May has finally arrived, which means we're one month away from those summer memories. Before you can think about sunscreen and the beach, there's a ton of great shows headed to New York City in the next few weeks. A platinum selling pop punk band performs one of their biggest albums in full, former members of Dream Theater and Guns N' Roses rock out together, and an iconic director brings his popular festival to Brooklyn for its East Coast debut. You can check out our picks for the best concerts in May below. Tickets for these shows are on sale right now.
Tuesday, May 1
The Breeders return to NYC with a new album in hand. All Nerve, which is out on longtime record label 4AD, features the lineup from the band's beloved 1993 album Last Splash. The 13 track album debuted at number two on the Independent Albums chart and number five on the Alternative Albums chart. Joining them as support are New Jersey punk band Screaming Females.
Thursday, May 10
Folk rock artist Ani DiFranco continues touring in support of her latest studio album Binary, which is out on her own label Righteous Babe Records. Opening the evening are chamber pop duo Gracie and Rachel, who are supporting their self-titled debut album.
Saturday, May 12
If you came to dance, Slushii has you covered inside PlayStation Theater. The New Jersey native has been quite busy lately with appearances at Ultra Music Festival and EDC Mexico. Last year, he released his debut album Out of Light, which includes the singles "Dear Me" and "Step By Step." Joining him as support that night are Ducky and Volt.
Sum 41 hit up Terminal 5 to perform their 2002 album Does This Look Infected? in its entirety. The 12 track album features set staples "Still Waiting," "Over My Head (Better Off Dead)," and "The Hell Song." The group are currently working on their follow up to their 2016 studio album 13 Voices.
Wednesday, May 16
Indie rock band The Fratellis are in the city to promote their new studio album In Your Own Sweet Time, which is out on Cooking Vinyl. This 11 track album found the band reuniting with producer Tony Hoffer, who worked on the band's 2006 debut album Costello Music and their 2015 release Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied. Joining them as support are alternative rock duo Blood Red Shoes, who have been working on material for their fifth studio album.
Friday, May 18
Prog metal supergroup Sons of Apollo make their way to PlayStation Theater to support their debut album Psychotic Symphony. Kicking things off is Venezuelan guitarist Felix Martin, who has been gaining acclaim for his 16 string guitar. He's supporting his latest studio album Mechanical Nations.
Saturday, May 19
Curated by David Lynch, the 2018 installment of the Festival of Disruption showcases some of the best in film, music, and art. Performing on day one are Animal Collective, whose last studio album was 2016's Painting With. The event will also feature Jon Hopkins, who will release his fifth studio album Singularity on May 4, and a DJ set from Flying Lotus.
EXPG Studio brings their annual House of Exile dance festival to Terminal 5, and they're set to rock the house with two major names in the hip hop and R&B worlds. Last fall, T-Pain released his first album in six years with Oblivion. The record was originally announced in 2013, but it went through numerous delays. Cassie has been working on the long awaited follow up to her 2006 self-titled debut album. Last year, she released the song "Love a Loser" with G-Eazy.
Sunday, May 20
Day two of the Festival of Disruption will include a headlining solo performance from Angel Olsen, who dropped a rarities compilation titled Phases last fall. Other performers that day are Rebekah Del Rio, Jim James, and Au Revoir Simone. In between acts, Hudson Mohawke and LCD Soundsystem's Nancy Whang will provide DJ sets. If you're planning on going both days, weekend passes are on sale here.
Tuesday, May 22
Singer-songwriter Matt Costa celebrates the release of his fifth studio album Santa Rosa Fangs with a performance inside Rough Trade NYC. Set for release on May 18, Santa Rosa Fangs is Costa's first album in five years. Joining him as support are Brooklyn's own Elizabeth & the Catapult, who are plugging their latest record Keepsake.