Shows at Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center and MetLife Stadium suck up a lot of oxygen in the press, thanks to the biggest of headliners. But where the New York City music scene shines is in the clubs and venues open most nights of the week, with bands that may be the next big thing, or have found their hard-core fans, or even are just getting their start in the industry.
Each month, we bring you five different indie-rock concerts at some of these venues, where bands and artists come from all over to impress the country’s biggest market.
Here are five bands you should get to know — or revisit all over again—before they hit New York City.
The band released its third album since 2013 earlier in August, garnering plaudits from Pitchfork and AV Club. Producer Chris Walla (ex-Death Cab for Cutie, pictured) joined the fray for “Nearer My God,” and he and the band found a fertile ground between emo and indie rock, the type of transition that could see Foxing playing much higher up the bill at music festivals in 2019. (Sept. 4, Bowery Ballroom)
Stream: “Grand Paradise”
The performance will come three days after the release of “Great Thunder,” an EP of songs that act as a counterweight to her rock instincts. The eight songs are re-imagined from their original forms, recorded with an experimental group earlier in her career, and find their way into folk territory, anchored by Katie Crutchfield’s emotive vocals. Her 2017 album, “Out in the Storm,” ended up on the best-of year-end lists for Rolling Stone, The A.V. Club and even ABC News. (Sept. 9, The Bell House; Sept. 10, (le) Poisson Rouge)
Stream: “Chapel of Pines”
Buck Meek, the lead guitarist in indie-rock darling Big Thief, beat bandmate Adrianne Lenker in releasing a 2018 solo album. His self-titled record is a laid-back collection of Americana that works both here and in Nashville, with a sort of lightness not seen in some of Big Thief’s material. With the 10-track album clocking in at less than a half-hour, expect some song-extending solos, too. (Sept. 11, Union Pool)
The Los Angeles band is well-known for its raucous live show, which has been seen opening for acts like Muse and now heading in clubs like Music Hall. The band’s first major-label E.P, “Temporary Things Taking Up Space,” came out in June, and showcases a slight change in style, sounding like the offspring of the late-’90s post-grunge area. (Sept. 17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg)
The Blur guitarist’s score and original music for the British show “The End of the F***ing World” was released in January. The tour is advertised as featuring “a diverse selection of songs spanning his career to date,” which includes eight solo records before this soundtrack (the most recent in 2012), and it is his first-ever solo jaunt across the United States. (Sept. 24 at Bowery Ballroom)