If I had to pick one thing that I love more about New York than Seamless delivery service, it’s the fact that pretty much every touring musician will always play a show in the city. This summer it seems that many of my favorite artists came to play in NYC over a two-month period, causing me to ask the age-old question… is it possible to attend too many concerts? The answer is no.

I’ve been to 10 concerts so far this summer, but in order to keep this post at a readable length, and stir up a little mystery, I am only going to give you my top 3 picks. Please, PLEASE give these bands a listen. You won’t regret it.

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MS MR

When an artist comes on stage wearing a full-length white pantsuit, you know you’re in for a good time. Lizzy Plapinger of MS MR did just that during their set at Rough Trade back in April, and the show did not disappoint. This concert was like the indie-pop dance party of my dreams— thumping beats, ethereal keys, and Plapinger’s kick ass vocals. They played all my favorite songs (Fantasy, Think of You, Dark Doo Wop), and then let the crowd hear some of the music from their new album, which drops in July. Their first single “Painted” is a definite add to my summer playlist.

Purity Ring

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I had no idea what to expect when heading in to this concert. I’ve been listening to Purity Ring for a couple of years now, but I’ve never seen them live. Their music is like nothing else out there: minimalistic, bewitching, with a melodic ebb and flow that is likely to put one in a trance. Lead vocalist Megan James sounds like an angel, singing lightly yet powerfully over the dark heavy beats constructed by Corin Roddick. Did I mention that their stage set contains a light show which is carefully curated and timed to all of their music? Purity Ring enraptured the entire audience during their set at Terminal 5, and afterwards I was left wondering if I actually saw the lead singer climb above the set to sing in front of a suspended moon? Yes, yes I did see that, and yes I was blown away.

Lucius

I. Can’t. Stop. Listening. To. Lucius. Their first concert this summer at Music Hall of Williamsburg CHANGED me. I think I have listened to their debut album Wildewoman from beginning to end every single day since that show. I listen to it when I’m commuting, when I’m working out, when I’m walking my dog, etc. etc. Why, you ask? Why are you so obsessed with this band? Well the answer is pretty simple – they give one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen. Their stage presence is hypnotizing, and their soaring vocals will stop you in your tracks. At one point during the breakdown in their song “Nothing Ordinary,” 4 out of the 5 band members were playing drums on stage—it was hard for me to pick my jaw up off the floor after that. Luckily I got to see them again at the Prospect Park Bandshell earlier this month, and the experience was just as magical. I laughed, I cried, I bought a Lucius t-shirt—and now I’m finally writing this post because they deserve it and goddamn they are giving me some serious life this summer.


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