Remember summer? Shorts, t-shirts, sunlight? Enjoying the outdoors? It all seems like a distant fantasy now. But while we hunker down like it’s the goddamn Arctic here in New York, rock concerts are springing back to life with more tours being scheduled every day, like this week’s Motley Crue, Black Label Society and Alice In Chains announcements. February also offers its own small but strong schedule of rock music, with shows from arena gods like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kings of Leon, metal masters like Amon Amarth and your monthly Zeppelin fix from Get The Led Out, plus a sizzling dose of trance and electronica. Following are the concerts on the New York Hard Rock Examiner’s radar for February 2014:
Saturday, February 1: Red Hot Chili Peppers at Barclay’s Center. It’s sports radio WFAN’s Big Hello To Brooklyn, featuring this year’s Super Bowl halftime performers. The Chili Peppers haven’t played a proper show in New York in years, and this concert is completely sold out. It’ll cost you over $100 to get in on Stubhub, and more if you want a semi-decent view of the stage. Still, the Chili Peppers rarely disappoint so if you have the cash, it should be an awesome show. Keep an eye on Stubhub on Saturday afternoon just in case prices start to plummet.
Sunday, February 2: Super Bowl XLVIII at Metlife Stadium. For the first and probably the last time ever, the year’s biggest sporting event is in New Jersey. With the bitter cold driving down prices, New Yorkers can enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a hometown Super Bowl for as cheap as $1,500 on Stubhub. Or just enjoy the game in your warm home with reasonably priced beer and food like the rest of us.
Tuesday, February 4: Amon Amarth at Irving Plaza. All hail the Viking metal gods! I was fortunate enough to catch the very first show of this tour in Las Vegas a few weeks ago (my photos and review here) and the tiny confines of Irving Plaza means this will undoubtedly be the heaviest concert of the month. It’s also fully sold out, but less than two dozen tickets are up on Stubhub at a reasonable price as of today. If you can’t get in, consider catching the Long Island show the next night at:
Wednesday, February 5: Amon Amarth at The Paramount. With Skeletonwitch and Enslaved opening the show, this trio of badass bands will decimate the upscale Paramount in Long Island. There’s only a few other metal shows this month, so consider this a can’t-miss for any die hard metalhead, and well worth seeing two nights in a row if you can.
Monday, February 10: Skrillex at Brooklyn Bowl. Dubstep’s hottest DJ kicks off a three-day residency in Brooklyn, and first stop is at the classy Brooklyn Bowl. With a late start time, you can bowl ten frames before spending the next three hours raving off your face. Tickets to all three shows are sold out, but available on Stubhub at a slight markup.
Tuesday, February 11: 3 Doors Down at Bergen Performing Arts Center. Hard to believe it’s been some 15 years since Kryptonite first blew up on radio and MTV (remember MTV... and radio?), and the band is celebrating with an all-acoustic tour. Enjoy mellow takes on favorite songs in BPAC’s classy theater. Parking can get nasty in residential Englewood, NJ, so it would be smart to arrive early. UPDATE: $25 tickets are now available.
Tuesday, February 11: Dead Meadow at Bowery Ballroom. Stoner rock has never sounded this good. The power trio rocks out with an unearthly groove of pure garage genius and a throbbing low-key energy, and is a top Examiner pick in this short month. Even if you don’t know their music beforehand, you’ll leave the show as a new fan.
Tuesday, February 11: Skrillex at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It’s night two of Skrillex-fest, and the multi-level Music Hall will be packed with dubstepheads. And if that’s not a real term, I just coined it. Get in on the action by grabbing tickets from Stubhub and be sure to wear something that glows or sparkles.
Wednesday, February 12: Skrillex at SRB Broolyn. This little-known Brooklyn venue hosts the final night of Skrillex-ing, so expect to party ‘til dawn. It might not be metal, but there’s no denying the impact that dubstep is making on the heavy music scene. Like the other shows, tickets will have to be purchased on Stubhub since Ticketmaster is sold out.
Wednesday, February 12: We Butter The Bread With Butter at Webster Hall. These German rockers add a little electronica to their metal, and it works pretty well. The show will be in Webster Hall's downstairs studio, so you can get up close and personal with all the night's bands.
Friday, February 14: Kings of Leon at Madison Square Garden. Only single seats are still available for this Valentine’s Day show, which is kind of bitterly helpful if you’re single on Valentine’s Day. The Kings have been reigning as bona fide arena headliners for a few years now, so expect a high energy show to totally set your sex on fire. Hit up Stubhub to get in if you need two seats together.
Saturday, February 15: That Metal Show at Starland Ballroom. It’s not an actual episode taping, but Don, Jim and Eddie will host a night of trivia, Q&A and comedy just like the VH1 Classic TVshow. It’s a hometown show for these Jersey boys, so local metalheads are practically obligated to go. Read my 2010 interview with Eddie by clicking here.
Friday, February 19: Between The Buried & Me at The Paramount. Hit up Long Island for these prog-metal masters. After hitting NYC and NJ last fall, they’re bringing their live show to Long Island along with Deafhaven, Intronaut, and The Kindred. The Paramount is hands down the best indoor venue in Long Island, so consider any opportunity to catch a show there worthwhile.
Saturday, February 22: Infected Mushroom at The Paramount. If you missed their New Year’s Eve show, that’s ok - so did I. Make up for it by partying at the Paramount with the Israeli trance-masters on a Saturday night. Heavy metal guitars give this electronica act a scorching sound that appeals to metalheads and EDM fans alike. My 2012 review of Infected Mushroom can be read here.
Monday, February 24: Sick Puppies & Lacuna Coil at Irving Plaza. It’s the Hottest Chicks In Metal tour! Rock out with the female musicians of Sick Puppies, Lacuna Coil, and openers Eyes Set To Kill at the tiny Irving. It’s a bit surprising that Lacuna Coil has the middle slot of the night, so be sure to get there early if you want to catch them.
Friday, February 28: Get The Led Out at The Paramount. Has it been a long time since you rock and rolled? Then get to The Paramount for this spectacular tribute band and all your favorite Zeppelin tracks. These guys take their Zeppelin seriously and fully deliver on Kashmir, Black Dog, and of course, Stairway. There’s no better way to end the month than with a whole lotta Led.
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