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Music Review: Nosaj Thing at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Nosaj Thing and Daito ManabeLA-based DJ Nosaj Thing (Jason Chung; “Nosaj” is “Jason” spelled backwards), and Japanese artist and VJ Daito Manabe threw down an intense collaborative set at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Monday night. I’ve been a peripheral fan of Nosaj Thing for years, seeing him at a festival or two, and been an occasional listener. But this show was proof that he’s an artist with some diverse musical chops. Continue reading

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Two Hot Greenpoint Babes Rocked Speed Metal Dating

Crowd_At_St_Vitus_Speed_Metal_Dating_GreenpointThis past Sunday, Greenpoint metal bar St. Vitus hosted Speed Metal Dating. Two ladies on our Greenpointers staff went to check it out and potentially meet the metal men of their dreams (or nightmares?). Here are their stories. Continue reading

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The Lot Radio: Broadcasting Live From A Shipping Container

Francois Vaxelaire inside the coffee kiosk at The Lot Radio.
Francois Vaxelaire inside the coffee kiosk at The Lot Radio.

For years the little triangle of land between Nassau Avenue, Banker Street and North 15th Street was home to a couple of weather beaten RVs and tumbleweeds of trash. Then one day, multimedia producer Francois Vaxelaire saw a sign. It was both a fateful one and a literal one, posted on the building across the street advertising the plot of land for rent. He had a vision flash before him that he needed to rent the land and launch an internet radio station.

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EP Review: Laura and Greg, GREYSHARKCANYON

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The Bird + The Bee, She + Him, Matt + Kim, Mates of State, Wild Belle, the list goes on. Are there too many feel-good indie pop duos out there? Maybe. But Greenpointers Laura and Greg may not actually quite fit into that bubblegum box. Their just-released sophomore effort GREYSHARKCANYON has them stretching their sound, with more layers of garage and grit than their first record Forever For Sure. Though they’ve beefed up the instrumentation on this record, Laura and Greg still haven’t lost their tender touch. There’s no shortage of tambourine, so they’ve still got slight a 60s folk-pop vibe, especially with Laura’s sweet crooning in the front of the mix.

They’re in Austin playing SXSW this week but you can find them back in Brooklyn playing at Rough Trade on April 23rd.

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Late Night with Amelia Robinson and Lesley Kernochan

“It’s lucky for me I have a friend / Who’s soul can usually transcend / The way we all nervously defend / The things we think we know / So I step into the boxing ring / It’s Gandhi vs. Comfortable Living / And all of a sudden I start to sing my new favorite mantra / Do it because you Love it, and for no other reason.” Lesley Kernochan’s full-bodied lyrics and whippy hooks in “My Giant Jar” is just one example of the funky grooves from her sophomore album The Pickle Jar.

On Sunday, March 13 at 10pm, she shares the bill with Amelia Robinson at Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St.). “I met Amelia right when I moved to NYC and I’ve had a friend crush on her ever since. We are delighted to keep jumping into fresh musical ideas together,” says the guitar picking Kernochan about ukulele strumming Robinson on her Daylight Saving Show Facebook page. I asked them some questions about their music and the upcoming show.

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Weekend Music: Vote for Jerry

Beavis and Butt-Head (1993 – 1997; 2011). As depicted, older and now eligible to vote (2016).

According to the pundits, primaries this Tuesday could seal the deal for both Clinton and Trump. That is a great thing for this country, at least during the campaign season.

Imagine being trapped with Cab TV ads from Cruz and Rubio (meaning: “brokered” candidate Ryan) during your entire failed-second-date ride over the Williamsburg.

With Bernie we would at least get some bounce music rallies in New Orleans, but his projected delegate count is not great, so he might not be around much longer.

Now at least we’ll have in-your-face punk diva Trump. And Clinton’s got a thing for smooth-jazz bad boys. Granted, after the election, reality might set in. In the meantime, the political ads should be more entertaining than usual. Here’s my local club-hopping campaign trail for this weekend. Continue reading

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Brothertiger’s Favorite Road Moments and a Return to North Brooklyn

Chillwave producer Brothertiger is, technically speaking, based in North Brooklyn. John Jagos, the “man behind the curtain” for the act, lives in Bushwick, and plays some local shows: Next up is Rough Trade on January 30th, where he will perform with Williamsburg-based Teen Commandments.

And he’s sticking close to town over the holidays, where he’s been recording a cover of his favorite album of all time, Tears for Fears’ Songs from the Big Chair, for the Reimagine Music label.

But like most local performers that have taken off nationally, he spends much of his time on the road, and just completed a national tour. As you can see from his photo journey below, there’s beauty to be had outside of Greenpoint’s Transmitter Park and the crowd at Cameo Gallery. Continue reading

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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)

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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!

Check out the line up: Continue reading

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