Top 20 Spring Concerts
Get into the spirit of the season with Springsteen, Feist and more.
Mon Feb 27 2012
Photograph: Paul Heartfield
Mar 16, 17 Justice
Need a break from the whiny indie rock that Terminal 5 has been serving up lately? This pair of sold-out Justice gigs should do the trick. Audio, Video, Disco saw the savvy Parisian duo departing from head-banging electronica toward a prog rock--informed take on DJ music. Still, experimental influences are practically irrelevant here; it's all about the thump-thump-thumpin' beats that will keep you dancing well into the night. Terminal 5. 9pm; sold out.
Mar 17 The Chieftains with Paddy Moloney
For half a century, the Chieftains have been blazing new trails for traditional Celtic music while also fashioning new blends with fellow travelers in nearly every imaginable genre. This Irish institution takes the main stage at Carnegie Hall to celebrate its latest album, Voice of Ages, with a star-studded lineup including the Decemberists, Punch Brothers, the Secret Sisters, Bon Iver, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Carnegie Hall. 8pm; $29--$88.
Mar 20 Odd Future
This L.A. alt-rap posse has achieved a rare kind of media saturation—even though, by many accounts, the group hasn't produced consistently great music (Tyler, the Creator's "Yonkers" and Mellowhype's "64" single are the peaks so far). Odd Future's cult popularity culminates in the Adult Swim show Loiter Squad, which premieres in March and stars the band. Knowing Tyler & Co., they'll probably call out fans as losers for watching it. Hammerstein Ballroom (at the Manhattan Center). 8pm; $35--$40.
Apr 1 Wild Flag
After a whirlwind year that saw the release of this indie-rock quartet's debut album and a string of sold-out shows in October, the ladies of Wild Flag return to NYC for a second round. Catching the band live is a must-do to truly understand its appeal; the energy captured on the album, which was recorded live, is nothing compared to seeing guitarists Carrie Brownstein and Mary Timony trading solos, or Janet Weiss's fierce, propulsive drumming in person. Webster Hall. 7:30pm; advance $22, at the door $25.