10 places to discover new music in NYC

These new music hubs are a great place to discover new favorites.

With Spotify's Daily Mixes and intuitive suggestions, today it's easier than ever to discover new music; however, in my opinion, there's nothing more magical than discovering it for yourself in person. Walking into a small venue, discovering an up and coming band that appreciates and thrives on your new ears is one of the best experiences for audiophiles. It's also fun to hear a band live and compare to how they sound recorded. I've scouted out the top ten places in New York City to discover new music.

The Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 N 6th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211

Odds are you're going to the Music Hall of Williamsburg to see one of your pre-existing indie favorites; however, the real magic is before their set. The Music Hall of Williamsburg and its visiting artists are great at finding amazing openers that are still under the radar but unique, skilled, and up and coming. Make sure to visit the lower level for drinks in between sets!

Rockwood Music Hall

Rockwood Music Hall is a mixed bag. With three stages, you can see artists of all different places in their careers and of all different genres. Ranging from rock bands to soft indie rock, there's something for everyone here. They keep a great running schedule on their website here where you can click on artist links to decide who to check out this week.

Leftfield at Ludlow

87 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

This place is the definition of no-frills. A grungy bar in the LES, Leftfield hosts bands both up and downstairs all week long. You can catch anything from punk to experimental rock to EDM here. The downstairs has a cool vibe with fun disco lights and funky seating and decor. This is the spot you go to, to find that band that just released their debut EP on Soundcloud. Leftfield is known for lots of raw talent and newcomers.

The Bitter End

147 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

The Bitter End is one of New York's famed rock venues. Since 1961, The Bitter End has hosted shows for Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, and more. Staying true to tradition, The Bitter End continues to host new artists every night. Check it out and you might be able to say you saw America's next favorite musician in the early stages of their career at The Bitter End one day.

Blue Note

131 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

The Blue Note hosts a lot of the greats in the jazz genre, but every now and then, newcomers will take the stage. Other times, playing with one of the greats, is an incredible new musician who has their own side projects you can explore. I once saw Chick Corea at The Blue Note and I really liked one of his percussionists' technique. I later looked him up and now have songs from his solo project on all of my playlists!

The Bowery Electric

327 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

This is by far my favorite venue that I've played in NYC. Acts you catch here take their music and sound seriously. They've got an amazing sound system, so everything you hear is going to be crystal clear. The Bowery Electric hosts more known musicians and also newcomers. It's a great spot for dancing and drinks. The main stage is a multi-level venue that allows for a relaxing drink at the bar and a mosh pit all in the same spot. Check out their Electric Dance Party! On July 4th!

The Knitting Factory

361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The Knitting Factory is one of Brooklyn's best known music venues. Their artist pool is of the more established crowd, but still unique to mainstream favorites. With a great area to dance and listen, be sure to check out the EDM and DJ's that frequent the venue and their 90's party on July 8th.

The Shrine

2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10030

The Shrine was founded in 2007 for artists by artists and music lovers. It's definitely one of the hottest spots to catch new artists as the venue's whole mission is to help artists grow their following. Make sure you bring cash, because it's a cash-only venue!

The Green Room 42

570-574 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

If you fancy more of a classic sound, The Green Room 42 is a great spot to hit. Featuring musical theatre performers in a cabaret setting, it's a great way to find out about Broadway favorites who have other musical side projects. The venue hosts Broadway veterans in a unique way with everything from Shakespearean Jazz to new musical theatre shows where you can hear the newest contemporary musical theatre tunes before they are released.

The Jalopy Theatre and Music School

315 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

A music school/music venue hybrid, The Jalopy Theatre is a cool spot if not because of their strong folk music line up but for the pew seating and random bust on the stage. Eclectic and unique in nature, Jalopy will host any genre, but you're bound to hear some of the best new folk music in the city here.

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Given the nature of the pandemic, it can be tough to find the best ways to spend the usual festivities that New Year's Eve brings.

Luckily, if you're comfortable enough to step outside for the occasion, there are great places still open and worth visiting. Although you should always keep COVID-19 safety precautions in mind, here are three of the most stunning places to spend Near Year's Eve in the U.S.

New York City (New York)

No guide to stunning places to spend New Year's Eve in the U.S. would be complete without the presence of New York City, New York. The Times Square ball drop is a must-see annual event, though this year it will be a bit different due to the pandemic. Thankfully, the city will still be throwing an event for all to enjoy that will keep social distancing in mind and focus on bringing people together virtually.

While there might be live events for some to enjoy, none have been officially announced just yet. Even if you're enjoying the festivities virtually, there are few better places to spend this special occasion than at the tip of the NYC skyline.

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Lake Travis (Texas)

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If you're comfortable spending the evening in a venue that practices COVID-19 safety precautions, consider relaxing on one of the three decks on display at The Oasis. Even if you don't stick around to ring in the New Year, viewing the sunset from The Oasis is an incredible experience in itself.

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Cape Cod (Massachusetts)

If you're looking for a quainter way to ring in the new year, consider visiting Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Aside from the cool weather and stunning scenery, when spending New Year's Eve in Cape Cod you can visit places such as the Belfry Inn & Bistro. This lovely location has a focus on good dining, stylish and comfortable living, and COVID-19 safety, all of which they put on display via their website.

If you'd prefer not to spend too much time in a restaurant or bar, you can indulge in the incredible appearance of areas like Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. Simply wandering around the area and taking in the scenery before enjoying an intimate evening inside makes for an unforgettable adventure.

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Due to the ever-changing nature of certain venues during the pandemic, be sure to regularly check-up on any venues you wish to visit. That way, you can remain in the loop on their availability, activities, and safety precautions upon arrival.