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For years, your only option for catching the first outings by a hot new local band was to squeeze into the Mercury Lounge along with all the cell-phone-clutching A&R men. But since opening last year, Sin-é (formerly an Irish folkie club on St. Marks Place) has stolen the mantle of the hottest spot for up-and-comers as a result of the early support it showed bands like the Seconds and the Secret Machines. Sin-é isn’t much bigger than your neighborhood bar—and doesn’t even have a full liquor license. But the low cover (usually in the $10 range) and expansive bills (often four bands in a single night) add up to a walloping bang for your buck—even if your evening’s entertainment doesn’t turn out to be the second coming of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Best Place To See A Local Band's First Gig
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).