Dirty Projectors, Los Campesinos! and more indie bands playing NYC in November

David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors performs at the Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 8, 2013. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Ilya S. Savenok

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.


Big Red Machine

The collaborative duo of Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National) worked with lots of musicians for its debut, self-titled record, which came out in late August. It’s a project based on an artistic collective formed by Vernon and both Aaron and Bryce Dessner called “PEOPLE,” which “establish[es] an independent and nurturing space in which to make work.” (Nov. 7 at Terminal 5)

Stream: “Gratitude”

Los Campesinos!

It’s been 10 years since the releases of the Welsh band’s “Hold on Now Youngster” and “We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed,” which is now being celebrated with a U.S. tour. The indie rockers’ sound has evolved over time; this is a chance for you to try on those older, more twee clothes and see how they still fit. (Nov. 13 and 14, Elsewhere)

Stream: “Death to Los Campesinos!”

Dirty Projectors


The Brooklyn indie favorites come off tour to play three shows in two days at home. Latest album “Lamp Lit Prose” was a return to happiness — or something like it — from last year’s self-titled breakup record, and the band recruited some friends to contribute, including Syd, HaimAIM and Rostam. (Nov. 18 and 19, Elsewhere)

Stream: “That’s a Lifestyle”

Richard Reed Parry’s Quiet River

The Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist released his “Quiet River of Dust Vol. 1” in September. Inspired by Japanese forests and British folk music, it’s almost meditative at times — but on songs like “I Was in the World (Was the World in Me),” those forests can come alive quickly. (Nov. 27, Murmrr Theatre)

Stream: “I Was in the World (Was the World in Me)”

Laura Gibson

The Portland native and folk-rock singer-songwriter released her fifth album, “Goners” on October 26. Much of the album, she says in a release, is about her father’s death and figuring out if she wanted kids of her own: “Potential future grief forces me to reckon with past grief. These were two points on a map of grief. I wanted to explore the territory between them.” (Nov. 27, Rough Trade)


Stream: “Domestication”