(Un)Church DJ show Tonight in Williamsburg/Greenpoint

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A previous show at San Damiano Mission. Photo via The Lot Radio

If you’ve grabbed a coffee at The Lot Radio (17 Nassau Avenue), or have ever wandered the streets behind the High School next to McCarren Park, you may have seen the Franciscan church San Damiano Mission (85 N 15th Street). If you didn’t, then you should take note. The church and local independent streaming DJ radio station The Lot Radio have been teaming up to put on benefit shows inside the church, with viewers in the pews and musicians at the pulpit. Praise. All performances are free with a suggested donation (usually $10), and always feature an interesting musical artist or three; a few months back, I attended a show with an experimental French electronic DJ who played objects as instruments.

Friars manning the bar at San Damiano Mission
Friars manning the bar at San Damiano Mission. Photo via The Lot Radio

So, it’s a church—but there’s beer, wine and a full liquor bar for donation—and the super cool friars Nick and Raphael are serving up the drinks. Seriously, they’re the most awesome bartenders you’ll ever meet, and will gladly give you a hug if you smile and even just slightly befriend them. Hugs are great! And the venue is truly beautiful. All of the money raised benefits the church and the repair of their massive pipe organ (we will cover that in a future feature story), which was originally installed in 1912. Continue reading

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Upcoming Bill Callahan Residency at Baby’s All Right

bill callahanSmog (aka Bill Callahan) rolls in to Brooklyn town late June for a residency at unflinchingly popular Baby’s All Right on Broadway.

Bill recently played New York in April, supporting the famous Iggy Pop on tour, with a drop-down at the United Palace Theater, uptown.

A prolific singer and songwriter, Callahan, active in the lo-fi New York scene for well over 20 years and only in the last few recording under his new name, has, perhaps, as Pitchfork has pointed out, maintained a kind of mystical aura, thanks not only to the minimalism of his music, writing, and interview repartee, but also because-up until recently-not many people had heard his own recordings. Callahan’s songs have been taken up by noted artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, Flaming Lips and Cat Power.

In a recent profile, The Washington Post described Callahan alongside three other major singer-songwriters as, “asserting their gravity in the North American mystery zone where cosmopolitan sophistication and folk mysticism overlap”.

Come see for yourself when Callahan plays Baby’s All Right this month.

Bill Callahan
June 26 through June 28
Shows at 6PM and 9PM each night.
Baby’s All Right, Williamsburg

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Northside Music Festival 2016: What We’re Seeing

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Frankie Cosmos is playing Sat (6/11) at Rough Trade

A festival that harkens to Austin’s over-saturated SXSW festival without the tasteless inundation of branding in the name of culture (yet), Northside Festival returns to North Brooklyn from June 6 – 12 and is still a great opportunity to catch bands you know alongside local groups you may have only heard mention of. As you skip around venues old and new, these are some of the acts that would be a shame to miss.
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Brooklyn Music Show Picks // Libel / Slim Wray / Phone Home + More

The middle of February can be a pretty slow time, but you wouldn’t know it going by the concert calendar. Plenty of interesting shows are happening all week long. Here are a few you should check out.

Tonight (2/18) – Libel takes the stage at Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave). This band draws on melodic-yet-jagged 90s post-hardcore and should be cool live. Also on the bill is Grand Resort, who seem to have perfected a mixture of shoegaze, jangle, and new wave that takes you back to the 80s effortlessly. Of course, both bands are still very now, too. Check them out with Kins. Doors at 8:00, show at 8:30, $10 entry. Tickets here.

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Shy Hunters Show Tonight at Baby’s All Right (1/10)

Tonight, neighborhood band Shy Hunters take the stage at Baby’s All Right. Doors are at 8:00, also on the bill is People Get Ready, and the show costs $10. Get tickets here.

I asked singer/guitarist Indigo Street some questions about the band, their song “Echoes,” what she thinks of our awesome neighborhood, and more.

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UPDATE: Winner Announced!! Win Free Concert Tix From Brooklyn Bowl – The B-52s – Tomorrow! (11/7)


UPDATE: We have a winner for tonight’s concert at Brooklyn Bowl. Greenpointers reader, Brady Welch, guessed the correct answer “Love Shack” and was randomly selected to receive the prize.  Stay tuned for another post from Brooklyn Bowl for another great concert giveaway!! & Brooklyn Bowl have joined forces to get you into some awesome concerts for free! Our first in a series of concert ticket giveaways this Fall begins with a band also known as the World’s Greatest Party Band: The B-52s!

After 30 years of rocking out and selling over 20 million of their albums, these Athens, Georgia natives are back in Brooklyn to rock your lobster.

Now it’s time to brush up on your knowledge of this legendary rock band for your chance to win two tickets worth over $120!!

Answer the following question in the comments below:

What was the name of the B-52s first top-40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100? *

Hint: It ultimately reached No. 3 in November 1989

Deadline to comment: Tonight, 11/6/13, 11:59pm

One winner will be chosen randomly to receive two tickets. Winner will be announced tomorrow morning and emailed. Good luck!

Brooklyn Bowl  61 Wythe Avenue  Brooklyn, NY 11249

THE B-52s

Thu, November 7, 2013

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Sponsored Post courtesy of Brooklyn Bowl


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TONIGHT! CMJ SHOW @ MATCHLESS!!! (10/18) & Happy B-Day Gabo!

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Greenpointers is proudly co-sponsoring a CMJ Show with Supercrush Studios and CaraBella PresentsTONIGHT – Friday, October 18 at Matchless (557 Manhattan Avenue) at 8PM, $5 without CMJ pass.

The line-up: Shark Week / Invisible Days / Shy Hunters / Andre Obin, Rarechild / Ra Ra Rasputin – followed by DJ Sets: Dead_Beat_Dad, Spiritual Abuse / Post-Paint Boy. RSVP

Read our interviews with the bands.

If you see Gabo, the man behind Super Cruch give him a big hug for his birthday!

See you there!

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Lorde Rocks Warsaw After Claiming #1 Spot On Charts


If you’re 16-year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde (real name: Ella Yelich-O’Connor), you’re having the best week ever.

After playing two sold-out shows at Webster Hall Monday and Tuesday Lorde hopped across the East River to Greenpoint last night where she introduced her refreshing take on pop music (“where pierogies meet punk”) at Warsaw. Continue reading

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Concert Snaps: VonShakes at the Knitting Factory

Irish band Von Shakes played with high energy at the Knitting Factory to an equally energetic Saturday night crowd.  If you’re a fan of The Arctic Monkeys or The Strokes, you’ll immediately take to their punk and indie rock sound.  My favorite from the songs played: The happy-snappy tune “My Side” which you can also hear here.

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Selling Candy Ain’t Enough: Come to “Bring Back The Music” at Brooklyn Bowl To Support IS318’s After School Program This Sunday! (6/23)

IS318 Students Laura Arroyo (left) & Tamia Dantzler (right)

My breakfast in high school was Manhattan Special and a bag of cheetos. For lunch I’d eat a bagel or an ice cream sandwich. By 5th period, I was starving and I’d scrounge around in my backpack for a few quarters to buy M&Ms that a student in the next row was selling – in order to fundraise for the school.

Obviously Health Ed. classes didn’t sink in, and fundraising just meant a sugar rush, but among other amazing programs, the school did have a great after school program. I learned some of life’s most important lessons on the basketball court. And during the off season, when I wasn’t shooting hoops, I was out getting into trouble and eating Wendy’s.

Yesterday I met with Tamia Dantzler and Laura Arroyo, students of IS318 in Williamsburg, who with the guidance of Greenpointer Jane Pool, have organized a fundraiser this Sunday June 23rd from 6-9pm at Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) called “Bring Back The Music,” in order to raise money for their after school program, which has been the victim of recent city budget cuts.

While elected officials create tax abatements for high rise buildings on the water front, funding for public schools has been taken away. 

“Selling candy bars is not enough,” Tamia said, who receives homework help after school and whose grades have improved because of the program.

IS318 has received a lot of attention because of its brilliant chess team. A documentary called Brooklyn Castle, “tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country.” IS318 is that school.

IS318 Chess Team's Decade of Championship Banners

Walking down the hallway seeing championship banner after banner shows year after year of success, confidence and team building that will impact these students for the rest of their lives.

Not only is the chess team’s funding gone, but after school activities like basketball, art, math, science and music for students like Tamia and Laura are affected by the budget cuts, too.

“It’s a big deal. This is our school. This is our future. We can’t have a bright future without a good education,” Laura said.

And without an after school program, Tamia said she’d be “at home bored to death struggling with homework.”

Laura added that without it, “most kids go home, watch TV, hang out and do nothing productive.”

From Left: Jane Pool, Laura Arroyo, Tamia Dantzler, Valerie Keignstein

Jane Pool, a school mother, who described herself as a former “hardcore punk rock chick” who used to book bands for shows, uses her organization skills now to produce fundraisers for local organizations like OSA. She has wholeheartedly made it her mission, not just to fundraise on behalf of IS318, but to give the students the tools and know how to understand the issues and to organize this upcoming event themselves.

“This is a good age to get real about stuff, ” she said tearing up while looking at the girls and describing how inspiring and how she has “learned a lot from them,” during this process.

“I didn’t know I was going to care that much about the kids,” Jane said.

Jane’s care and support has in turn been uplifting for the students.

“We understand how to think. The group matured a lot. We learned how to act professionally to get things done. We learned how to write a proposal, kids our age don’t know how to write proposals,” Laura said.

Tamia said, “This is the most exciting thing in my life so far!”

Sunday’s benefit at Brooklyn Bowl will surely be exciting with performances by Assemblyman Joe Lentol and Council Member Stephen Levin as well as the school band, the guitar ensemble, Newtown Creek Ramblers and the Jazz Band, which formed because of Sunday’s concert.

Valerie Keingstein, the schools incoming PTA President, whose son is in the newly formed Jazz Band said that the kids show up at 7am to practice 5 days a week, a period called double zero period, and her son is anxious to be there by 6:45am every morning.

This “culture of caring” at the school, as Jane described it, really shows.

“This is an amazing school that is trying to help kids stay active and focused in school so they don’t have to worry about a lot of struggles in life,” Tamia said.

If you do one this weekend, come out to “Bring Back the Music,” this Sunday at Brooklyn Bowl and support the students of IS318’s after school program. It’s $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

We have a choice to make. These students are the future of our city and will soon be making decisions about the world we live in. It is our responsibility to support them, even when our own city government decides not to.

As Jane put it, “this is a real fork in the road time for these kids.”  After school can be an enriching time that will help these young people grow into happy and successful New Yorkers. It’s up to us to help them get there.

If you can’t make it to the event Sunday, consider making a donation directly to IS318 now via paypal.

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