NYC Travel filter: Please tell me where to find out about any of the following: (1) live music of the broadly indie rock variety, (2) unpretentious dance nights, and (3) karaoke.
A pack of Canadians in their late 20s are heading to New York for 5 nights (Feb. 18th - 23rd, Thurs.-Tues.), and we're trying to plan some things to do in the evenings. We're staying in the LES and West Village but willing to go wherever.
For music: I'm aware of the Village Voice site, but if it's anything like the weeklies in Toronto, then there might be a better source for listings (like Stillepost
in these parts). Are there any comprehensive calendars or message boards that I should be checking out instead of/in addition to the Voice?
For dance nights: we're not into the velvet rope scene, but it'd be nice to hit up some kind of retro theme nights like the ones we go to at bars in Toronto and Vancouver (e.g. at the Boat, Gladstone, Teranga, Biltmore). Up here, finding out about these involves a combo of word-of-mouth and already being a member of the relevant Facebook group. Absent those channels, how would I find out about such things in NYC?
As for karaoke recommendations: are there any reasonably popular nights where it's nonetheless possible to sing without waiting for three hours...or any karaoke boxes with decent English selections that won't be booked up way in advance?