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There’s a special kind of hell known as February in the New York City metro area. It’s ok, we can all admit it. But, what we experience in bone-chilling temperatures and gale-force winds, we make up for in culture. And our February concert calendar is proof. 

We need to make it through winter somehow, right? It seems like bands and artists are coming out in full force to support our fight against the freeze. February is stacked with major acts, up-and-comers and indie veterans across the tri-state area, and we’re all better off for it. 

In other words, we may be in the dead of winter, but there’s hope. And it starts with this concert calendar. Here’s our can’t-miss February shows for the tri-state area.

Rex Orange County

February 7 & 8, 8:00 p.m.
Radio City Music Hall

If you could sum up what it means to be a modern pop sensation, you’d want to start with Rex Orange County. His music doesn’t really fit into a genre—it’s somewhere in between rock, pop, R&B, hip-hop and jazz—but this charmingly irreverent artist is the self-made musician that reflects the 2020s. Plus, his singles are just so damn catchy.

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Pink Mountaintops

February 8, 7:00 p.m.
169 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

Each month, we like to throw in an under-the-radar show for your concert calendar. Pink Mountaintops is definitely a hidden gem worth considering. The brainchild of Stephen McBean, who’s also behind the genius Black Mountain, this Vancouver-based band is right at the intersection of country, psychedelic and straight-up rock. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised.

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The Lumineers

February 13 & 14, 7:00 p.m.
Barclays Center

The Lumineers have consistently proved to be a top-40 act with surprising depth, and that’s reflected in their latest album III. It’s rare to see a folk-rock band perform heady ballads alongside stomp-and-holler hits, but you’ll get the chance at MSG. If you act fast, that is.

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Raphael Saadiq

February 13, 8:00 p.m.
Terminal 5

February 14, 8:00 p.m.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Raphael Saadiq represents R&B at its most thoughtful. As a producer and collaborator, he’s been making waves in the industry for years (and even got an Oscar nod for his work on “Mudbound”), but his live show is not to be missed. Mixing old-school soul with artful modernism, he’s creating a captivating new vision for the genre.

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February 14 & 15, 8:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden

Fans of the Eagles know, but the general population may not realize how many hits this band has created. Seriously, they have 18 top-40 hits and so many more that have grown in popularity throughout the years. So, if you’re a fan of any type of music, chances are they’ve had an influence on your favorite band—so head out to MSG to pay your respects.

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Fitz & The Tantrums

February 18, 8:00 p.m.
The Paramount

If there’s a song you can’t get out of your head, then it’s probably a Fitz & The Tantrums song. And, this is by no means a bad thing. It takes quite a bit of talent to pump out earworms like they do, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg for their ever-growing resumé. This will be a sing-along to top them all at The Paramount.

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Post Malone

February 18, 8:00 p.m.
Prudential Center

Tickets are going fast for Posty, so we’d suggest you go ahead and get yours right about now. We used to think he just had a dedicated fanbase, but that seems to be about the entire world at this point. He’s going to blow the lid off of the Prudential Center with his emo/hip-hop bangers, and you should be in the front row for it.

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Bat For Lashes

February 19, 8:00 p.m.
Town Hall

New Wave lives on through Natasha Khan, aka Bat For Lashes. Her dreamy synth-pop style is a throwback for sure, but with its own modern twist. Lost Girls, which was well-received in 2019, is a hypnotic album inspired by everything the ‘80s represents and the live show will be nothing short of transcendent.

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Kamasi Washington

February 20, 8:00 p.m.
Kings Theatre

It seems reductive to call Kamasi Washington a “jazz artist.” His experimental work is more of an experience, wordless storytelling at its finest. So, if you’re going to this show with any sort of expectations, you can go ahead and leave those at the door—prepare to have your mind blown.

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Drive-By Truckers

February 21, 8:00 p.m.
Webster Hall

Drive-By Truckers have firmly cemented their status in music by doing their own thing. Their music is probably best defined as country, but just the kind of country you don’t hear anymore. It’s equal parts gritty, poetic, thoughtful and fun—and their live shows are exactly that, too. These icons are a can’t-miss any time they roll into town.

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Ms. Lauryn Hill

February 22, 8:00 p.m.
United Palace 

The original genre bender, Ms. Lauryn Hill has been redefining pop music since her days with the Fugees. Seamlessly jumping between rap, R&B and pop, she’s known for her captivating anthems and her equally captivating live performances. She’s earned her place among icons in any genre.

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Woody Guthrie Center Presents This Land Is Your Land

February 23, 8:00 p.m.
Town Hall

In celebration of 80 years since Woody Guthrie penned his singular ballad “This Land Is Your Land,” some of the biggest names in Americana and folk music will be heading out to Town Hall on February 23. Performers include John Fullbright, Jeff Tweedy and more. Woody’s legendary song hasn’t lost a bit of its relevance, and if you get your ticket for this show, you’ll see why.

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Daryl Hall & John Oates

February 28, 7:00pm
Madison Square Garden

There are two kinds of people in this world: people who like Hall & Oates, and people who lie and say they don’t like Hall & Oates. They’re the kings of irresistible pop, and we suggest never passing up an opportunity to hear “Maneater” live, in-person. The sheer amount of hits they’ve pumped out over the years is astonishing, and we’re going to dance to every single one at MSG. 

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