November means two things: rushing to get that perfect Thanksgiving dinner made and rushing to get a discount on a PS4 immediately after that meal. If you're trying to avoid packed malls and supermarkets, nothing beats going to a packed show. There are several shows lined up for the month for every music lover in New York City. Two metal co-headlining tours invade Playstation Theater, a beloved Brooklyn act will take over a local venue for the weekend, and a platinum selling rock band bring some Christmas cheer. Check out our list of the best shows hitting up the Big Apple in the month.
Thursday, November 2
Grizzly Bear, serpentwithfeet @ Brooklyn Steel
Brooklyn's own Grizzly Bear will have three straight nights inside Brooklyn Steel (tickets for their Friday and Saturday gigs are on sale) to promote their new studio album Painted Ruins. Joining them on all three dates is Baltimore artist serpentwithfeet.
Friday, November 3
Trivium, Arch Enemy @ Playstation Theater
Metal bands Trivium and Arch Enemy, who have spent the last decade touring the world together, bring their North American co-headlining tour inside Playstation Theater. Both bands will be promoting new albums: Trivium released The Sin and the Sentence on Oct. 20, and Arch Enemy released Will to Power on Sept. 8. The two acts will be joined by U.K.'s While She Sleeps and New Jersey's Fit For An Autopsy.
Tuesday, November 7
Producer Flying Lotus has been delivering a unique experience on his current 3-D tour, and tickets for his Brooklyn Steel performance on Monday, Nov. 6 are already sold out. A limited amount of tickets are still on sale for his performance on Nov. 7. He recently worked on the score for Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 and Kuso, which was his directorial debut.
Thursday, November 9
After releases on Vagrant Records and Sub Pop, Blitzen Trapper will release their new studio album Wild and Reckless through their own LidKerCow Ltd. on Friday. The album stems from their 2016 stage production of the same name. The band returns to Brooklyn in the midst of a North American trek.
The second metal co-headlining show at the Times Square venue comes courtesy of Periphery and Animals As Leaders. Joining them as support are Long Island group Car Bomb, who independently released their third studio album Meta last year.
Wednesday, November 15
Indie rock fans will make their way to Terminal 5 for two exhilarating performances. Silversun Pickups are still promoting their 2015 release Better Nature, which includes the singles "Nightlight" and "Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)," and Minus The Bear are plugging their sixth studio album VOIDS, which was released back in March. Both bands will also perform at Brooklyn Steel on Friday Nov. 17.
Thursday, November 16
Film director/composer John Carpenter will bring some of his favorite compositions to life with an unforgettable concert. The legend will be promoting his new album Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, which features themes for Big Trouble in Little China and Escape from New York.
Friday, November 17
The Jesus and Mary Chain return to the Big Apple to promote their latest album Damage and Joy, which is their first studio album in 19 years. Joining them as support is Mark Crozer and The Rels, who performed in front of 75,000 people at Wrestlemania XXX. The band are supporting their latest release Sunny Side Down.
Wednesday, November 22
New wave band Modern English, who are best known for their hits "I Melt with You" and "Hands Across the Sea," continue promoting their latest studio album Take Me to the Trees with a stop at Rough Trade NYC. The Veldt, who released their Shocking Fuzz Of Your Electric Fur: Drake Equation EP back in June, will open.
Tuesday, November 28
If you missed Hanson's recent sold out performance at Playstation Theater, the pop rock band will be back for back to back gigs at the Times Square venue (night two takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 28) to promote Finally It's Christmas, which is their first Christmas album in 20 years. These are their only performances in the tri-state area, so tickets are going fast.