Cheap New York: Affordable live-music concerts

Enjoying live music on the cheap in New York is easy—if you follow our handy, continually updated guide.

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Lia Ices live at Mercury Lounge

Lia Ices live at Mercury Lounge Photograph: wagz2it

Looking for a cheap New York City concert? Of course you are! Check out our genre-spanning list of inexpensive gigs going on around town—and don’t forget about these free venues. Who knows—you could catch the next big thing.


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Seth Rudetsky's Broadway Chatterbox

  • Price band: 1/4

Proceeds from Broadway savant Seth Rudetsky’s tell-all dishfest benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

  1. Don’t Tell Mama 343 W 46th St , between Eighth and Ninth Aves, 10036
  2. Thu Oct 23
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The Everymen + Dinosaur Feathers + MiniBoone + Grandchildren

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CMJ. Jersey outfit the Everymen—which comes off like a cross between the E Street Band and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones—heads up an Ernest Jenning Record Co. showcase.

  1. The Grand Victory 245 Grand St, between Driggs Ave and Roebling St, 11211
  2. Thu Oct 23
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Beach Fossils + Small Black + Wardell + Fiancé

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CMJ. Blissed-out indie-gone-psych faves Beach Fossils air their fuzzy, breezy gems at a showcase that also features the lush, ’80s-steeped stylings of Small Black.

  1. Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave, at North 11th St, 11211
  2. Thu Oct 23
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Obits + Protomartyr + Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, Gem Club and more

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CMJ. Obits features Rick Froberg, formerly of well-loved West Coast combos Drive Like Jehu and Hot Snakes, and the band's snotty, soulful brand of art punk is unlikely to disappoint Froberg enthusiasts. The group joins dramatic Detroit postpunks Protomartyr and others at a showcase copresented by Sub Pop and Hardly Art.

  1. Knitting Factory 361 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer St
  2. Thu Oct 23
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Bottoms + Clinical Trials + Brett Gleason

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Queer-music podcast Homoground presents this CMJ showcase, headlined by gender-shredding electropunk combo Bottoms, along with heavy-rocking duo Clinical Trials and an acoustic set by singer-songwriter Brett Gleason.

  1. Friends and Lovers 641 Classon Ave, between Dean and Pacific Sts, 11238
  2. Thu Oct 23
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The Tomas Fujiwara Trio

  • Price band: 1/4

Tomas Fujiwara, a highly refined and sensitive avant-jazz drummer, leads a promising trio with trumpeter Ralph Alessi and guitarist Brandon Seabrook. The band previews music from its forthcoming debut, Variable Bets.

  1. Cornelia Street Café 29 Cornelia St, between Bleecker and W 4th Sts, 10014
  2. Thu Oct 23
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Golem + Schizophonia + Doppelskope + Brian Marsella's Imaginarium

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

CMJ. Golem, a rocking klezmer sextet whose sultry bounce commands you to dance along, headlines a showcase titled Songs Born and Reborn. Also on the bill is Schizophonia, a new project devoted to reworkings of Jewish cantorial recordings from the early 20th century.

  1. Littlefield 622 DeGraw St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Thu Oct 23
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Xylouris White

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  • Critics choice

If you've caught drummer Jim White with the Dirty Three, Will Oldham, Nina Nastasia or in one of his many other collaborations, you know that he's a loose-limbed marvel with an unusually sensitive ear. Don't miss the chance to catch him here in a heady, exotic new context: a well-matched duo with Cretan lute player George Xylouris.

  1. Union Pool 484 Union Ave, at Meeker Ave, 11211
  2. Thu Oct 23
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The Daily Show Writers: A Non-Daily Show

  • Price band: 1/4

Tonight, the writers of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart put down their pens and perform a fully improvised show based off audience suggestions. Comedic wordsmiths include Chad Carter, Hallie Haglund and Zhubin Parang.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Thu Oct 23
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Broadway Sessions with Ben Cameron

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Ben Cameron hosts this weekly après-theater variety show, which begins with special guests from the world of musical theater at 11pm and then morphs into an open-mike show-tune night.

  1. Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café 407 W 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, downstairs, 10036
  2. Thu Oct 23
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