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Cheap NYC concert venues: See live music for under $20

Summer’s still in full swing, but you may have already splurged on Gov Ball or Beyoncé tickets, leaving you with little to spend on your nights out. Fear not: There are plenty of venues that offer a fun night of live music without leaving a dent in your wallet.

Can’t afford the next headliner at the Garden? With tickets free or under $20, these NYC venues can be just as fun.

L.I.C. Bar

This Long Island City spot is the perfect
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This Long Island City spot is the perfect place to grab a casual drink and enjoy free live music from local artists. Performances are every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, featuring an array of musical genres, from classical to folk and everything in between. Be sure to check out the backyard -- this slice of nature even comes with heat lamps to enjoy music on chilly summer nights. (45-58 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, licbar.com)

Webster Hall

When you think
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When you think "Webster Hall," you may think of going clubbing, but the venue's smaller stages (The Marlin and The Studio) host a variety of affordable concerts on the weekends. While big names perform for a steeper price at Webster's Grand Ballroom, upcoming alternative rock and electronic acts can be seen for much less. Check the calendar to find a lesser-known performer, with pre-sale tickets costing in the $10 range.(125 E 11th St, websterhall.com)

The Bitter End

This small music venue, which is right next
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This small music venue, which is right next to NYU, is perfect for checking out student bands and young, up-and-coming artists. The Greenwich Village rock club has hosted many stars before they got their big breaks, from Bob Dylan to Lady Gaga. Catch singer-songwriter musicians and rock bands on its cozy stage. Depending on the event, there may be a cover charge of as much as $15.(174 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village, thebitterend.com)

Rough Trade NYC

This record store turns into a small concert
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This record store turns into a small concert venue at night, offering shows that range in price -- most are around $15, but some artists perform free gigs. Recently, alternative artist Courtney Barnett played a free concert at the shop. Door charges may increase your ticket price by a few bucks if not purchased in advance, but this Brooklyn venue is still perfect for a last-minute weekend decision. (64 N 9th St., Williamsburg, roughtradenyc.com)

An Beal Bocht Cafe

This Irish cafe located in the Bronx just
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This Irish cafe located in the Bronx just may become your local spot to hear live music. Offering a rotating calendar of performances and open mic nights, you'll get a great mix of musical genres, including local, Irish artists. Grab a drink and enjoy the free entertainment in this casual, friendly environment. (445 W. 238 St., Bronx, anbealbochtcafe.com)

Brooklyn Bowl

This Williamsburg dance hall/bowling alley offers the perfect
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This Williamsburg dance hall/bowling alley offers the perfect venue for a casual concert. Serving Brooklyn-brewed beers on a massive dance floor (complete with a disco ball, of course), the venue's open, warehouse-like environment is a little less stuffy than the typical music hall. The venue is hosting a monthly summer residency with Gigamesh and has recently featured notable names like Vic Mensa and Questlove. Be sure to check the website's event calendar -- concerts range from $10-30 online or at the door, but special events may require you to purchase tickets in advance. (61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, brooklynbowl.com)

Mercury Lounge

Mercury Lounge hosts a variety of musical genres
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Mercury Lounge hosts a variety of musical genres with ticket prices starting at $10. Notable acts from the past include "Pumped Up Kicks" band Foster the People. The Lower East Side's small stage gives attendees an intimate concert every time. (217 E. Houston St., Lower East Side, mercuryloungenyc.com)

Knitting Factory

On a typical weekend night at this Brooklyn
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On a typical weekend night at this Brooklyn venue, you'll be able to find a show -- from punk to rap -- that costs $12 at the door (or plan ahead, and snag a ticket for only $10). You never know if you'll spot the next superstar here: Lady Gaga performed at the Knitting Factory 10 years ago before she got her big break. The Knitting Factory also hosts stand-up comedy and DJ sets. (361 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, bk.knittingfactory.com)

Baby's All Right

This multi-room bar in Williamsburg offers plenty of
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This multi-room bar in Williamsburg offers plenty of lounge space surrounding the dance floor and stage. It hosts a variety of acts, from rock bands to hip-hop artists to DJs. Recently, the venue hosted a "Holy Trinity" event, spinning music only from Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Rihanna. (146 Broadway, Williamsburg, babysallright.com)

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