Expert Picks

On the Beat: The Best Live Music in September

Our music experts share the most anticipated shows of the month.

What Should We Do?!’s music experts Meera Dugal and John Seroff take concert-going very, very seriously. Between the two of them, they’ve explored every major club in the five boroughs, from downtown Manhattan’s jazz mecca the Village Vanguard to the cavernous Forest Hills Stadium in Queens; from the late-night dance scene at Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Bazaar to Central Park’s SummerStage. After much consideration, they’ve picked eight of the hottest shows to help you live September like a rock star.

Want to rock out before you buy tickets? Fire up our exclusive Spotify playlist with tracks from all the featured performers. Also, let us know if you’d like us to grab these highly coveted seats (or a pair of earplugs).

Meera Dugal

As programming manager of the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, this arts enthusiast has her ears tuned to the eclectic sounds of the city.

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Shabazz Palaces

Warsaw, 261 Driggs Avenue, Greenpoint
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Cécile McLorin Salvant

Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South (between Perry and West 11th Streets), Greenwich Village
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Songhoy Blues

Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street (between Bowery and Chrystie Street), Lower East Side
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Thundercat

Brooklyn Steel, 319 Frost Street, Williamsburg
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John Seroff

Writing about music for outlets including “The Village Voice“ and “Brooklyn Vegan“ is an impressive experience on its own, but this music expert (he attends around 200 live shows per year) has represented legendary artists of every genre, from the late Chuck Berry to Yo-Yo Ma.

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Chaos in the CBD

Brooklyn Night Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Avenue, Greenpoint
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The Meadows

Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing
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The War on Drugs

Central Park SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield (enter at Fifth Avenue and East 72nd Street), Upper East Side
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Chance The Rapper

Forest Hills Stadium, 1 Tennis Plaza, Forest Hills
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