Not like we keep a running list or anything, but one of our favorite things about New York is the ever growing, always changing music scene. The wide variety and sheer number of venues draws all kinds of music, from the thousands of local artists trying to get their big break to the mandatory stop-through of every major act’s East Coast tours. One night you could be seeing Rihanna at Barclays, and the next catching an art punk band at a basement party Bushwick (if that’s your scene). Despite the fact that we have been to approximately a billion concerts and counting, getting dressed for a night of music continues to pose a challenge. How do we strike the perfect balance of looking like we listen to the band without looking like a groupie? What if someone spills their drink on our white top? How do we win over the singer to fulfill our dreams of quitting our day jobs to become an indie rocker’s muse/it-girl? How do we win over the singer to fulfill our dreams of being brought up on stage and then joining the band because #tambourineskills? With problems like this we gotta do what we always do, take a deep breath, channel our inner Stevie Nicks, and build our perfect power outfit from the inside out. Here, the perfect underpinnings for rocking out at our our favorite venues. This song? Yeah, it’s about us.
Central Park Summer Stage
While summer is technically winding down, there is still time left to catch a show at Central Park. The breezy Only Hearts Whisper Sweet Nothings Coucou Soft Cup Bralette perfectly captures the airy, free feeling of a concert en plein air. The delicate bohemian style is a little reminder that Summer Stage is as close to Coachella as many of us may get. The best part? It looks just as cute under a tank top now as it will under a sweater in September for Global Citizens Fest.
Madison Square Garden
Aah, MSG, how we love to hate you. The venue is massive and doesn’t lend itself to an intimate feel (also: Midtown), but hosts all the heavy hitters, from Justin Beiber to The Cure. Although the lineups vary greatly, one thing all MSG shows have in common is that you’re there to dance. The Journelle Dalia Triangle Bra frees you up to dance your little heart out, and the bold neon color puts all eyes on you, even in a crowd of 18,200.
If Terminal 5 is like Madison Square Garden’s aggro high school friend from Jersey, Webster Hall is like MSG’s cute younger indie cousin who you just might make out with. The bands who play are typically well known, but certainly not huge pop Goliaths, and there is still always a pretty intimate feel to the shows, especially if you are lucky enough to squeeze up to the front. Part the seas all the way up to the gentle mosh pit in the Cosabella Cheyenne Triangle Bralet and get ready to sing at the top of your lungs.
After closing a few years back (and sending everyone around the corner to now-closed Goodbye Blue Monday) this tiny DIY rock venue is back. Due to its small space and awesomely offbeat bookings, this spot draws the typical Bushwick crowd looking to discover something new. Despite its crowded dance floor (and iconic view-blocking pole) the venue feels expansive due to the fact it’s the second story and the stage features a huge window behind it with a view of the elevated J/M/Z train rumbling by literally inches away. You can’t go wrong starting with an all black base like the Only Hearts So Fine with Lace Halter Bodysuit and adding your own endless layers tailored to watching bands like Sheer Mag (flannel + vintage tee) and Elvis Depressedly (flannel + flannel) before they blow up.