The Best Music Festivals To Plan For In 2020

The Best Music Festivals To Plan For In 2020

You’ve heard the hype about music festivals, but have you experienced any firsthand yet? If you’re looking for a cultural experience unlike any other, make 2020 the year to check out a music festival. 

They’re great for a few reasons: 

  1. You get to experience music you wouldn’t normally experience. It’s a package deal, which means you get to step outside of your comfort zone to see a new artist or an up-and-comer who you wouldn’t normally take a risk on. 
  2. You get to experience all of this with thousands of your closest friends. How often do you get to hang with so many people with shared interests? 
  3. They’re worth the ticket price because of their scale. Music festivals often feature at least a dozen artists per day (if not more) which is a steal by itself, but we think you’ll find that that the overall experience is simply priceless. 
  4. They can help plan your travel calendar. Music festivals are generally defined by their region, and you can really get to know the country (and the world) by attending them. So, why not start planning your calendar with the best music festivals of 2020?

Most of the festivals below haven’t announced their lineups just yet, but if they’re on this list that means they always have great lineups. And don’t worry—we’ll update you as these festivals make artist announcements. So, feel free to save the date and wait for more info, or if you’re feeling adventurous, go ahead and pull the trigger to join a few thousand of your friends for what’s sure to be a great time.

South by Southwest

Austin, Texas
March 13-22

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
Austin essentially shuts down for a week in March for this massive festival, and there are hundreds of undiscovered artists who are looking to make it big. But, beyond the actual event, there are thousands of incredible shows from incredible artists in venues around Austin. If you’re looking to discover new music and get lost (in a good way) in an incredible city, this is the way to start the festival season.

Coachella Music Festival

Indio, California
April 10–12 & 17–19

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
Coachella has become more than a music festival at this point. It’s a cultural phenomenon. Held in the middle of the desert in Indio, California tens of thousands descend for two weekends of the biggest names in music. If you’re looking for spectacle, then you’ve definitely come to the right place. This year’s lineup has been announced, and includes Travis Scott, Lana Del Rey, Thom Yorke, Rage Against the Machine, Charlie XCX, Frank Ocean and dozens more.

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New Orleans Jazz Fest

New Orleans, Louisiana
April 23–May 3

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
Jazz Fest is a uniquely American music festival. It could not exist anywhere else. Started by music legends Duke Ellington and Mahalia Jackson, the event has come to reflect the beauty and indomitable spirit of The Big Easy. It’s expanded to so much more than jazz at this point, too, so it’s a safe bet for any music fan.

Hangout Fest

Gulf Shores, Alabama
May 15–17

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
Hangout Fest is a party with a capital “P.” Held on the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores, you can lounge in the ocean while hearing some of the biggest acts in music on the main stage. There’s really no experience like it. Speaking of main-stage artists, this year’s lineup features Billie Eilish, Post Malone, Lana Del Rey and Red Hot Chili Peppers, to name a few.

Governors Ball Music Festival

New York City, New York
June 5–7

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
According to the Consequence of Sound website, Tame Impala, Miley Cyrus, Vampire Weekend, Solange and Stevie Nicks have already confirmed to play this year’s festival. But, if that doesn’t sell you, just know that this singular event is about as “New York” as you can get, and you definitely don’t want to miss it.

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Hot 97 Summer Jam

East Rutherford, New Jersey
June 6

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
Hot 97 and hip-hop go hand-in-hand, and their Summer Jam is a must-attend for anyone who loves a good live show. Past lineups have helped showcase not only the biggest in the game, but also helped establish some of the most respected names in the industry.

Bonnaroo Music Festival

Manchester, Tennessee
June 11–14

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
Let’s go ahead and call Bonnaroo the new-age Woodstock. Held in Manchester, Tennessee, this festival is an outdoor-centric celebration of everything music. And with their 2020 lineup, they’re not messing around, either. Head down south for Tool, Lizzo, Miley Cyrus, Vampire Weekend, Lana Del Rey and many more.

Mountain Jam

Bethel, New York
June 13–16

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
Mountain Jam’s rustic setting reflects their incredible lineups. This yearly festival is more rock and roots centered, held in the beautiful Hunter Mountains of Upstate New York. If you’re looking for a more low-key experience, this is a great bet.


Chicago, Illinois
July 30–August 2

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
While they have yet to announce the 2020 lineup, you can go ahead and put this legendary festival on your calendar—it’s going to be good. This four-day experience is deeply tied to the city of Chicago, and proves to be an unforgettable festival every year. Just check out our photo recap from 2019!

Newport Folk Festival

Newport, Rhode Island
July 31–August 2

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
What was once a small, regional folk festival is now one of the premiere musical experiences in the world. Newport is famous for making careers for many artists (i.e. Bob Dylan) and consistently does so every year. It’s a great place to see legends and up-and-comers in the same weekend.

Outside Lands

San Francisco, California
August 7–9

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
The setting for Outside Lands is worth the ticket price. Held in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, there’s no better place to hear some of the best artists in the world than with one of the world’s most iconic landmarks as the backdrop. If the 2019 lineup is any indicator, this is a must for 2020.

Moonrise Festival

Baltimore, Maryland
August 10–11

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
EDM fans, rejoice. Moonrise Festival is the perfect place to lose yourself in the beat with beautiful Baltimore as the backdrop. The Charm City is criminally underrated, and this may be the best weekend of the year to figure that out.

Made in America Festival

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 4–6

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
They bring out the big names for Made in American Festival, so head down to Philly for two days of incredible live music. The lineup generally leans more hip-hop, so be sure to stay tuned for what’s sure to be a killer lineup.

Austin City Limits

Austin, Texas
October 2–4 & 9–11

Why it’s worth the ticket price:
Why not cap off the end of your festival season with an iconic festival in the live music capital of the world? Austin City Limits is a two-weekend experience held in the middle of Texas’ capital. The lineup is top-notch. The vibes are uniquely Texan. It’s a ticket you’re going to want to buy.

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Common at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn

Three Hot Tickets This Weekend: January 10-12

No weekend plans? Check out our selection of what’s hot this weekend in music, sports and theater in and around New York City.

Common at the Minetta Lane: A Journey Through Lyrics & Life

Multiple showtimes
Minetta Lane Theatre, New York, NY

Besides having dozens of major awards under his belt, Chicago rapper Common has years of experience in music, TV, film and activism. Watch as the legendary performer harkens back to his various sources of inspiration in this personal and poetic night of storytelling and music.

Get Tickets to See Common This Weekend Here!

New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat / Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat

January 10, 7:30pm
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

January 12, 3:30 pm
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

The Heat are greatly exceeding expectations on the court this year, led by star players Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler. Grab tickets to see if the Knicks and the Nets can defend their home turf against Miami’s team on the rise.

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Multiple showtimes
St. James Theatre, New York, NY

Like many of Disney’s creations, this show isn’t just for kids. With heartfelt performances, powerful vocals and awe-inspiring special effects from the minds of the award-winning creative team, don’t miss your chance to experience the hit animated film’s magic on stage.

Get Tickets To See Frozen This Weekend Here!

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January 2020 Concert Calendar: Can’t-Miss Shows

With Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s running back-to-back, it’s easy to get a holiday hangover when January rolls around. You’re either left wanting more of it, or really not wanting more of it. Either way, there’s no better way to cure the winter blues than heading out to a concert in the NYC metro area.

After all, we’re all in this together. No one likes 14-degree temperatures with gale-force winds, so we might as well suffer together, drink in-hand at our favorite local venue. That said, here are the must-see concerts we picked out for January 2020. It’s going to be a great year.

The Felice Brothers

January 4, 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Bowl

Folk? Americana? Indie-rock? We’re not sure how to categorize The Felice Brothers, but their live show is not one to be missed. If you think you have an idea of what they sound like from their numerous incredible albums, go ahead and think again.

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January 15, 7:00 pm
Bowery Ballroom

Some people may say country is dead, but we think it’s living right here. Futurebirds are part of an up-and-coming segment of roots-rock artists who lean toward the “red dirt” side of things. If you like a little bit of honky-tonk in your indie-rock, be sure to show up at the Bowery Ballroom.

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Talib Kweli (Bowltrane, the music of John Coltrane)

January 16, 11:30 pm
Brooklyn Bowl

As a perennial hip-hop producer, MC and artist, Talib Kweli is a must-see concert whenever he comes to town. But, this show is a little bit different, and that makes it all the more compelling. Part of NYC’s Winter Jazz Fest, Talib is playing a DJ set celebrating the music of John Coltrane. That sounds like the best of both worlds.

Get Your Tickets to Talib Kweli

Seu Jorge

January 16, 8:00 pm
Town Hall

Another entry to NYC’s Winter Jazz Fest, Seu Jorge is a household name and megastar—just not in the U.S. He’s a celebrated Brazilian folk artist and musician, and maybe one of the most talented live acts you’ll see in your life. You may have heard his David Bowie covers in Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” but trust us, that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Get Your Tickets to Seu Jorge


January 21, 7:00 pm
Webster Hall

Nothing will warm you up faster than a great psych-rock show, and Temples is one of the best. This UK band has been making waves since they plugged in almost ten years ago, and their Deadhead-inspired jams will have you dreaming of surf breaks and sunlight, smack dab in the middle of winter.

Get Your Tickets to Temples

Snoop Dogg

January 22, 7:00 pm
Gramercy Theatre

Snoop Dogg is a rapper who came to fame in the early ‘90s, collaborating with the likes of Dr. Dre and NWA. Oh wait, nevermind, everyone knows who Snoop Dogg is. So, in that case, you know that his live shows are unrivaled and a must-see when he rolls through town. We don’t know what’s bigger than an icon, but Snoop is definitely that.

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January 23, 9:00 pm
Webster Hall

On the opposite end of the spectrum from Snoop Dogg, you have the criminally underrated and underappreciated Atmosphere. While his fanbase may not be huge, they are dedicated. That may be due to his massive stage presence or his ability to thread a narrative in through maybe the chillest hip-hop you’ve ever heard.

Get Your Tickets to Atmosphere

Billy Joel

January 25, 8:00 pm
Madison Square Garden

The Piano Man has been playing a monthly show at Madison Square Garden for years now—his only requisite being, “if there’s a demand for tickets.” Well, that doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, and that’s for a good reason. He’s chocked full of number-one singles and you won’t want to miss a single one.

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January 25, 8:00 pm
The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY

Grouplove is about as eclectic as they come. The Los Angeles band exists somewhere between grungy art-rock and top-40 pop anthems, and their catalog represents that. It may make them hard to define, but it also makes for a show that just about anyone can enjoy. So, treat yourself and your friends to an unforgettable night out at The Capitol Theatre.

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Brian Wilson

January 25, 8:00 pm
Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ

Brian Wilson is such a mythic figure in pop music at this point that it’s almost hard to remember that he’s a real person. But, that’s also what’s made his music so great over the years. It’s so human. As a founding member of The Beach Boys, he expanded the surf-pop genre by integrating artistic productions and experimentation in a time when it was unheard of outside of The Beatles.

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January 28, 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Bowl

“Alphabet Aerobics” is worth the price of admission alone. If you haven’t heard of Blackalicious, your favorite rapper definitely has. They’ve been defining the indie-rap scene for over 20 years now with a more chill take on the genre, and rapid-fire artistry that is unmatched. Brooklyn Bowl is going to blow on January 28.

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Bob Mould

January 29, 10:00 pm

As a founding member of Hüsker Dü, Bob Mould initially helped to jumpstart the genre-mashing that would eventually become indie-rock and hardcore. Since then, he’s built a solid solo career on a more toned-down version of indie-rock, full of irresistible pop hooks and relatable songwriting. He’s a founding father of the genre, and his live show will prove why.

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Wu-Tang Clan (Loud Records 25th Anniversary)

January 30, 8:00 pm
Radio City Music Hall

Heading out to Radio City Music Hall to celebrate Loud Records’ 25th Anniversary is the inimitable Wu-Tang Clan. We’re not sure where to even start with their game-changing career, not to mention the numerous careers that have been launched off of them (RZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, anyone?). So, we’ll just say this: Go see them whenever you get the chance.

Get Your Tickets to Wu-Tang Clan

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The Felice Brothers in concert

Three Hot Tickets This Weekend: January 03-05

No weekend plans? Check out our selection of what’s hot this weekend in music, sports and theater in and around New York City.

The Felice Brothers

January 4, 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY

The Felice Brothers’ Americana-folk sensibility makes for a relaxing post-holiday concert. The four-piece band provides head-nodding, soul-warming tunes like “Love Me Tenderly” and “Special Announcement.”

Get Tickets to See The Felice Brothers This Weekend Here!

Brooklyn Nets v. Toronto Raptors

January 4, 6:00 pm
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

See the defending champs, the Toronto Raptors, take on the Brooklyn Nets this weekend. Will the Nets be able to compete with their two superstar players, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, out for the season? Grab your tickets to find out.

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Slave Play

Multiple Showtimes
John Golden Theatre, New York, NY

A layered and pertinent piece of theater, Slave Play asks tough questions and interrogates deep-seated racial dynamics in the United States. Jeremy O. Harris’ first major stage production blends past and present to offer the audience a complex view of the realities of racial inequality in modern-day America.

Get Tickets To See Slave Play This Weekend Here!

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20 for 20: The Hottest Concerts To Plan For In 2020

There’s no past time quite as American as New Year’s Resolutions. When January 1 rolls around, we start dusting off the treadmills, cleaning the junk food out of the pantry and locking the liquor cabinet. Those are great goals and all, but why not try setting a resolution that’s fun, like planning for 2020’s hottest concerts?

To help you accomplish this goal, we took at look at some of the biggest shows coming to the NYC metro area in 2020, and chose 20 of them we think you should attend. These are not your small indie shows. These are the once-in-a-lifetime shows that you need to plan your year around. 

One last note, too. If the show is on our 20 for 2020 list, then go ahead and assume it’s going to sell out fast. So act quick and grab your tickets—that bucket list is going to thank you.


Wu-Tang Clan (Loud Records 25th Anniversary)

January 30, 8:00 pm
Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

It may seem odd to plan on seeing one of rap’s most formidable groups at the same venue as The Rockettes, but this concert is a can’t-miss. Wu-Tang created some of the most renowned names in the game, and they’re reuniting for a night celebrating the 25th anniversary of the now-iconic label Loud Records.

Get your tickets for Wu-Tang Clan at Radio City Music Hall

Brian Wilson

January 25, 8:00 pm
Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ

We all know Brian Wilson was The Beach Boys, or at least the heartbeat of America’s original boy band, and he’s making a must-see appearance in Jersey. He seems to have only gotten better with age, and his live shows carry a certain tenderness. He’s definitely been through a lot (go ahead, watch the movie “Love & Mercy for context), but he’s seemed to come through the other side doing just fine.

Get your tickets for Brian Wilson at the Bergen Performing Arts Center


Calexico and Iron & Wine

February 6, 7:00 pm
Webster Hall, New York, NY

There’s a certain ceiling for most indie icons and, sure, these two acts aren’t playing Madison Square Garden. But, Calexico and Iron & Wine have helped to shape modern indie-folk/Americana music as we know it—and even many of the bigger acts on this list. When they combine their talents, like in 2005’s In The Reins and 2019’s Years to Burn, that fact is made even more apparent.

Get your tickets for Calexico and Iron & Wine at Webster Hall

The Lumineers

February 13 & 14, 7:00 pm
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

The Lumineers came around in a boom of catchy folk-rock. Many of their peers have faded away, but this group is sticking around. Why? They have more depth than your normal top-40 group, and their last album III proved it. The Lumineers are proof that you can have your cake and eat it too—headline-ready anthems with thoughtful songwriting.

Get your tickets for The Lumineers at Barclays Center


February 14 & 15, 8:00 pm
Madison Square Garden, NY

We know, we’ve all heard “Hotel California” a million times, but that’s for a reason. The Eagles have produced some of the most indelible earworms of the past 50 years, and they’re playing a live show you definitely don’t want to miss. Many of their fans will tell you that they’re more than what you hear on the radio, and we suggest you buy a ticket to find out.

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Post Malone

February 18, 8:00 pm
Prudential Center, Newark

This is one of those shows you’re going to want to nab tickets to as soon as possible. Postie continues to defy any sort of genre limitations, creating his own version of megastar. Sure, it may be tagged as hip-hop, but he’s so much more, which is exactly why he’s amassed legions of diehard fans. Be sure to join them on February 18.

Get your tickets for Post Malone at Prudential Center

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The Jayhawks

March 6 & 7, 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Bowl

This is yet another bucket-list band you may not have thought of, probably because they’re a criminally underappreciated band in modern alternative music. The Jayhawks helped define the alt-country movement in the ‘90s and are continuing to add incredible albums to their growing body of work. If you haven’t heard of them, be sure to add this to your calendar. If you have heard of them, well, you know.

Get your tickets for The Jayhawks at Brooklyn Bowl

Blood Orange

March 20, 8:00 pm
Radio City Music Hall

You know talent when you hear it, and Blood Orange is the epitome of it. Bringing the art into R&B and hip-hop, Dev Hynes 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.

Get your tickets for Blood Orange at Radio City Music Hall

Third Eye Blind

March 28, 8:00 pm
Radio City Music Hall

Admit it, you can’t help but turn up the volume when “Semi-Charmed Life” comes on the radio. But, what’s been truly surprising about these pop-rock stalwarts is their lasting power in the industry. They’re more than a has-been group, and their favorable reviews for Screamer in 2019 prove it.

Get your tickets for Third Eye Blind at Radio City Music Hall

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The Beach Boys

April 3, 8:00 pm
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ

If you didn’t act in time to catch Brian Wilson in February, then here’s your chance to catch him in his element. The Beach Boys are so much more than a ‘60s surf-pop act. If you want to get a masterclass in music production, singular harmonies and some of the best pop arrangements of all time, head over to NJPAC for a once-in-a-lifetime show.

Get your tickets for The Beach Boys At New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Elton John

April 6, 8:00 pm
Madison Square Garden

Farewell tours can be a little bit of a gimmick, it’s true. George Strait has retired about eight times at this point. But, we wouldn’t risk missing Elton John before it’s too late if we were you. He’s playing plenty of shows in the NYC metro area in 2020, but why not catch him and his iconic ballads in the city’s most iconic venue?

Get your tickets for Elton John at Madison Square Garden


Sturgill Simpson

May 16, 7:30 pm
Madison Square Garden

Talk about an artist who continues to defy stereotypes. Sturgill was once billed as the reincarnation of Waylon Jennings, that is, until he released his cosmic (and cosmically good) second album. For his third album SOUND & FURY,  he continues to baffle the music critics by releasing a blues-rock masterpiece alongside, wait for it, a companion anime film. We don’t get it either, but what we do get is this: He’s a world-class performer and artist—and tickets are going very fast.

Get your tickets for Sturgill Simpson at Madison Square Garden

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Ringo Starr

June 2-3, 5, 8:00 pm
Beacon Theatre

Ringo may not be everyone’s first choice out of the Fab Four, but he’s a Beatle. It’s probably a good life rule to catch a Beatle when you get the chance, so go ahead and check out Mr. Starr as he plays several dates at the Beacon. We’re now down to just him and Paul, so you’d better see him while he’s still around.

Get your tickets for Ringo Starr at Beacon Theatre

David Crosby & the Sky Trails Band

June 11, 8:00 pm
Hart Theatre at the Egg, Albany, NY

David Crosby is one of the forefathers of folk-rock as a founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (or whichever variation on that you prefer). He’s also not slowing down in his old age. In fact, his mellow Americana musings suit his age very well and he’s an icon worth driving out to Albany for, that’s for sure.

Get your tickets for David Crosby & the Sky Trails Band at Hart Theatre at the Egg

John Prine

June 20, 8:00 pm
Apollo Theater, New York, NY

You should probably go grab your ticket to this one right about now because they’re going fast. If you’re a fan of any modern country, folk or Americana artist, there’s a solid chance they’re a big fan of John Prine. Balancing wit, emotion and poetry, there’s no songwriter quite like him.

Get your tickets for John Prine at the Apollo Theater

Ozzy Osbourne

June 22, 7:30 pm
Madison Square Garden

The Prince of Darkness may have lost a little bit of his edge with old age, but his music sure as hell hasn’t. He helped define (create, maybe?) and entire genre with Black Sabbath and in his own solo career, and Madison Square Garden will be packed with fans coming to show their respect to the Godfather of metal.

Get your tickets for Ozzy Osbourne at Madison Square Garden

Maroon 5 (w/ Meghan Trainor, Leon Bridges)

June 25, 7:00 pm
City Field

Maroon 5 may have ascended to astronomical levels on the pop scale, but don’t forget that’s because they’re unmatched live performers. Gigs for The Voice aside, don’t miss their insanely energetic live set. The supporting acts are no joke either—Meghan Trainor and Leon Bridges could probably play City Field by themselves.

Get your tickets for Maroon 5 at City Field

Lauren Daigle

June 25, 7:30 pm
Madison Square Garden

Lauren Daigle has quietly by climbing the pop ladder toward megastar status, and an appearance at MSG confirms it. She may have built a fanbase in the worship scene, but with a powerhouse voice and emotional anthems, her music applies to just about anyone who likes great music and a vocal style that stands up to Adele in every way.

Get your tickets for Lauren Daigle at Madison Square Garden

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Harry Styles

July 6-8, 8:00 pm
Madison Square Garden

It’s hard to get out from under the shadow of a boy band. Unless your name’s Justin Timberlake, it’s damn-near impossible. But, Harry Styles is pulling it off. Who would’ve thought one of the founding members of One Direction would be behind some of the most game-changing stadium rock of the past few years? We didn’t, but we’re not complaining.

Get your tickets for Harry Styles At Madison Square Garden


Green Day/Fall Out Boy/Weezer

August 22, 5:30 pm
City Field

If you’re going to name your tour the Hella Mega Tour, you’d better be able to live up to it. Well, these three bands are better equipped than just about anyone else to take on the task. They may have had their heyday in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, but the thousands of people who show up at City Field on August 22 will prove that it hasn’t ended quite yet.

Get your tickets for Green Day/Fall Out Boy/Weezer at City Field

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Release Radar: New Albums of the Week - December 27, 2019

Welcome to Release Radar––your weekly pass to the most exciting new releases from across the music spectrum. wants to put the hottest new albums on your radar so you’re always in the know and ready to catch the artists live when they come to town. From prominent pop stars and indie rockers to hip-hop’s up-and-comers, we’ve got you covered! 

Camila Cabello – Romance

Camila Cabello RomanceFormer Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello has dropped her newest record, Romance. Cabello, 22, had a string of successful singles like “Havana” and “Hey Ma,” featuring Young Thug and Pitbull respectively, prior to dropping her sophomore LP. Romance taps into the reggaeton and dancehall influence that has defined Cabello’s singing style and aesthetics. Tracks like “Living Proof” and “Should’ve Said It” attempt to bridge the gap between Cabello’s pop roots with hip-hop sensibilities, while the playful and engaging “Señorita,” which features a duet with boyfriend Shawn Mendes, evokes the J.Lo and Marc Anthony ballads that Cabello no doubt grew up on. While Romance is not the strongest representation of Cabello’s live performances, it is still more than adequate at showcasing the Cuban-American’s stunning vocals.

Grab tickets to Camila Cabello's September 18 Show At Madison Square Garden Here

Julianna Barwick Circumstance Synthesis              

Julianna Barwick Circumstance SynthesisExperimental composer and vocalist Julianna Barwick has finally dropped a response to her critically acclaimed 2016 album, Will. While Barwick’s first few releases relied heavily on generating monotonous momentum, Circumstance Synthesis immerses itself in the moment. Often times, the Louisiana native gives certain phrases more than enough room to breathe. However, this actually serves the recording well, as the sonic textures of Circumstance Synthesis serve to relax and unwind the listener. It’s another supremely sensitive release from the long-time curator and composer.

Anticipation Albums

Vince Staples – “Hell Bound”

Vince Staples Hell Bound

The quick and visceral “Hell Bound” takes no prisoners. Staples’ knack for catchy hooks and frisky lyricism are on full display for this end-of-the-year treat. While his 2018 LP FM! was based on a radio show format, the latest string of releases are based around the structure of a television episode. “Hell Bound” is labeled as the first ad in what will inevitably be the complete The Vince Staples Show.

Patio“Reality State”

Patio - Reality StatePost-punk trio Patio already had a productive 2019 with the release of their debut LP Essentials, the culmination of almost half a decade of tinkering and toying with melody and dissonance. “Reality State,” meanwhile, is much more meandering than their typically brief, punchy and deconstructive punk tracks. Instead, these three women take their listeners on a five-minute journey—a millenia in punk time—to navigate and circumvent the tones and rhythms of their exhaustion.

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Citizen Cope Live

Three Hot Tickets This Weekend: December 27-29

No weekend plans? Check out our selection of what’s hot this weekend in music, sports and theater in and around New York City.

Citizen Cope

The Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ
Saturday, Dec 28, 7:00 pm

Clarence Greenwood, aka Citizen Cope, likes his music to have meaning. Besides being enjoyable to listen to — with an easygoing mix of soul, blues and rock — his lyrics often take a socially conscious angle that lends substance to the melodies. Groove to tunes from Citizen Cope’s new album, Heroin and Helicopters, along with hits like “Let The Drummer Kick.”

Get Tickets to See Citizen Cope This Weekend Here!

The New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Friday, Dec 27, 3:20 pm

While Yankee Stadium is used to a different type of ball game, the New Era 2019 Pinstripe Bowl brings a flock of football fans to the ballpark. A can’t-miss for Michigan State and Wake Forest alumni, grab your tickets now to watch the Big Ten meet the ACC, in what’s set to be a game to remember.

Get Tickets This Weekend's Game Here!

Perfect Crime

The Theater Center, New York, NY
Various dates & times

A romantic and sardonic thriller, Warren Manzi’s Perfect Crime brings modern obsession with murder mysteries to life. The tale follows Margaret Brent, a wealthy psychiatrist accused of murdering her husband, through the ever-thickening plot. See for yourself if there really is such a thing as the perfect crime.

Get Tickets To See Perfect Crime This Weekend Here!

featured photo: Daniel Benavides


Poppy at The Wiltern

Release Radar: New Albums of the Week - December 20, 2019

Welcome to Release Radar––your weekly pass to the most exciting new releases from across the music spectrum. wants to put the hottest new albums on your radar so you’re always in the know and ready to catch the artists live when they come to town. From prominent pop stars and indie rockers to hip-hop’s up-and-comers, we’ve got you covered! 

Stormzy – Heavy Is The Head UK’s most prominent hip-hop export has returned with his sophomore LP Heavy Is The Head. Stormzy uses his platform as grime’s biggest ambassador to speak about his personal journey within the context of British politics. The 26-year-old MC’s working-class roots provide sharp contrast to the glitz and glamour of celebrity: austerity and urban violence are seen painted on the track with the kind of verbal verbosity the London native is known for. Unlike previous releases, the production is clean and streamlined. In many ways it serves as a vessel for plating up Stormzy’s lyrical visuals. Heavy Is The Head is a proud expression of thoughts by a Black man in an Anglo world, and the way it explores destiny and the possibilities of life is impressive, especially given the expectation that this will get heavy radio play on the BBC.

Grab tickets to Stormzy's June 4 Show At Brooklyn Steel Here

Kaytranada BUBBA              

Kaytranada - BUBBAOne of the decade’s more underappreciated producers, Kaytranada has finally released a follow-up to his critically acclaimed, but commercially minor, LP 99.9%. With his latest drop, BUBBA, Kay has scaled back the dense experimentation and implemented a more house and techno sensibility to his composition. In many ways, the Canandian electro-funkist has fully embraced the pop artistry that his medium is more than capable: the drum arrangements are irresistible, the bass is compelling and the features (which range from Kali Uchis and GoldLink to Tinashe and Mick Jenkins) are all more than capable of carrying a hook.

Anticipation Albums

Poppy – “Fill The Crown”

Poppy - “Fill the Crown”Singer-songwriter Poppy chops and screws with the structure and genre of “Fill the Crown,” the former YouTuber’s latest single for her upcoming album, I Disagree. The song starts with an ‘80s pop pastiche, then transitions to a glitchy, experimental house track before turning into a hard rock head-banger. Much like Lady Gaga or Björk, Poppy is not one to be tied down by medium or niche style, and on “Fill the Crown,”, Poppy refuses to let these standards inhibit her songcraft.

Grab tickets to Poppy’s February 6 Show At Brooklyn Steel Here

MGMT“In The Afternoon”

MGMT- “In The Afternoon”The psychedelic pop staples MGMT have returned with a new single, “In The Afternoon.” Much like their last album, Little Dark Age, the indie rock veterans use dissonant psychedelia and spectral synthesizers to create fascinating soundscapes. This is a band that feels like it’s really coming into its own after been pigeonholed at the beginning of the decade. With that in mind, a new record with a more mature sound seems to be on the horizion in 2020.

featured photo: Justin Higuchi


ASAP Ferg Live In Concert

Three Hot Tickets This Weekend: December 20-22

No weekend plans? Check out our selection of what’s hot this weekend in music, sports and theater in and around New York City.

A$AP Ferg

Friday, Dec 20, 8:00 pm at Terminal 5, New York, NY
Saturday, Dec 21, 8:00 pm at Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY

Hailing from Harlem and the same collective as well-known rapper A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg’s rap style contains a darker edge and true trap stylings. Grab a ticket to see him wax lyrical genius with support from producer Murda Beatz.

Get Tickets to See A$AP Ferg This Weekend Here!

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ
Friday, Dec 20, 7:00 pm

A departure from traditional Tchaikovsky, this contemporary take on classic choreography is sure to refresh audiences this holiday season. The full-length show features a stunning mix of urban and modern dance MC’d by special guest and rap legend, Kurtis Blow.

Get Tickets to See The Hip Hop Nutcracker This Weekend Here!

Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks

Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, Dec 21, 6:00 pm

Last time they met, the Nets were able to swing a 12-point victory over Atlanta. Grab tickets to this Sunday’s game to see if the Hawks will come back with a vengeance. An added plus: get there early to grab a custom DeAndre Jordan Star Wars bobblehead.

Get Tickets To This Weekend's Game Here!

featured photo: Eli Watson


Cee Lo Green

Four Unexpected Holiday Albums

From October through December, all you need to do is turn on the radio to access an instant dose of holiday hits. You’ll often hear the same songs by the same artists who rule the radio this time of year: Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Pentatonix, Michael Bublé. It can be easy to default to listening to the holiday music chart-toppers, but we’re here to remind you of some of the other hitmakers who’ve made Christmas albums throughout the years. Add these to your holiday party playlist to shake things up a bit and treat your guests (and yourself!) to less well-known versions of their favorite songs by artists they may not expect.

Hanson – Finally It’s Christmas

Hanson - Finally It's ChristmasBefore we had the Jonas Brothers, we had Hanson, and―fun-fact alert―they’re still making music over 25 years after their “MMMBop” days. They released their second Christmas album, Finally It’s Christmas, in 2017. We bet your guests will be shocked when you tell them who sings their new favorite version of “Blue Christmas!”

Grab tickets to Hanson's December 21 Show At The Paramount Here

CeeLo Green CeeLo’s Magic Moment              

Cee Lo Green - Cee Lo’s Magic Moment
While it would be unlikely for anyone to ever forget CeeLo Green’s monster hit, “Forget You,” there’s a pretty good chance they’ve forgotten (or never even heard of) his 2012 Christmas album, CeeLo’s Magic Moment. But with the perfect mix of soulful tunes like “Mary Did You Know” and funky tracks like “Run Rudolph Run,” this album is totally worth revisiting. And if you need a party icebreaker, just bust out the music video for “All I Need Is Love,” which features cameos by The Muppets. You’re welcome.

Grab tickets to CeeLo Green's December 21 Show At Sony Hall Here

Brett EldredgeGlow    

Brett Eldredge - GlowThe popular country crooner is known for hits like “Wanna Be That Song” and “Drunk On Your Love,” but did you know that he actually grew up singing jazz, citing Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles as some of his biggest influences? He showcases these roots on his 2016 Christmas album, which features mostly classic Christmas covers but also his original song and title track, “Glow.

Grab tickets to Brett Eldredge's December 18 Show At Beacon Theatre Here

AshantiA Wonderful Christmas with Ashanti

Ashanti - A Wonderful Christmas with AshantiIt’s crazy to think it’s been almost 20 years since Ashanti broke into the scene as a featured artist on Ja Rule’s “Always on Time” and released her first Christmas album, Ashanti’s Christmas. But it’s even crazier that her 2014 release of her second Christmas album, A Wonderful Christmas with Ashanti (Deluxe), has flown under the radar since its release. Featuring chill R&B Christmas tracks, it’s the perfect soundtrack for a cozy cocktail party.

Grab tickets to Ashanti's January 4 Show At New Jersey Performing Arts Center Here

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