Tonight, Rough Trade hosts the Brooklyn band Frances Cone on site (64 North 9th St), along with Doe Paoro and The Majorleans. Frances Cone is not the name of a person but rather a four member band that specializes in a moody, genre-bending pop rich in emotion and atmosphere. I like this austere black and white video for “Better Man.” The tickets are $10 early, $12 at the door and music starts at 9:00. Buy here.
Another great option is the very first showcase from blog & podcast Square Zeros, taking place at Grand Victory (245 Grand St). I know what it’s like to run a blog and podcast and put on a show, so I really encourage you to check this one out. Dudes put together a killer lineup of Clean Girls, Crazy Pills, Mayor Creep, and Sunset Guns. It promises to be energetic, loud, and fun. It’s $8, the doors open at 8:00 and the music will go from 9 to midnight. Details here. If you need a track to entice you, I cannot – CANNOT! – get enough of Crazy Pills track “Nothing But Love.”
We gave it a shout in this week’s What’s Happening?, but I want to remind you all that the BUST Craftacular’s first annual indie fashion and beauty fair takes place Sunday May 4th at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar Space (165 Banker St). There’s a whole slew of things happening, including a performance by The Prettiots, an all-female group that utilizes the ukulele to craft supremely catchy and hilariously clever tunes. Sample “Dreamboy” to see what I mean.
It seems like each week that goes by I’m discovering a new and exciting Greenpoint musician. The latest is Michelle Amador. She’ll be releasing an album How to Love on May 5th. That very same night, she’ll play a release show at Friends and Lovers (641 Classon Ave). If you don’t make it out of the neighborhood much, at least get the record. She’s a strong writer. Her lyrics are vivid and they sink in all the easier via the pleasing music. A few tracks are available for preview here.
Closer to home, Brooklyn Bowl’s (61 Wythe Ave) Sunday School Night looks pretty good this week. One of the acts on the bill is Tati Ana, who has an EP out this summer that is highly anticipated. They also will have a listening party for the new Lykke Li album, plus other bands and some DJ sets. It’s free but you must RSVP here.
We will close with a video performance that recently came across my radar. It’s from our good friends at Pancakes and Whiskey, the latest in their awesome Whiskey Sessions series. They filmed Pearl and the Beard on the pier at Transmitter Park. It’s a pairing of lovely music and a lovely location. The strings, the voices, it feels perfect for this stretch of nice weather and the emergence of spring.