WEDNESDAY 2/04 * Madcap Variety Show Fundraiser @ Triskelion Arts (118 North 11th St) 8pm, $16, Featuring the comic stylings of Boom Bat Gesture, Elizabeth Carena, Sara Montgomery, and many more, Buy tix
♫ A/V Salon @ Secret Project Robot (389 Melrose St) 8pm, FREE, A salon series where artists experiment with sound and video, RSVP
THURSDAY 2/05 * Java Street Community Garden General Meeting @ t.b.a. (224 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, In order to be entered into the lottery for a garden plot, you or a proxy must be present at the meeting, More info
* Presentation Fight Night @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) 7:30pm, $5, Presentation Party Night and Verbal Fight Club pair peer lectures with a debate-style smackdown, Buy tix * Mermaid Lagoon Ocean Benefit @ Lot 45 (411 Troutman St) 9pm, $20, The 5th annual ocean benefit held by the Mermaids of NYC, featuring dance, acrobatics, shadow puppets, music, games, and more, Buy tix
CMJ music marathon is upon us again, and before your head starts spinning trying to figure how, what, when and where to see the best music (and who that best music even is), we have crafted a special guide for North Brooklyn residents. You don’t have to hop all over the city to see the best new music- you can stay right here in Greenpoint and Williamsburg (and maybe venture into Bushwick). Continue reading →
In anticipation of our Phil Collins Day Dance Party TONIGHT at Matchless, I chatted with founder of the holiday, Heather Louise Kramer, whose passion for Mr. Collins is unwavering and frankly, inspirational.
Prepare yourself for the tale of deep love, true admiration, and police intervention that is the history of Phil Collins Day. Just look into those soulful eyes…
GP: How did Phil Collins Day become a thing?
Heather: Phil Collins Day started in High School with some friends and myself. We had grown tired of the production surrounding Valentines Day, especially since it seemed to only celebrate one kind of love, so it was decided that we make a holiday that was more inclusive and could celebrate the multifarious nature of love– heartbreak, crushes, unrequited, longing, etc….for everyone or anyone who has ever felt anything or everything–Balloons, t-shirts, cards, the whole deal.
When I moved to New York, it grew with each celebration, slowly becoming what it is today. My ultimate goal is that people will make this holiday their own.
GP: If I recall, didn’t you and some friends almost get arrested for posting Phil Collins signs around Greenpoint a few years ago? Can you regale us with the story? Continue reading →
Basinger is a band with a new self-titled EP out, and they have a release show for it Friday 1/31 at Matchless. Read on for plenty more details on the band, their music, and the show, plus a brief look at some other interesting releases and shows of interest. Continue reading →
CMJ starts today! Last week, I shared a brief, North Brooklyn-centric preview of some bands and shows I’m looking forward to checking out. One must-see is the showcase that Greenpointers is proudly co-sponsoring along with Supercrush Studios and CaraBella Presents. It takes place Friday, October 18 at Matchless (557 Manhattan Avenue), it starts at 8:00 PM, and it costs $5 – unless you have a CMJ pass. Then it’s free.
The showcase features six great bands, three from Brooklyn and three from out of town. They are Shark Week, Invisible Days, Shy Hunters, Andre Obin, Rarechild, and Ra Ra Rasputin. There will be three DJ sets to follow, with Dead_Beat_Dad, Spiritual Abuse, and Post-Paint Boy ready to spin late into the night. It’s going to be a lot of fun. You can RSVP here at the Facebook event page.
Lest you think we are biased and tooting our own horn, here’s a chance to get to know each band better. I was able to talk with several of them, so check out a few interesting facts plus links to their latest music.
The CMJ festival is nearly upon us once again. Offering hundreds of bands and a variety of industry panels, it’s one of the city’s biggest annual musical moments.
Looking over the options can be overwhelming. There’s simply too much music happening between October 15th and 19th. However, I choose to see this as a good thing. I’ve pored over the schedule and come up with some recommendations to save you all a little time. My focus is naturally on North Brooklyn, though I’ll acknowledge there will be plenty happening at many venues in the Lower East Side should you feel the need to venture out for some reason. Also, I’m basing this on officially listed showcases, but just know there are going to be plenty of unofficial shows, day parties, after parties, random street performances, etc. Continue reading →
• Johnny Marnel, Torn Curtain, Bridges and Powerlines, Dear Lions @ Pete’s Candy Store
• Skull, Occultation, RASPBERRY BULBS, Villains @ St. Vitus
• Pressed And, Noah Wall, Megafortress & Gem Club @ The End, More Info
• Avi Wisnia, BEL AIR @ Pete’s Candy Store
• Dead Stars, Nordic Nomadic, THE MAIN STREET GOSPEL, WEIRD OWL @ St. Vitus
• CHELSEA WOLF, Religious To Damn, Hunters, The Love Butchers @ Europa
• Gun Lake, ABADABAD, RADIATION CITY, SUCKERS @ Pete’s Candy Store
• Battle Cross, TURBID NORTH, Barn Burner, Skeleton Witch, KVELERTAK @ Europa
• Robin Bacior, SEA OF BEES, GABRIEL & THE HOUNDS, Patrick Bower, David Liebe Hart Band, Bird Call, Chris Riffle @ Pete’s Candy Store
• AGENTS OF WOE Record Release @ Veronica People’s Club (105 Franklin)
• Adam Arcuragi, Aficionado, TS And The Past Haunts, Alyson Greenfield, Stephanie Carlin, Seryn, Dog Soldier, Wojcik @ Matchless
• Tamar Haviv, Corner Youngblood, Ceramic @ Pete’s Candy Store