New York is the greatest place in the world for live-music lovers, and musicians agree; they’ve written many a tune about it, in fact. (For proof, just check out our 100 best NYC songs.) Seeing a great concert doesn’t have to mean reaching into your wallet, and with all that cash you save, you should treat yourself to a drink and a beautiful view at one of the best rooftop bars in NYC. Be sure to check out our full concert schedule for live music in New York City.
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Local indie-rap sensation LE1F went viral in the summer of 2012 with the video for "Wut," which featured the artist hot-stepping in a pair of denim short-shorts while introducing his quicksilver vocal-fry flow. Expect effortless party rocking here as the impish MC, who continued his ascent with last year's stellar Hey EP, headlines this CMJ showcase. Also featured on the lineup are Lorely Rodriguez's confessional synt-hpop stylings as Empress Of, as well as poignantly folky lo-fi rockers Porches.Read more
Mississippi MC Big K.R.I.T. ("King Remembered in Time") takes pride in his Southern background and reminds us all of the time ("The South," "King of the South," etc.)—fortunately, pulling stylistically on those origins makes him a scene standout with a characteristically slow-burning flow and bluesy guitar-ridden production. He hits Highline Ballroom behind last year's Def Jam LP, Cadillactica.Read more