All The Best Live Music In New York City This Week

Senior Music Writer
08.13.18

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There is never a lack of things to do in New York City, and that’s especially true for music lovers. Every night of the week, there’s some buzz-worthy band or big-time pop singer or up-and-coming rapper performing in one of the city’s thousand different venues and the choices about who to check out can become daunting.

Well, to help all you residents of the “City That Never Sleeps” parse through the hundreds of different artists vying for you hard-earned dollars — with Springsteen On Broadway a long-standing given that you owe it to yourself to see — we’ve assembled here some of the best and most intriguing concerts coming up in the New York area.

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There is never a lack of things to do in New York City, and that’s especially true for music lovers. Every night of the week, there’s some buzz-worthy band or big-time pop singer or up-and-coming rapper performing in one of the city’s thousand different venues and the choices about who to check out can become daunting.

Well, to help all you residents of the “City That Never Sleeps” parse through the hundreds of different artists vying for you hard-earned dollars — with Springsteen On Broadway a long-standing given that you owe it to yourself to see — we’ve assembled here some of the best and most intriguing concerts coming up in the New York area.

Monday, August 13

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Jeremih and Teyana Taylor at the PlayStation Theater [Tickets]
A night of contemporary R&B excellence from two of the genre’s finest. Keep that same energy!

Low Cut Connie at Coney Island Baby [Tickets]
Philadelphia has risen as a vital center of new rock and roll bands over the last five years, and Low Cut Connie is one of the best to come out of that vital scene.

Tuesday, August 14

Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson at Jones Beach Theater [Tickets]
One of the greatest guitarists of all-time on the same bill as two of the greatest rock singers to ever do it. What more can you ask for?

Maceo Parker at Sony Hall [Tickets]
A collaborator of James Brown’s and George Clinton’s and one of the funkiest sax players you’ll ever hear.

M. Ward and The Decemberists at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival [Tickets]
The mid-’00s folk rock revival is still going strong.

Wednesday, August 15

Tacocat at Rough Trade NYC [Tickets]
One of the best and brightest Seattle bands to rise out of the PNW in quite a while. Also an exquisite palindrome.

Thursday, August 16

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Warren G at Brooklyn Bowl [Tickets]
A West Coast, G-funk legend makes his way to the heart of the New York rap scene.

Guided By Voices at Industry City Courtyard 1/2 [Tickets]
Robert Pollard’s songs may be short, but Guided By Voices don’t skimp on their lengthy set.

Friday, August 17

Open Mike Eagle with Tron & DVD and Mega Ran at Zone One, Elsewhere [Tickets]
Open Mike Eagle is one of the best, young MCs in the game today, and his most recent album Brick Body Kids Still Daydream was one of the finer and more thought-provoking releases of 2017.

Ben Folds with Cake and Tall Heights at Forest Hills Stadium [Tickets]
Can you really miss the opportunity to hear “Kate” and “The Distance” in the same night?

Saturday, August 18

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Deerhunter at House of Vans [Tickets]
Deerhunter has amassed a pretty amazing catalog of music over the last decade, and this might be your first chance to hear songs from their upcoming album Double Dream of Spring in person.

Mitski and Sidney Gish at The Hall, Elsewhere [Tickets]
Mitski’s new album Be The Cowboy is one of the most emotionally charged and compelling releases of 2018. If you can score a ticket to this show to hear those songs live, please do.

Jim Jones, Cam’ron, Diplomats, Freekey Zekey, Juelz Santana, and Dave East at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk [Tickets]
A staggering collection of some of the hottest rap artists from the last 20 years.

Sunday, August 19

All Time Low and Dashboard Confessional at Pier 17, South Street Seaport [Tickets]
Emo power pop/rock fans of the world unite!

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