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Spring Concert Preview: The 5 Best Shows To See In NYC

March 29, 2012 6:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

Photo Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

The sounds of spring can be heard all around — birds chirping, warm winds blowing, and live music flowing out of concert halls. From the incredible talents of Andrew Bird to the sweet voice of Leslie Feist, these shows will not disappoint. Here are just a few of the great concerts that bring artists from around the world to play in New York City.
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Nada Surf

Webster Hall
125 E 11th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 353-1600

Price: $25
Date: Saturday April 7, 2012

The band most popular for the song “Popular” has stayed strong throughout the years, and is still making great music both in the studio and live. The opening band is An Horse, who go on stage at 8 p.m., with Nada Surf taking the stage after them. Rock out to their album, “Weight is a Gift,” before heading out to the show.

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Andrew Bird

Beacon Theater
2124 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
(212) 465-6500
Price: $40-$45
Date: May 4, 2012

Andrew Bird is an amazing musician and hard worker, touring the country and making music during most of his waking moments. He has a new documentary called “Fever Year” that is part concert film and part documentary about his life. Sadly, it is only being shown only at music festivals, but you can see Bird in person at the Beacon Theater on Friday, May 4, 2012.

Related: NYC’s 5 Best Venues to Discover Up and Coming Acts

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Lady Antebellum

Radio City Music Hall
2124 Broadway
New York, NY 10020
(212) 247-4777

Price: $55-$95
Date: May 4 and 5, 2012

Country rock stars Lady Antebellum are going to bring the house down at the legendary Radio City Music Hall on May 4, 2012. Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish will be joining Lady Antebellum and this show will cross genres between country and rock. Ticket prices start at $55 and go up to $95, and they are still available through the Radio City website.

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Feist

Radio City Music Hall
2124 Broadway
New York, NY 10020
(212) 247-4777
Price: $40-$50
Date: May 5, 2012

Leslie Feist loves to count to four and also enjoys playing shows for New York audiences, especially at Radio City. The indie darling just released her third studio album called “Metals,” which is filled with more melancholy music than her first two releases. She even had a small cameo in the 2011 production of the “Muppet Movie” alongside Jason Segal. You can see Feist perform at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, May 5, 2012.

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Foster the People

Rumsey Playfield in Central Park
Enter Central Park at 5th Avenue and 69th Street
New York, NY
(212) 310-6600
Price: $40.75 – $45
Date: June 11, 2012

Foster the People is best known for their catchy radio hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” but don’t let that stop you from exploring the rest of their music. The band has released one studio album called “Torches” which shot up to number eight on the Billboard music charts in the US. Listen to “Call it What You Want” and “Helena Beat” to get in the mood for their concert on Monday, June 11, 2012.

Related: Top 6 Best Live Music Venues in New York City

Jessica Costello is a freelance writer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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