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So Long, Farewell… The 2016 Venue Graveyard

Thankfully one of our favorites, Good Room, is still rocking!

From large outdoor clubs to medium-sized rock n’ roll bars to tiny DIY venues to neighborhood staples that hosted local DJs, 2016 saw a lot of great spots disappear—and in an ultimate emo gutpunch, the closures happened right alongside the deaths of music legends David Bowie, Prince and George Michael. WTF 2016?!

So, after the jump, here’s our list of who in the neighborhood bit the dust this year. It’s worth mentioning that we’re hopeful about 2017; Brooklyn Steel will be opening in East Williamsburg this coming April, this past year Brooklyn Bazaar opened in the old Polonaise Terrace banquet hall, The Lot Radio opened in May and has quickly become a neighborhood fixture, and Secret Project Robot just signed a lease on a new space, and there are still plenty of great venues in the neighborhood to catch some great music. Continue reading

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Weekend Music: Greasy Migas Are the Best Migas (4/29 – 5/1)

taco2It’s music and food pairings at Weekend Music today. Where to find the best local wursts, feijoada, and gumbo, all with live bands to accompany the food.

Plus country rock, funk, and best bets at the WFMU Record Fair, below. Continue reading

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EZ Guide to Wednesday’s CMJ Shows

Watch Fufanu bask in the stage lights tonight at Black Bear Bar

If you want to learn a lot about the bands playing the CMJ Music Marathon tonight, you are in luck. You see, the acronym “CMJ” stands for “College Media Journal,” so music journalists consider this festival their natural home, and the Web is replete with their descriptions of the bands.

But tonight is a school night, and maybe you don’t need more homework. So for tonight’s shows we’ve figured out a simpler way to entice you out to the clubs. We accomplish that through a combination of diktat and convenience.

Another trance-state publicity still, featuring Mammut. Is this a thing with Icelandic bands?

First, diktat. Some of our Greenpointers music writers list their favorite bands playing tonight. Then for your convenience, I organize their choices in set time order.

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Supervillains, Morning Gloryville, Mallrats – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (7/29 to 8/04)

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TUESDAYS: Dance as Storytelling – Creative movement and dance, confidence and team building
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10411862_686182497708_9115951935707975432_nWEDNESDAY 7/29
* Voices of Brooklyn: Alter (Quilts) as Memorials @ St. Paul’s Theater (334 South 5th St) 7:o0pm, FREE, Jazz, Soul, and Funk fusion is paired with stories of heroes of Williamsburg past, who are memorialized through art quilts by Smithsonian featured quilter Sylvia Hernandez, aka the Brooklyn Quilt Girl, RSVP
^ Zine Release & Erotic Reading @ Molasses Books (770 Hart St) 8pm, FREE, Celebrate the release of Volume 2 of the She/Folk Zine and relish in a reading of erotica stories by women from the self-published collection Ripe, RSVP

KGO-Villains-Doom-219x283THURSDAY 7/30
 Kevin Geeks Out About Super Villains @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) 9:30pm, $15, Comedian Kevin Maher takes an obsessive look at some of the best and worst super villains, More info 
♫ Morgan O’Kane @ Black Bear Bar (70 North 6th St) 10:30pm, FREE, With Lonesome Leash, RSVP  Continue reading

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Mini-Zine Fest, Peephole Cinema, Mental Marginalia – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (7/22–7/28)

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Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 4.35.56 PMWEDNESDAY 7/22
♫ The Hunger: Fourth Course @ Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, $10, With Hungry March Band / Bella’s Bartok / Vic Thrill, RSVP 
♫ Warper Party @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, With 18+ electronic music acts, plus two rooms of omnidigital art, RSVP

servletTHURSDAY 7/23
* MUFF Society Presents Jawbreaker @ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 6:30pm, $5, a night full of candy and broken teen dreams, More info
* El Puente’s Homeowner Resource Fair @ Williamsburg Public Library (240 Division Ave) 6:30pm, FREE, An opportunity for residential property owners to meet with representatives from city agencies, public utilities, and non-profits to learn about financing and incentive programs, More info
* Urban Omnibus Block Party @ Anable Basin Bar & Grill (4-40 44th Dr)7pm, $50, Enjoy drinks and light fare while hanging out with designers, artists, policymakers, and urban enthusiasts passionate about New York City, More info Continue reading

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Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest, Giglio, Hot Girls Eating Pizza – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (7/08–7/14)

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BdayDebbieGifYes3WEDNESDAY 7/08
* Giglio Opening Night Ceremonies @ North 8th & Havemeyer St, 6pm, FREE, One of the oldest Italian American traditions in America, honoring Nolani patron saint San Paolino, More info
^ Debut Fiction Night @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Jessamyn Hope, Sara Nović, and Tracy O’Neill discuss the experience of writing and publishing their first book-length works, RSVP
* Dancorcism @ Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell St) 8pm, $15, A one-hour dance party for your soul, with high-energy dance routines, stretching, and meditation, More info

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Northside Music Picks: Day Three

Traxman does not forgive

If you are guilty of escaping to the beach on this bright, hot day, you still have plenty of time to catch some great shows at the Northside Festival tonight. You can even keep the party going past 3 AM, because that’s when DJ and track producer Traxman takes the stage at Palisades. More recommendations below…

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Northside Music Picks: Day Two

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Whether you are feeling contemplative, playful, or ready to rumble, there is a performance for you at Northside on Day Two. Our recommended shows, in chronological order, can be found below. Continue reading

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Domino Effect, Flying Solo Fest, Lullaby Land – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (4/01–4/07)

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1974405_817187675033364_3559918305125709041_oWEDNESDAY 4/01
Domino Effect Film
Screening @ Black Bear Bar (70 North 6th St) 6:30pm, The documentary explores the process of real estate development in New York City and will be followed by a Q&A with neighborhood advocate Ryan Kounen, RSVP
^ Self-Published Reading Series @ Word Bookstore (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Celebrate the rolled-up sleeves of Brooklyn’s independent writers and their crafty crafts, RSVP
♫ Rocco & Lizzy EP Release Show @ LIC Bar (45-58 Vernon Blvd) 7pm, FREE, Celebrate the Astoria duo’s EP “Something for Everyone,” RSVP
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Verbal Fight Club, Indiepop Prom, Village of Love – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (2/11–2/17)

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WEDNESDAY 2/11
* Poets at the Yard @ The Yard Williamsburg (33 Nassau Ave) 7pm, FREE, Featuring Russell Dillon / Mary Donnelly / Megin Jimenez / Nicholas Adamski, More info
* Verbal Fight Club
@ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8:30pm, $?, A space where we can test our own level of endurance and conviction on current issues of great (or little) importance, RSVP
* Across the Hall @ The Hive NYC (20 Cook St) 9pm, $15, Adapted from a film of the same name, this play weaves a suspenseful tale of love, trust, and friendship, More info

THURSDAY 2/12
 The Reject Show @ The Living Gallery (1094 Broadway) 5pm, FREE, A group show featuring printmaking, sculpture, painting, digital art, virtual reality art, and more, RSVP
* Flux Thursday
 @ Flux Factory (39-31 29th St) 8pm, FREE, Flux’s monthly art salon and potluck, featuring presentations by Wieteke Heldens, Kayti Didriksen, Duo Clakula, and the keepers of the Exquisite Contraption, More info
 No Smoking Media Presents MUNCHIES @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8:30pm, FREE, With Veda Rays / Whitewash / Bodega Bay / Young Runner / Lonesome Nick, RSVP

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