Is it spring yet? Between hanging out at outdoor bars in NYC and smelling the daisies at the best NYC parks, the season is also a great time to see some live music. And while summer concerts in NYC are right around corner, here’s your chance to enjoy some tunes without the sweltering heat.
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After reviving the Rumours lineup in 2014, the Mac is back. But all is not well in the land of dreams and crystal visions: Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is on the outs with the group after scheduling disagreements with his band mates. In his place, ax slingers Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn (Crowded House) join the crew for this tour. As a result, you can expect a few covers and rarities, like the bluesy "Oh Well" from the band's earlier, pre-Buckingham/Nicks incarnation, as well as a steady stream of hits.
The pioneering trip-hop outfit hits Radio City on its tour celebrating the 20th birthday of one of its defining achievements: 1998's Mezzanine. Highlights include accompaniment from Cocteau Twins’ member and "Teardrop" singer Liz Fraser, who is touring with the band for the first time since 2012, and a spanking new audiovisual production. This is no staid recital: Show up for a new rendition of an old favorite.
This super-duo spans two eras of folk melancholy: fast-rising LA singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, and quavery-voiced icon of the early aughts, Conor Oberst (better known as Bright Eyes). As heard on their first collaboration, "Would You Rather" from Bridgers' debut, the latter's plainspoken-troubadour style melds seamless with the former's delicately spun lyrical explorations.
As L’Rain, Taja Cheek brews singularly atmospheric, soul-inflected soundscapes, presented here as a 2019 artist-in-residence at National Sawdust. Expect intricately arpeggiated jazz guitar, tight drumming chops and plenty of psychedelic tape loop ambience.
One of the biggest saxophone stars of the modern era, Redman plays innovative cuts from an upcoming quartet album—what will be his first in nearly two decades. This agile combo consists of pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson.
“Let me get that bacon, egg and cheese right quick,” shouted rapper Wiki on his 2017 debut, No Mountains in Manhattan, and just like that, a vital new entry in NYC’s rap canon was born. Though he hasn't yet announced a followup, recent singles like "Cheat Codes"—a moody, hypnotic part-paean to the City—signal the rapper has something in the works. Catch the alumnus of the Ratking hip-hop crew at this special hometown one-off.
A member of Atlanta collective Awful Records, Tommy Genesis first gained recognition in 2015 collaborating with labelmates like Abra. Nowadays the Calvin Klein model and self-proclaimed “art-hoe” and “fetish rapper” is star in her own right, performing behind her duality-themed self-titled debut (see the sensual cover featuring her face-to-face with her own double).
HEALTH puts on a completely insane—in a good way—live show. The hard-touring L.A. quartet swarms the stage, performing what feels equal parts postmodern and primal, mashing up art-pop, avant-metal and tons of frenzied positive vibes.
The infamously quirky Icelandic artist is already known for extravagance. In 2017, she re-imagined her eighth studio release Vulnurica as an immersive VR-experience, in which she transforms into a God-like entity of pure light dancing with an ominously fluourescing, flying jellyfish. And previous tours have featured the likes of 70-piece orchestras (2001's Vespertine), as well as electric-bolt-emitting tesla coils and pendulums that utilize the earth’s gravitational pull to create musical patterns (Biophilia).
So in other words: When Björk describes her newest stage creation as her "most elaborate" yet, you can be plan to be no less than awestruck. Her first full theatrical production, Cornucopia promises to bridge digital and acoustic worlds in a stunning array of visuals, stage design and sound.
But despite the hype, the show remains shrouded in mystery—there's no word on what music she'll be performing exactly, nor has she provided much in the way of promotional imagery or video. The promotional poster features the singer donning the same outfit as in her "Utopia" music video, so its possible the show will expand on music from her latest album of the same name.
Between the tragic Manchester Arena bombing, the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller and the very public end of her brief engagement to SNL star Pete Davidson, the past year has been a rough one for Ariana Grande. But amid the turmoil, the singer released Sweetner, her most impressive collection of songs to date, filled with empowering anthems and soaring R&B ballads (not to mention the inescapable single “God is a Woman”). The former Nickelodeon star will take her latest album on the road this spring, including a stop at the United Center, where Grande can fill the cavernous venue with her expansive vocal range. No word yet on whether or not her pet pig, Piggy Smalls, will make an appearance, but we're keeping our fingers crossed.