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Weekend Music: We Sold the Farm to Pay the Band (7/1 – 7/3)

Winter Storm Jonas

Thanksgiving has the biggest club night of the year.

Christmas week, Regina Spektor and El Vez put on legendary holiday shows.

But 4th of July, it’s like a blizzard hit here. Greenpoint empties out. Major venues don’t even bother to put on a Saturday show.

Fortunately, Union Pool, Shea Stadium and Knitting Factory still feature noteworthy acts this weekend. There’s punk, Latin boogaloo, and a Disco Biscuits tribute available to light your holiday firecracker. Continue reading

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Weekend Music Picks: When you come to a fork in the road

Palberta plays Silent Barn on Friday at 8 pm

I just got back from vacation in Vico Equense, a town on the Sorrentine peninsula in southern Italy. The people there seem wealthier than when I last visited a dozen years ago, and that has triggered some changes in the local culture. You hear more standardized Italian instead of the Neapolitan dialect on the streets now, and it is no longer common to see laundry hanging on lines across buildings.

It served as a reminder of Greenpoint’s recent influx of residents in high-paid professions, and the lively debate over what the neighborhood has gained and lost from that demographic shift. Continue reading

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