There’s a Stupid Amount of Shows Coming Up in the NYC/NJ Area: And You Should See Them All
Sunday, March 31 – White Eagle Hall, Jersey City, NJ
Beach Fossils’ last album in 2017, Somersault, was their most ambitious to date. Although the band first gained attention for their hazy, laid back, and straight-forward sound, they have since developed their sound in a way that is true to their roots while also more dynamic and layered. This show is sure to bring some fun summer energy to White Eagle Hall in the middle of the winter.
Sunday, May 5 – Elsewhere, Brooklyn; & Thursday-Friday, October 10-11 – Webster Hall, NYC
One of the more dynamic and exciting voices in indie rock right now, Big Thief, will be part of the big rollout for the reopening of the legendary Webster Hall this summer. If you cannot wait until October two see one of those two back to back shows, you are in luck; they are playing early May at Elsewhere in Brooklyn.
Tuesday, May 7 – Mercury Lounge, NYC; Wednesday, May 8 – Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, NJ; & Friday, May 10 – Warsaw, Brooklyn
Everyone’s favorite synth-pop band are doing a bunch of shows in the tri-state area coming up so don’t panic if you miss one. Echoing the sounds of New Age, The Drums bring a confident and reimagined version of the seminal sounds of 80’s to the stage in their live performances.
Friday, May 31 – Town Hall, NYC
Kevin Morby is one of the best singer-songwriters to come out in the last couple of years. His last record in 2017, City Music, was a major critical success and sent him all over the world and country touring over the last two years. He’ll be back in his hometown this May on a tour promoting his album Oh My God, which is set to come out this April.
Friday, June 14 – Webster Hall, NYC
New Jersey natives, Real Estate, will be playing a show just on the other side of the GWB this summer. They are one of the handful of selected bands that are part of the rollout of the newly reopened Webster Hall. If you’re looking for a laid-back summer show to sway and sing along to, this is the one for you.
Sunday-Monday, June 9-10 – Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn
Indie titans Beach House will be gracing the stage of Brooklyn Steel this March. Come out and space out to everyone’s favorite dreamy, synthy indie duo. With an incredible back catalog of fan-favorites to play from, which fans themselves get the chance to choose from by using the “setlist creator” on the band’s website, this show is a no brainer. Rush and don’t wait, cause when Beach House are in town tickets tend to sell out quick.
Thursday, June 20 – Summerstage NYC
This three-piece outfit from Texas blends soul, psychedelic, and world influences, in a seamlessly organic way that most other groups cannot. Along, with opener Connan Mockasin, this show is a must see for anyone who is interested in music that blends the borders between different genres in a new and interesting way.
Tuesday, August 6 – BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, Brooklyn
The gap-toothed prince of indie rock will be back in New York late this summer, coming off the tail end of touring for his last album This Old Dog. Not much can be said about Mac that hasn’t already been said, but if you want to sing, laugh, cry, and maybe get the chance to touch the man himself when he inevitably stage dives, come on out.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Wednesday, August 28 – Summerstage, NYC
Just one of the many great acts gracing the stage of New York’s annual Summerstage series, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, will be there melting your brains with their fast and heavy guitar rock. If you’re in the market for thrashing around, this seven-piece prog-psych band is just what you’re looking for.
Saturday-Sunday, September 14-15 – Pier 17, NYC
If you have not seen Dr. Dog yet, you’re doing yourself a big disservice. The self-proclaimed “touring band,” have perfected their live craft after playing around a hundred shows a year for the better part of a decade, with little time off here and there. Their shows are fun, high-energy spectacles that never fail to disappoint. Plus, their live stage décor is always on point.
Friday, October 4 – Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn
In 2016 Max Kakacek and Julien Erlich, formerly of Smith Westerns and Unknown Mortal Orchestra respectively, released their debut album Light Upon the Lake under the name Whitney. Their sound is nostalgic, reminiscent of folk-rock acts of the 1970s. However, Whitney manages to pay homage to their influences without wearing them on their sleeves, and in a way that is even accessible to those who were not born during the time that they love to emulate.