Sick of the Miley Cyrus juggernaut? Try these three other scaled-down concerts instead

With two local stops on the Bangerz tour almost upon us, we recommend a trio of equally bombastic gigs on a more modest scale

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Don't say we didn't warn you.… Yes, tonight's the night, folks: the first of two Miley Cyrus gigs in the NYC area. We assume you already know whether you're taking the plunge or not. If you're in the former category, Godspeed, but if you've decided to sit out this garish spectacle, you've still got plenty of hip show options for the coming days. Here's a trio of Time Out New York–approved picks:

Rough Trade NYC; Apr 3, 4

Having caught her at SXSW, we can vouch for this hotly tipped L.A. singer-songwriter—she's the real deal. There's a reason that tastemaking electronica labels Night Slugs and Fade to Mind have both adopted her as a muse. This weekend, Kelela turns up in the flesh to air her spare, affecting soul-pop.

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Death by Audio; Apr 4
Mercury Lounge; Apr 5

This Syracuse crew, led by irrepressible DIY heroine-in-the-making Meredith Graves, has garnered an enormous amount of buzz in recent months. The group's new full-length debut, Say Yes to Love, validates the fuss—come hear why when the band brings its sweaty, hyper-urgent anthems to two local hot spots.

Real Estate
Webster Hall; Apr 4, 5

Frontman Martin Courtney and the rest of this Brooklyn-via-Jersey outfit recently dropped one of the most acclaimed albums of the young year, Atlas. But something about the group's sublimely chill indie pop seems hype-proof; revel in neo-easy-listening bliss at one of these two East Village gigs.

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