Two weeks ago, we put together a rundown of the 13 coolest must-see NYC concerts in the first half of March, 2014. We did that because we found out (the hard way) how much it blows to miss your favorite band in town. And then how much more it blows to miss them because you didn’t even know they were coming. We wanted to save you all the tears that we
cried totally didn’t cry then, and we’re here today to tell you that we still support less tears (stop crying!) In support of our no-tears initiative, we made you a rundown of the 13 coolest must-see NYC concerts in the second half of March, 2014, too; you can check it out below. We called it Part DUH, because we speak French. Also, because you should read it.
March 14: Excision w/ Dirtyphonics & ill. Gates @ Best Buy Theater
Excision shows are known to leave a crowd with ringing ears and flooded senses, which should explain the DJ’s reputation for supreme mastery of the bass. Excision consistently pushes the limits of EDM with each new set, and he is currently on tour with Dirtyphonics which is practically an electronic music match made in heaven. So if you’re looking to go to an EDM show this month, it’s pretty much a no-brainer. The only question is: Can you can handle it?
March 17: Foster the People @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Remember that ridiculously catchy summer hit “Pumped Up Kicks?” Foster the People is just one of those bands that gains a world of attention immediately. Three years after their incredibly successful debut album Torches, they’re now releasing their sophomore album. And by the sights and sounds of the highly anticipated Supermodel, this indie rock band isn’t letting anyone down. Foster the People will be performing in Brooklyn the night before their new album drops. Will you be there to celebrate with them? We know we will.
March 19: Cashmere Cat @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
In case you haven’t heard of this guy, let us fill you in. Cashmere Cat is a Norwegian musician, producer and DJ (fun fact: he represented Norway in the DMC World DJ Championships). He gained his first few minutes of fame when his edit of 2 Chainz’ “No Lie” was ranked by VIBE Magazine as #1 on a list of “25 Awesome Genre-Benders of 2012,” and he hasn’t been slowing down since. He currently works with artists like Maroon 5, Jeremih and Wiz Khalifa, and when that’s all done he spends his remaining time on live performances at festivals and clubs in the US, Europe and Australia. In conclusion, tickets to this show will no doubt be a solid investment.
March 20: Allen Stone @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Allen Stone is not your average soul singer. For starters, he began his career singing at his father’s church (his father was a preacher), and that probably plays a big part in shaping his distinctively unaffected sound. While most people describe him as a soul and R&B singer, he makes a point of identifying as a “hippie with soul.” His second album Allen Stone peaked at the number 2 spot on the R&B/Soul charts on iTunes and hit #9 and #35 on the Billboard Heatseekers and R&B/Hip Hop Album charts, respectively, and USA Today called him a “pitch-perfect powerhouse.” We don’t object to the praise in the slightest.
March 20: The War on Drugs @ Bowery Ballroom
This indie rock band is unsurprisingly the creation of a pair of Bob Dylan fans (Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile seriously just met at a party and were like “hey, you like Dylan? Let’s make music together!”). Though Vile isn’t with the band anymore, Adam Granduciel has been a solid frontman, bringing the band to its third studio album titled Lost in a Dream, which is set to release this month. If you like good alternative indie, grand-scale guitar lines, or Bob Dylan, The War on Drugs would be a great band to see this month.
March 21: Billy Joel @ Madison Square Garden
Since releasing his first hit song, “Piano Man,” in 1973, Joel has become the sixth best selling recording artist and the third-best-selling solo artist in the United States. Not to mention he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, AND received the Kennedy Center Honors (the nation’s highest honor for influencing American culture through the arts). Seeing Billy Joel is a tale you’ll tell your grandkids, and that tale will probably never get less cool.
March 21: Cut Copy @ Terminal 5
This Australian indie-electronic group is now on tour for their album Free Your Mind, which was just released this past year. Haven’t heard of Cut Copy? You don’t have to in order to thoroughly enjoy one of their shows. This band not only follows the electronic masters such as Daft Punk and LCD Soundsystem, but they integrate sounds from the 70s and 80s, mirroring what you know and love about that synth pop sound. In a nutshell, Cut Copy is a successful solo project that can appeal to a wide range of music listeners. They will be performing at Terminal 5, and the show may turn into an 80s music dance party, but as far as we’re concerned, that’s perfectly okay.
March 22: Kid Cudi @ Barclays (Rescheduled from 3/27)
With the recent (and unexpected) release of Satellite Flight: Journey to Mother Moon, Kid Cudi is touring both domestically and internationally, hitting music festivals everywhere from Cleveland, Ohio to Sao Paolo, Brazil. But before all that, the Brooklyn-based rapper will be making a stop for NYC fans at Barclays. Kid Cudi has unexpectedly given us the next installment of his space odyssey (that has spanned for half a decade now), and we’re more curious than ever to see what this creative, enigmatic rapper is going to bring back home to sweet Brooklyn.
March 25: Dum Dum Girls @ Bowery Ballroom
What once began as a humble artistic recording project in a bedroom has now become the band the Dum Dum Girls, and they have certaintly made an impact on the indie music scene. We love the Dum Dum Girls because they revive garage rock and hair band rock n’ roll, but with a sophisticated indie alternative twist. These girls, under the direction of lead singer and mastermind Dee Dee Penny (formally known as Kristin Welchez), are bringing back that classic pop-rock sound that we all obsessed about in music years past. But with a leader like Dee Dee Penny, this band is anything but traditional. If you’re looking to rock out with a bunch of rowdy indie rockstars, something tells us the Dum Dum Girls would love to see you at their show at Bowery Ballroom.
March 26: Grouplove @ Terminal 5 w/ MS MR
Hope you’re resting up, because Los Angeles-based band Grouplove is coming to Manhattan in all of their indie alternative glory. Grouplove is a band of not only talented musicians, but also close friends, so when you listen to them, you just feel good. Songs like “Tongue Tied” and “Colours” are not only energetic and fun, but they are also interesting and straight-up weird to the more critical music listener. Their show at Terminal 5 will undoubtedly be a show of impressive musicianship, and altogether great vibes.
March 27: Rakim @ S.O.B.’s
William Michael Griffin Jr., better known by his stage name as Rakim, is regarded as one of the most influential and skilled MCs of all time. Before becoming a solo artist, Rakim spent the early portion of his career as part of the groundbreaking hip-hop duo, Eric B. & Rakim. The duo put out 4 studio albums before their dissolution in 1992 and was critically regarded as one of the best MC/DJ combos of all time. Rakim has not only maintained recognition as a hip-hop artist, but he still holds legendary status in the industry. If you go to any hip-hop shows this month, first on your list should definitely be this one.
March 28: Lady Gaga @ Roseland Ballroom
Self-made diva/recording artist/activist/record producer/businesswoman/fashion designer/philanthropist/actress Lady Gaga is somehow still not tired, and now on tour for third studio album Artpop. Coming off a hiatus due to hip surgery, the multi-platinum pop star is taking festivals like SXSW by storm, and recently announced that she’ll be bringing the Artpop Ball to over 30 venues across the U.S. as well. Gaga has certainly set the bar high for herself considering the fame she achieved from past albums and tours, but we’re not too worried about this five-time Grammy winner letting us down. Don’t have tickets to the Artpop Ball yet? Don’t you worry; It’s never too late to become one of her little monsters.
March 29: Childish Gambino @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Childish Gambino, formally known as actor/writer/producer (/superhero?) Donald Glover, is currently on a tour he’s called “The Deep Web.” This tour will feature the album he dropped at the end of last year, Because the Internet. But why should you see Childish Gambino live, you ask? Well, we could answer that by telling you how many cargo ships worth of fangirl letters there are out there signed dearly “Mrs. Gambino” with doodly hearts. But the answer that actually matters to us is that Glover is kind of a genius. Not only does he illustrate so cleverly and so accurately a vision of our world today, but he does it with style, and with expert humor as well.