Fall Contemporary Music Preview | the new yorker
After a buzzing summer slate that saw many stars return to bigger indoor stages, the fall schedule continues to deliver, with even more options and plenty of artists performing back-to-back gigs to satisfy eager fans.
Brooklyn Steel hosts an exciting and diverse collection of shows. On October 1, the twins behind Ibeyi share their moving experimental soul. The recently reunited avant-pop group Stereolab explores twenty years of post-rock jamming over two nights (October 10-11), and the soft-spoken Compton native Canal Tres tinkers with his mix of West Coast rap and house music (October 15). On October 28, the laid-back British pop musician beabadoobee presents his second album, “Beatopia”. And, on November 8, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Sophie Allison unveils “Sometimes, Forever” produced by OPN, her latest album as a Soccer Mom.
At Radio City Music Hall, pop divas of all generations grace the stage: the dance icon Diana Ross brings her decades of pageantry (September 13), the flamenco innovator Rosalia made two stops along it”MOTOMAMI” world tour (September 18-19), and the multimedia scholar Lil Nas X continues to milk her debut album, “Montero” (September 20-21). Stadium shows feature a colorful range of music, mostly focused on movement. The baroque-pop outfit Florence and the machine celebrates its first album in four years, “Dance Fever”, at Madison Square Garden (September 16-17). A few days later, on September 20, the reggaetón pioneer Daddy Yankee performed there during his farewell tour. For electronic dance enthusiasts, English djs and producers Jamie xx and Four Tet play at Forest Hills Stadium (September 23). And Gorillaz, Damon Albarn’s virtual project, best known as the frontman of Blur, moves to the Barclays Center (October 12).
Elsewhere, the unconventional sounds of off-center musicians find refuge: at the Bowery Ballroom, the American gothic artist Ethel Cain (September 9-10) and the jazz-fusion group led by Shabaka Hutchings The comet is coming (Oct. 19) play; Terminal 5 ships the suicide rapper Denzel Curry (October 6); BAM‘s Howard Gilman Opera House Welcomes Experimental Founder of Brainfeeder flying lotus (6-7 Oct); and Webster Hall presents emerging punk endorsed by Travis Barker KennyHoopla (Oct. 14), the sludge-pop group let’s eat grandma (November 4) and the elegant synth-pop duo Magdalen Bay (Nov. 15). ♦