Electric violins, trip-hop beats, and dueling banjos—Indie music like you’ve never heard it before. Next month, some of the best indie musicians will be taking the stage in various venues throughout New York City. Here are three Indie music concerts in December that you’re not going to want to miss:
Professional violinist, guitarist, and whistler, Andrew Bird has explored dozens of music genres, ranging from chamber pop to indie rock. If you attend one of his concerts, you won’t hear his music as you’ve ever heard it before (Check out this live performance of “Anoanimal” at Austin City Limits). Andrew Bird is known to improv from the melodies of his work, giving his audiences a one of a kind live music experience. “I consider a live performance the most honest representation of who I am as a musician,” said Bird in a telephone interview from New York, where he was on a break between legs of his current tour. “When I get up there and sing, I sing exactly the way I sing. There’s no doubt as I approach the microphone.” Andrew Bird will be making an appearance at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, NY on December 6th. With the recently released EP I Want To See Pulaski At Night (Listen to a track from the new EP Here, or listen to the whole thing on Spotify), you can expect a good mix of old and new material during this performance. If you love classical, chamber pop, or indie rock music, this concert is definitely one you won’t want to miss.
Phantogram is an electronic rock duo from upstate New York, comprised of band members Josh Carter and Sara Barthel. This duo is heavily experimental, producing a sound that combines elements of electronic, psychedelic pop, and hip-hop. When listening to this duo, you will often switch between getting lost in Barthel’s airy vocals, and dancing to the off-kilter synth lines that often underpin their songs. Since the release of their first full-length album titled Eyelid Movies (2010), Phantogram has appeared in major music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Coachella, as well as performing on Late Night TV (Click here to see Phantogram perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live). With an incredible stage presence, this band comes off emotional, brave, and loud. Phantogram will be making an appearance at Terminal 5 on December 4th. With two full-length studio albums and a recently released self-titled EP, this concert will certainly be an impressive showcase of the duo’s trip-hop music. Don’t miss out on this show, Phantogram tickets are on sale now!
Punch Brothers are a progressive bluegrass band, consisting of band members Chris Thile, Gabe Witcher, Noam Pikelny, Chris Eldridge, and Paul Kowert. It’s hard to put into words exactly what genre this band fits into, so I’ll let the words of lead vocalist/virtuoso Chris Thile take the lead:
“We got together one night just to drop a ton of money, drink too much wine, eat steaks, and commiserate about our failed relationships. We had gotten to play together a few days before and we had said that we needed to do something musical together. With our hearts smashed to pieces, it became more urgent — our lives had gone the same way for so long. I knew I wanted to have a band with Gabe [Witcher], but I didn’t know if it would be a rock ensemble, an ambitious acoustic classical thing or a bluegrass group. We played, and there was a serious, instantaneous connection. Then I knew I wanted to put together a bluegrass band — one with a lot of range, but aesthetically a bluegrass band.”
With extremely talented band members, and both a cohesive sound and musical mission, the Punch Brothers have put on incredible performances at Bonnaroo, SXSW, and even Conan (Watch the Punch Brothers perform their hit song “Rye Whiskey” with Steve Martin on banjo). For three consecutive nights (December 29, 30, and 31st), the Punch Brothers will be playing at New York City’s The Bowery Ballroom. Don’t miss out on a chance to see this extremely talented band of musicians, buy Punch Brothers tickets before they sell out!