June Jams

The Sounds of Summer

Blockbuster season has kicked off for movies, and you better believe the same is true for live music in June. New York City has artists to check out (or Snapchat about) every night beyond Governors Ball, which is spotlighted here with interviews with Wu-Tang Clan, Tove Lo and Barns Courtney not to mention a special interview with LeAnn Rimes.

The 1975 start a dance party June 1 at Madison Square Garden, Jason Aldean rocks Jones Beach Theater June 4 with Chris Young, Kane Brown and Dee Jay Silver, Dutch alternative rock band Klangstof impress June 6 at Bowery Electric, Seattle pop singer SYML mesmerizes at the Studio at Webster Hall June 6, Maxwell croons June 8 at Prudential Center and June 10 at The New Coliseum and The Chainsmokers energize Forest Hills Stadium on June 9 & 10. Metal and rock bands Deftones, Rise Against and Thrice throw a party June 13 at Jones Beach Theater, vocal legend Neil Diamond celebrates his 50th Anniversary June 15 & 17 at Madison Square Garden, Australian electronic duo Bag Raiders light up Webster Hall June 16, Tom Petty delights Prudential Center on June 16 and Hall & Oates and Tears For Fears take their joint tour of hits to Forest Hills Stadium June 16 and to Prudential Center on June 17.

Sigur Ros inspires June 17 at Forest Hills Stadium, Third Eye Blind are joined by Silversun Pickups and Ocean Park Standoff June 24 at Jones Beach Theater, Aimee Mann gets real June 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, U2 deliver The Joshua Tree Tour June 28 & 29 at Metlife Stadium and Sheryl Crow inspires June 28 at Beacon Theater with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. For our other top choices this month, look no further…

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds – June 6 – Jones Beach
Dave Matthews and longtime guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Tim Reynolds are back at it with a North American tour that stops June 6 at  Jones Beach Theater, this time playing a set done mostly on two acoustic guitars. The Dave Matthews Band-mates are expected to play “Crush,” “Two Step,” “Bartender,” Save Me,” “Crash into Me,” “What Would You Say,” “Ants Marching” and more. Dave will also play some songs solo before joining forces again with Reynolds for new interpretations to favorites and maybe even new song “Samurai Cop,” with some special covers mixed in.

The duo have released three live albums together and the dynamic of this stripped-down set will ensure listeners hear even more detail than previous shows. Though Dave Matthews Band usually tours as a full act, Dave has toured in the past with Reynolds and they promise an intimate experience with their most favorite songs.
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Lake Street Dive – June 7 – Prospect Park Bandshell 
Brooklyn-based act Lake Street Dive deliver their uplifting flavor of four-part vocal harmony to Celebrate Brooklyn on June 7. Consisting of lead vocalist Rachael Price, trumpet player/guitarist Mike Olson, upright bassist Bridget Kearney and drummer Mike Calabrese, Lake Street Dive are one of those acts you need to see live to believe.

They were invited to play the White House last year and sold out 42 shows across the United States in 2016 in addition to playing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the Today show. Price’s soaring vocals are something special but her band members provide vocal textures and instrumentation that is both intoxicating and soothing. From the humorous “Godawful Things” to the up-tempo throwback “Call Off Your Dogs” to the flirtatious “Side Pony,” their latest 2016 album has many gems to pull from. Five albums deep into their career though, they have much material to share be it the bouncy “Use Me Up,” bluesy “Bad Self Portraits” or the funky “Don’t Make Me Hold Your Hand,” the constant with Lake Street Dive is a world-class musicianship, vocals that evoke elements of Amy Winehouse and lots of energy.
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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – June 16 – Beacon Theatre
Alabama Americana singer/guitarist Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit are on the high road with a three-night residency at the Beacon Theatre June 22-24. The five-piece band will be releasing new album “The Nashville Sound” on June 16, which follows up Isbell’s two Grammys (including Best Americana Album) and two Americana Awards (including Album of the Year and Song of the Year) for 2015 album “Something More Than Free.”

The tour will serve as a showcase of new material and older hits including the fiddle-leaning duet “Something To Love,” twangy yearning love song “Tupelo” and the timely “White Man’s World.” Isbell and his talented band made up of Derry deBorja (keyboards), Chad Gamble (drums), Jimbo Hart (bass), and Sadler Vaden (guitar) are also sure to perform their award-winning song “24 Frames” as well as “Cover Me Up” and “Songs That She Sang in the Shower.” Fans can expect brilliant musicians, alluring harmonies and supreme storytelling.
Photo Credit: Danny Clinch

New Kids On The Block / Boyz II Men / Paula Abdul – June 27 – Barclays Center 
The 80s and 90s converge for The Total Package Tour with one of the original boy bands New Kids On The Block, R&B supergroup Boyz II Men and pop hitmaker Paula Abdul June 27 at Barclays Center (and they continue in the region July 2 at Prudential Center and July 7 at The Coliseum).

Boston’s NKOTB original five are still together – Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood – and will surely bring their hits collection including “Ill Be Loving You (Forever),” “Hangin’ Tough,” “Step by Step” and more. Now a trio, Philadelphia’s Boyz II Men – Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris will pump up the crowd with “Motownphilly” and deliver all the feels with “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love To You,” “On Bended Knee” and “Water Runs Dry.” Paula Abdul is a two-time Emmy winner for her choreography and is also a Grammy winner, hitting icon status in the late 80s/early 90s with “Straight Up,” “Forever Your Girl,” “Cold Hearted,” “Opposites Attract,” “Rush Rush” and “The Promise of a New Day.” The pop music gods are calling and they want their tickets to one of the biggest hit-filled nights of the summer.

John Legend – June 27 – Theater at Madison Square Garden
Soul singer John Legend headlines the Theater at Madison Square Garden June 27 with special guest Gallant. The classically-trained pianist and multiple Grammy and Oscar winner never disappoints with his relatable ballads about love and life. Legend’s fifth album Darkness and Light was released at the end of last year with the up-tempo “Love Me Now,” a massive smash to add to his collection as well as collaborations with Chance the Rapper (“Penthouse Floor”), Miguel (“Overload”), title track featuring Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard and recent single “Surefire.”

From earlier hits like “Used To Love U,” “Ordinary People” and “So High,” to collaborations including Andre 3000-assisted “Green Light,” “Wake Up Everybody” (with The Roots, Common, Melanie Fiona), “Heartbreaker” (MSTRKRFT song), “Lay Me Down” (duet with Sam Smith) to “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” (with Meghan Trainor), Legend’s solo material is just as impressive as his duets. If it’s in the encore, definitely wait for it because “All Of Me” is John Legend’s signature ballad and one that cannot be missed live.
Photo Credit: Elliot Lee Hazel