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NYC's 5 Best Venues To Discover Up-and-Coming Music Acts

New York is a hub for live music. But with so many places, where does one go to discover new talent? Here are 5 venues to visit in Manhattan and witness the next breaking act. By Annie Reuter.

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Rockwood Music Hall

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Rockwood Music Hall (credit: Joe Kohen/Getty Images)

196 Allen Street

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With two stages and upwards to 12 performances a night, Rockwood Music Hall is the perfect venue to discover emerging talent. Whether you prefer an acoustic set from a singer-songwriter or a powerful full band, the venue offers it all and each stage boasts a baby grand piano. All shows are free unless otherwise listed and a one drink minimum is expected.

Mercury Lounge
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Mercury Lounge

217 East Houston St.

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Just a short walk away from Rockwood, Mercury Lounge hosts two shows each night with the lineup varying from breakout indie acts to more established bands. The rock club is standing room only with the exception of a few booths lining the walls. A friendly venue, it's a spot where you can see your favorite band play and buy them a beer afterwards.

The Living Room
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The Living Room

154 Ludlow Street

Known as the place to witness talented singer-songwriters, it comes as no surprise that Norah Jones got her start here. On a nightly basis, the Lower East Side establishment invites music lovers to witness a show in a venue that feels, well like their own living room. With a low, intimate stage surrounded by candlelit tables, most shows are free with a suggested donation for each artist.

The Bowery Electric

Bowery Electric
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327 Bowery at 2nd Street

While talented up-and-coming acts are often highlighted with monthly residencies at The Bowery Electric, better known acts frequent this music space as well. On any given night expect to find a solid rock band and if you're lucky you might stumble upon a secret show by notable acts like Green Day, Minus the Bear, or Devotchka.

Joe's Pub
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Joe's Pub

425 Lafayette St

Known for presenting internationally known stars, Joe's Pub also showcases emerging artists from every genre. The venue hosts top notch talent that is sure to leave an impression. Enjoy a drink or the full dinner menu while taking in a show. It's newly renovated space allows more music lovers to take part in what's been a well regarded New York music establishment since 1998.

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