Your Local Guide to the CMJ Music Marathon

The CMJ Music Marathon starts today and plays through Saturday at about two dozen venues in North Brooklyn. Here are some tips for navigating the festival, and some fancy graphs to show you the bands recommended by local blogs and publications.

With so many acts playing, you should have a guide you can travel with to help navigate CMJ. Fortunately, the festival organizers put some real thought into their smartphone app this year. It has an interactive map showing all the participating music venues, and it’s free. Clicking on a venue shows you the complete schedule of shows.

By clicking on a show name, you get a little mini-description of each band, and you can even preview songs by the band from within the app. 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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CMJ Festival 2015 Showcase brought to you by Greenpointers, SuperCrush and CaraBella (10/16)


As much as we love a good music marathon, it’s getting chilly and we’re feeling like staying local. So for this year’s CMJ Festival we’ve partnered with SuperCrush Studio and CaraBella to put together a showcase right here in Greenpoint.

Join us Friday, October 16, 8PM at Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave.) We’re expecting a hassle free, good time that won’t break the bank!

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MADEINBKLYN: A celebration of Brooklyn Music, Art, and Culture (Wed 10/7)


Brooklyn-raised recording artist and singer/songwriter Chetti is proud to present #MADEINBKLYN: A celebration of Brooklyn Music, Art, and Culture for one night only this Wednesday (10/7, 7:30pm) at t.b.d brooklyn (224 Franklin St). The event is based off the theme of her single, “#MADEINBKLYN” from her EP, In The City. Listen to #MADEINBKLYN here. Continue reading

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The Giraffes Bring Mayhem To The Wick This Saturday (10/3)

The Giraffes know how to bring it. This North Brooklyn gang is a seamless mix of hard, fast, loud, and wild. Their new LP drops October 2nd and it’s exhilarating. Oh, and they practice in our neighborhood. Follow the jump for info on their latest release and a show this Saturday that you shouldn’t miss.

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Brooklyn Books, Arts, Photos, and Design Expo (BrooklynBAPD) returns to Greenpoint this Weekend (9/19-20)

Various books and illustrations exhibited at BrooklynBAPD
A small sample of the more than 15,000 items which will be on display and for sale. From original children’s book illustration art to first edition books to daguerreotypes, autographed photos and fine art prints.

From rare, signed books to autographed photos and fine art prints, you’ll get it all at Brooklyn Books, Art, Photos and Design Expo (BrooklynBAPD) held at The Brooklyn Expo Center (9/19-20). BrooklynBAPD is a two-day ‘feast’ for anyone who loves vintage books, art, collectible autographs, and vintage photographs. The art and design row also features dealers of mid-century and vintage jewelry. You’ll have the chance to find out details about your favorite artists, discover new ones, and better yet – you can actually buy the stuff on display. It’ll be like entering a mini museum and walking home with your favorite piece! 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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Sachal’s Slow Motion Miracles at the Living Room, 9pm on June 23

Sachal performing live © Leonardo Mascaro

Richly layered with afro-beats, jazz rhythms, pop hooks, and Sachal Vasandani’s opalescent vocal timbre, the ten anfractuous and soulful tracks of sophisti-pop on Slow Motion Miracles flow like one body of water into another.

Sachal will perform at the Living Room (134 Metropolitan Ave) on Tuesday, June 23 at 9:00pm. Continue reading

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Neko Case, Live from Northside

Neko Case.
Neko Case.

A mural of swords, axes, and eels pointed towards the words, “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.”

It was the title of Neko Case’s last album, and also the backdrop for her show last Friday night, Live at the Inlet.

Sporting flaming red hair volumized with the humidity of the night, Case headlined the venue’s first night hosting music for the Northside Festival with her alt-country, punk-rock ballads.

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Meet the Bands of our Showcase: Northside Q&A

Shark Week
Shark Week

Since we are fans of the bands playing at our Northside Festival showcase, tomorrow (6/12) at Bar Matchless, we decided to find out more about them. Below you can find the tracks they have on repeat this summer, favorite shows for Northpoint, and their sanctuaries in the 11222. Continue reading

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