NYC Concerts to Catch Before Christmas


Because of the holidays, many of our favorite artists are reconnecting with their respective families and friends and not visiting the Big Apple. However, three tremendous acts are visiting the city this December. So light your Hanukkah menorahs, crack open the eggnog, torch your Kwanzaa bonfires alight and bring your loved ones to these shows.  

Jai Wolf

Who he is: DJ from NYC

Where: Terminal 5

When: Saturday, December 10

Tickets: $25

Opener(s): Jerry Folk, Chet Porter

Why You Should Go: Like many EDM shows, a Jai Wolf show might not be the best display of live musical talent, but it is sure to be a merry time. Jai Wolf's brand of EDM is warm, golden and summery. He will remind you of warm summer days in the midst of this bleak winter. Jai also will weave into his sets a healthy dose of other cool electronic artists like Odesza, Mura Masa, Flume and more.

Acid Dad

Who they are: Pysch-punk from Brooklyn

Where: Baby’s All Right

When: Saturday, December 17

Tickets: $10

Opener(s): GYMSHORTS, rips

Why You Should Go: Acid Dad has one of my favorite band names ever, and they play some of grungiest and most vigorous Pysch-punk-rock around. My dad does not do acid and he does not even like drums in songs, but Acid Dad brings so much energy and spunk live I think my dad would like them. Even those who are not avid punk-rock fans will be able to rock out with Acid Dad. 


Young Thug

Who he is: Rapper from Atlanta

Where: Terminal 5

When: Sunday, December 18

Tickets: $40

Opener(s): 21 Savage

Why you should go: Young Thug often is similar to fellow Atlanta rapper Future because you do not really understand anything he says. The FADER describes Young Thug’s incomprehensible lyrics saying, “he slurs, shouts, whines and sings, feverishly contorting his voice into a series of odd timbres like a beautifully played but broken wind instrument." Young Thug does not rely on lyrical quality; rather, he relies on his rhythmically tight beats and dance-able hooks, with plenty of explicit language.