Doing a Musician spotlight on a NYC based rock band seem well suited considering my current location; therefore, I give you MOON.
The band consists of four members:Thomas McDonell, Kosuke Kasza, Louie Glaser, and Nick Thorp. Their music keeps a nice pitch without being too in your face “rawr im a rock band” which is a nice contrast to some newer bands. You can preview some of their music at http://www.myspace.com/thisismoon. I recommend Red River and One to start out.
With some really good beats, this rock-and-roll band is an excellent choice if you need something to listen to in chill mode. Alas there is no info on their webpage about live shows, but you can purchase music from Itunes here.