The summer contemporary music calendar is busy, as spring postponements find new dates and new events from anxious artists keep popping up.
Soothing sounds roam the city. The singer-songwriter Tomberlin moved into Music Hall in Williamsburg, debuting songs from his new album, “I don’t know who needs to hear that. . .” (June 10). After the sweet pandemic release “What We Drew,” the house DJ, singer and producer Yaeji performs his subtle dance tunes at Brooklyn Steel (June 19). At Webster Hall, delicate music emanates from the stage, with the radiant soul of Corinne Bailey Rae (June 24) and the ethereal dream-pop electronics of ring of purity (June 25). At the Kings Theatre, the Baltimore group beach house runs through a lush and hypnotic catalog (July 19-20).
The calm is disturbed by a series of rap artists pushing in different directions. On May 18, the Atlanta group EarthGang unleash the bluesy trap of his recent album “Ghetto Gods” at Brooklyn Steel. The same day, at Terminal 5, the retro indie label Griselda, from upstate New York, brings together key figures from its roster – Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine and Benny the Butcher. On May 20, the noise group Reserve for injuries and the evasive duo Armand Hammer continue a co-headlining tour in Warsaw. The Compton Rapper Boyfriend shares the bouncy beats of SoCal with a crowd at the Bowery Ballroom on June 23. And at Webster Hall, on June 27, Lil Tracy, the offspring of musicians, mixes melodic rap and emo.
The summer weather brings a wealth of interesting outdoor performances. As part of its Summer Concert Series programming, the Rooftop at Pier 17 presents the rapper Pusha T (June 16), the punk-rock group led by Kathleen Hanna Kill in bikini (July 8) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elvis Costello (August 11). The Science Fiction Orchestrator George Clinton guides an ensemble cast of artists from his acclaimed funk collective, Parliament-Funkadelic, through Central Park’s SummerStage on June 15. the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! The 2022 Festival invites an eclectic cast of characters to the Prospect Park Bandshell, opening with the colossus of modern sax Kamasi Washington (June 8) and continuing with the performances of the pioneer of afrobeats davido (June 17), the soul-fusion group Khruangbin (August 4), and the master of neo-soul Erykah Badu (5 August).
Stadiums host a wide class of off-center stars. J.Balvin, the Prince of Reggaetón, arrives at the Barclays Center, with collaborations from his album “Jose”, on May 22. Forest Hills Stadium welcomes indie-folk artists, both new and familiar – Justin Vernon’s experimental project Good Iver (June 3), the soft-spoken millennial bard Phoebe Bridger (June 16), and the chamber music troupe fleet foxes (August 13). And, at Madison Square Garden, summer begins and ends with avant-garde bands…HAIM, an ever-evolving sister trio, up to and through the 2020 album “Women in Music Pt. III” (May 17), and Rage against the machine, iconic rap-rock revolutionaries who invade the sacred place for a week (August 8-9, August 11-12 and August 14). ♦