Festival season is almost upon us, it's definitely time to prepare.


With new music of course!

Luckily in NYC, we have fantastic venues and even more fantastic musicians playing all year-round.

Also, NGL, take advantage of these shows you can attend without sweating for hours in the hot sun.

1. PJ Harvey 


In the new and huge Brooklyn Steel, you'll find PJ Harvey and her accompanying horns blaring ominously, with a background of dark chanting. She's putting on a show April 20th, and if her latest release, The Hope Six Demolition Project, is any indication, it'll be odd and mesmeric with a heavy tone and sharp, musical simplicity. 


Tickets go for an even $49.50 beforehand and $55 at the door.

2. Surfer Blood


That same day (April 20th), you can jump into a Surfer Blood concert taking place at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Surfer Blood, for those unfamiliar, is made up of Floridians synced up to an indie rock groove with surfer intonations and a slight reverberation. 

They recently dropped Snowdonia, which is deceptively warm and sunny despite the title. $18 is all it'll cost you, so whether you're an old fan or a prospectively new one, find tickets here.

3. Chairlift


Brooklyn stars, Chairlift is an electropop duo who's come a long way since coming out swinging with iPod commercial work. They're pumping up the synth jams at the new Brooklyn Steel, in Williamsburg, on April 22nd, which should include the cool new tracks from their latest album, Moth.

At $25 a pop, tickets are selling fast. Find yours through this link.

4. Explosions in the Sky


Post-rock instrumentalist fans, are you ready? Explosions in the Sky's first release since 2011 is called The Wilderness, and it's got nine new tracks that seesaw back and forth from airy notes to frenetic sessions. They're in The Capitol Theatre on April 22nd, so get your tickets here


Ticket's are an easy $20, so you won't break the bank, either.

5. Stanley Clarke


Blue Note is back at it again! They've booked the one and only Stanley Clarke, one of America's most innovative jazz musicians and composers. He's also done a whole lot of other genre exploration besides. Now he's taken up residence in the Blue Note jazz club through April 2nd, and again from April 4th to April 9th. Judging from his 2014 funktastic Up, it's going to be one hell of a show. 

Tickets are $30 for a bar stool and $45 at a table, so take your pick.

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