In just a few weeks, we'll be able to ditch the huge winter coats and trade them in for a simple hoodie. For music lovers in the Big Apple, the month of March will deliver a ton of epic performances you won't want to miss. A beloved indie rock band holds a special music video screening at the same venue where the visual was shot, an electronic outfit reunite to perform their classic debut album in its entirety and a ska band performs with their original lineup for the first time in 25 years. Check out our list of the best NYC shows for March below.
Friday, March 3
Excision, Cookie Monsta at Playstation Theater
Excision's annual two night stint at Playstation Theater will feature support from Cookie Monsta, Barely Alive, and Dion Timmer. The Canadian producer released his third studio album Virus back in October.
Wednesday, March 8
The Protomen at Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Protomen will come to NYC for a special screening of their 16 minute "Light Up The Night" music video, which will include a Q&A session with directors Matt Sundin and Caspar Newbolt. The band, who will release their new album Act III in the near future, will also rock the venue later that night.
Thursday, March 9
Martina McBride at Playstation Theater
Martina McBride headlines the CMT Next Women of Country Love Unleashed Tour, which features rising stars Lauren Alaina, Maggie Rose, and Post Monroe. McBride is supporting her latest studio album Reckless, which features the singles "Just Around the Corner" and the title track.
Friday, March 10
Simple Plan, Set It Off at Playstation Theater
Tickets for Simple Plan's second performance inside Playstation Theater are still on sale. The Canadian pop punk band are celebrating the 15 year anniversary of No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls, which features the singles "I'd Do Anything," "I'm Just a Kid," "Addicted," and "Perfect." Set It Off and Seaway will open.
Saturday, March 11
Moose Blood at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Last year, Moose Blood dropped their sophomore studio album Blush to rave reviews, and they're currently on their first headlining tour in promotion for the 10 track release. Joining them are Trophy Eyes, Boston Manor, and A Will Away. The tour will also make its way to Bowery Ballroom on Sunday, March 12.
Saturday, March 18
Senses Fail at The Grand Ballroom at Webster Hall
With over 200,000 copies sold in its first month, Still Searching is Senses Fail's biggest selling album. For their 15 year anniversary tour, the band will be performing the 2006 album from front to back. Counterparts, Movements, and Like Pacific will open.
Wednesday, March 22
Nails, Toxic Holocaust at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Powerviolence band Nails are back on the road plugging their critically acclaimed album You Will Never Be One of Us, and they're bringing Toxic Holocaust, Gatecreeper, and Blame God along for a massive Brooklyn show. Tickets are running low.
Thursday, March 23
Enter Shikari, Being As An Ocean at Irving Plaza
Post hardcore band Enter Shikari arrive to Irving Plaza to perform their 2007 debut album Take to the Skies in its entirety. Joining them as support are Being As An Ocean, who are releasing their new studio album Waiting for Morning to Come on June 9.
Combichrist, Dope at Highline Ballroom
Combichrist and Dope bring their co-headlining tour to NYC, and both bands are supporting some releases. Dope's new studio album Blood Money Part 1 debuted at number 27 on the Billboard Top 200, which makes it the band's highest debut to date. Combichrist dropped their latest record This Is Where Death Begins back in June. September Mourning and Davey Suicide will open.
Friday, March 24
Foxygen, Sunflower Bean at Terminal 5
Indie rock outfit Foxygen are on the road plugging their new studio album Hang, which features the singles "Follow the Leader," "America," and "On Lankershim." Brooklyn's own Sunflower Bean, who are promoting their debut album Human Ceremony, will kick things off.
Fishbone at Gramercy Theatre
Iconic ska rock outfit Fishbone perform their 1996 album Chim Chim's Badass Revenge with their original lineup. Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore recently appeared in the song "Sunny Disposition" on Avenged Sevenfold's new album The Stage.
Voodoo Glow Skulls, Hub City Stompers at Knitting Factory
California ska punkers Voodoo Glow Skulls return to NYC for the first time in nearly two years. The outfit have been working on the follow up to their 2012 album Break the Spell. They will be joined by Hub City Stompers and Midnight Foolishness.
Saturday, March 25
The Knocks at Terminal 5
NYC's own electronic outfit The Knocks will conclude their Feel Good, Feel Great tour with a hometown performance inside Terminal 5. The duo released their new Testify EP last month via Neon Gold. Joining them as support are Bipolar Sunshine and Gilligan Moss.
Shiny Toy Guns at The Grand Ballroom at Webster Hall
Electronic outfit Shiny Toy Guns reunite to perform their 2006 studio album We Are Pilots in its entirety. The Grammy nominated album features the hit singles "Le Disko," "You Are the One" and "Rainy Monday." The outfit's last studio album was 2012's III.
Tuesday, March 28
Minus The Bear at The Grand Ballroom at Webster Hall
Indie rockers Minus The Bear are dropping their new studio album VOIDS this week, and the outfit will embark on the first of many tours in support of this release. Beach Slang and Bayonne will join as support. The tour will also hit up Music Hall of Williamsburg the next day.
Thursday, March 30
Vince Staples at Terminal 5
Rapper Vince Staples, who released his new single "BagBak" last month, is coming to rock Terminal 5 with support from Brooklyn's own Kilo Kish. His current tour was inspired by the 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.