While temperatures are dropping and the days are getting shorter, entertainment across the Tri-State area is really starting to heat up. There’s no better antidote for that winter-induced cabin fever than hitting up your favorite venue for a concert—and November is shaping up to be a great month for can’t-miss shows all around town. 

As usual, Brooklyn is stacked with some killer indie shows. And there are major acts coming to town, too. We get it––the entertainment options are endless. Sometimes overwhelming. That’s why we’re here. Each month, we’re highlighting some of the premier shows coming to town––headlining acts, up-and-coming stars and even a few hidden gems––so you can plan your calendar. 

Want a taste of the best shows the Tri-State area has to offer? Check back each month and we’ll give you the rundown of what you can’t miss.

A-List Shows

These are the New York shows you do not want to miss. Mark your calendars!

Dead & Company

Friday, November 1 at Madison Square Garden

Diving into your first Grateful Dead show may seem a little daunting. But if you like old-fashioned jamfests with John Mayer’s signature voice and lead guitar thrown into the mix, this is probably a good bet for you. The Dead are legendary for the exhaustive live shows and, with three original members on-board, this should be a good time at MSG.

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Ariana Grande 

Tuesday, November 12 at Barclays Center

There are quiet indie shows. And then there are real spectacles, which is where pop megastar Ariana Grande comes in. No matter where you fall on the spectrum of musical taste, it’s hard to ignore her stunning voice and ability to turn a simple concept into a pop banger. Go ahead, turn the lights down, put on thank u, next and get ready—because on November 12, the party’s going to be in Brooklyn.

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Hiss Golden Messenger 

Thursday, November 14 at Webster Hall

Let’s face it, Americana has a tendency to stick to a formula. It’s been that way for years. But Hiss Golden Messenger has been almost single-handedly keeping the genre fresh by way of M.C. Taylor’s so-simple-it’s-profound songwriting and a band that’s pretty much unmatched for talent. They’re all veterans in a live setting, so if you’re free on November 14, be sure to check them out. 

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FKA twigs 

Wednesday, November 20 at Kings Theatre

FKA twigs is the epitome of a performer, so we’d recommend not passing this one up. Through a series of EPs and one killer LP in 2014, she’s been blending hip-hop, artpop and R&B in her own unique way—and she’s got a new release November 8 as well. So, keep an eye on Spotify for her new material and get ready for a psyched-out jam session at the Kings Theatre.

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Angel Olsen 

Thursday, November 21 at Brooklyn Steel

Angel Olsen has evolved from an intimate indie-rocker to full-blown indie-pop superstar. We’re not too sure how to describe her music—and that’s absolutely a good thing. She’s channeling 1960s psych-rock through a pop filter and creating a unique vision that you don’t want to miss. Her latest release, All Mirrors, is one of the best albums you’ll hear all year.

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Notable Shows

Looking for more entertainment options? Here are some other incredible artists playing in town.

J.S. Ondara 

Saturday, November 2 at Music Hall of Williamsburg

You may not know his name, but it’s about time you did. Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, J.S. Ondara’s style is extremely familiar, yet unlike anything you’ve ever heard. His debut album Tales of America offers a unique perspective on the American experience, channeling the likes of Paul Simon, Hiss Golden Messenger and his original inspiration, Bob Dylan. 

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Clairo 

Monday, November 4 at Brooklyn Steel

In our book, Clairo is defying the odds in the best ways. How do lo-fi, bedroom-pop recordings amass hundreds of millions of listens on Spotify? It starts with an extremely relatable set of songwriting skills. The essence of great pop music is a sound and style that connects, and with her dreamy, chill anthems she’s making it look effortless. Clairo’s music is so stunningly simple it almost seems too easy—maybe that’s the entire point. 

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The New Pornographers 

Thursday, November 7 at Brooklyn Steel

It’s insane that this indie supergroup released their first album almost 20 years ago, because with their latest LP they sound more relevant than ever. The New Pornographers’ sound is a sum of its parts, featuring incredible work from Neko Case, Den Bejar, A.C. Newman, et al. If you’ve ever wanted to drift off to some irresistibly catchy indie-pop, check them out.

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Chastity Belt 

Wednesday, November 13 at Elsewhere

The closest thing you’re going to get to a living-room jam session is a Chastity Belt show. This band excels at making lo-fi indie-rock seem big—or making big indie-rock seem accessible. Either way, if you’re into shimmering guitars and a style inspired by ‘90s heavyweights like Pavement and Modest Mouse, this’ll be a great time.

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The Roots 

Saturday, November 16 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center

If The Roots are playing, you should go. Enough said. While they haven’t released a full album since 2014, that doesn’t mean their live show has gone stale. Hip-hop has never been better experienced live than with this band. More than that, they represent a group of creatives that have transcended music and are well-established in pop culture. In other words, icons.

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TOOL 

Tuesday, November 19 at Barclays Center

Need to exorcise some inner darkness? Well, after a 13-year hiatus, the alt-rock innovators known as Tool have emerged from the shadows with their unmistakable blend of goth-rock and incendiary metal. Say what you will, but they broke new ground in the ‘90s and if you’re a fan of rock in any way, don’t miss a group of legends as they pass through town.

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