Festivals of different sizes compliment a diverse array of September NYC concerts. Below, we’ll posit that Shadow Of The City is worth a trip to Asbury Park. Global Citizen invites you to earn your way onto Central Park’s Great Lawn for a star-studded day of music. And The Meadows marks the end of NYC’s biggest summer music festivals. And we haven’t even mentioned the hip hop and indie shows that range from intimate venues to arenas. So let’s mention some!

2 Chainz

September 6 at Terminal 5

We’ll find out if Pretty Girls Like Trap Music. 2 Chainz showed up during Travis Scott’s set opening for Kendrick Lamar at Barclays Center in July. Maybe Travis returns the favor and they treat you to “4 AM”? Tickets.

A R I Z O N A with Glades

September 6 at Music Hall of Williamsburg
September 7 at Bowery Ballroom

We’ve been watching A R I Z O N A gain ground all year. They racked up millions of Spotify streams behind breezy pop tunes like “Oceans Away” and “Cross My Mind” well before issuing their debut album Gallery in May. They announced these two dates immediately after a killer Governor’s Ball performance. Both shows sold out within a few hours.

Diet Cig

September 8 at Bowery Ballroom

From meeting at a SUNY New Platz party to their sharp, biting debut full length Swear I’m Good At This, see this endearing duo at an intimate venue now before they blow up into the next big NYC indie rock band. Tickets.

Shadow of the City
Bleachers, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Brian Fallon, Khalid, Titus Andronicus, Brick + Mortar, Tove Styrke, Nicole Atkins

September 10 at Stone Pony Summer Stage (Asbury Park, NJ)

Jack Antonoff’s (almost) hometown festival returns to Asbury Park in its third year. His band Bleachers headlines once again after taking last year off – though his pre-fun. outfit Steel Train played in 2016. Among the rest of the solid lineup, Jersey punk legends Brian Fallon (frontman of The Gaslight Anthem) and Titus Andronicus also rep the Garden State. And we get another chance to check out 2017’s biggest new music star Khalid? I can’t believe there are still a few GA tickets available as of this writing.

Big Thief

September 11-12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg

More homegrown talent making big waves, Big Thief released their second full-length, Capacity, in June. Their critically acclaimed brand of indie folk warrants two nights at the Music Hall. Tickets.

Arcade Fire

September 12 at Madison Square Garden

I maintain that the tepid reception of Everything Now is less to do with its quality and more to do with Arcade Fire’s legacy. It’s a solid record. But landmark albums like Funeral and The Suburbs cast a wide shadow. Tickets.

Oh, and if you want to meet them – there’s an album signing at Rough Trade NYC the previous day. Buy the new record in person at their Brooklyn location for a wristband.

Young The Giant with Cold War Kids and Joywave

September 13 at Summerstage, Central Park

Spend a late summer day in Central Park with three solid bands, each providing a variation on an alt-rock theme. Joywave, who hail from upstate, infuse their digital rock with some clever cheek. Cold War Kids still retain a hint of their indie-pop roots. And Young The Giant turn a fastball into a sonic line-drive up the middle of the field. Tickets.

Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker)

September 14 at Analog BKNY

We’re used to artists adopting pseudonyms. But it’s not every day that an established name changes his mind. Particularly now, when everything is a “brand”. Roll eyes emoji. Anyways, whether Chet Faker or Nick Murphy he’s still responsible for the hypnotic rhythmic alt-feel of “Gold” or the more recent Kaytranada-assisted “Your Time”  from his recent Missing Link EP which we dig very much. Tickets.

Electric Guest

September 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Electric Guest grew out of mainman Asa Taccone helping his brother, Jorma Taccone, with projects like The Lonely Island and various films. Asa found a kindred spirit in collaborator Matthew Compton, and their soulful pop-rock makes for a fun show. And my sides still hurt from Jorma crashing our Electric Guest interview when they opened for Portugal. The Man at Terminal 5 in June. Tickets.

Mondo Cozmo

September 14 at Bowery Ballroom

Josh Osterberg mashes alternative, folk, and dance influences with a solid backing band. We’ve caught him live a few times this year, including a few months ago at Governor’s Ball. His debut full length Plastic Soul just arrived in early August. Tickets.


Day 1 – Jay-Z, Run The Jewels, Migos, Two Door Cinema Club, Milky Chance, etc
Day 2 – Gorillaz, Future, Erykah Badu, LL Cool J, M.I.A., TV On The Radio, etc
Day 3 – RHCP, Nas, Bassnectar, Weezer, Foster The People, Action Bronson, etc

September 15-17 at Citi Field

Despite its debut year not exactly going smoothly, The Meadows expands to a third day for 2017. This year boasts a central, circular layout which should minimize walking and sound bleedover between stages. Stages on opposite sides of that interior circle will be active simultaneously, which may lead to some difficult choices. Wear comfy shoes. You’ll be jumping and dancing on concrete for most of the day. Tickets.


September 16 at Rough Trade NYC (SOLD OUT)

L.A. electro-pop duo FRENSHIP sold out Rough Trade NYC just before press time for this post. Did you know that the woman featured on the track, Emily Warren, also sings on multiple Chainsmokers songs including “Paris”? Tickets.


September 16 at Knitting Factory (The Meadows After Party)

If “Ways To Fake It” is any indication, Nick Valensi lets his inner dad rock flag fly higher with side project CRX than with the band he’s most famous for (The Strokes). They play early on Sunday at The Meadows, but you’ll get a more complete and intimate look at CRX during this Saturday night official after party gig. Tickets.

Wild Belle

September 17 at Le Poisson Rouge (The Meadows After Party)

Ditto for Chicago alt-pop group Wild Belle, whose official after party gig is Sunday night. Tickets.

Post Malone

September 19 at Playstation Theater (SOLD OUT)

Given the kind of success Austin Post has found since going viral with “White Iverson” way back in 2014, that this show sold out so far in advance should come as no surprise. This is his third trip to NYC since late June. He opened for X Ambassadors at an intimate MSG theater show and appeared at The Greatest Day Ever a few weeks later. Tickets.

The War On Drugs

September 19 at Terminal 5 (with Craig Finn & The Uptown Controllers)
September 22 at Summerstage, Central Park (SOLD OUT)

Beloved Philadelphia indie band The War On Drugs just issued their fourth full-length, A Deeper Understanding. Their sprawling, rootsy songs sound simply magical with the occasional 1980’s dad rock flourish and Adam Granduciel’s gentle Don Henley croon. The band added the Terminal 5 gig after their Summerstage set began to look like a sellout.

The Head And The Heart

September 21 at Summerstage, Central Park

Seattle folkies The Head And The Heart broke through to new audiences in 2016 on the back of hit single “All We Ever Knew”. But they did so without co-founder Josiah Johnson, who announced a hiatus from the band in order to focus his energies on a battle with substance abuse. While the band spent the past year touring without him, the situation seems most amicable and Johnson has turned up during the encore of multiple shows this year including a few months ago at Governor’s Ball. Tickets.

Mac Demarco

September 22 at Radio City Music Hall

You’ve had more time to learn every word on This Old Dog and I’m sure a festival set at Governor’s Ball wasn’t enough for the Mac DeMarco diehards. Tickets.


September 22 at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Despite the unlikely attention earned by her fun, poppy version of The 1975’s “Somebody Else”, Brooklyn-based singer Kelsey Byrne says “I’m not too keen on covers… it’s nice to take a break from burying myself in my music.” She packed her debut Somewhere In Between with gorgeous pop moments amidst a mostly alternative soundscape. Tickets.

Stevie Wonder, Green Day, The Killers, The Lumineers, The Chainsmokers, and more

September 23 at Central Park, Great Lawn

Maybe the biggest free festival of the year? Do some good for the world and earn your way in. Tickets.

Interpol with Deerhunter and Battles

September 23 at Forest Hills Stadium

Often regarded as the best album from NYC’s early-00’s rock renaissance, Interpol celebrate the 15th anniversary of their debut album by performing Turn On The Bright Lights in its entirety. Tickets.

Chance The Rapper with Francis and the Lights

September 26-27 at Forest Hills Stadium

Chance The Rapper repeatedly shows through his social activism that he is not only a great musician but also a great human being. He invited his BFF Francis and the Lights to open, so more “May I Have This Dance” collaborations like at GovBall seem inevitable. Also, unlike at GovBall, his VIP upgrades are now available. $75 for a best-of-three rock, paper, scissors session sounds like a bargain! Tickets.

Oh Wonder with Sigrid

September 26-27 at Brooklyn Steel

The same nights Chance hits Queens find a solid night of alt-pop in Brooklyn. London duo Oh Wonder are touring their new record Ultralife and invited excellent Norwegian engenue Sigrid to open. Don’t arrive late and miss her. Tickets.


September 27 at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Though he’s no longer a full-time Vampire Weekend member, he’s still collaborating with Ezra and the others. Additionally, his work as a collaborator, producer, and solo musician shows the breadth of his talents. Tickets.


September 30-October 1 at Brooklyn Steel

Thankfully the engimatic bassist added a second Brooklyn Steel gig when the first sold out. Demand for his jazz fusion meets yacht rock approach on Drunk seems to have hit an all time high. Tickets.

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FEATURED PHOTO: Nyon, Switzerland – 19 July 2017: concert of Canadian rock band Arcade Fire at Paleo Festival (Melanie Lemahieu / Shutterstock.com)