Best live-music venues in New York City

Savor live music, just the way you like it, with our complete guide to the city's best music venues.



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Even as the recording industry crumbles, Manhattan and Brooklyn remain packed with live-music venues, from hole-in-the-wall dives to resplendent Midtown theaters. Plan accordingly and you can catch more than one world-class show on any given night.

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    Best all-ages music venues

    No ID? No problem! These cool music venues in NYC cater to concertgoers of every stripe—yes, even annoying teenagers. (We’re just joking, kids.) New York City boasts a plethora of fantastic places to see live music—as if we really needed to tell you. But unfortunately for young music fans, getting in to see a rising band—not an established act playing a big music venue in NYC—can be tough. Here are the top spots for catching about-to-break outfits on the cheap. Most popular in Live music Dance-party playlist: 100 greatest songs for an epic party House party, BBQ, wedding party or just a bedroom disco, we have the party playlist you need to get the place moving. TONY party songs playlist on Spotify You’re having a party, you say? Not sure what to cue up on your iPhone? Rest assured, we have you covered. In fact, we’re a little worried that our playlist of the 100 greatest party songs ever recorded by human beings may actually cause your dance floor to spontaneously combust in a firework explosion of pure joy and body-moving ecstasy. That’s how good we think it is.Our criteria were simple: You hear the intro of the song, and you immediately go skidding toward the dance floor. Nothing less was acceptable. So of course, you’ll find tracks from big hitters like Michael Jackson, Madonna and Beyoncé. And there are one-hit-wonderful tracks galore: “Maniac” by Michael Sembello, “Here Comes the Hotstepper” by Ini Kamoze and “Teach Me How to Dougie” by Cali Swag District, to
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