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Cigarettes After Sex: Q & A

No, the headline to this post does not mean we went around having sex with people then interviewed them afterwards. We’ll do that post a different day.

Cigarettes After Sex is a Brooklyn-based ambient pop band that headlined at Baby’s All Right recently in a sold out show. They have had tremendous success, with their song Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby garnering over 6 million plays. Libsyd Read was the opening act at 8 pm.

I had the chance to engage in some online banter with Greg Gonzalez, who writes and performs the band’s tunes. We talked about growing up in West Texas, coming up with band names, and how YouTube offers some really weird suggested videos sometimes. Continue reading

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“Nightcap Riot: Mombucha”: Culture and Live Cultures Make for One Heck of a Night Out

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JC Brooks & The K.i.D. ©Erik Herrstrom

When “I can’t feel my face,” refers to the walk from the subway instead of Drake’s oeuvre, you know the deep freeze of mid-January has descended. It’s hard to find entertainment that justifies donning a puffy coat and wrapping up like a woolen burrito. But no one can Netflix and chill forever. If you’re like me and you’ve logged at least ten hours of couch time binging “Making a Murderer” this month, it’s time to get out of the house.

Luckily, a group of nightlife veterans are eliminating the guesswork and serving up the perfect night out, right here in Greenpoint. “Nightcap Riot: Mombucha” is one part concert, one part immersive theater, one part kombucha brewing tutorial, with a dash of comedy, and plenty of kombucha-infused cocktails. The resulting two and a half hours go down smoothly. It’s fresh, different and way more interesting than spending winter downing pints at the same old bar. Continue reading

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GIVEAWAY!! Tickets to our CMJ Showcase at Bar Matchless

CMJ_Showcase_2015_280pxWe love celebrating music and keeping things local so we’re giving away two tickets to our CMJ showcase at Bar Matchless on Friday, October 16. Starts at 8pm.

To enter: In the comments below, answer this simple question: Which band or artist inspired you the most as a child? (*Judgement free zone*)

Deadline: Monday, October 12 at 11:59pm

A winner will be selected at random and be notified via email by Wednesday, October 14.

Get a glimpse of the showcase bands here.

This showcase is presented to you by yours truly (Greenpointers), Supercrush Studio, and CaraBella.

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Pinball Galore, Live Music and a Century-Old Bar: Here Comes the New Sunshine Laundromat

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Before, it served two purposes. You came to Sunshine Laundromat and Pinball because you either wanted to do your laundry, or you wanted to play a machine from the incredible collection of pinball. Or, of course, you wanted to hang out with the owner Peter and his awesome lab Choco.

Now, you’ll have so many more reasons. Sunshine, in case you haven’t noticed while walking past on your bleary-eyed morning stumble to Upright, has got a brand new bag. Continue reading

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Dru Cutler, Bushwick resident, performs perilously close to Greenpoint but is found worthy

Dru Cutler at the Living Room. (c) Vladimir Weinstein.

We here at the GP like to tell you about local bands we recently saw live, because they play in a lot of local places and you should know what to expect if you go.

Dru Cutler played at the Living Room recently and the audience was having a great time, so here is why I think that happened.

First off, the guy cares a lot about his band being in tune and tight to the rhythm. That’s important when you have an audience like this one, which looked like it was composed of a lot of earnest nice folks out on a first or second date. Cutler’s primary goal, it appeared, was to endear himself to them and show he’s a good guy with relatable stories. This was not a punk show where everyone there was only looking to GET LAID or GET PAID, including the band. Continue reading

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Nostalgic in NY: Dru Cutler Tells Half-Remembered Stories through Music

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Photo by Vladimir Weinstein

Day to day life and love in New York as standalone themes are trite but not when they are expressed in the form of Indie Rock, down-to-earth lyrics, and versatile tempos. In Dru Cutler’s latest single “Familiar” these come together in one beautifully composed piano ballad.

Familiar” now has an accompanying music video and will be debuting this Saturday, July 25, 2015 at The Living Room (134 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn NY) at 11:00PM. Continue reading

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FREE Live Performance by Laura & Greg at Sunday’s Summer Market (7/19)

When I first heard of Laura & Greg, I was intrigued by its connection to neighborhood favorite, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream.  Another Brooklyn-based somebody in a band? I thought it can’t be that good. But then I loaded up their first music video for “Muscle Memory” and discovered a beautifully composed song and a compelling animated video. I don’t have clever words at the moment to give this talented musical duo proper credit. Let’s just say their songs make my ears feel good.

I’m so extremely excited to have them at Sunday’s Greenpointers Summer Market perform live!!!

Sunday, July 19 @Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Floor) 1-7PM

 

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Free Live Performance by Laura & Greg at Academy Record Annex (Sat, 7/11)

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Let’s be honest. No one really wants to see one single person endowed with multi-faceted talent. Yet, as evidenced in Laura & Greg‘s recently released album “Forever for Sure,” that person exists in the form of Laura O’Neill.

The same woman behind successful neighborhood favorites Van Leeuwen Ice Cream and Selamat Pagi, both of which have delighted our taste buds, can also belt out sweet melodic tunes with the best of them and I’m digging it. I had their first music video for “Muscle Memory” on repeat. Continue reading

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Celebrity Chef Michael Psilakis Opens Event Space and Mega-Restaurant on Driggs Avenue

Piggies_The_Hall_Greenpoint_Rosie_de_BelgeonneThere’s something about the segment of Driggs Avenue between N 10th and N 11th streets that attracts a different type of business from other blocks in the area.

First came Fushimi, a super-sized, super-shiny sushi joint that boasts the lingering spirit of a 90s lounge bar. Now, on the opposite side of the street there has sprung up a new mega-restaurant called MP Taverna, the fourth in a string of Greek establishments of the same name, spear-headed by celebrity chef Michael Psilakis.

Psilakis has become known for his appearances on a host of  cooking shows such as Iron Chef America and Ultimate Recipe Showdown, but his real kudos came about in 2008 when a Michelin star was awarded to Anthos, an upmarket restaurant he started in midtown Manhattan.

Seven years on and Psilakis is bringing his celebrated Greek food to Brooklyn. Less high-end than Anthos, MP Taverna aims to provide a contemporary take on the traditional Greek tavern, with a focus on mezze dishes that can be shared family style.

Next door to MP Taverna is Psilakis’ next venture called ‘The Hall Brooklyn‘, a giant events venue whose recent opening heralded a flashy party, complete with cordoned-off entrance line and bouncers with earpieces. Continue reading

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Run the Jewels, Sleigh Bells, Vince Staple close out Northside ’15

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Last weekend, the Northside Festival at 50 Kent finished off with an all-star show featuring Run the Jewels, Sleigh Bells, and Vince Staples. Right as the doors opened, the crowd found its way into the venue and Vince Staples kicked it off with great energy, playing some unreleased tracks off his debut album, expected to hit June 30th.

Then Brooklyn based Sleigh Bells, took the stage amplifying the crowds energy from where Vince left off. Not only did they come out to rock, but they came out to have a good time. This is one band you can clearly see enjoy playing the music they create.  Continue reading

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