The Top 5 Best Concerts in New York City This Week; Who Takes The Crown?

The great big wheel of concerts keeps turning in NYC this week, churning out a ridiculous amount of live shows worth seeing. It’s as though every event now includes a live performance, including free shows at the park, pre-film viewing performances, pop-up shows, and hors d’oeuvre festivals featuring Spin Doctors (kidding about that last one). We sort through the noise and give you this week’s top shows.

The Best Concerts in NYC This Week

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1. Flume @ Terminal 5 (7/16 – 7/18)

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Flume will play 3 sold-out shows at Terminal 5 due to overwhelming demand.

Why?: Ever since the above remix dropped, the anticipation for Flume to “break out” has reached a fever-pitch. The Aussie artist doesn’t play shows too often in the U.S. (yet), so once he finally announced dates at NYC’s favorite warehouse, Terminal 5, the demand proved overwhelming.

Flume will take over the venue for three consecutive nights of packed, sweaty, and euphoric live music. Will Flume live up to the hype? Is this guy “the next Disclosure?” We shall see.

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  • Avg. Market Price: $100
  • Trends: Demand is high. Prices staying put… for now.
  • Pro Tip: Tickets should drop day-of, but will go fast. Let us hook you up!


2. Ava Luna @ Rough Trade NYC (7/19)

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Ava Luna are our sleeper pick. Check them out at Rough Trade NYC.

Why?: Ava Luna create beautiful music; plain and simple. Their most recent album Electric Balloon mixes R&B and electronic elements to create a unique and genuine sound that you can’t find elsewhere (outside of Dirty Projectors, and still just maybe). They also kill it live. This show at Rough Trade in Brooklyn is a steal.

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  • Avg. Market Price: $15
  • Trends: Tickets available.  
  • Pro Tip: Get ’em for cheap!

3. Gigawatts Festival @ Radio Bushwick, Hot 97.4 (7/17 – 7/20)

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See Frankie Cosmos live at the Gigawatts Fest in Brooklyn. Photo: Ben Stas

Why?: It’s no secret that we’re hot on this event. In fact, we’re practically dating at this point. We’re about to post a photo collage of us together on Facebook (“Gigawatts got down on one knee! We said yes!!!!!”). The comments will read: “OMG NO WAY! ; )))” and “Wow. Congrats Rukkus” and “I KNEW this was coming.”

Seriously, though, this weekend is going to be off the damn chain, and probably (definitely) the best weekend of the summer. Weekend passes get access to a Secret House Show on Sunday with Team Spirit! See the schedule and lineup.

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  • Avg. Market Price: $8 – $22
  • Trends: Single Day and Weekend Passes available.
  • Pro Tip: Weekend pass holders get a special show.

4. Camera Obscura @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (7/16)

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Camera Obscura play MHOW on 7/16

Why?: This group from Glasgow, Scotland creates slow-burning indie pop music. Their sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg is an indication of the quiet and steady success of a band that consistently releases great music.

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  • Avg. Market Price: $40
  • Trends: Good deals available.
  • Pro Tip: Grab tix ASAP.

5. Jon Hopkins @ Le Poisson Rouge (7/17)

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Jon Hopkins set at LPR is last, but not least.

Why?: This one will be equal parts electrifying and unsettling. Jon Hopkins creates atmospheric electronica that employs glorious swaths of bass; expect the Le Poisson Rouge soundsystem to be bumping on this killer Thursday night show. The first steps out on Bleecker will feel as though you’ve emerged from a dream.

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  • Avg. Market Price: $20
  • Trends: Going fast.
  • Pro Tip: Advanced tickets are cheaper than at the door.

Article by Nicolas White

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