Four February NYC Concerts You Should Be At

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Looking to unwind on at a concert but unsure of who to see? Want to branch out your musical taste? Here are four upcoming concerts this month that you should check out: Best Coast

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Who they are: Indie Rock Duo from LA

Where: Terminal 5

When: Thursday 2/18

How much: $27.50

Openers: Wavves, Cherry Glazzer

Why You Should Go: Although their band name is completely wrong (the east coast is the best coast), Best Coast’s sound is completely right. Lead singer, guitarist, and former child actor Bethany Cosentino’s melancholic, Courtney Barnett-sounding vocals blend perfectly with Best Coast’s simple but groovy rock formations.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw_uIQV9-zA

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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Who they are: Experimental (aka funky) Indie Rock Band from New Zealand

Where: Irving Plaza

When: Friday, 2/19 & Saturday, 2/20

How Much: $25

Opener: Lower Dens

Why you should go: Unknown Mortal Orchestra will delight your ears with unexpected guitar riffs, smooth piano cuts, cowbells, bongo drums, and oh-so-catchy bass lines. For only $25, you can experience their R&B influenced rock sound which is funky in the best way possible. If you need more reason to go, check out their killer performance on Conan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-nCm86Jc9M

Animal Collective

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Who they are: Experimental Indie Pop

Where: Irving Plaza

When: Tuesday, 2/23

How much: $35

Opener: Ratking

Why You Should Go: If you are looking for boring, run-of-the-mill pop, steer clear of Animal Collective. Since 1999, Animal Collective has consistently released albums packed with unusual synths, strange effects, and clashing vocals. Suppress your expectations for typical pop and indie music ingrained by Top 40 radio, and Animal Collective’s show will electrify in a rare and spectacular way. Their performance on Letterman in 2009 is a perfect example of what you can expect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agkn0NybXUQ

Future

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Who he is: Rapper from Atlanta

Where: Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom

When: Saturday, 2/27

How much: Sold out (Resale Tickets currently running upwards of $100)

Openers: Ty Dollar $ign, Lil Donald

Why You should Go: Although he’s been releasing music since 2010, Future burst onto the top of Hip Hop charts in 2015 with the release of critically acclaimed album Dirty Sprite 2, shortly followed by his smash collaboration with Drake, What A Time To Be Alive. Future has a messy, almost slurred delivery which makes it often hard to catch every word of his intense and (very,very) explicit lyrics. His delivery is ardent, his tracks are gritty and he has an intensely powerful stage presence. If you are willing to spend around $100, you should catch Future at midtown’s Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom at the end of the month. Listen to Future’s live performance of “Blow a Bag” and “Where Ya At” on Jimmy Kimmel below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=470yKK51v1s

 

 

CultureCaleb Trouwborst