Hear it First: April Indie Concert Guide 🎼🥁🎹

We all love the songs that rule the Top 40 charts. The ones that get played every 30 minutes get stuck in our head for weeks on end, and the ones we go crazy for every time they boom over a bar speaker.  

However, we all know we get sick of those songs as just quickly as we fall in love with them. Before you know it your new music library is tired and overplayed, luckily there is never a shortage of musicians. Emergings indie artists are an amazing 

What’s even luckier for you, April is coming through with some amazing NYC indie concerts! 

So, if you’re in need of a shakeup for your favorite playlist, or want to discover a new favorite artist, there is no time better than right now. Here is your April indie concert guide!

Sorority Noise (April 2nd @ Baby’s All right)


If You Like: Fall Out Boy or Panic! At The Disco

Fusing modern punk with classic Screamo, Hampshire-based quartet Sorority noise is ready to find a home in your music library. They already have several EP’s and just released a new album last month, YNAAYT.

Based on past concert reviews, expect lots of loud, loyal fans, high energy, and lots of stage diving. So if you’re a fan of some classic punk rock, give YNAAYT a listen.

Brandi Carlile (April 6th @ Beacon Theatre)


If You Like: Grace Potter and The Nocturnals or Ingrid Michaelson

Folksy Americana meets pop/rock with singer-songwriter Brandi Carlisle.

Born Ravensdale, Washington, Carlisle has started to gain attention for her finely-crafted albums, and unique yet nostalgic sound. Sports fans may even remember her when she sang the National Anthem at the 2014 NFL Playoff game between the Saints and the Seattle Seahawks!

Despite her calm demeanor, fans love her eclectic live energy,  enjoyable for audiences of all music preferences. 

Rainbow Kitten Surprise (April 11th @ Brooklyn Steele)

 If You Like: The Lumineers or Kings of Leon

What started as a small town band in Boone, North Carolina, alternative indie band Rainbow Kitten Surprise is a national sensation getting bigger and bigger. 

They have over 75 million streams across digital platforms, and their first tour US tour proved to be a massive success with every one of 45 shows selling out.

After their single “Devil Like Me” took off in 2015, RKS has been on the road building their fan base for their upbeat, and energetic sound. Tickets are selling out just as fast as the band is growing, so join the Rainbow Kitten army and see them live this month at Brooklyn Steele!

Khruangbin (April 13th @ Music Hall of Williamsburg)


If You Like: Yppah or The Budos Band

Texan rock/ funk trio Khruangbin (Thai for Airplane) is making their way to Brooklyn this spring. Give them a listen; we guarantee they'll be your new instrumental obsession.

Fresh off a release of an album earlier this year, the group's fanbase is small but quickly growing.

Khruangbin’s incredibly unique sound, and overall too cool for school attitude create a sense of mystery, and intrigue.  They're not a group you would typically hear on your mainstream radio station. 

 Franz Ferdinand (April 15th @ Brooklyn Steel)


If You Like: The Strokes or The Libertines

While this Scottish-based group is more popular in the UK, Franz Ferdinand is a band whose songs you have probably heard at one point or another.

The group released their first album in 2003 and was quickly met with success in 2004 with their hit single, “Take me out." Franz Ferdinand became a massive hit in the indie music crowd gaining comparisons to the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

They’re among many others to have already released a new album earlier this year, so give it a listen, then head on down to Brooklyn Steel for some good ole’ indie rock sounds.

JD McPherson (April 20th @ The Bowery Ballroom)


If You Like: Amy Winehouse or Elvis

Singer/songwriter JD McPherson is known for his retro rockabilly, with roots in  '40s R&B and '50s rock. A native of Oklahoma, JD’s very first album debuted in 2012 at #161 on the Billboard 200, and won The Independent Music Award for “Best Rock Album.” 

After this, he was named “Artist to Watch” by Rolling Stone Magazine, and since then has released several EP’s, as well as several albums. Last year, McPherson released his third album which included the indie hit “Lucky Penny.”

His shows typically sell out, and this time is no different, tickets are going fast.  So book yours, and make sure you don’t miss JD this April at the Bowery Ballroom.

Roo Panes (April 24th @ Baby’s All Right)


If You Like: Hozier or Lorde

Born in Wimborne, Dorset, Roo’s launched his career in the public eye as a model for UK fashion house Burberry. 

His lyrics are smooth and introspective. Resulting in a  sound not only easy to listen to but that also create an experience. Crowds of Roo’s events are known to be more reflective and hushed; a direct effect of his overall chill, and moody vibes.

Fickle Friends (April 30th @ Rough Trade NYC)


If You Like: Maroon 5 or Nightcall

With their ‘80’s pop-rock sound, England’s Fickle Friends is a UK sensation, and they are ready to make their mark in America.

Formed in 2013 the band has released several singles over the years, but March's, “You Are Someone Else” was the band's first full-length album. The sixteen track debut is packed with hits a sure sign the show will be a great time. 

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