April might be known for its showers, but the first full month of spring is also known for delivering some great concerts to New York City. Prog metal takes over a popular Times Square venue, a respected hip-hop producer will mix things up inside Music Hall of Williamsburg, and a well-known bassist performs material from two of his most successful bands. A handful of acts will also have strings of performances held at Brooklyn Steel and Rough Trade NYC. You can take a look at some of our favorite shows hitting up the Big Apple in the following weeks.
Wednesday, April 4
Between The Buried And Me return to Playstation Theater in support of their new album Automata I. For this trek, they're releasing a special split with tourmates The Dear Hunter, who are working on their eighth studio album. Norwegian group Leprous, who are plugging their fifth studio album Malina, will kick things off.
Thursday, April 5
Grammy-nominated country singer Kelsea Ballerini has her biggest headlining show in the region to date in the promotion of her new studio album Unapologetically. The album includes the Gold single "Legends," which topped the Country Airplay chart. Joining her is Walker Hayes, who will also be plugging his new album Boom.
Friday, April 6
There are still a few tickets left to catch beloved New Jersey indie rock group Yo La Tengo inside Brooklyn Steel. Last month, the band released their 15th studio album titled There's a Riot Going On on longtime label Matador Records. The release peaked at number six on the Americana/Folk Albums chart and number two on the Vinyl Albums chart.
Thursday, April 12
Influential grunge band L7 head to Brooklyn on their We Came To B**ch Tour, which is named after their new single. Opening the show are Death Valley Girls, who are promoting their 2016 studio album Glow in The Dark. While you wait for the show, you can watch L7's Pretend We're Dead documentary on Hulu.
Sunday, April 15
Influential New Jersey alternative rock band The Feelies have two back to back sold out gigs at Rough Trade NYC on April 13 and April 14. Tickets for their performance on April 15 are still available, but they're going fast. Last year, the band released their sixth studio album titled In Between.
Tuesday, April 17
Canadian singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin kicked off 2018 by gaining two Juno nominations for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. While tickets for her Rough Trade NYC gig on April 18 are already gone, you still have a chance to catch her on April 17. The former La Voix contestant is promoting her latest Main Girl EP.
Monday, April 23
If you didn't get tickets for IAMX's sold out Rough Trade NYC performances on April 21 and April 22, there's still time to snag a ticket for their third and final Brooklyn stop on their spring tour. The group is plugging their new studio album Alive In New Light. The title track and "Mile Deep Hollow" were featured in the fourth season of How To Get Away With Murder.
Tuesday, April 24
Join country singer Ashley Monroe as she celebrates the release of her new album Sparrow. The forthcoming release, which was produced by Dave Cobb, includes the charting single "Hands on You." Throughout her career, the Knoxville native has collaborated with acts such as Train and Blake Shelton.
Wednesday, April 25
New Zealand indie rock band Unknown Mortal Orchestra take over Brooklyn Steel for back to back performances (the second night is on April 26). The band will be in the region supporting their fourth studio album Sex & Food. The 12 track album was recorded in numerous areas, including Iceland, South Korea, and Vietnam. Makeness, who will also be promoting new material with their debut album Loud Patterns, will open.
Thursday, April 26
Last month, hip-hop producer Cut Chemist released his sophomore studio album (and first record in 12 years) with Die Cut. The former Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli member makes his way to Brooklyn on the tail end of his North American tour. Joining him as support that evening are El Dusty, DJ Shortkut, and Edan.
Friday, April 27
Peter Hook & The Light come to Brooklyn to perform New Order and Joy Division's Substance albums in full. Last year, the English rock band released four live albums from performances in Manchester, Dublin, and Leeds. Peter Hook released two books about his time in New Order, including 2016's Substance: Inside New Order.