With constant Late Night appearances, an extended VMA tribute, and two new albums, Justin Timberlake may have been the most overexposed man in showbiz last year. Even so, there's nothing like seeing JT live, no matter how many times you've seen him goof around with The Roots. It doesn't hurt that R&B lothario The Weeknd is opening.
Wednesday and Thursday, February 19 and 20, 8 p.m., Madison Square Garden, 2 Penn Plaza (between 7th and 8th Avenues); 212-465-6741. Angel Olsen, Cian Nugent, Jaye Bartell: (Le) Poisson Rouge, February 20, $15
Burn Fire Your Fire For Now Witness, Angel Olsen's new album, is a complete stunner. Don't miss your chance to see the songstress play her blend of chilly folk, fuzzed-out garage, and old-school country.
Thursday, February 20, 6:15 p.m., (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and Sullivan Streets); 212-353-3474. Earl Sweatshirt: Music Hall of Williamsburg, February 22, $25
Introspective, quizzical, often brilliant — Earl's raps just continue to get better. And, though it's our favorite Odd Future member's solo show, who knows who else might pop up on stage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Saturday, February 22, 8 p.m., Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th Street (between Kent and Wythe Avenues); Brooklyn; 718-486-5400. Up for more? Here are some bonus shows: February 19: Thundercat, ASTR, and Tondrea Kemp play (Le) Poisson Rouge. February 19: Kaiser Chiefs plays Music Hall of Williamsburg. February 20: Dre Day NYC: Nick Hook, Michna, and Project Matt play Baby's All Right. February 20: RJD2 plays Brooklyn Bowl. February 20: oOoOO, Tempers, and Vandana Jain play Glasslands. February 20: DIIV, Twin Shadow (DJ Set), and Guards play Irving Plaza. February 20: Digitalism and Etnik play Output. February 21: Rhye and Ricky Eat Acid play Webster Hall. February 21: Caged Animals, Leverage Models, Candide, Tomboy, Gavin Russom (DJ Set) play Baby's All Right. February 21: Widowspeak, Jessica Pratt, Porches, and Ponyhof play Brooklyn Night Bazaar. February 21: Yvette, Christines, and Future Punx play Glasslands. February 22: Spank Rock, Juiceboxxx, and Lil Internet play Cameo Gallery. February 22: Ellen Allien plays Output. February 23: Schoolboy Q plays (Le) Poisson Rouge.