Saw Nova Social at Joe's Pub.
I've never seen a show at Joe's Pub before. It's one of New York City's nicer venues. The tables are set such that almost all the seats are unobstructed, and the sound is adequate. You can never get up to real rock volumes in rooms that small (maybe with line arrays?) but they do a very nice job of keeping the reflections from dinging around.
Nova Social has a great live lineup with a string trio.
Headgear Recording is a Brooklyn-based studio with a Trident 80.
Clubhouse is a Rhinebeck-based studio with a Neve 8058.
Ooh La La Records is a Brooklyn-based record label.