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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Old Woman + Les Rhinocéros

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Guitarist Adam Brisbin heads Old Woman, a sometimes sparse, sometimes jittery free-rock trio featuring local clarinet luminary Doug Wieselman and Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier. Also on board is D.C.'s Les Rhinocéros, which traffics in kaleidoscopic art-rock fantasies—like Zappa gone exotica.

  1. The Grand Victory 245 Grand St, between Driggs Ave and Roebling St, 11211
  2. Wed Apr 16
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William Tyler + Trummors

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Nashville's William Tyler plays rambling guitar instrumentals that come off as both rustic and mystical. Last year, Tyler issued his first Merge LP, Impossible Truth, which reconciled the spheres of John Fahey and Bill Frisell; here, he's gigging behind a new 12-inch EP, Lost Colony.

  1. Union Pool 484 Union Ave, at Meeker Ave, 11211
  2. Wed Apr 16
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Elliott Sharp's Terraplane + Aram Bajakian

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Multifarious electric-guitar maestro Elliott Sharp is one of New York's most unfettered creative forces; in Terraplane, he serves up gritty urban blues in the company of vocalist Tracie Morris, bassist Dave Hofstra and drummer Don McKenzie, as heard on the new 4AM Always. Sharing the bill tonight is fellow eclectic shredder Aram Bajakian, whose

  1. The Grand Victory 245 Grand St, between Driggs Ave and Roebling St, 11211
  2. Thu Apr 17
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The Coathangers

  • Price band: 1/4

The Coathangers, an unhinged all-gal punk outfit from Atlanta, keep things basic but summon a fun, obstinate energy. They play a pair of shows behind a new album, Suck My Shirt.

  1. Mercury Lounge 217 E Houston St, between Essex and Ludlow Sts, 10002
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Fri Apr 18
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New York's Alright 2014

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The folks behind crucial hardcore blog I Could Die Tomorrow curate a four-day multivenue blowout, featuring fast and furious punk from all over the U.S., as well as bands from Sweden, Japan and Canada. No starry names here—just pure underground goodness. For the full rundown, including info on late-night after-show gigs at Bushwick spot the

  1. The Wick 260 Meserole St, between Bushwick Pl and Waterbury St, 11206
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Sun Apr 20
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Banning Eyre

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Author Banning Eyre is probably best known for his encyclopedic knowledge of African music, but he’s actually a fine guitarist who’s more than held his own in the presence of folks like Bonnie Raitt and Malian ax hero Djelimady Tounkara. He plays solo here.

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Peter Evans Zebulon Trio

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Peter Evans, a daredevil trumpet virtuoso who excels in settings ranging from chamber orchestras to gritty electroacoustic improv groups, heads his loosest, hardest-grooving ensemble, a trio with bassist John Hébert and drummer Kassa Overall. The band takes its name from its former haunt: the late, lamented Williamsburg venue Zebulon.

  1. The Jazz Gallery 1160 Broadway, between 27th and 28th Sts, fifth floor
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Broadway Sessions with Ben Cameron

  • Price band: 1/4

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 Apr 17
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Peter Evans Zebulon Trio

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Peter Evans, a daredevil trumpet virtuoso who excels in settings ranging from chamber orchestras to gritty electroacoustic improv groups, heads his loosest, hardest-grooving ensemble, a trio with bassist John Hébert and drummer Kassa Overall. The band takes its name from its former haunt: the late, lamented Williamsburg venue Zebulon.

  1. The Jazz Gallery 1160 Broadway, between 27th and 28th Sts, fifth floor
  2. Thu Apr 17
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Ikebe Shakedown + High and Mighty Brass Band

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Ikebe Shakedown re-creates the kind of vibrant, vintage, Afrobeat-flavored funk that sends crate-digging DJs into spasms of joy. The Brooklyn outfit celebrates the release of a new LP tonight at Mercury Lounge. Helping out is High and Mighty Brass Band and its high-energy blend of New Orleans funk, R&B, Afrobeat and hip-hop.

  1. Mercury Lounge 217 E Houston St, between Essex and Ludlow Sts, 10002
  2. Fri Apr 18
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