It’s summer, y’all (temps almost broke 90 today so we can officially say that now), which means it’s time to get your butts out there and see some live music and DJs. North Brooklyn is awash with options this year, some of them free and some of them not so free, but all of them are awesome. We’ve got rooftop parties, music festival afterparties, soul and rap legends, indie bands, pizza and tacos galore. Also, booze. Check out our roundup of this season’s seriously massive music lineup.
GOVERNORS BALL AFTER DARK | Various venues around North Brooklyn & Manhattan Governors Ball is back again this year on June 2-4, and the epic music fest is also serving up some awesome night shows too, and most of them happen to be right here in North Brooklyn. Some shows are already sold out, so either jump on some Craigslist tickets or try to snag some for the shows with tix still left!
Here’s the lineup of shows in our ‘hood:
Thursday June 1: CHARLES BRADLEY @ BROOKLYN BOWL (61 Wythe Ave) // 8pm // Sold Out
Friday June 2: RÜFÜS DU SOL (DJ SET) @ SCHIMANSKI (54 N 11th St) //10pm // Sold Out MUNA @ BROOKLYN BOWL (61 Wythe Ave) // 1130pm // $20 tickets ROOSEVELT @ BROOKLYN BAZAAR (150 Greenpoint Ave) // 11:59pm // $16 tickets WELLES @ KNITTING FACTORY (361 Metropolitan Ave) // 1130pm // $12 tickets MARK RONSON X KEVIN PARKER @ OUTPUT (74 Wythe Ave) // 10pm // $15-25 tickets
Saturday June 3: THE AVALANCHES @ BROOKLYN BOWL (61 Wythe Ave) // 1130pm // Sold Out PARQUET COURTS @ VILLAIN (307 Kent Ave) // 11pm // $20 tickets ROYAL BLOOD @ WARSAW (261 Driggs Ave) // 11:59pm // Sold Out YG, CHARLI XCX & ANIK KHAN @ SCHIMANSKI (54 N 11th St) // 10pm // $25-30 tickets THE ORWELLS @ KNITTING FACTORY (361 Metropolitan Ave) // 11:59PM // $15 tickets
Monday June 5: FRANZ FERDINAND @ WARSAW (261 Driggs Ave) // 8pm // Sold Out
Crank. It. Up. With just a toe dipped into Spring, blossoms bursting in McCarren, and a taste of 80+ degree weather last weekend we’re already steam rock-n-rolling into Summer. Here’s our favorite North Brooklyn music picks for this weekend (and it also happens to be Record Store Day on Saturday!).
THURSDAY, APRIL 20
PJ Harvey In case you haven’t listened to PJ Harvey since the first time it was cool to wear Doc Martens, a choker and a flannel, the woman has still got it. With her witchy ways, this small lady with a big presence will rock your 2000-teen world. Brooklyn Steel | 319 Frost St. | 8pm
Quantic (DJ set), Chrome Sparks (DJ set), Ondatropica (Celebrating Baile Bucanero LP), Adi Toohey
Soul, funk, creamy goodness—whatever you want to call Quantic, he’s sure to throw down some good grooves. Brooklyn’s own Chrome Sparks will provide the chill wavvey vibes, and Ondatropica will be keeping things tropical. Sounds like a classic pre-summer Thursday night. Good Room | 98 Meserole Ave.| 10pm
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# Cook the Book: Gjelina @ Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St) 6:30pm, $95, A taste of southern Califiornia to the east coast. An evening of “grain-and-vegetable centric, globally inspired cuisine” inspired by Gjelina, Buy tix ♦ RAW Brooklyn Presents: CUSP @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $22-30, 50+ local creatives showcasing talent across mediums such as visual art, photography, accessory design, fashion, performance art, hair & makeup, film & music, Buy tix =) Fuxedo: The Spring Collection @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St), 7pm, FREE,In fashion, one day you’re in, the next day you’re out, and the day after that you’re watching improv in the back of a bar in Brooklyn. An on-trend evening of comedy, More info
# Furmint Wine Dinner @ Cherry Point (664 Manhattan Ave), 7pm, $80, New American meet Hungarian flavors with four courses, three Furmints, and three Hungarian winemakers, RSVP ♫ Lost Boro: Beats, Raps & Threads @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave), 7pm, FREE, One part pop-up shop, one part rap show, equal parts dope, More info ♫ Tortoise w/ Little Black Egg & Tara Jane ONeil @ The Hall at MP (470 Driggs Ave), 7pm, $25, (le) poisson rouge presents: Tortoise w/ Little Black Egg (Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo) and Tara Jane O’Neil, Buy tix
We’re so close to Spring (or at least have had our fair share of trickster spring weather), and people are starting to come out of hibernation and onto the streets, amped up to see live music. This month brings us some fantastic options every single night. Here are our top music picks for every day we have left in March! Get your tickets now, before this stuff sells out.
Tuesday, March 7th Buke & Gase Improv Residency
Don’t miss out on this experimental indie rock series from Brooklyn duo Buke & Gase. This particular show will feature Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto as their special guest! Union Pool, 484 Union Ave. | 8pm, $10-12 ticketsContinue reading →
♦ New Solo Female Work @ New Women Space (188 Woodpoint Rd) 7pm, $15, Featuring female solo performance, poetry, singer-songwriters, stand up, puppetry or maybe something we haven’t seen before, Buy tix * Open Pole Night @House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave) 9pm, FREE, Fancy yourself a pole qween? Come ride our long, hard, steel all night. Come out and show friends and fellow aerialists what you’ve been working on, More infoContinue reading →
If you want to erase all memories of 2016 via booze, hardcore dancing and from anywhere but your couch, here’s our list of where to party in North Brooklyn this New Years Eve. From prix fixe dinners to house music legends to open bars, to champagne toasts to confetti explosions and confessionals, we’ve got you covered. Some of these events are sold out already with waiting lists, but most of them aren’t… Yet. Assemble your crew!
Good Room | 98 Meserole Ave. NYE Love Bombs, with dj’s Soul Clap, No Regular Play & Love Tempo; champagne toast at midnight and an open bar from 12-1am, balloon drop, confetti cannons and a breakfast buffet! 9pm-6am.
Tickets $65 available here, more info on Facebook.
St. Vitus | 1120 Manhattan Ave. Slowly sway to post-punk emo rockers Rainer Maria, with openers Snail Mail, 8pm.
$25 tickets here.
Black Flamingo | 168 Borniquen Place A Good Flocking Time: DJs and dancing from 9pm-4am, Jacques Renault, Midnight Magic, Beto Cravioto, Higgins.
Tickets $15-20 here, info here.
Brooklyn Winery | 213 N 8th Street Brooklyn Winery presents an Alice In Wonderland themed party titled World of Wonder. From 9pm-1:30am, ring in 2017 in the forest of whimsy! Don your most fantastical cocktail attire and raise a glass to the end of another great year with a four and a half hour open bar, lavish antipasti spreads, and passed hors d’oeuvres. The space will be transformed into a fantastical world where reality is altered and nothing is quite as it seems. Dance the night away in a mystical forest, find surprises in every room, and capture it all in a one-of-a-kind custom photo booth!
Tickets $150, here.
Brooklyn Bazaar | 150 Greenpoint Avenue From 9pm-4am Brooklyn Bazaar is hosting The Greatest New Year’s Party Ever 2017, aka F#CK 2016! As quite possibly the worst year on record, let’s destroy it like a teenage house party! Titus Andronicus, High Waisted, & Toys in Trouble will be performing live, with DJs Michael T, Dirtyfinger, Cousin Cole and more to fill out the rest of the night. Complimentary Midnight Champagne Toast with their own Ballpit Drop! Bring your worst moment of 2016 on a piece of paper, shred it in the shredder and watch your worst moment become a confetti explosion at Midnight. See-saw your troubles away, scream out your 2016 angst in our screaming high striker and play Pin the Blame on the Politician! Lose yourself in our ball pit and come dance in 3 floors of possibility and installations so you can forget 2016 and start 2017 off right.
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WEDNESDAY 10/05 ^ Word Presents “Nasty Galaxy” Launch @ Villain (50 North 3rd St) 7pm, $40, Celebrate the release of Sophia Amoruso’s new book at a discussion between the author and the original #GIRLBOSS and COO of Vice Media, Alyssa Mastromonaco, More info * Coloring Club Drink & Draw @ New York Distilling Co (79 Richardson St) 7:30pm, $5, Color the night away on an unlimited supply of coloring pages filled with zombies, drag queens, celebrities, hot guys, and more, Buy tix
^ The New Sophists @ Spoonbill & Sugartown (99 Montrose Ave) 7:30pm, FREE, A Socratic discussion on art and technology in the Transmodern Era with Daniel Coffeen and Scott Von, More info ☺ Snippets from Sparkleberry @ Annoyance Theater (367 Bedford Ave) 9pm, $10, Citizens of Sparkleberry are kind, compassionate creatures, with hearts of gold, but they’re also total idiots, More info
Semi-secret show alert! Our favorite creepy-looking Aussie Alex Cameron is playing Aviv tonight (9/23) at 9:30. It just got announced yesterday by the club. In case you are not familiar with his work, he lays lounge singer sleaze over retro synth sounds.
And the ugliness is actually a makeup job, to help him get in character.
Elsewhere this weekend, there’s SNL’s Maya Rudolph performing with her Prince tribute band, The Levellers and John the Martyr in town, and filthy soul 45’s to sing along to at Our Wicked Lady. Continue reading →
Recently this column discussed where to find comprehensive listings for live music in and around Greenpoint. We ran some contenders head-to-head and came up with a champ.
This week I’ll let you know about some places to find listings for obscure shows. You know, the ones that are more suited to your weird tastes that nobody else gets, except your sparse cadre of friends.
And regarding this weekend’s local shows, you’ll find New Wave, rock, and folk acts featured below. Continue reading →
WEDNESDAY 8/31 * We the People Live @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 7:30pm, FREE, A live political podcast hosted by Josh Zepps with guests Corinne Fisher, Myq Kaplan, and James Myers, RSVP ☺ Your Childhood Bullies Showcase @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 10pm, FREE, Comedy and stories from Ben Wasserman, Meghan Ross, Kerry Coddett, and Brian Bahe, More info
THURSDAY 9/01 ^ The Parsnip Ship @ Cloud City (85 North 1st St) 7pm, FREE, A live-read radio play hosted by Iyvon Edebiri and Eric Borlaug, RSVP ♫ Soul Clap Records Night @ Black Flamingo (168 Borinquen Pl) 10pm, FREE, With Joel Davis & Eli Bamboozle, RSVP