Dead Stars have been gaining popularity in the four years they’ve been rockin’ and rollin’ around the neighborhood, thanks to energetic live shows and a refreshingly unpretentious approach to making music. Their songs are quick, to the point, and poppy without feeling flimsy. If you check them out live be prepared to get their shout-along choruses stuck in your head for days; the amount of crowd members mouthing the lyrics at any given gig is testimony enough to Dead Stars’ catchiness factor. The trio is made up of bassist John Watterberg, drummer Jaye Moore and lead singer and guitarist, Jeff Moore, who took a break from finishing up the band’s upcoming EP, High Gain, to answer a few questions.
Dead Stars play tonight, Thursday March 28 @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, $10 – with Dichroics & Circle of Buzzards
In order to thank the people who have donated their time (by making us piss in our pants) in order to raise over $500 for local animal charities in Greenpoint, on March 12th, 8pm at Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) – we are throwing a comedy benefit to benefit…THE COMEDIANS!
It’s only 5 bucks. 100% of the door will be paid to the comics. We think that’s nice. RSVP
Come out, laugh, support comedy and consider it your workout for the night!
Hosted by Kerryn Feehan
The Lucas Bros
Below is info on the current situation at ADOPT NY
Many rescue groups and NY shelters sustained extensive damage to their facilities, as well as many fosters becoming homeless themselves.
So here’s what we’ve been up to at Adopt NY in response:
We’ve developed a plan to assist our 44 rescue groups as directly and quickly as possible, providing them with the two most important needs: new fosters and new supplies.
What’s needed now are supplies — things like mass quantities of food, animal crates, blankets, beds, toys, etc. Using our contacts in the pet industry, we’re going to get as many of these items for wholesale prices as possible, and aim to have everything shipped out and in our rescues’ hands ASAP.
Together with your help, we want to provide the assistance all our rescue groups who so desperately need.
• 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
Ecologías Correlativas @ 319 Scholes (319 Scholes, Bushwick) Opening 7pm, Curated by chimera+, projects and research from a trans-disciplinary group of artists, architects and scientists navigating interrelated environmental/socio-political ecologies RSVP
The Pinch @ Fowler Arts (67 West) Opening 6-9pm, Local artists Kurt Freyer, Elizabeth Hoy & Emilie Selden share their attempts to articulate the value of art during hard economic times. RVSP
COME AS YOU ARE: Songs That Made Your Parents Worry @ Veronica People’s Club (105 Franklin) 10pm, DJs Fucci & Sirlinda
Launch of Brooklyn Wind Symphony @ Brooklyn Fire Proof (19 Ingraham St, Bushwick) 7pm, $10/$12 @ door, fundraiser, jazz combos, classical ensembles, drink specials, dancing, DJ. RSVP
Occupy Brooklyn @ Grand Army Plaza, 11am, in support of “anti-greed” movement, follow #OccupyBrooklyn
East River State Park Fall Harvest Festival, 11-4pm, family-friendly activities for all ages, east river water testing, Zumba, bluegrass
Where’s My Park Day? @ (March from soccer fields at North 9th St., up Kent Ave. to Quay St.) Noon, ”Where’s Our Park?” is a campaign coalition of No. BK’s local elected officials & civic organizations, created to secure the 33 acres of new parkland promised by Mayor Bloomberg during the 2005 rezoning of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. More info.
Harvest Festival Hoedown @ Meeker Ave Market (75 Frost) – ALL DAY, ALL WEEKEND, City Life Wellness brings together community of yogis, dancers, martial artists, local food purveyors and craftspeople for 2-day Fall Harvest Festival More info.
Hope for Agoldensummer @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer) From Athens, GA, the band plays a tantalizing and humorous sound that includes guitar, banjo, singing saw, glockenspiel, piano, and percussion.
Boats, Crinkles & Weird Children @ Matchless(557 Manhattan) 8pm
Brooklyn Vintage Crawl @ (Williamsburg/Greenpoint), Noon, a self-guided shop and bar hop through WB & GP, Afterparty 6pm @ Union Pool More info
Rooftop Rockaway! Rockaway Taco @ Rooftop Farm (44 Eagle) 3-6pm, $15, 2 tacos, beverage, priceless view, & pleasure of helping good farmers grow. ONLINE RSVP ONLY
Enid’s 9th Annual Apple Pie Contest @ Enid’s (560 Manhattan) 5-5:45 pies accepted, 6pm judging, drink specials, apple fritters, sloppy joes & corndogs. Greenpointers’ friends Brooklynauts will be judging, because they were last year’s champs! More Info
CIDER WEEK 10/16-10/23 @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) & all over city
Real and Scary Historical Halloween @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer) 7-10pm, Presented by Society for the Advancement of Social Studies (SASS), get ready to be creeped out by things that aren’t just in your imagination. RSVP
For four minutes and seventeen seconds, nothing else mattered.
I won’t go so far as to say that I didn’t think of anything else. I had all the usual karaoke thoughts – “is this really what I sound like?” - but it can’t be argued that there’s a better way to make yourself focus than to put yourself as far out of your own skin as only a microphone and a room full of strangers can.
Last week’s six-day karaoke bender started for me as most benders do – a few drinks in when the whole scene seemed loud, new, and fun. It was my first night at that hidden (which truth be told describes the better part of creation for me) gem of a bar, Onyx, hanging out with a bunch comprised mostly of The Greenpointers staff. Karaoke had long since broken into a steady stride, with the musical selections from the crowd covering a broad swath – your standard barroom hits interspersed with some surprising selections, most notably Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights and a rendition of Avenue Q’s More You Ruv Someone, both of which were pulled off with style and gusto. Although talent was amazingly strong on Monday, there was still room for me to butcher (half) of Islands in the Stream, and the vibe was overwhelmingly friendly and energetic.
The real show-stopper, though, was the energy generated by the night’s MC, Nithya, which was powerful enough to destroy sensitive electronics and stun small mammals. After watching as she killed songs in a way that made you want to kill one too (she’s actually not a tough act to follow, despite being singularly talented at karaoke), we struck up a conversation in which it was discovered that Jen G. had actually photographed her in the past. After feeling the energy in the room and hearing about The Kings of Karaoke’s six-night weekly tour, I knew what I was doing that week: going deaf and loving it.
On the heels of opening rock bar Saint Vitus, Blair Papagni of Anella e-mails to say that she and husband Josh Cohen have two new restaurants in the works. They hope to debut the first of these in August at the corner of Calyer and Franklin Streets in Greenpoint. The new place will offer a menu of “tapas, with Asian and Spanish flavors,” says Papagni. Anella is also getting a new chef, Christopher Abbamondi, who’s coming from Corton; from now until he officially starts in August, Abbamondi will be in Anella’s kitchen every Monday night cooking a special market menu.