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Weekend Music: Time Out of Mind (6/24 – 6/26)

Jimmy Gestapo from Murphy’s Law, shot before the advent of color photography.

Veteran hardcore punk bands are an odd thing. I’m thinking about the bands you listened to twenty years ago. The ones where you see their name in the concert listings and think, “They’re still around?”

Those type of bands are just not mainstream enough to land endorsement deals, multi-album recording contracts, or other obvious means of sustainability. It’s almost as if the doggedness and passion of their music carries them through hard years on the road.

Murphy’s Law, the hardcore band formed in 1982, pulls into The Grand Victory tonight (6/24) with just one remaining original member, but with the gravitas of a cultural mainstay. They’ve appeared in one of artist Matthew Barney’s Cremaster movies, and been featured in both Grand Theft Auto IV and Backyard Wrestling 2.

In another generational disconnect, Greenpoint metal institution St. Vitus puts on its grown-up clothes this weekend and hosts, of all things, a metal-themed flea market during the daytime. It’s your chance to engage in a little friendly haggling over the price of a replica blood-stained corpse. DJ Hellspell will establish the ambience.
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May Days with Club Beats, and Jazz Among the Ruins: Red Bull Music Festival Preview

Dizzee Rascal already sold out. Below are shows you should jump on now.

Anyone who hung out around the waterfront near Pop’s Popular Clothing last summer knows that that area is suddenly humming.

The rooftop bar at Northern Territory is popular with out-of-towners, and The Diamond‘s lovely backyard is a block away.

But that doesn’t explain the pumping outdoor sound stages around there, and grown-ups buzzing around on tiny trick bikes.

Film still from American Psycho

That’s all House of Vans. They host outdoor events in the summer, and Red Bull is a sponsor.

As everyone knows, R.B. & vodka is the go-to drink of the American Psycho and Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps crowd, so it’s quirky but good that the company’s always liked skaters too.

Here’s a preview of local shows that are part of the Red Bull-branded festival. Continue reading

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Weekend Music: Road Trip with A Poet

S. Kunitz 1905 – 2006

Waking up at 4 AM this morning, I fumbled around on my iPhone for podcasts to kill time until dawn. Garrison Keillor’s show came up first.

Keillor always ends with a poem, and on this episode it was Route Six by Stanley Kunitz, that follows the poet’s summer road trip to Cape Cod with his wife.

To get everyone into the spirit of our own quickly approaching day trips to the beach, I match the mood of Kunitz’ poem by quoting it alongside this weekend’s best live music. Continue reading

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Weekend Music: Everything Old is New Again (3/3 – 3/6)

Ah, nostalgia

Some songs and memories never leave us.

This weekend there are local opportunities to hear rockabilly, electronica, club, and calypso tunes that have stood the test of time.

Let’s begin tonight (3/3) with longtime road warrior Wayne “The Train” Hancock ringing out his Texas twang at the Knitting Factory.

I’ve been following Mr. Hancock since we were both living in Austin in the mid ’90s. All those gimmicky rockabilly bands floating around Brooklyn lately can’t hold a candle to him. Continue reading

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Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival: Preview of Tonight’s Shows (11/5)

The juvenile genius of Dave Letterman’s early top 10 lists is probably starting to fade in everyone’s memories since the advent of his retirement. But remember that Snuggles the Fabric Softener Bear once listed as one of his top 10 concerns that the Pillsbury Doughboy might ask to be poked a little bit lower. And keep your eye out at flea markets for that top-ranked obscure Norman Rockwell painting entitled, “Turn Your Head and Cough.”

Letterman, well-known by the Connecticut State Police for his lead foot, dreamed in one of his lists of replacing the speedometer in cars with an encouraging voice that just says, “Punch it! Punch it!”

Listen, I know that Electronic Dance Music is a recent favorite target in New York, just like apparently the secret to getting published in The New Yorker is to do a Kanye-worthy i’ma let you finish mike drop on the eminent Humans of New York photo series. But face it, there are times when you just want to punch the gas pedal to the dance floor and move like a jacked-up K-car! If you can relate, the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival begins tonight at three North Brooklyn clubs. Our preview can be found below. Continue reading

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Sachal’s Slow Motion Miracles at the Living Room, 9pm on June 23

Sachal performing live © Leonardo Mascaro

Richly layered with afro-beats, jazz rhythms, pop hooks, and Sachal Vasandani’s opalescent vocal timbre, the ten anfractuous and soulful tracks of sophisti-pop on Slow Motion Miracles flow like one body of water into another.

Sachal will perform at the Living Room (134 Metropolitan Ave) on Tuesday, June 23 at 9:00pm. Continue reading

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Northside Music Picks: Day Two

Teen Girl Scientist Monthly
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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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