Live Music

Matchless

Matchless

Brunch is supposed to be eaten at nice white tables on a sunny garden patio with stemware and fruit juice mixed with bubbly alcohol. There should be girls i...
Parkside Lounge

Parkside Lounge

I'm not certain when in its lifecycle a bar officially becomes a dive. I mean built as new establishments none aspire to dive status do they? Don't they just st...
Cameo

Cameo Gallery

There are more music spaces these days in Williamsburg than there are ironic mustaches on the M train. Even semi-hidden ones like this one. Squirrelled away...
Superfine

Superfine

They weren't kidding about that whole bridge thing. DUMBO is indeed under an overpass, its span spreading a shadow over everything in the thin gully that makes ...
Hammerstein Ballroom

Hammerstein Ballroom

It took me quite a while to get to a show here. It turns out that my first show was a special oneā€”if you're into that kind of thing. As part of a work event, we...

Gotham Hall

There are all sorts of these venues in Manhattan that used to be something else and are now used for big, blow-out parties with music and dancing and celebs and...
Mercury Lounge

Mercury Lounge

Somehow I'd never seen a show here in all my time in NYC. I've also never been to CBGB's, but my time for that is clearly running out. I'm glad I finally made i...
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Irving Plaza

Crap, I've seen a bunch of shows here. They've ranged from horrendously boring (Elliott Smith), to terrifically danceriffic (The Dismemberment Plan & Soul C...
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Roseland Ballroom

We've been here for tons of concerts over the years. This is one of the biggest--if not the biggest--venues in New York City. It's a former dance hall/ballr...
Cutting Room

Cutting Room

Hipsters by the dozen gather in this funky space to watch acts on the periphery of the periphery. The fact that the joint is co-owned by Mr. Big himself, Chris ...
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The Slipper Room

Have you ever walked into a party and realized you were in the wrong place? You know, that feeling that everyone knows each other. You know, you're the only one...
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Harrison’s

355 Amsterdam Ave. Addendum Apparently Saturday nights are all about the music at this joint. Dueling acoustic guitarists sing down- home tunes of loss...
Bowery Ballroom

Bowery Ballroom

Nothing says indie rock like the Bowery. (Nothing says stale piss quite like it either.) The Bowery Ballroom is indie and punk and experimental and all that stu...
The Bitter End

The Bitter End

If you haven't had a friend from high school's band play here (or a friend's friend), then you haven't truly lived. Mecca to the unsigned (and frequently untale...
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Knitting Factory

If you are a fan of jazz or cool alternative music, then you have probably been to this small, legendary club. If you dig Ricky Martin, J Lo or Britney Spea...
Prohibition

Prohibition

It is rare for Mr. Hipster to review a place in which he has never been (there's a first for everything.) In this case, though, it seems warranted. There's noth...
The Parlour

The Parlour

Apparently there is a restaurant attached to this Irish bar. We had no idea. That aside, this bar is actually a decent facsimile of an Irish pub in the big city...