You can't fool yourself anymore: with September out of the picture, summer concerts in NYC are totally over. But even though summer music festival season might be up, the upcoming slew of stellar fall concerts in NYC means there's no reason for any concert-goer to fret. So bundle up in your sweater weather finest and head out to hear everything from big-name pop-stars to local indie-rock bands.
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Thanks to the ascent of ladies such as Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles and Christina Perri, the female quirk-pop field is a lot more crowded now than it was when Regina Spektor broke through with “Fidelity,” her oft-licensed semihit, in 2006. Yet one needn’t proceed too deeply into Spektor’s latest to remember what an idiosyncratic talent she remains: On Remember Us to Life (released on September 30), the NYC songstress returns to form.
Five-time Grammy-nominee Sia brings all her electro-pop dramatics to the Barclay Center with her "Nostalgic for the Present Tour." At 40 years old, Sia might seem like an unusual artist to dominate the charts, but her powerhouse vocals and aesthetic are not to be missed. Critically acclaimed R&B artist Miguel and electronic duo AlunaGeorge join as the special guests.
Powerhouse 2016: Usher + Bryson Tiller + Wiz Khalifa + Tory Lanez + Fat Joe + Remy Ma + Desiigner + Young M.A
Power 105.1 hosts its annual expectedly huge hip-hop-tacular party at Barclays this year. The early aughts make a strong showing in this year's lineup with both sensual R&B crooner Usher and spitfire MC Fat Joe, the artist responsible for 2004's worst dance move, "Lean Back." On the contemporary side, you'll find self-described "trap-soul" artist Bryson Tiller, XXL Freshman-tapped hitmaker Desiigner and fast-rising Brooklyn native Young M.A., who perked the ears of reigning rap empress Nicki Minaj with her recent breakout single "OOOUUU."
While most Canadian hip-hop artists enjoying stateside success these days ascribe to the "OVO sound," rapper-singer Tory Lanez plays in his own "swavey" lane. Since we last talked to the artist, he's been on a meteoric rise, releasing a collaborative EP, Cruel Intentions, with Shlomo's WeDidIt collective, and a debut studio album, I Told You. He takes the stage with thrillingly inventive New York rapper A$AP Rocky, whose sophomore album At.Long.Last.A$AP topped our best albums of 2015.
“If they try to slow me down, I’ll tell them all to go to hell,” Brian King screams on “The House That Heaven Built,” the most blaring single from Japandroids' 2012 album, Celebration Rock. The band's been silent the past few years since that record, but recently returned this year for a slew of shows that promise all the same cathartic audience sing-alongs of yore. Fingers crossed that we'll be hearing news about a follow-up record sometime later this year.
The Lot Radio has been hosting live DJ sets and talk shows from a reclaimed shipping container in Greenpoint since February. The online station—which has gained tremendous support both locally and abroad—now serves top-notch coffee and sandwiches, in addition to organizing charity concerts at the church across the street. This Friday, kick off your Halloween weekend with live ambient techno performances from Hans Berg, 2MR's Mike Simonetti and Cristiano. There will be a full, affordable bar, and donations will go towards renovating the church's pipe organ.
Local faves A Place to Bury Strangers (a band which can't be mentioned without its infamous moniker, "New York's loudest") plays the type of aggro electro-goth rock that we immediately associate with those black-clad misfits in ’80s teen movies (and perfect for a Halloween gig). On its latest, Transfixiation, the band takes a predictably dense and distorted approach, but with intensified rhythmic backing.