Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis, Vince Staples: Bowery Ballroom, October 7, $29.55
Earl Sweatshirt's new album, Doris cemented the 18-year-old rapper as one of the most exciting voices in hip-hop. Live, Sweatshirt's shows have the same underplayed, lyrically dextrous, shrugged-off delivery he displays on record. If you're a hip-hop fan, don't miss this one.
Monday, October 7, 8 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street (between Bowery and Chrystie); 212-533-2111.
CBGB Festival: My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear, James Murphy, The Wallflowers, and more: Times Square, October 12, FREE
If there's one thing that can get us to go to Times Square, seeing Grizzly Bear and James Murphy play a free show might be it. The CBGB Festival returns, this time taking over nine city blocks and five stages in the center of the city. See you in midtown.
Saturday, October 11, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Times Square.
Mexican Summer Five Year Anniversary Festival: Pioneer Works, October 11 and 12, $25 Friday, $35 Saturday
For the past five years, Greenpoint, Brooklyn label Mexican Summer has released some of the best independent music around including Kurt Vile, Best Coast, Oneohtrix Point Never, and more. Now, to celebrate its five year birthday, the label is putting on a two-day festival headlined by Spiritualized and including Ariel Pink, Tamaryn, The Fresh & Onlys, Co La, Weyes Blood, No Joy and more.
Friday and Saturday, October 11 and 12, 6 p.m. and 3 p.m., Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street (at Imlay Street); Brooklyn; 917-860-1147.
Up for more? Here are some bonus shows:
October 7: Goblin plays Webster Hall
October 8: Mount Kimbie plays Music Hall of Williamsburg.
October 7 and 8: The Weeknd plays Radio City. You can win tickets from us here!
October 10: Kingdom, NGUZUNGUZU, and Prince Will play Output.
October 10: Keep Shelly In Athens, Chad Valley play Mercury Lounge.
October 12: Solar Year plays Pianos.
October 12: Bonobo plays Terminal 5.