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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Inter Arma + King Parrot + So Hideous + Lazer/Wulf + Moon Tooth

  • Price band: 1/4

CMJ. Richmond's acclaimed Inter Arma, which comes off like a black-metal–savvy Neurosis, headlines a joint Metal Injection and MetalSucks showcase, also featuring ferocious Aussie grindcore purveyors King Parrot.

  1. The Acheron 57 Waterbury St, at Scholes St
  2. Tue Oct 21
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Amber Martin: The Days of My Lives

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The multitalented Amber Martin traces the long and twisty road that has taken her from southeast-Texas teenage beauty-pageant queen to New York downtown singer and performance artist.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Tue Oct 21
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Slavic Soul Party!

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Of all the NYC dance bands that draw on Eastern European music, Slavic Soul Party!—in residency at Barbès for more than a decade—is the coolest. And the group isn’t preoccupied with rebelling against the Old World. Live, the band’s members prove they're acutely aware of the common principle that unites the traditions they borrow from:

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Tue Oct 28
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Ryn Weaver

  • Price band: 1/4

Twenty-one-year-old singer Ryn Weaver began accruing "artist to watch" designations this summer on the strength of her poppy single, "OctaHate," a track created with a supergroup of collaboraters, including Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos, Charli XCX and producers Cashmere Cat and Benny Blanco. See what the fuss is about for yourself at this

  1. Bowery Ballroom 6 Delancey St, between Bowery and Chrystie St
  2. Wed Oct 22
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Bo Ningen + Public Access TV + Twin Peaks + Happyness + The Wytches + Girlpool

  • Price band: 1/4

CMJ. Japanese-born, London-based acid-punk quartet Bo Ningen, wildly hooky Chicago garage-pop group Twin Peaks and others play this NME showcase.

  1. Glasslands 289 Kent Ave, between South 1st and 2nd Sts, 11249
  2. Wed Oct 22
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The Mandingo Ambassadors

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Guitarist Mamady Kouyaté formed the Mandingo Ambassadors in Guinea in the late ’60s. Now living in New York, Kouyaté leads a new version of the outfit through funky, festive West African tunes every Wednesday night at Barbès.

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Wed Oct 22
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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

  • Price band: 1/4

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

  • Price band: 1/4

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

  • Price band: 1/4

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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