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Weekend Music (12/15 – 12/18) and a Spirited Defense of the Barcalounger

Contra Dancing in Brooklyn

Good news is, if you’re motivated to head outside, just follow my music suggestions and by the end of the weekend you’ll have a tall blonde in your bed — boy or girl, take your pick — your eyesight will improve and you will know how to dance like a Texan.

Or you can always doze off in an easy chair.

Here’s the how what and where for the go-getters among us.
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Weekend Music: Live at Art D’Lugoff’s (8/13 – 8/14)

When the temp is 95, go with tropical music

It’s a shame it’s supposed to be muggy with some thunder this weekend, because Fire Island and Jones Beach have some fine shows.

But I’ve got an option much closer to home that will bring you to the tropics with the chance to duck into a subway home if the skies unleash their fury.

And for our local patio and roof show recommendations, no train is needed.

Finally, Sunday afternoon you can escape the muggy weather at Good Room with a long-play of Daft Punk‘s Discovery album accompanied by a screening of Interstella 5555. Continue reading

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Weekend Music Picks (6/4-6/6): At the right place and the right time

Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s latest album

Last night I loaded up the new Chris Robinson Brotherhood album on Rhapsody. It is pretty darn good. But I probably would never have sought it out if I had first heard the band at an outdoor music festival.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood played live in 2012 at Williamsburg Music Hall, and the superior acoustics of that indoor venue made it possible to hear the band’s clever and original harmonizing fretwork. But they usually book outdoor venues, since their boogie-down style, reminiscent of Dr. John, appeals to a wide demographic.

I worry that most people that catch them as part of a large outdoor music festival lineup are going to dismiss them as just another jam band, and not follow them in a regular way. That is why this weekend’s picks focus on bands and DJ’s that are performing in North Brooklyn locations where they can best shine. Continue reading

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