The best NYC concerts for July 2018
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From the scorching temperatures, you can tell July is finally here. With a plethora of cookouts and parties to come this month, you might want to have an alternative for your night out. A slew of concerts will be headed to the city over next few weeks that make it easier for you to ditch the friends and family for a moment. One Grammy award-winning artist debuts in the area with their new band, a San Fransisco hardcore punk band holds their record release show in Rough Trade NYC, and some nostalgia arrives at Forest Hills Stadium. Here's a list of some great shows making their way to New York City soon.

Monday, July 9

Oh Wonder @ Central Park SummerStage
London indie-pop duo Oh Wonder have been selling out shows left and right in the States since the release of their 2015 self-titled debut album. As expected, tickets for their Central Park performance are running low, so be sure to get yours now. Oh, Wonder are in the area promoting their sophomore studio album Ultralife. Opening the show is Boston singer-songwriter Sasha Sloan, who is promoting their debut EP Sad Girl.

Wednesday, July 18

Dispatch @ Central Park SummerStage
Beloved indie rock band Dispatch return to NYC for two performances at Central Park SummerStage (second show on Thursday, July 19). The band will be previewing material from their upcoming studio album Location 13, which will be released this fall. Joining them as support for both shows are Nahko and Medicine for the People and Raye Zaragoza.

Thursday, July 19

Culture Abuse @ Rough Trade NYC
Last month, Culture Abuse released their new album Bay Dream, and they're holding a special record release performance inside Rough Trade NYC. The album was produced by Carlos De La Garza, who earned a Grammy for his work on Ziggy Marley's 2016 self-titled album. Surfbort, Antagonize, and Glitterer will join the band as support. 

Tuesday, July 24

Deafheaven @ Brooklyn Steel
Later this month, Deafheaven will release their fourth studio album Ordinary Corrupt Human Love. Much like their previous work, the album was produced by Jack Shirley. The group will head to Brooklyn to promote the record with support from darkwave band Drab Majesty, who are supporting their 2017 album The Demonstration, and industrial rock band Uniform, who are releasing their new album The Long Walk on Aug. 17.

Arctic Monkeys @ Forest Hills Stadium
English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys return to the region to promote their new album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. The 11 song album has the distinction of being the fastest selling vinyl album in England in 25 years. Joining them as support are Mini Mansions, who will be releasing in the follow up to their 2015 album The Great Pretenders in the near future.

Thursday, July 26

Sleep @ Brooklyn Steel
While Sleep's Brooklyn Steel show on July 27 is sold out, there are still some tickets left for their performance on July 26. In April, the band unveiled The Sciences, which is their first studio album in 15 years. Joining them as support is Earth guitarist Dylan Carlson, who is supporting his new solo album Conquistador.

Bermuda Triangle, Vlad Holiday @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Bermuda Triangle, which is the side project of Alabama Shakes' vocalist Brittany Howard, will be making their Brooklyn debut inside Music Hall of Williamsburg. The group has been releasing a handful of singles this year, including their latest one "Till the End of Days." Joining them as support is former Born Cages frontman Vlad Holiday, who has also been releasing new music of his own this year.

A$AP Ferg @ Terminal 5
Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg is set to deliver an electric headlining performance inside Terminal 5. Recently, he dropped the new singles "Verified" and "Not The Boy," which may (or may not) be on the follow up to his 2016 album Always Strive and Prosper. Joining him for this show are IDK and Buddy.

Saturday, July 28

Culture Club, B- 52s @ Forest Hills Stadium
Culture Club and B-52s are bringing the '80s back with their co-headlining show in Queens. If that isn't enough '80s nostalgia, Tom Bailey from Thompson Twins will join as support. Bailey is the only one on this trek with some new tunes to promote. Later this month, he'll release his debut solo album Science Fiction.

Sunday, July 29

Amanda Shires @ Rough Trade NYC
Singer-songwriter/violinist Amanda Shires will head to Rough Trade days before the release of her new album To the Sunset. This record finds her reuniting with producer Dave Cobb, who worked on her 2016 release My Piece of Land. Earlier this year, Shires earned her first Grammy for her work on Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's The Nashville Sound. Joining her as support is Sean Rowe, who released his fifth studio album New Lore last year.