Show Picks for the Week 3/19-23
TONIGHT – 3/20 boasts two excellent options. One of my favorite bands in the city is Beat Radio. Singer and guitarist Brian Sendrowitz will be doing a solo set at Spike Hill (186 Bedford Avenue), on a bill of close friends that includes Kid in the Attic (Maia Macdonald), Will Stratton, and Stay Indoors. Doors at 7:30, show at 8:00, and it’s FREE! RSVP on Facebook.
Also, you should know that Beat Radio is in the midst of releasing singles throughout the year. The newest just came out, it’s called “Beneath the Waves.” Check it out.
One of my favorite music videos of 2013 was “Goodbye To All That” by Cold Blood Club. They will very likely play this and many other tracks when they perform at the Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue). This huge collective (8 members and counting) has an infectious sound that blends rock and dance and should make for an excellent live set. Also on the bill is Marco with Love, The Hounds Below, and Minka. Doors are at 7:30, the show is at 8:00 and tickets are $10 in advance or $12 d.o.s. Get ‘em here.
On Sunday, make your way into Manhattan to catch the chamber-pop band AK play a release show for their new EP How Not To Be Alone at Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen Street). This band is fronted by Greenpoint resident Alexandra Kalinowski. Trained as an opera singer and a traditional folk singer, Alexandra and her band blend these influences and others into something very captivating. If you can’t make their FREE performance on Stage One at 4:00 PM, be sure to pick up the EP when it comes out on 3/25. You can sample first track “Circles” now.
Let’s close this up with a music video for an atmospheric track called “Lead (Pb)” by The Dust Engineers. You may notice that this noir-tinged clip was shot around Greenpoint. It blends well with the languorous twang of the song in an interesting way, masking the creeping unsettling sensations – until it’s too late. It’s a cool one, let it envelop you.