week day, there is something happening in NYC. Whether it be a concert, comedy show, music festival, or all of the above, there is so much going on. It’s no surprise that many would consider New York City the busiest and most entertaining city to live and be in. In order to help you pare it down to the greatest the Big Apple has to offer, here are the Best Concerts in NYC This Week: June 9th-June 16th.
Thursday, June 9th
Birdy @ Irving Plaza
Having reached wide acclaim by the shy age of 14 with her flawless rendition of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love”, Birdy has since released many more beautiful covers, three studio albums, and completed two world tours. Her latest effort, Beautiful Lies, included the hit singles “Wild Horses” and “Keeping Your Head Up”. To witness a truly incredible, young talent, check out Birdy this week at Irving Plaza.
Wolf Parade @ McCarren Park
This Spring, fans saw the long awaited reunion of indie rock band Wolf Parade, who took a five year hiatus that could or could not have been the group’s definite end. Now, Wolf Parade will be performing as headliner for one night of Brooklyn’s North Side Festival. According to recent concert reviews, fans can expect both new songs from their recently released EP, and their feverish favorites, including “I’ll Believe in Anything”.
Friday, June 10th
Alice Smith @ Irving Plaza
With her four octave vocal range and diversified style, Alice Smith quickly gained the attention of audiences and critics since the release of her debut record, For Lovers, Dreamers, and Me back in 2006. Just a year later, Smith garnered a Grammy nomination under the Best Urban/Alternative category, and though she didn’t win, she has since appeared on a few TV Soundtracks, collaborated with the pop star Aloe Blacc, and paid tribute to Nina Simone. Alice Smith’s show at Irving Plaza could be the best performance you witness all week.
The Bayside Tigers @ Webster Hall
Every Friday at Webster Hall, The Bayside Tigers, named after the sports team in the hit TV series Saved By the Bell, host “Save By the 90’s”. This decade themed party has reached high attendance this past year, and is most likely the best 90’s dance party NYC has to offer. So if you’re dressed in plaid and denim and are looking to achieve some 90’s nostalgia, you’re in no better hands than The Bayside Tigers at Webster Hall.
Saturday, June 11th
For the second day of North Side Festival, the Brooklyn based promoters have brought out some big guns. Occupying concrete at McCarren Parl will be indie singer/songwriter Conor Oberst, country/folk singer Kacey Musgraves, and folk/americana favorites The Felice Brothers. Conor is known for his unpredictable, collaborative sets, so we anticipate that these acts will find themselves together by the end of the night, ushering Brooklynites on a journey through their similar, folk roots.
Frankie Cosmos @ Rough Trade
This past April, Frankie Cosmos came out with her second LP, aptly named Next Thing. Now, Frankie Cosmos continues to tour with the band Warehouse, which will include one special, intimate show at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade. With brutally honest lyrics and a brave venture into the punk-rock genre, Next Thing solidifies Frankie Cosmos as an artist who’s here to stay.
Tom Petty with Mudcrutch @ Webster Hall
This summer, Tom Petty will be touring with his former group, Mudcrutch. Petty’s Mudcrutch days occurred prior to forming The Heartbreakers, but it was in this band he found future Heartbreakers members Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench. To see Tom Petty perform with Mudcrutch is to witness him in a looser form, and to listen to the music foundation Petty would later build upon to become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician. And though they aren’t The Heartbreakers, reminiscing with Mudcrutch makes for a truly special rock show.
Sunday, June 12
Brian Wilson @ McCarren Park
This Summer, Brian Wilson is touring perhaps the most consequential record for The Beach Boys, the critically acclaimed Pet Sounds. Wilson will be kicking off the longest leg of the tour at NorthSide Festival this year in McCarren Park. Though he won’t be joined by the other Beach Boys, the 50th Anniversary of Pet Sounds is definitely an occasion worth celebrating.
Monday, June 13th
Barenaked Ladies @ Central Park SummerStage
Now on their fifth year of the “Last Summer on Earth” Tour, it seems that the Barenaked Ladies are going to continue to live and perform as if the Mayans were correct and the world is on its way out. It’s been a pretty big year for BNL, as they’ve released a new and extensively curated live album at Red Rocks, in addition to continuous work on their 12th LP. SummerStage is the perfect venue to see a band as energetic and endearing as the Barenaked Ladies.
Aesop Rock @ Irving Plaza
If you haven’t heard of rapper Aesop Rock, be prepared to witness an incredible wordsmith who never shies away from baring his soul onstage. This past year, Aes not only turned 40, but he released the very autobiographical rap record titled The Impossible Kid. Fans will definitely be hearing a large segment of his newest LP, which is filled with Aes’ lyrical acrobats and humorous wit.
Tuesday, June 14th
Florence + the Machine and Grimes @ Barclays Center (second show 6/15)
Even though it’s been over a year since Florence Welch embarked on her How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Tour, the charismatic singer has shown no signs of letting up in energy. Backed by an eleven piece band, Florence Welch emerges as a powerful and majestic artist, bringing her latest chamber-pop effort to life in a near indescribable way. Indie-pop musician Grimes continues to serve as the opener, making this tour one of the hottest to attend this summer.
Chairlift @ Coffey Park
Unknown to most, the SummerStage Music Festival extends to Brooklyn’s Coffey Park, where the indie duo Chairlift will be performing this week. Chairlift, which is comprised of Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberley, first met acclaim when their hit single “Bruises” found its way onto an Apple advertisement. A few months ago, Chairlift took a break from ghostwriting to release their highly anticipated third LP Moth, which includes the hit electronic single “Ch-Ching”.
Tame Impala @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Tame Impala will be bringing his psychedelic, ambient chill vibes to the Prospect Park Bandshell this week to kick off a summer’s worth of incredible live shows. Last year, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker propelled himself into the mainstream with his album Currents, which served to revive psychedelic pop for the time being. Tame Impala’s concert will certainly be a highly attended event, so if you plan on going, we suggest getting to the bandshell early to secure a good spot.
Wednesday, June 15th
The Neighborhood @ Terminal 5
Known first from their hit single “Sweater Weather”, The NBHD (The Neighbourhood) continues to tour their energetic live tour to raving audiences nationwide. This Summer, The NHBD brings “The Nu Wave” Tour to Terminal 5 to perform in support of their 2015 effort, Wiped Out!. Encouraged by adoring fans, The NBHD never fail to put on a great show, and if you get a chance to see them at Terminal 5, you cen expect both B-Sides and all-time favorites.
Just Blaze @ Coffey Park
Even though it’s been awhile since Just Blaze released solo material, we see the effects of his work in artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, and Busta Rhymes, in addition to the scores of movie soundtracks such as Ice Age 4. For fifteen years, Just Blaze has been a fixture in the hip-hop music industry, and due to an endless number of producing credits, we think his place is a permanent one. Being an artist who rarely tours and performs on his own, Just Blaze’s show at Coffey Park is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Thursday, June 16th
Rufus Wainwright @ Carnegie Hall (second show 6/17)
If this isn’t the premier concert of the week, we don’t know what is. Because Grammy nominated singer/composer Rufus Wainwright will be returning to Carnegie Hall on the 10th Anniversary of his iconic, career defining performance in tribute to Judy Garland in order to revive the show for a final time. Now, at the age of 42, Wainwright is prepared to bring the culmination of his life’s work and personal experiences to redefine a concert which went to define him.
Rae Sremmurd @ House of Vans
Free Summer concerts at Greenpoint’s own House of Vans will be returning this year with a characteristically impressive line-up, including the up and coming rap duo Rae Sremmurd. And even though they specialize in producing approachable, playful, and often goofy rap singles, they are definitely an act to be taken seriously. Beyonce certainly does, considering Rae Sremmurd contributed to the final product of “Formation”. Check out the single “Look Alive”, fresh off their upcoming record.
Motion City Soundtrack @ Irving Plaza
This time last Summer, we saw Motion City Soundtrack take their famed sophomore album Commit This To Memory on tour again to celebrate it’s 10 year anniversary, and this past year, the band released Panic Stations, their first album of new material since 2013. Though it’s been a wonderful ride with perhaps one of the best indie rock bands of the early 2000’s, it’s time to say “So Long, Farewell” to MCS on what will be their final tour.
Matt Corby @ Terminal 5
This past March, Australian singer/songwriter Matt Corby released his first full-length record Telluric, the culmination of four highly successful EPs. Even more diverse than his audiences is his approach to alternative rock, which blends indie, folk, emotional lyricism, and the occasional “sing-a-long” style chorus. At this rate, Matt Corby could completely complicate the alternative rock genre by the time he’s finished, and we wouldn’t even think to complain.