The month of December is finally here, and while you're still working through that massive Thanksgiving dinner, Santa Claus is set to arrive early with some great concerts in New York City. Hardcore punk and hip hop will collide inside Terminal 5, some of country music's finest will thrive inside Playstation Theater, and a British artist will deliver fan favorites such as "Cars" and "Are 'Friends' Electric?" inside Brooklyn Steel. Check out our list of the best 10 shows taking place in the Big Apple over the next month. Tickets for any of these shows would make a great early Christmas present!
Friday, December 1
Kick off the month with some heaven trap courtesy of Slander. Back in Oct., the producers released their collaboration with Kayzo titled Dilapidation Celebration. SAYMYNAME and Dombresky will also bring some beats to the Times Square venue.
Saturday, December 2
If you're a country fan, the Ride Or Die tour is right up your alley. Headliner Dustin Lynch is busy plugging his new studio album Current Mood, which debuted at number seven on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Joining him as support are Ryan Hurd, who released their self-titled EP back in April, and Mitchell Tenpenny, who released Linden Ave over the summer.
Wednesday, December 6
New York rapper Action Bronson comes home with a performance inside Terminal 5. This past summer, he dropped his third studio album Blue Chips 7000, which includes the singles "Let Me Breathe" and "The Chairman's Intent." Hardcore punk band Trash Talk and fellow New York rapper Meyhem Lauren will open.
Thursday, December 7
Beloved electronic artist Gary Numan returns to the city in support of their new album Savage (Songs from a Broken World). The artist paid for the 10 track album via a 2015 Pledgemusic campaign. Brooklyn duo Me Not You, who are promoting Reckoning 1, are the opening act.
Friday, December 8
Back in Sept., Scottish post rock band Mogwai released their ninth studio album Every Country's Sun. One of the final stops of their North American tour makes its way to Terminal 5, and the group are expecting a packed house. Kicking things off will be dark synth artist Xander Harris, who released his latest studio album Termination Dust back in April.
Tuesday, December 12
Indie pop artist Perfume Genius returns to the city with two performances inside Music Hall of Williamsburg (night two takes place on Dec. 13). Back in May, they released their fourth album No Shape. Canadian artist Lydia Ainsworth, who kicked off 2017 with their album Darling of the Afterglow, will also be performing on both nights.
Wednesday, December 13
New York indie rock band Mayday will have one last performance this year inside Rough Trade NYC. The group have been busy promoting their latest Unraveling EP with touring alongside Joywave. L'Rain and Ryan Egan will also perform.
Sunday, December 17
After wrapping up their U.K. tour, Lydia Lunch RETROVIRUS will close out 2017 at the Brooklyn record store/venue. The performance will span the post-punk artist's entire discography, including material from Teenage Jesus and the Jerks and 8 Eyed Spy. Their last studio album was 2015's Urge to Kill. Art Gray Noizz Quintet and Russian Baths will kick things off.
Saturday, December 23
Before making one final dash to the mall, head to Terminal 5 to catch NGHTMRE on his NGHTMRE Before Xmas tour. The producer recently released a new track with Dillon Francis titled "Another Dimension." Valentino Khan, who ignited Spotify charts with "Bullseye" and "Pump," and Justin Caruso, who delivered hits such as "Talk About Me" and "Caving," will join as support.
Thursday, December 28
Gypsy punk group Gogol Bordello are ready to end the year with two gigs inside Brooklyn Steel (night two is on Dec. 29), and they're hoping you join them. The New York City group have been touring in support of their new studio album Seekers and Finders. Lucky Chops, who have earned over one million Facebook likes from various viral videos, will open both shows.