth spent the past few years writing hooks and harmonies for Kanye West and Solange in Los Angeles before releasing last year's self-titled Dirty Projectors, an avant-pop affair filled with polyrhythmics, jarring turns and heartbroken lyrics. This year's new Lamp Lit Prose again finds the band continuing last year's transformation into Longstreth's solo project of-sorts. The project is a bit of a lonelier, more solemn beast than before, but sparks fly on the new record nonetheless.

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Jason Moran & the Bandwagon
Photograph: Courtesy Clay Patrick McBride
Music, Jazz

Jason Moran and the Bandwagon

The polymathic piano great and his trusty triomates (bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits) show off their slyly engaging, historically-minded modernism during a week in the Village.

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Photograph: Josh Mellin
Music, Rock and indie

Thom Yorke

The eccentric Radiohead frontman steps out on a rare solo tour, joined by longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich and visual artist Tarik Barri. Expect a set spanning his solo works, The Eraser and Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, as well as Atoms For Peace’s Amok. In the opening set, experimental cellist Oliver Coates peddles his eclectic beats.

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