Can you believe it?!
We’re already a quarter of the way through 2018! And if it’s been just as much of a blur for you as it has for us, then chances are you may have missed out on some of the amazing music that’s already been released.
From EPs to full-blown albums, 2018 is shaping up to be an amazing year for music.
What’s better than listening to some amazing bops through your headphones? Seeing them performed live.
April is giving us some epic concerts to go with all the amazing music 2018, and past years, have given us.
So grab your camera, grab some friends, and get ready to kick your spring off with some unforgettable sounds. Here is you NYC April concert guide!
James Bay (April 3rd @ Brooklyn Steel)
If you like: George Ezra or Hozier
If you owned a phone or radio in 2014, then chances are you had the song “Let It Go,” stuck in your head at some point.
The hit song skyrocketed James Bay to the top of the charts, drawing comparisons to Ed Sheeran, and Foy Vance, and made him an A-list name almost instantly. He later went on to support Hozier on tour, further boosting his status in the music world.
James has used his exposure to his advantage; in addition to winning a number accolades, including Critics’ Choice Award at the 2015 BRIT awards.
Most recently, James released a new album in March, which if you haven’t listened to yet, I highly recommend you do (before seeing him live this April at Brooklyn Steel).
Lorde (April 4th @ Barclay’s Center)
If you like: Lana Del Rey or Troye Sivan
OH MY LORDE, SHE’S COMIN’ TO BROOKLYN!
Billboard Queen, Lorde, is making her way to the Barclay’s Center, and if it’s anything like the previous half of her Melodrama tour, you are going to want to be there.
Lorde has been a mainstream artist for several years now, but with her 2017 summer hit Green Light, she skyrocketed even further.
Despite her young age, Lorde is acclaimed for her ability to take her deep, introspective songs, and turn them into high-energy, and unique performances.
Tickets for this event are selling out quick, so if you want to see the Grammy-winning queen, you better act quick, before it’s too late!
Nombe (April 10th @ Gramercy Theatre)
If you like: Frank Ocean or MØ
If smooth, moody R&B seems like your cup of tea, then you would love up-and-coming to artist Nombe.
Born in Heidelberg, Germany, Nombe first came onto the scene in 2014 and had since then released several successful EP’s.
However, his central claim to fame has been his syncs in the HBO hit series “Ballers.” And if that isn’t enough to get you to see him live, Pharrell, the legend himself, chose Nombe’s 2017 song “Can’t Catch Me” to be his HBO series’, “Outpost,” theme song.
So what are you waiting for? Nombe is here, and he’s ready to find a permanent place in your music library. Trust me on this, you won’t regret it.
Skizzy Mars (April 11th @ Gramercy Theatre)
If You Like: Mike Stud or Ryan Caraveo
You may have heard of Skizzy Mars, you may have not, but either way, he’s an artist you will want to keep an eye on.
Skizzy has been compared to some of the most successful artists, ranging from rapper Kanye West to the pop-rock band The Killers. This is because of his unique sounds which are an unexpected combination of rock and modern rap.
His most recent success was his signing to Sony/ATV Publishing for his debut album, which includes a collab with megastar G-Eazy.
This, of course, put his name right into the limelight, which means that if you want to see Skizzy, you better get those tickets, and get ‘em fast!
5 Seconds of Summer (April 12th @ Irving Plaza)
If You Like: Panic! At The Disco or One Direction
The Australian pop-rock band began as a group of friends covering songs on youtube. After touring with One Direction in 2013 the band made it big in 2014 after their hit “She Looks So Perfect” (remember everyone singing “you look so perfect standing there in your American Apparel underwear?).
After a brief hiatus the band is back with their single "Want You Back" and they're coming to Irving Plaza.
So, throw on your American Apparel briefs, and start singing along (and stuck in your head all over again).
Joey Bada$$ (April 19th @ Terminal 5)
If You Like: A$AP Rocky or Tyler, The Creator
He’s held a spot on our party playlists, and now he’s heading to Terminal 5 for what’s bound to be one insane, live event.
Routed in old-school hip-hop, Joey’s eclectic swagger and unique sound have become one that almost every millennial has come to know and love. He has worked along the sides of Wiz Khalifa and ASAP Rocky and has created a brand image that is now regarded as a new-age, rap movement.
Lily Allen (April 23rd @ Music Hall of Williamsburg)
If you Like: Marina and the Diamonds or Gwen Stefani.
English singer-songwriter Lily Allen has matured quite a bit since her humble beginnings as a troubled Myspace singer
Her entrance into the mainstream music scene was nothing short of controversial with her no holds barred lyrics.
Time has proven Lily has developed into a vocal powerhouse. Her most recent album, “Sheezuz,” would earn her a new level of respect and admiration in the music game, and prove that she is a strong female force to be reckoned with!
So don’t miss out on some magnetic energy, and get to Williamsburg for an unforgettable experience that only the likes of Lily Allen could bring to the table!
George Ezra (April 24th @ Terminal 5)
If you Like: Passenger or The Lumineers
With a rich sound and expertly written songs, George Ezra is a must-see for fans of modern folk.
Since blowing up in 2014 with his breakout hit “Budapest,” Ezra has grown as an artist, and performer, while remaining true to his humble beginnings as a UK indie artist. George has dominated the UK charts, climbing all the way to number one, as well as being as big of a hit in Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, and The United States.
MoneyBagg Yo (April 29th @ Gramercy Theatre)
If you like: Migos or Yo Gotti.
Moneybagg Yo has been putting out mixtapes for a minute now, but his biggest win came last year with the release of his album “Heartless.”
The album was an immediate success and debuted on the Billboard 200. Following the “Heartless,” came this past February’s follow up album “Heartless 2” which featured collaborations with rap A-listers like Yo-Gotti and Migos.
This all means that Moneybaggs name is only getting bigger, and bigger. Catch this emerging artist before he explodes on the scene.