By John H

FYF + Vans Present One Hell of a Party: The Rapture & Tanlines

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Last Wednesday, The Rapture and Tanlines hit the stage for the first Vans House Party of the year.  Presented by FYF, each show is free with an online RSVP, open to all ages of the public, and hosted at the House of Vans, a 25,000 square foot warehouse at 25 Franklin St.  For those of you who don’t know, the Vans House Parties are the greatest event ever- well, at least the best event that I’ve been to in Greenpoint all year.

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Make sure to show up early, because the line gets a bit long (it stretched all the way to N 11th).  But don’t worry, once you’ve waited out the line there are some incredible rewards waiting for you.

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Wise Blood at Glasslands

A drum kit, a table with a computer and synthesizers and about 50 excited people, four of which were extremely eager for the show.  This was the scene when Chris Laufman, a.k.a. Wise Blood, took the stage this past Saturday night at Glasslands as part of the Northside Festival.  Clad in loafers and a baseball hat, he stepped into the crowd to assume frontman duties as his drummer and MIDI manipulator launched into the first song.

This is where the excitement stopped.  Wise Blood’s production puts him among the heavy hitters of the genre (Panda Bear comes to mind) and his live musicians killed it.  But when a couple fans are more into the show than the performer is, how is the rest of the crowd supposed to get into it?  Continue reading

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