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Badass Lady Music Fest The HUM Is Back In North Brooklyn

hum-may-2017If you’re a music fan in North Brooklyn, you’ve probably heard of The HUM, a kickass all-female music fest. In past years, it was held at the now shuttered neighborhood fave Manhattan Inn, and this year Good Room (98 Meserole Ave) is playing host. Last week, Erika Spring from Au Revoir Simone took the stage with several other megatalented megababes. Tonight’s show (which we will be covering) features Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz plus a solid lineup of additional female powerhouses. Tickets ($15) will be available at the box office tonight, and you can get $12 tickets online for the upcoming shows. Rock out with your frock out! Continue reading

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Balkan Beat Box Bring Serious Global Flavor To Brooklyn Steel

Have you ever gone to see a band, super pumped, and witnessed a crowd of people standing around sipping craft beer and stubbornly refusing to do little more than nod their heads in time to the music? Yeah, we’ve all been there—it’s awkward for everyone. Refreshingly, when Israeli trio Balkan Beat Box took the stage at Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St) in late April, this was definitely not one of those moments. In fact, inside Bowery Presents’ newest place to party—specifically designed for large crowds and good visibility of the stage from virtually any vantage point—I experienced a moment of live music euphoria: a few seconds of music video-worthy bliss where literally everyone in the massive venue was off their feet, jumping in the air.

Long story short? When vocalist Tomer Yosef tells you to jump, you jump… splashing craft beer and all.
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Psych Band Tonsstartbandht Grooved In Greenpoint Sunday Night

Tonstartssbandht at the Park Church Co-Op

Tonstartssbandht (tahn-starts-bandit) isn’t just a psych band with a challenging name—their music creates sonic collages that take you on a journey through a misty rainbow forest odyssey. This past Sunday night, they played the evocative Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St.), and if you haven’t been there for a show it’s definitely worth checking out. The acoustics and the atmosphere is truly breathtaking. On Sunday, Tonstartssbandht was supported by Dougie Poole and Turnip King.

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Sludge Metal In Pics: Eyehategod, The Netherlands, Ecstatic Vision at Brooklyn Bazaar

Eyehategod

This past Easter Sunday at Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave.), Eyehategod played with support from Ecstatic Vision, Netherlands and Haram. Eyehategod’s set was toxically electric, but as a mosh pit weakly formed and then disseminated in the middle of their set, the band asked the crowd for more excitement. Perhaps the anemic crowd was due to it being Easter Sunday night, but those who were there did eventually step in to rock out. All photos ©Dylan Lappin. Continue reading

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Cops Being Cool: Election Day Palette Cleanser

Today you probably could use a little distraction from all the election chaos. So here’s a sweet little video sent to us by Greenpointer Sachin Shenolikar. His band Condescending Liberals was playing on Manhattan Avenue during the NYC Marathon this past Sunday, and at one point, he handed his guitar over to a member of the NYPD and the officer jammed along. Awesome!

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Last Night’s Wye Oak Show At Warsaw

Wye Oak, photo by Erik Keithley.
Wye Oak, photo by Erik Keithley.

It could be easy to dismiss Wye Oak as another band for the denim shirt crowd—mellow, buttery dream-folk churned to the point of blandness. But the Baltimore duo, who played at Warsaw in Greenpoint Tuesday night, have some seriously un-bland musical chops—they’re kind of a reverse White Stripes, and that’s a good thing. Where The White Stripes had grit and a lack of polish, Wye Oak sound and look totally put together, as if they’ve walked out of a J Crew catalogue, if J Crew was trying to lean into the indie musician angle this season.

Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner have been making music together for 10 years, so their on stage collaboration is truly comfortable. Musically, they finish each others’ sentences. Andy keeps the rhythm rolling, simultaneously playing synths with one hand and drumming with the other, while Jenn is the mouthpiece for the band (Andy isn’t even mic’d) and shreds on the guitar. The pair are truly making gender-balanced rock: even though the vocals are female, their music isn’t feminine. Most of the time Jenn’s voice is melting into the back of the soundscape, creating a lush, oceany resonance. And when her voice isn’t buried back there, she sounds like a nymph-like ghost. It’s haunting, romantic and powerful music. Continue reading

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Tommy James: DJ & Live Music Curator for Good Room

Screen shot 2016-04-30 at 7.31.40 PMAt first Tommy James, DJ and live music curator at Good Room on Meserole Avenue, comes off as just another humble British expat living in Greenpoint. Only upon researching this piece did I discover his many musical accomplishments. In fact, it is no exaggeration to say that in some circles Tommy James is even something of a legend, but one thing is certain: success has not jaded him, nor dimmed his passion for music. And it’s this passion for music that has helped make Good Room an epic venue for live music.

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Celebrate Elevt Fest Will Rock You!

CELEBRATELEVTElevtrTrax is a Greenpoint-based music & video blog created by Brooklyn native/artist Nadeem Salaam. His experience in the local music scene for 10+ years and community organizing gave way to a music blog. The site got endorsed by HypeMachine and DoNYC, and most recently video content they’ve made for local bands Journalism and Madam West have premiered on MTV and highlighted on NPR’s Tiny Desk Submissions.

“Celebrate Elevt” takes place May 18th and runs till June 29th. It’s a celebration of the things that elevate us and celebrates the power of music to bring us together. Taking place for a total of 6 nights in 2 venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn, featuring bands like The Midnight Hollow, Madam West, Surf Rock Is Dead, Pavo Pavo, Oracle Room, Samson The Truest, Rvby My Dear, Mark U, Lavachild, and special guests! Tickets are on sale now! Continue reading

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TONIGHT in Greenpoint: HUFF THIS! plays at Coco 66 (10pm)

Lead vocalist Alison Clancy of HUFF THIS! ©Jamie Nelson

There’s a stellar night of music going down tonight at beloved local gem Coco 66 (on 66 Greenpoint Ave): The Soon-Another (8pm), Leisure Studies (9pm), HUFF THIS! (10pm), and City Girl (11pm). To get the inside word, Greenpointers recently caught up with the femme fatale art-pop band HUFF THIS!… Continue reading

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