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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.

Get your tickets for The Eagles at Madison Square Garden

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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Roddy Ricch - Rolling Loud LA

Release Radar: New Albums of the Week - December 13, 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! 

Roddy Ricch – Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial

Roddy Ricch - Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial Album CoverBorn in Compton and raised in Atlanta, Roddy Rich has been immersed in hip-hop his whole life. It follows that he’s something of a prodigy. He wasn’t even legal to drink before he garnered praise from industry staples like Meek Mill and Nipsey Hussle. Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial is impressive because the 21-year-old writes and spits with a deadly combination of street wisdom and pop instincts. There isn’t anything particularly flashy about Rod’s debut; rather, it’s his subtle details that build on each other to form a complete whole. Details like slowly refining a flow with autotune or moving down an octave, or the use of unimposing, yet precise keys or acoustic guitars and subtracting a note or a beat. The quality of Rod’s impeccable work is only further compounded by a first-rate roster of features: Gunna, Lil Durk, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign and A Boogie Wit da Hoodie. The maturation of Roddy Ricch is not only impressive, but incredibly rewarding for fans of current hip-hop aesthetics and trends.

Grab tickets to Roddy Ricch's January 31 Show At Brooklyn Steel Here

Emily Yacina Remember the Silver              

Emily Yacina - Remember the Silver Album Cover
Often times, indie rock artists will paint themselves into a corner: Mac DeMarco is the off-kilter slacker, Angel Olsen is for having a good cry to, Real Estate’s music is defined by apathetic but gorgeous tones, etc. Emily Yacina seems to be actively working against this premise. Every track on Remember the Silver is an earnest effort to never be defined by any musical or metaphysical tropes. Tracks like “Stephanie” are ruminative and employ an endearing horn section, while “Arcades & Highways” is a stripped-down, confessional ballad in the same vein as Beat Happening or Young Marble Giants. However, what really separates Yacina from her peers is her unrelenting rejection of song and melody structure. Some songs will employ a single melody throughout, while other times a song will include seven or eight different tones and textures. Likewise, some songs follow basic pop standards or are comprised of four seemingly unrelated modes that brilliantly fall into place at the last moment. Much like Roddy Ricch, the youthful Yacina is wise beyond her musical years.

Anticipation Albums

Caribou – “You and I” 

Caribou - "You and I"It’s been almost half a decade since Dan Snaith’s Caribou project dropped its coveted LP “Our Love.” Now, the Canadian composer has dropped his second single for his upcoming 2020 record Suddenly. “You and I” picks up exactly where Snaith left Caribou off: infectious percussion, transformative synthesizers and gorgeous vocal inflections that will leave you shivering with excitement. However, unlike his previous releases, Snaith seems to have really embraced his multi-faceted approach to indie rock and electronica. Instead, the explorative composer and producer has decided to tinker and synchronize every musical sketch he has; from interpretive soul samples to titillating guitar waves.

Grab tickets to Caribou’s March 27 Show At Brooklyn Steel Here


Mk.gee - “Untitled”The intrepid, yet enigmatic neo-funk artist known as Mk.gee (pronounced Mcgee) has dropped a compelling and mesmerizing new single. “Untitled” has a sinister edge to it, but there’s gyration at the heart of this smoke-filled room. The repetition of the initial beat slowly builds like a Lego tower until the emotional and sonic weight of the track collapses on it. It seems like that’s exactly what Mk.gee is trying to communicate: that unrelenting pleasure will always come with an intense withdrawal.

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Queen - Adam Lambert

Four Iconic Bands That Changed Lead Singers

It’s hard to imagine an iconic band changing the sound that brings us so many memories. With the change of a lead singer comes the fear that the history, sound and legacy might not translate so well. While some would say that the history of a band might get lost when the lead singer is replaced, there have been several instances throughout history where bands have proven that concept false.

Taking a look at top bands like Queen and Journey that made the frontman switch, there is proof that the maneuver can extend the life of the band. Here are some other bands still rocking the stage with a new lead:

Starting out in 1973 with Gregg Rolie as the lead singer, the band hired Steve Perry in 1977 who helped them soar to success. Now with Arnel Pineda, the group hasn’t stopped believing and is still touring and selling out shows.

Buy Tickets To See Journey In Concert Here

For bands like Foreigner, the music meant more to fans than the band’s replacement of the lead singer (and other band members). They too want to know what love is, and for many it means getting to still hear their favorite Foreigner songs sung by Kelly Hansen, Lou Gramm’s replacement.

There has always been friction in the vision of the band Styx. That’s why when it was announced that they split in 1983, very few fans were surprised. But now, 20 years after regrouping, the replacement of previous singers with Lawrence Gowan still allows them to tour like a renegade.

Buy Tickets To See Styx In Concert Here

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Three Hot Tickets This Weekend: December 13-15

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

Harry Connick Jr. – A Celebration of Cole Porter

Nederlander Theatre, New York, NY
Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15; Various times

What better way to celebrate the legacy of gifted Broadway composer, Cole Porter, than a tribute by beloved crooner Harry Connick Jr.? Backed by a 25-piece orchestra, the Emmy and Grammy award-winning artist will perform Porter’s most classic compositions in support of his new album “True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter.

Get Tickets to See Harry Connick Jr. This Weekend Here!


Walter Kerr Theatre, New York, NY
Various dates and times

With eight Tony Awards under its belt, including Best Musical, Hadestown is the definition of a “can’t-miss show.” At once haunting and beautiful, the production transports the audience to a mythical underworld where love, lore and melody intertwine in an unforgettable tale.

Get Tickets to See Hadestown This Weekend Here!

Top Rank – Terence Crawford vs. Egidijus Kavaliauskas

Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Saturday, December 14, 5:30 pm

In order to advance to bigger fights, welterweight Terence “Bud” Crawford has no choice but to take on the two-time Olympian Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas. While boxing buffs remark that Crawford will take home an easy victory, only time will tell.

Can’t get enough of the boxing buzz? Check out’s exclusive interview with up-and-coming star, Teofimo Lopez here.

Get Tickets To This Weekend's Fight Here!

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Skeery Jones 2019

Press Play: Z100's Skeery Jones

EXCLUSIVE: Albie Manzo talks to Skeery Jones about the history of Jingle Ball and what makes the holidays special in NYC

So many things come to mind when I think of Christmas in NYC: the tree, ice skating in Central Park, the Rockettes … but one event always stands out above the rest: iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball. Growing up in the NYC area, Z100 has been the defining voice of hit music since before I learned how to turn the radio on. Every year, the anticipation of the lineup alone creates a buzz in this city like no other. That’s why I was so excited to speak with Skeery Jones of Z100’s “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” about all things Jingle Ball and how far the event has come since its launch in the mid ‘90s.

Albie Manzo (AM): Tell us about your role in Jingle Ball.

Skeery Jones (SJ): I’ve been a part of every Jingle Ball since I started working at Z100. I talk about it on air on “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” and we give away tickets to callers – I also do events with the radio station where I go out to certain locations to raffle off free tickets. During the show itself, I interact with the audience and upgrade some seats from the last row and bring them closer to the stage. Sometimes, I’ll help introduce an act with the rest of the Z100 team, and I’ll get involved with our social channels for some backstage coverage.

AM: What year was the first show?

SJ: I remember the first Z100 holiday show was our Acoustic Christmas in 1994, and Green Day performed, I was such a Stan. The first official Z100’s Jingle Ball was the following year. It’s a NYC tradition now, and it’s really one of the most sought-after shows of the entire year.

AM: The reason I’m asking is because my first concert ever was Z100 Jingle Ball in 1997, and I remember bugging out calling Z100 like crazy trying to get tickets. How has the show changed from when it first started to what it is now?

SJ: Well, this was the lineup for the first Jingle Ball in 1995: Alanis Morrisette, Blues Traveler, Bush, Collective Soul, Dave Matthews Band, Gavin Rossdale, Goo Goo Dolls, Hootie & The Blowfish, Natalie Merchant and Soul Asylum.

AM: I’d go to that now, Skeery.

SJ: I know, right! Jingle Ball 1996 was a legendary year for us too – we did an all-female lineup called Girls Rule The YULE, which was an amazing show.

"Acts you would never typically see on the same night all come together and put on such an amazing show. Just look at the lineup – there’s something for everyone."

- Skeery

AM: The show has always been a hot ticket, but has there been an evolution in how you guys produce the show itself? Has anything about the process or experience changed from the ‘90s to today?

SJ: The wait times in between the acts have decreased dramatically with the use of a rotating stage. While one act is playing, another artist can set up backstage, and then they just rotate the stage 180 degrees and the new act is ready to go. That made a major difference – we used to need full set changes, so we would have to wait 20-30 minutes between each act. Having this one addition really helped allow Jingle Ball to bring in as many acts as it does now. As of a few years ago, the show evolved into a multi-city tour across the U.S. known widely as iHeartRadio Jingle Ball. It is a next level large-scale event and it’s incredible to be a part of it.

AM: Is there an all-time favorite artist or performance that sticks out to you?

SJ: Thinking through the years, in 2008 Lady Gaga came out to perform “Just Dance” before the show even opened. She started the show cold – she was virtually unknown at the time, but you could just tell she was going to be a superstar and it’s so wild looking back at it. We’ve had these blockbuster lineups over the years and it’s a lot of fun to watch where their careers take them after they play the show. For instance, the Jonas Brothers’ first performance was in 2007 and now they’re bigger than ever. A lot of the artists that play Jingle Ball could easily sell out stadiums on their own.

AM: I’ve gone to several shows over the years, and what sticks out to me are the screaming fans. What fan base can you remember was the most crazed, and what artist got the biggest reaction?

SJ: There are really so many – every superstar has played this show. In 2012, for instance, Ed Sheeran came out with just his guitar and everyone was singing along loudly to every word, they were mesmerized. As far as which acts caused the most excitement, wow, it’s tough to count – but Justin Bieber, The Jonas Brothers and One Direction were particularly deafening. The screams for those guys, I have never heard anything like it.

AM: What makes doing the Z100 Jingle Ball in NYC so special?

SJ: Madison Square Garden is the world’s most famous arena, and not only is it New York, it’s the holidays in New York. There’s something about being in town when all of the other NYC traditions are happening, like the Radio City Rockettes and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Maybe I’m biased because I grew up in Brooklyn listening to Z100, but I think it’s super exciting. Plus, the show started in NYC, too – with all those factors combined, there’s just nothing like it.

AM: Who are you most excited to see this year?

SJ: Wow, that’s a tough one, it really is. The lineup is amazing: Taylor Swift, The Jonas Brothers, Camila Cabello, Halsey – I love Halsey, 5SOS, Niall Horan, Lizzo, Dan + Shay, Monsta X, Lewis Capaldi and Fletcher – it’s so hard to choose! But for me, I think it’s a toss up between Halsey and the Jonas Brothers.

AM: Nothing wrong with going with a few Jersey artists! Lastly, what does Jingle Ball represent to you?

SJ: To me, it represents the best of the best in music throughout the year on one stage. Acts you would never typically see on the same night all come together and put on such an amazing show. Just look at the lineup – there’s something for everyone. It’s not something I’ll ever get used to or take for granted. But yet, iHeartRadio manages to outdo itself every year.

While Jingle Ball is currently sold out, you can catch some of the artists performing at their upcoming NYC-area shows:

Niall Horan with Lewis Capaldi and Fletcher
April 29, 2020
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

Dan + Shay The (Arena) Tour 
March 12, 2020
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA