Death By Audio

Bar / Live Music Venue
Death By Audio Two barely furnished rooms, an eclectic performance calendar, and entry through a gray service door all mark Death By Audio as the DIY space it is, another welcome venue in Williamsburg's grand tradition of basement gigs and... New York United States 40.714724 -73.965755
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Death By Audio - Bar | Live Music Venue in New York.
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Party Earth Review Two barely furnished rooms, an eclectic performance calendar, and entry through a gray service door all mark Death By Audio as the DIY space it is, another welcome venue in Williamsburg’s grand tradition of basement gigs... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    L: Bedford Avenue-North 7th Street; J, M, Z: Marcy Avenue-Broadway

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  • Hours:

    Hours vary, but approximately 6pm–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Death By Audio Review

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Two barely furnished rooms, an eclectic performance calendar, and entry through a gray service door all mark Death By Audio as the DIY space it is, another welcome venue in Williamsburg's grand tradition of basement gigs and...

Two barely furnished rooms, an eclectic performance calendar, and entry through a gray service door all mark Death By Audio as the DIY space it is, another welcome venue in Williamsburg’s grand tradition of basement gigs and house shows.

Bearded regulars and teenage newcomers wander past exposed pipes and into the wide concrete concert space, where a crowd of long-haired hipsters bop and sway to the indie, noise, or shoegaze tunes offered by the band on stage.

A hallway featuring spray-painted psychedelic eyes leads to a similar dark warehouse space occasionally tricked out with a projector for impromptu dance parties, but more often home to a scattering of tables and a chairs and a shirtless guy with a handlebar mustache selling PBR and Stella to exhausted music journalists, bubbly indie scene girls, and smokers.

Fantastic murals by Brooklyn artists liven up both spaces, from the dueling tigers by the stage to the cartoon devil puking up his uvula in the smoking room.

Frequented by underground indie-pop legends like Japanther, Dan Deacon, and the Dirty Projectors, and not likely to get a phone number any time soon, Death By Audio is an all-ages punk rock bomb shelter that remains the real deal – relevant and entertaining where other live spaces sold out long ago.

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Tip from Jonah:

The best thing about Williamsburg is that you’re surrounded by its rock stars on any given night – there are no limos, no backstage. Hang around at Death By Audio and you might end up spending the evening deep in conversation with the guys from The Exit or Liturgy.

  • Crowd

    Brooklyn indie hipster chicks, garage rockers, and bearded teenagers, teens to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music almost every night. Playlists over the PA between sets include indie rock, noise, psych, sludge, and shoegaze.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    All ages admitted.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $7+. Beer $4+, liquor $5+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Indie rock star chic: flannel, big glasses, skinny jeans, leather jackets, neon colors, baggy shirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays through Saturdays for the best touring bands and party nights.

  • Close By

    A few blocks away on South 4th is The Woods (48 South 4th Street), a less DIY but equally cool lounge and live music venue.

Death By Audio User Reviews

Average rating:
Exponentially eh
Chris K. Nov 13, 2012
The first time you go to Death By Audio, you're smitten. This is a hipster wonderland, complete with barren surroundings, weird and disturbing art all over the walls, cheap beer sold from beneath a card table, and booming ethereal shoegaze rock the likes of which you've never heard. But by your third visit, the place can become a little harder to swallow. There's a strong cooler-than-thou indie rock vibe here that gets tiresome, not all the bands are that good, and honestly, street-cred-less though it may be, a decent bathroom is a big plus for a nightlife spot (note: the bathroom at Death By Audio is rough). Definitely a must-see spot, but not somewhere I'd spend most nights.
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