The 20 Concerts to See in NYC Between Now and 2020

Tool. David Byrne on Broadway. Something called “Android Art.” Let’s review.

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Blues legend Keb Mo returns to New York this December
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By Shari Gab / September 24, 2019 9:48 am

This season’s concert lineup has everything, from hip-hop icons to, say, the world’s greatest Grateful Dead cover band. In between, we also have UB40 revived, Brian Wilson, The Black Keys and a couple shows that may require you to play chaperone for the evening.

Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your kids or someone you want to impress, we’ve picked out a diverse mix of genres, artists and venues to keep you entertained between now and the turn of the calendar.

Time to book some tickets.

Because with nicknames like the Android Artist and Q.U.E.E.N, how could you not be curious?

Janelle Monáe, Pier 17, Sept. 25 

Because she’s the actual undisputed queen …

Madonna, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sept. 25, 26 & 28

Because somehow, he’s still standing (and performing) …

Brian Wilson, Beacon Theater, Sept. 26

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Because the founding members of the iconic trio are back and unplugged …

UB40, Sony Hall, Sept. 26 & 27 

Because it has been a cornerstone of the NYC music scene since 1934 …

Amateur Night at the Apollo, Apollo Theater, every Wednesday starting Oct. 2

Because Talking Heads deserves their place on Broadway (I mean, if “Clueless” could make it) … 

David Byrne’s American Utopia on Broadway, Hudson Theater, starting Oct. 4

Because he wants us to know he’s “still not dead yet” …

Phil Collins, Madison Square Garden, Oct. 6

Because the ’90s refuse to die …

Wilco, Radio City Music Hall, Oct. 12

Because we could use a revolution …

A Tribute to the Beatles White Album, NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Oct. 12 & 13

Because he’s definitely the only hip-hop artist who can cover Nirvana like this

Post Malone, Madison Square Garden, Oct. 13 & 14

Because rock ‘n’ roll will never die …

The Black Keys and Modest Mouse, Barclays Center, Oct. 15

Because he’s the world’s fastest freakin’ pianist …

Peter Bence, Town Hall Theater, Oct. 18 & 19

Because teen angst …

Sleater-Kinney, Kings Theatre and Hammerstein Ballroom, Oct. 30 & 31

Because Jersey punk is highly underrated …

The Ergs, Brooklyn Bazaar, Nov. 15 

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And so is Long Island emo …

Taking Back Sunday, Terminal 5, Nov. 15 & 16

Because you want to piss off Taylor Swift fans

Tool, Barclays Center, Nov. 19 

Because he’s a living link to Delta Blues of the ’30s …

Keb Mo, Tarrytown Music Hall, Dec. 8 & 9 

Because Japanese Nu metal is the facemelter you didn’t know you needed …

Dir En Grey, Gramercy Theater, Dec. 13 & 14

Because this is the Christmas gift your dear mother needs …

Andrea Bocelli, Madison Square Garden, Dec. 18 & 19 

Because you’re due for an acid flashback …

Dark Star Orchestra, Wellmont Theater, Dec. 30 & 31