What are the hottest upcoming concerts in New York City?

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Linnea Covington

Summer in New York City means live music galore. You can hear plenty of buskers on the subway and in the street, catch big and small name bands free in parks and on piers, or pay top dollar to see some of the hottest shows this season. Of the 100-plus concerts going on, here are the five I am the most excited about.

She & Him: Head to Summer Stage Main Stage on July 6 to check out what darling duo Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward have been working on and hear the latest off their third album, Volume 3. Tickets are only $40, and what better way to bop around to Deschanel’s tinkling voice than outside, in a park, on a summer’s night.

fun. and Tegan and Sara: Also along the indie-pop line is the double-Grammy winners fun. mixing it up with twin sisters Tegan and Sara. This show takes place at Hudson River Park at Pier 26 on July 22 and 23, which means you can enjoy not only the energetic music, but also a killer view.

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake: On July 19 and 20, these old-school performers will be taking the stage together to showcase their latest collaboration on JT’s recent album, The 20/20 Experience. Catch them at Yankee Stadium and consider it a fair consolation prize to missing Jay-Z’s lady’s performance in August, which sadly sold out months ago.

Black Sabbath: What could be better than the (almost complete) reunion of the world’s greatest heavy metal band? Well on August 4 you can catch a fuller, healthier Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler at the PNC Bank Arts Center. Just remember to wear black and get ready to rock.

State of the Union: The Roots with Jim James: Stars and stars will be had on June 18 at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park when My Morning Jacket’s Jim James teams up with the hip-hop group The Roots. You can get a sneak peek at what’s to come if you look up the Jimmy Fallon show they were recently on, and be prepared to get excited.

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