For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
Taking bachata out of the Bronx and onto the national stage
Robert Sietsema goes to Rural Restaurant, a northeast Chinese eatery in Flushing. The food shows Korean, Mongolian, and Russian influences: "Speaking of deals, pescatarians will go gaga over the flounder version of the recipe--an entire fish thickly crusted with cumin, red-pepper flakes, garlic, and ... More >>
Madonna w/ Avicii Yankee Stadium Thursday, September 6 Better than: The VMAs. If ever you need a concise summary of Madonna's year, the billing for her New York dates will do nicely. There's Madonna, her name in no way styled to resemble that of a party drug. And there's Avicii, a Swedish stadium- ... More >>
At what point does the nostalgia overwhelm the art?
The Black Keys w/Arctic Monkeys Madison Square Garden Thursday, March 22 Better than: A Nickelback concert. For Black Keys guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach, less is moreor at least it was last night. At the second of two Madison Square Garden gigs this month, he addressed the foaming-at-the ... More >>
Turntables are nice, but aerialists are even nicer
New York Knicks host Boston Celtics
O come all ye faithful to Z100's Jingle Ball
Jason Aldean uses the royal "we" so often that you're half-tempted to ask for whom else he's speaking. Yet Nashville's newest king comes by the grammatical flourish honestly: Barring a last-minute surge by Lady Antebellum or the kids in the Band Perry, Aldean's My Kinda Party is almost certain to en ... More >>
Peep World, the porn shop located near Madison Square Garden, is closing down to make way for a "very large gastropub." [Grub Street] Counter in the East Village is sticking around longer than expected because the restaurant that is supposed to replace it, an East Village outpost of Empellon, ... More >>
Got three hours and 41 minutes? LCD Soundsystem, Liquid Liquid Saturday, April 2 Madison Square Garden Better Than: Seeing the Strokes there on Friday. Midway through the evocative "Someone Great," James Murphy wiped his cheek with his hand. Maybe he was crying. Or maybe he was sweating. It could ... More >>
You have no choice to admire the chutzpah of someone who'd hop on Stubhub and offer $1,500-a-shot tickets for a show that isn't even technically on sale yet. And yet here we are. Whether this is serious or performance art or what we couldn't rightly say, but let us politely suggest that you wait u ... More >>
Pics by Francesca Stabile, who hopefully wore layers. So presale tickets for LCD Soundsystem's gala Madison Square Garden show went on sale at 10, in both the "frantically refresh Ticketmaster.com" and "wait in the blistering cold outside Mercury Lounge" varieties; folks who opted for the for ... More >>
Everybody wants to be a star on a Tuesday night. Pics by Rob, more below.Smith Westerns/Ducktails/Bass Drum of Death Glasslands Tuesday, January 18 Better Than: Well, certainly staying at home sulking about missing another Prince show at Madison Square Garden. Every Smith Westerns lead-guit ... More >>
Z100's Jingle Ball, featuring Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Paramore, Kim Kardashian, and More Madison Square Garden Friday, December 10 Better than: That GIF of sparks coming out of Katy Perry's chest from the "Firework" video. Yes, Katy Perry looked like a human nutcracker at this year's Z100 Jin ... More >>
We are all Jay-Z's children,. Photo by Jori Klein.In the week we told you why you can't hate Kanye West and love My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy at the same time, we made similarly bold claims about Girl Talk--ten worst moments on that record, right here--and the Beatles, who along with a c ... More >>
Singing (and drinking) you under the table. Pics by Phil, more below.Vicente Fernández Madison Square Garden Saturday, October 16 Better Than: Anything you'll hear at CMJ this week. Vicente Fernández, the undisputed king of Mexican ranchera music, has a guy whose entire job is to keep his ... More >>
Fresh from being chased off the stage by voluminously defecating birds at an outdoor amphitheater in St. Louis this summer, the Kings of Leon are fleeing indoors this fall to Madison Square Garden, a very large and conveniently covered building they have conquered before. Also coming to MSG: ... More >>
Trey at MSG last yearI got in a lot of trouble the last time I suggested you go see Phish at least once, but the suggestion stands, and as 2010 morphs into 2011 you'll have three chances: They're playing Madison Square Garden December 30-31, plus an apparently wildly anomalous January 1st gig ... More >>
Unfortunately, this just isn't fun anymore. Pic by Sam Horine.It's Friday the 13th, and if you're as superstitious as we are here at SOTC, you'll stay away from the outside world altogether. Lucky for you, though, we've put together a pretty awesome rundown of dance parties to visit this week ... More >>
Madison Square Gaga, bitchesAccording to popular myth, a young Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta wrote in her Convent of the Sacred Heart high school yearbook that her career goal was to perform at Madison Square Garden. Last night, it happened, as Germanotta--who grew up to become Lady Gaga ... More >>
With her new album Flesh Tone, the "Milkshake" singer tries on some club-pop
No one's safe around Ricky Gervais
Phil Kline gets into the holiday spirit. Photo by Tom JarmuichIn this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla does the thing that probably everybody with a masochistic streak should probably do at least once, which is go to a Phish show at Madison Square Garden, while Brandon Soderberg meets up wi ... More >>
"Let It Rock" appears to have run its course; skip to 4:00, 5:00, and 5:30 to gauge the mood at Madison Square Garden. Though to be fair, the woeful Knicks contributed plenty to that rancour; Chris Rock sums up that aspect here.
The Rock and Roll Hame of Fame 25th Anniversary events kicked off last night at Madison Square Garden with key Jersey representation, including sets by Paul Simon of Newark and Bruce Springsteen of Long Branch. Here's Simon and former collaborator Art Garfunkel really milking "Sounds of Silence." ... More >>
photo from Girl Talk's Pool Party show by Sam Horine But seriously, this was a really depressing week. We said goodbye to Teddy Kennedy through song and so did Orrin Hatch. Ellie Greenwich, the woman who wrote "Be My Baby" also passed, as did 29 year old New York DJ Josh Link. Speaking of death, M ... More >>
--Jay Z, who released a new track with Drake yesterday, is expected to announce today that he will play Madison Square Garden on September 11th, the day Blueprint 3 is scheduled to come out. The show will benefit the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund, created in 198 ... More >>
--The Walkman have announced a fall tour. The band, still supporting last year's massive You and Me, will play the already-announced Guggenheim August 14 as part of the It Came from Brooklyn series and then play a stacked double-bill with Dinosaur Jr. in Central Park on August 16. The rest o ... More >>
It's that time of the month again - time for more bad food jokes and riddles, courtesy of a book I found in the trash, 101 Fast Funny Food Jokes by Phil Hirsch (New York: Scholastic Books, 1983). According to a commentator the last time I tried this, there are several other puerile joke books from t ... More >>
The Killers' ghastly, ghostly Town is haunted by Steve Perry and wanton frat dudeness
Beasties' fan-shot concert-vid experiment is so last year
Jenna, Barbara, and the right to look nutty
The tough midseason tests continue for St. John's following their bedeviling loss to Duke