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