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The best NYC concerts in March 2020

Here are your highlights for the month’s concerts in NYC including plenty of indie rock shows, pop gigs and more

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Blood Orange
Photograph: Courtesy Stacey Mark

Hey, it's March! There’s always a host of new things to do in Spring, including a fresh supply of concerts in NYC to keep the best live music venues buzzing. While you might still catch the odd icy temp, keep your spirits high and your sights on the many summer music festivals just around the corner.

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Best NYC concerts in March 2020

Wye Oak
Photograph: Courtesy Shervin Lainez
Music, Classical and opera

Wye Oak

Music Hall of Williamsburg, Williamsburg

The Baltimore duo plays behind a couple new singles, "Fear of Heights" and "Fortune," which might signal a new album on the horizon. The duo's last released record, The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, is an incisive indie-pop record that builds on the group's knack for tightly arranged gut punches and sinewy balladry

Destroyer
Photograph: Ted Bois
Music, Rock and indie

Destroyer

Brooklyn Steel, East Williamsburg

Dan Bejar, a collaborator with The New Pornographers and an idiosyncratic Canadian singer-songwriter who makes music as Destroyer, trades in a mature interpretation of ‘80s soft-rock, full of smoky, monochrome synths, cryptic murmurings and muted sax lines. Check out his brand new release Have We Met, along with 2011's groundbreaking Kaputt, for an idea of his sprawling, dynamic sound.

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Lupe Fiasco
Photograph: Reid Rolls
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Lupe Fiasco

Brooklyn Steel, East Williamsburg

A couple years ago, Lupe took Soundcloud's removal of his song "N.E.R.D" for hatespeech as a sign from God to retire from music. Fortunately he forewent those plans and has forged ahead with releasing a trilogy of (ostensibly) final albums, Drogas Light and Drogas Wave (the final, Skulls, is still forthcoming). However, we're excited to catch him here in classic form as he throws it back to 2006, performing his breakout debut Food and Liquor in full—though intriguing, his recent political MC inclinations can't quite match the everyman relatability of his humble beginnings as a skateboarder-storyteller.

Blood Orange
Photograph: Courtesy Stacey Mark
Music, Pop

Blood Orange

Radio City Music Hall, Midtown West

Albums like last year's stunning Angel's Pulse, and 2016's complex swirling affair Freetown Sound, have cemented Dev Hynes's status as a multi-talented alt-pop visionary. Expect songs from across his discography as he takes the stage at Radio City.

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Thundercat
Photograph: Red Bull Content Pool/Drew Reynolds
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Thundercat

Webster Hall, East Village

A veteran of Suicidal Tendencies and a protégé of Flying Lotus, electric-bassist Stephen Bruner now plies funky, jazzy grooves as Thundercat, in which guise his work can call to mind vintage Stanley Clarke and Bootsy Collins, as well as more recent low-end theorists Squarepusher and Victor Wooten.

Music, Rock, Pop & Hip-hop

Caribou + Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Brooklyn Steel, East Williamsburg

Known by the nom de plume Caribou, esoteric electronica collagist Dan Snaith has an undeniable talent for spinning expansive, thoughtful records out of a sprawling range of electronic, hip-hop and pop elements, as on his upcoming Merge release, Suddenly.

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Photograph: Josh Mellin
Music, Rock and indie

Thom Yorke

Multiple venues

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, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes and last year's excellent Anima.

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