New York City has lots to be thankful for on the music scene with veterans headlining, newcomers making an impact and familiar names returning. Our two featured acts include neo-soul singer Maxwell who co-headlines with Mary J. Blige November 10 at Madison Square Garden, as well as Alabama soul-rock band St. Paul & The Broken Bones playing Terminal 5 also on November 10 (we cannot decide!).
Good Charlotte gets rowdy November 14 at PlayStation Theater, Norah Jones delights November 29 at the Beacon Theatre, Guster celebrates their 25th Anniversary November 25 at the Beacon Theatre, and Michael Kiwanuka causes a stir November 30 at Webster Hall. NEEDTOBREATHE lifts spirits November 2 at the Beacon Theatre with Mat Kearney and Parachute, Tegan and Sara take over the Theater at Madison Square Garden November 4, Brothers Osbourne harmonize November 4 at Irving Plaza, James Vincent McMorrow awakens fans November 7 at Webster Hall, Ingrid Michaelson enchants November 16 at the Beacon Theatre, and The Pretty Reckless rock out November 15 at Terminal 5.
Country newcomer Cam shines November 10 at Highline Ballroom, pop singer Troye Sivan grooves November 14 and 15 at Terminal 5, pop artist Jon Bellion impresses November 23 and 26 at Terminal 5, and indie-pop starlet Kiiara plays Music Hall of Williamsburg November 21 and Le Poisson Rouge November 22. For our other can’t-miss acts of November look no further…
Elvis Costello – November 6 & 7 – The Beacon Theatre
British singer-songwriter and 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Elvis Costello has been a music fixture for over 40 years. Costello, whose eclectic rock/new wave also incorporates elements of folk and jazz, plays with his band The Imposters November 6 and 7 at the Beacon Theatre. Elvis Costello is arguably best known for the anthem- like, organ-blasting “Pump It Up,” as well as the punky, new wave “Oliver’s Army,” the timeless “Alison,” a cover of Nina Simone’s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” the piano-heavy “The Other Side of Summer,” and the whimsical “Veronica” which was co-written with Paul McCartney. Whether coming for Elvis Costello’s hits or the more obscure songs that make up over four decades of catalog, fans will be wowed by this genre-twisting multi- instrumentalist’s performance range.
Shelter Live Tour: Porter Robinson & Madeon – November 17 & 18 – Theater at MSG
The “Shelter Live Tour” comes to the Theater at Madison Square Garden November 17 and 18 from two of the most adventurous electronic producers out there, 24-year-old North Carolina native Porter Robinson and 22-year-old French DJ Madeon. The two talents teamed up this summer on the shimmering track “Shelter,” hence the name of their tour. Robinson and Madeon will likely play other songs together, but separately, both artists have some substantial hits in the EDM world. Porter Robinson, largely influenced by Japanese culture, video games, and anime goes for both ambient sounds and thrilling electro house which can be found on global breakout “Language,” infectious Mat Zo collaboration “Easy,” and synth- pop stunner “Sad Machine.” Madeon’s catalog is slightly brighter, French electro-pop with a nu-disco twist like on the celebratory “Finale”and the glistening “Icarus.” Definitely expect two nights of memorable drops, a sea of dancing revelers, and stunning images to match the many feel-good tunes.
Keith Urban – November 19 – Barclays Center
Australian country music superstar Keith Urban has been one of the most consistent hit- makers in the game with 20 No. 1 hits to his name including his summer smash “Wasted Time.” In addition to having a warm, inviting vocal tone, Urban is a seriously talented guitarist who brings his ripCORD World Tour to Barclays Center November 19 along with “Don’t Ya” singer Brett Eldredge and “My Church” newcomer Maren Morris. The strength of Urban’s shows is the pop/rock aspect of the songs with country instrumentation like on songs such as “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” new ballad “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” the anthemic “Days Go By,” and party starter “Long Hot Summer.” From the clever “You Look Good In My Shirt” and ballad “Stupid Boy” to “Cop Car,” Keith Urban has something for everyone. His iconic tune “Somebody Like You” was even named by Billboard as the No. 1 country song of the 2000s.
Elle King – November 22 – The Beacon Theatre
Two-time Grammy nominee Elle King is on a hot streak and will take her Ministry Tour (she’s officiating weddings each night at her shows) to the Beacon Theatre November 22. The singer- songwriter’s breakout hit “Ex’s & Oh’s” earned Elle Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song nods at this year’s Grammys ceremony. She has toured with a range of popular acts like Of Monsters and Men, Train, James Bay, Modest Mouse, Michael Kiwanuka, and recently wrapped a tour with the Dixie Chicks. King’s blues rock resonates so strongly across genres and audiences because of her soulful tone, unapologetic attitude, and relatable lyrics transcending from blues and rock to country to pop quite easily. Evidence of this likability across formats comes from the powerful Dierks Bentley ballad “Different For Girls” featuring Elle about the vast differences women and men face following a break-up (nominated for Vocal Event of the Year at the CMAs). Elle King has continued her rise with the anti-fame anthem “America’s Sweetheart,” a timeless folk-pop ditty about being her own woman.