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Summer music preview: Concerts and albums to check out this season

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs at

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs at Suncorp Stadium on February 24, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chris Hyde

Can't miss concerts

Morrissey and Blondie

Madison Square Garden | June 27

Can even Debbie Harry cheer up England's most famous mope?

Brian Wilson and Rodriguez

Jones Beach | June 30

The Beach Boy's latest solo release may have gotten mixed reviews, but is there a better setting to see him than waterside?

Taylor Swift

MetLife Stadium | July 10

Arrive early for T-Swift's current besties HAIM opening, then prepare for the screaming.

Foo Fighters

Citi Field | July 15/16

? if lead singer Dave Grohl's leg has healed by then. And maybe even if it hasn't.


Madison Square Garden | July 18, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 30 and 31

The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour finally weaves its way to New York.

Todd Terje and the Olsens

Terminal 5 | July 21

The dance party of the summer, as Terje brings his Norwegian house/disco - which is a thing! - to the city to make people sweat.

A$AP Rocky

Best Buy Theater | July 23

With Vic Mensa on the undercard, this may be the best hip-hop show of the summer.

J. Cole

Madison Square Garden | Aug. 4

Why does it feel like Cole has been lost in the hip-hop shuffle since the release of his excellent 2014 album, "2014 Forest Hills Drive"?

Father John Misty

Central Park Summerstage | Aug. 5

With Angel Olsen as the opener, expect all of Williamsburg to empty into Manhattan for one evening.

Earl Sweatshirt and Vince Staples

Best Buy Theater | Aug. 22

Rescheduled from the spring, the lineup includes two of hip-hop's best-loved up-and-comers.


Can't miss albums

Neil Young 'The Monsanto Years'

June 29

We're guessing Donald Trump won't find a new favorite campaign track on the Canadian rocker's newest album.

Miguel 'Wildheart'

June 29

Collaborations with Lenny Kravitz and Kurupt are expected on the singer's follow-up to the star-making "Kaleidoscope Dream."

Tame Impala 'Currents'

July 17

Expect the third album from the Australian band to see the top of critics' year-end lists, if the first singles are any indication.

Frank Ocean TBA


The R...B singer's long-awaited follow-up to "Channel Orange" may be released in July, if hashtags on his Tumblr page like "#album3 #july2015" are any (cryptic) indication.

Carly Rae Jepsen 'Emotion'

Aug. 21

The queen of the summer of 2012 ("Call Me Maybe") returns with a collection of confections.


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