There's a certain pride that comes with being the one in your friend group to know about all the new, cool music. But part of being the go-to music expert is getting out there and seeing shows. Here, we highlight three up-and-comers playing this weekend that are definitely worth your time.

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Who:   Ruby Nightingale
When:  Tonight, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.
Where:  Rockwood Music Hall   (196 Allen St.)
Price:   Free

Let indie-folk songstress Ruby Nightingale serenade you with her banjo-plucking tunes. While Nightingale’s music is heavy on string instruments, including the violin, her sound is softer than you might expect and her voice really pulls you in. The Australian-born, Hong Kong raised and Connecticut-based singer has a unique sound that will stick with you long after the set.

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Who:   Lawrence
When:   Saturday, Dec. 5 at 11:30 p.m.
Where:   Mercury Lounge   (217 E. Houston St.)
Price:   $10 advance/$12 day of show

Stay up late and rock out with NYC-based soul-pop group Lawrence. Their 8-member band includes horns, a keyboard and percussion — trust us, they'll keep you wide awake. Their sound is simultaneously vintage and new and is sure to put you in a good mood.

Who:  Joel Michael Howard
Sunday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.
Where:  The Knitting Factory Brooklyn   (361 Metropolitan Ave.)
Price:   $12 advance/$15 day of show

If you're on the hunt for some new indie music, head to Joel Michael Howard's showcase at The Knitting Factory. The Brooklyn based singer's songs are a little self-loathing, but upbeat and enjoyable. Blending guitar and synth, he'll make you feel all warm, gooey and introspective

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