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Hang in there. We’re within shouting distance of warmer months here in the New York City metropolitan area, and the music scene is starting to take notice. March is shaping up to be a killer month for live music.

This month’s concert calendar is chock full of under-the-radar indie shows, headliner acts and just about everything in between. Sure, Billie Eilish and Pearl Jam may have sold out in record time, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of fun to be had all around.

Temperatures may not be warming up quite yet, but the music scene sure is. Here are 15 can’t-miss live shows for March.


Wye Oak

March 4, 9:00 p.m.
Music Hall of Williamsburg

Formed in Baltimore in 2006, Wye Oak have been honing their autumnal indie-pop sound over the course of five critically acclaimed studio albums. Drawing from folk, electronic and R&B influences, their eclectic and transformative live performances are something to behold. They aren’t a well-kept secret anymore; tickets won’t last for this one.

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Boyz II Men

March 6, 8:00 p.m.
NYCB Theatre at Westbury, NY

There seems to be a sort of Boyz II Men renaissance going on, with the venerable group popping up all over the place—even for a collaboration with Tyler, the Creator at the 2020 Grammy Awards. We’re definitely not complaining. The most successful R&B act of all time can’t get enough credit for their silky smooth harmonies. You’ve got to see them live.

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The Jayhawks

March 6 & 7, 8:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Bowl

It’s hard to believe that The Jayhawks have been making quality, relevant music for 30 years. Gary Louris and company emerged in the ‘80s with a sound that was equal parts Byrds, Beatles and Petty—and they’ve been flying under the radar ever since. Their music is essential, and the beautiful harmonies alone are worth the price of admission. 

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Tickets on sale for these 2020 Jayhawks shows. February 15 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue & 7th St Entry (Ed Ackerson Celebration of Life Benefit at First Avenue) March 5 – Homer, NY – Center for the Arts of Homer * March 6 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl * March 7 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl * March 8 – Northampton, MA – Academy of Music Theatre * April 16 – Iowa City, IA – The Englert Theatre * April 17 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall * April 18 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music Music (SOLD OUT) * April 19 (afternoon) – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music (SOLD OUT) * April 19 (evening) – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music (SOLD OUT) * May 6 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater * May 7 – San Antonio, TX – Sam's Burger Joint Music Hall * May 8 – Austin, TX – 3TEN Austin City Limits Live * May 9 – Austin, TX – 3TEN Austin City Limits Live * May 10 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston * May 29 – Barcelona, Spain May 30 – Zaragoza, Spain June 2 – Valencia, Spain – Moon Valencia June 4 – Madrid, Spain – OCHO Y MEDIO June 5 – Bilbao, Spain – BBK Music Legends Festival June 6 – Pontevedra, Spain – Pazo da Cultura de Pontevedra June 18 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre ** June 19 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall ** June 20 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel ** June 21 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel ** * = with The Mastersons ** = with Those Pretty Wrongs

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Destroyer

March 7, 8:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Steel

Slow and steady wins the race sometimes, and Dan Bejar has been at it since his debut in 1998. His music works because he retains his artful eccentricity, but everything else seems to change on a whim. Each album is distinct, and the same goes for his live show.

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The Brothers: Celebrating 50 Years of The Allman Brothers Band

March 10, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden

While The Allman Brothers may be retired, obviously their legacy lives on. Madison Square Garden is going to be packed with ABB fanatics on March 10 for good reason—this celebration’s lineup includes Jaimoe from the original lineup, along with an all-star lineup of country-rock stars.

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KRS-One

March 12, 9:00 p.m.
Sony Hall

KRS-One was as controversial as he was influential during the hip-hop boom of the ‘80s and ‘90s with his hardcore style. As an MC and rapper, he epitomizes that classic sound. While his career and outlook may have shifted over the years, his influence and clout definitely have not.

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Nathaniel Rateliff

March 12 & 13, 8:00 p.m.
Town Hall

Nathaniel Rateliff, with or without his band, has been on a victory lap over the past few years, dominating the Americana scene in many ways. He recently released his solo album And It’s Still Alright, which is the perfect reason to head to Town Hall to experience his gravelly voice and unmistakable stage presence.

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Against Me!

March 15, 8:00 p.m.
The Paramount, Huntington, NY

Laura Jane Grace and company have gone from an upstart indie-punk project out of Florida to veteran status over nearly 20 years in the scene. Against Me! has a knack for combining traditional thrash-punk simplicity with irresistible pop style. In other words, their shows apply to just about anyone.

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Best Coast

March 18, 8:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Steel

It’s March in NYC. It’s cold. So, we recommend heading out to Brooklyn Steel for the sunny, California-evoking vibes of Best Coast. They’re reliably great, combining throwback pop in the same vein as Blondie, and just the right amount of indie grunge.

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Stephen Marley

March 20, 8:00 p.m.
Sony Hall

Anytime a Marley rolls through town, it’s a good rule to mark it on your calendar. Stephen makes it hard to forget he’s carrying the torch for his legendary father, bringing socially conscious reggae into the 21st century. It’ll be mellow and mind-blowing all at once.

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Blood Orange

March 20, 8:00 p.m.
Radio City Music Hall

Blood Orange is the epitome of talent. Dev Hynes has become famous for bringing art into R&B and hip-hop, and he almost never ceases to surprise. He’s highly regarded across the music industry in just about every genre, which definitely says something, and you’ll understand when you see his live show.

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Indigo Girls

March 22, 8:00 p.m.
The Paramount, Huntington, NY

You’re not going to get a better sample of the ‘90s singer-songwriter scene than Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. As the Indigo Girls, they helped channel Joni Mitchell’s threadbare style into the pop mainstream. These women are music legends by now, and now’s your chance to catch them at their can’t-miss show at The Paramount.

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Caamp

March 29, 8:00 p.m.
Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, New Jersey

If you needed an excuse to head out to the land of Springsteen, Caamp is the perfect one. They’re modern Americana at its best, incorporating traditional folk/bluegrass melodies with soulful vocals to a hypnotic effect. This show will be warm, intimate and unforgettable.

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Thom Yorke

March 31 & April 1, 8:00 p.m.
Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom

Thom Yorke has well surpassed ‘legendary’ status as a solo artist, composer and with Radiohead, so hurry up and grab your tickets for this show—it will definitely sell out. With 2019’s Anima and multiple side projects/compositions under his belt, this show will most likely continue his streak of being unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.

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