Contrary to what most people may think, the majority of September is still technically considered summer—meaning there are still plenty of days to take advantage of the warm weather and summer concerts in NYC! From indie-rock bands to experimental hip-hop artists, we guarantee you won’t want to miss these NYC concerts in September 2017.
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NYC concerts in September
Stoner rock heavyweights Queens of the Stone Age hit town behind a newie, Villains, out August 25. The follow-up to 2013's wildly successful …Like Clockwork, the new record finds the band returning to basics: You'll find no high-profile guests here (excepting the album's producer, Mark Ronson). If the effort's first single, the rollicking "The Way You Used To Do," is any indication, we're all in for a good time.
In recent years, Seattle-based alt-hip-hop outfit Shabazz Palaces has consistently explored the most engrossing sectors of lush, spacey futurism. This summer sees Tendai Maraire and Ishmael Butler releasing not one, but two new albums, Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and its "extra-spatial twin" Quazarz Vs. the Jealous Machines. Prepare to have your mind expanded.
English post-punk luminaries and cult faves the Fall—fronted by Mark E. Smith, whose vocal delivery would be best described as the most compelling drunken pub rant you've ever hear—play the states for the first time in over a decade, touring behind their 32nd studio album, New Facts Emerge. Expect the revered Brits to air out tunes from that effort, as well as dig into their impressive and varied catalogue during this five-show run in Brooklyn.
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If you see music regularly in New York, odds are good that you've caught the reigning baroness of punk rock, Patti Smith, before—and odds are also high that you've gone home impressed. The uncompromising, defiant songstress honors her late husband Fred “Sonic” Smith, at this SummerStage benefit show, with help from Fred's children, Jesse Paris and Jackson.
The crackling aura surrounding Father John Misty extends beyond his past life as a Fleet Foxes member to the music he’s now releasing as a solo artist. His 2012 Sub Pop debut, Fear Fun, featured soaring, soulful folk-rock lysergically spiked with energy and intelligence. This year's, Pure Comedy, is a sometimes-brutal look at modern life that should provide plenty of fodder for Misty’s scenery-chewing live show. Opening this gig is Brooklyn-via-Alabama song man Matthew Houck, a.k.a. Phosphorescent; show up early to catch his heartbreaking yet hopeful rendition of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land."
This fest boasts over 60 artists on four stages, plus eats from local mainstays like Roberta's, Dough and Bareburger, a Tito's Bloody Mary Bar and tons of cool art from local creators. Day one features Jay-Z, Run the Jewels, Tegan and Sara, Joey Bada$$ and Blood Orange; September 16 brings Gorillaz, Erykah Badu, Future, M.I.A., Big Boi and Badbadnotgood; and closing out the festivities on September 17 are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nas, Ghostface Killah, Broken Social Scene and Weezer. Rest up: it's going to be a long weekend—in the best possible way.
The venues keep getting bigger for Jay Som, also known as Melina Duterte, who has stopped off at both Baby's All Right and Rough Trade this year and returns now to take on Bowery Ballroom. The Oakland, California–based songwriter creates alluring dream-pop that delivers memorable moments of atmospheric bliss and cathartic release, as evidenced on her latest album, Everybody Works, which mixes tight rock tunes with ambient clourishes and ’80s pop moodiness.
Interpol's churning, melancholic Turn on the Bright Lights holds up as one of the most memorable debuts of the '00s. Hear the album in its entirety when the indie-rock heavyweights play this outdoor gig, with support from warped pop-rock outfit Deerhunter and experimental rockers Battles. With this lineup, it goes without saying you'll want to be there from the jump.
Brian Wilson returns to New York in an extended celebration of the 50th anniversary of his songwriting masterstroke Pet Sounds. As before, Wilson is joined by Beach Boys cofounder Al Jardine and another former BB, Blondie Chaplin. Summer may be coming to a close, but that'll be the furthest thing from your mind when you're singing along to classics like "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Sloop John B," and "God Only Knows."
Get a dose of ’90s-esque power pop when Brooklyn fourpiece Charly Bliss takes the stage in Williamsburg. The band plays behind Guppy, a solid debut effort buoyed by Eva Hendricks' razor-edged ability to deliver unflinchingly honest lyrics by way of a deceptively sweet whine. The band shines live; expect a tight, charged show.