August 13, 2022

Fall Contemporary-Music Preview

After a buzzing summer slate that saw the return of many stars to bigger indoor stages, the fall calendar continues to deliver, with even more options and many artists giving back-to-back concerts to satisfy eager fans.

Brooklyn Steel plays host to a rousing, diverse collection of shows. On Oct. 1, the twins behind Ibeyi share their stirring experimental soul. The recently reunited avant-pop band Stereolab explores twenty years’ worth of post-rock jams across two nights (Oct. 10-11), and the smooth-talking Compton native Channel Tres tinkers with his blend of West Coast rap and house music (Oct. 15). On Oct. 28, the laid-back British bedroom-pop musician beabadoobee presents her second album, “Beatopia.” And, on Nov. 8, the Nashville-based singer-songwriter Sophie Allison unveils the O.P.N.-produced “Sometimes, Forever,” her latest album as Soccer Mommy.

At Radio City Music Hall, pop divas across generations grace the stage: the dance icon Diana Ross brings her decades of pageantry (Sept. 13), the flamenco innovator Rosalía makes two stops along her “MOTOMAMI” world tour (Sept. 18-19), and the multimedia savant Lil Nas X continues to milk his début album, “Montero” (Sept. 20-21). Stadium shows feature a colorful array of music, mostly oriented around movement. The baroque-pop outfit Florence and the Machine celebrates its first album in four years, “Dance Fever,” at Madison Square Garden (Sept. 16-17). A few days later, on Sept. 20, the reggaetón pioneer Daddy Yankee performs there on his farewell tour. For electronic-dance enthusiasts, the English d.j.s and producers Jamie xx and Four Tet play Forest Hills Stadium (Sept. 23). And Gorillaz, the virtual project of Damon Albarn, best known as the front man of Blur, sets up shop at Barclays Center (Oct. 12).

Elsewhere, unconventional sounds from off-center musicians find homes: at Bowery Ballroom, the gothic Americana artist Ethel Cain (Sept. 9-10) and the Shabaka Hutchings-led jazz-fusion band The Comet Is Coming (Oct. 19) perform; Terminal 5 dispatches the kamikaze rapper Denzel Curry (Oct. 6); BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House hosts the experimental Brainfeeder founder Flying Lotus (Oct. 6-7); and Webster Hall presents the emerging Travis Barker-approved punk KennyHoopla (Oct. 14), the sludge-pop group Let’s Eat Grandma (Nov. 4), and the sleek synth-pop duo Magdalena Bay (Nov. 15). ♦

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