Picture this: you’re sitting at home scrolling through Facebook when you suddenly see an article about the crazy shenanigans Justin pulled at his show yesterday. YESTERDAY. YESTERDAY?! How come no one told you that you could have gotten cheap Justin Timberlake tickets yesterday? It’s honestly ridiculous that moments like these even happen, right? Don’t people want us to buy things? Tickets are things too, right? Well never fear, world! TickPick is here to tell you that TICKETS ARE THINGS! All it takes is a little time out of our day and poof – You know Justin’s coming to town. Better yet, thanks to our rundown of the 13 coolest must-see NYC concerts in the first half of March, 2014, you also know Ashanti and Robin Thicke are coming to town too! Feels good, right?
Yeah, feels pretty good.
Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom
The band formally known as The Jakes has been blowing up of late, performing at festivals such as Sasquatch! and SXSW and touring with Incubus, but we’ll always know them as the band that we play in our cars with the windows rolled down and hands extended toward the breeze. While falling into the genre of Indie-rock Alternative, Young the Giant has made the radio waves countless times with hits like ”Cough Syrup,” which has been and always will be one of our favorite songs. They have a new album out called “Mind Over Matter,” and they’ll be touring a lot this spring so don’t worry if you can’t make this show. Check out other Young The Giant concerts here.
BB King Blues Club and Grill
Needless to say, Ashanti is a bit of an icon. Working with big names such as Dr. Dre, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, she worked her way up the ladder as a successful R&B, hip-hop and pop artist, gaining her fair share of respect as a vocalist and pianist along the way. Fun fact: Did you know Ashanti has a pretty fruitful acting career as well? She’s been a regular on the show Army Wives, along with making a guest appearance on SVU, and STARRING in a Lifetime Christmas Movie (don’t pretend you don’t watch those). But all acting efforts aside, Ashanti is going to throw one hell of an album release party, and we’re excited to see what she has in store for us after this hiatus.
Best Buy Theater
Rick Ross is a well-established American rapper and apparently Florida’s favorite music artist hands down. His recently released album “Mastermind” has guest appearances everywhere from Lil Wayne to Kanye, to Big Sean, to The Weeknd, and the list goes on. Who knows, maybe he’ll invite a special guest to appear at this show. He is, after all, “Da Boss.”
BB King Blues Club and Grill
George Clinton is a LEGEND. One of the foremost innovators of funk music along with the likes of James Brown and Sly Stone, Clinton is a timeless bandmaster, conducting the groovy-funk classics of Parliament and Funkadelic. But be warned: he is known for coming onstage dressed in fluorescent african robes or technicolor sci-fi costumes. Maybe bring a pair of shades.
Paul Simon & Sting
March 4, March 6
Madison Square Garden
Paul Simon, the singer/ songwriter known for being a part of the duo Simon and Garfunkel, has earned 12 Grammys for his solo and collaborative work. Can’t get better than that, right? WRONG! You could add Sting! The English singer/songwriter and frontman for The Police, has released five chart topping albums himself. Though the artists had little to do with one another’s careers in their younger days, they harmonize very well together,and spend the show performing a number of songs as a duo in addition to their separate sets.
Composed of artist-producer Brian Burton and James Mercer, Broken Bells is a bit of an epic indie rock band. The lead vocals sound familiar? You guessed it. James Mercer is also the lead singer of indie rock veterans, The Shins. Broken Bells compose and create as a duo, but are joined by a full band on tour. Broken Bells are a pleasing blend of indie-space-alt rock, but let’s be real, I’ll buy whatever James Mercer’s voice lulls me into.
Madison Square Garden
2013 was quite a year for Robin Thicke. He achieved worldwide success with his sixth album titled Blurred Lines and worked with big names such as Will Smith, Pharrell, and John Legend, and 2014 promises to be similarly successful already. Not one to let his fans down, Thicke will no doubt give an energetic and captivating performance. He’s been cancelling shows due to sickness and “unforeseen circumstances”, but is due to make a comeback at his upcoming show in Washington D.C. This may be a setback for Thicke at present, but lets remember, this star has been songwriting since he was 13 years old, and something tells me he’s got a lot more coming.
Seth and Scott Avett are a unique pair to say the least. With music that blends country, bluegrass, and indie rock with seamless ease, they are a band to make you dance one moment and cry in the next. Their recently released album is Magpie and the Dandelions, but our favorite song is an older hit, the song “I and Love and You”. Just in case you were wondering.
The Allman Brothers
March 7, March 8
This southern/blues rock band are often called the “Principal Architects of Southern Rock.” Not only are they forever memorialized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but they also ranked No. 52 in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of all TIme in 2004. The Allman Brothers Band continue to tour, visiting festivals that feature the newest generation of bluegrass, rock and blues. They are now entering their final tour with members Derek Trucks and Warren Hayes, making this show a perfect bookend to a long and tumultuous career. Turn time back 21 years ago, and The Allman Brothers were taking the stage at Beacon Theatre to deliver on of their most famous sets to date. The Allman Brothers Band will now take the stage two decades later with a sense of nostalgia, and most of all pride. These hall of famers have nothing to prove but a good time.
This eerie, yet groovy London-local band is more than just a dope beat to dance to. With strong vocals and a steady, easy rhythm, listeners can expect some seriously groovy disco undertones. They’ve upheld quite the mysterious identity despite their growing and fervent fanbase, made possible by the production of two share-friendly and attention-grabbing music videos. That’s probably why you’ve never heard of them. But if recent fervor for their viral hits says anything, they won’t stay under the radar for very long.
March 10, March 11
Praised by the Village Voice as ”refreshingly moody” and “addicting,” Lorde serves as an antithesis to pop as much as her lyrics do. Word has it that her performances feel sincerely natural and unchoreographed, meaning that Lorde will likely get lost along with her fans to the tantalizing beats and catchy lyricism of Pure Heroine. And here’s a secret for you: if you are one who tries to be as “indie” or “hipster” as possible, don’t feel guilty for singing along to “Royals” in the shower. Lorde probably has even more disdain for mainstream music than you do.
Cat Power Solo
Music Hall of Williamsburg
With a name like Cat Power, it has to be good, right? A renaissance woman of indie rock, Cat Power just so happens to be a talented singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. Most of her music is a blend of indie rock, folk, and blues, but recently she began to dabble into electronic music as well. But never fear – the soft and sincere lyricism remains the same. There’ s no doubt in our minds that Cat Power live will be an altogether intimate experience. This kind of concert probably won’t repeat itself any time soon.
March 12, March 13
Madison Square Garden
Ellie Goulding has come quite a long way since her cover of Elton John’s “Your Song” reached No.2 in the UK in December of 2010. By now, most critics would agree that Ellie Goulding has one of the most unique and powerful voices of her generation. She has come incredibly far as an indie pop/synth-pop/electronic music artist, as well as a singer/songwriter, and proof of that is her latest endeavor. She currently lends the musical voice to the main character in Divergent, which is predicted to be one of the biggest blockbuster movies of the spring. Not only did she offer three songs to the film, but she also wrote a brand new song specifically for Divergent. It’s called “Beating Heart,” and it’s pretty killer in our opinion.