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Freehold’s Studio Sessions Pay Tribute To Northern Brooklyn’s DIY Music Venue Past

Rubblebucket band
Rubblebucket’s Freehold Studio Session. Photo Credit: @black_soap

Freehold (45 South 3rd St), located in south Williamsburg, is widely known as a freelancer’s oasis to get some work done while having a burger, taking a break to enjoy the large outdoor space and having a beer to close out the day. Or you can hit up Freehold to celebrate your friend’s birthday brunch or during one of their epic Halloween parties. But if you have caught a studio session, you probably know Freehold’s latest hit is as non-traditional music venue. Freehold Studio Sessions have been happening for more than a year, beginning with bands such as St. Lucia, that served as a sort of test to see how the space would work for live music. Once the Freehold folks realized that their space could work well as a music venue, it was important to event director Lydia Mazzolini, creative director Tony Pytleski and the rest of the team to keep bringing in quality bands to give Freeholders (their members) the gift of enjoying a great live show that would be rooted in community. They brought on Joey Garofalo of Beacon Events to book bands, and the rest is recent history.  Continue reading

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TONIGHT! Brooklyn Bowl Hosts An All Star Tribute to Tom Petty ! (Mon, 11/6)

Join over 20 performers tonight (Monday, 11/6) in Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) to send off Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in style! Doors open at 8:30pm, show starts at 9pm. Buy tix here!

Featuring:
Walter Schreifels (QuicksandGorilla BiscuitsRival SchoolsDead Heavens, etc.)
Sammy James Jr (Kinky Boots, The Mooney Suzuki,School of Rock)
4 Members of 2 Skinnee J’s (Special J: Joel JohnsonEdward Eyeball, Andy Action, Lance Rockworthy)
4 Members of Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Beyond (Royce PetersonChris AndersonRob PallottaJosh Musto)
Billy Campion (Vic ThrillThe Bogmen)
Parker Kindred (Jeff BuckleyAntony and the JohnsonsJoan As Police WomanAmen Dunes, etc.)
Ian Love (Rival Schools, Cardia, Atlantic-Pacific)
NOCONA (Chris Isom & Adrienne Cohen Isom)
John Brodeur (Bird Streets)
Joanna Choy (Scotch Bonnet)
Jay Braun (The Negatones)
Naughty Clouds (Alexis Moon, Ray Kubian)
Anton Sword (legendarily handsome keyboardist)
Steve Woodzell (Ernest Ernie & The Sincerities)
Crystal Durant (FBOMB NYC)
Bill Stites (Sloppy Heads)
Chris Foley (Mother Feather)
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Rock Your Tastebuds at National Sawdust’s Food/Drinks/Music Pairing Event Next Thursday (9/28)!

Next Thursday evening (9/28) at 7:30pm, National Sawdust (80 N 6th St) is presenting a night of inspired food, mixology and music as they pair up small bites and cocktails with custom-composed music to simultaneously tickle your ears and your tastebuds.

James Beard Award-winning chef Patrick Connolly of Rider (National Sawdust’s sister restaurant) and “cocktail world enigma” Allen Katz, mixologist and local distiller at New York Distilling Company (79 Richardson St), will create the tantalizing culinary experience, which will offer four canapés (three h’ors doeuvres + dessert) and five cocktails on tap.

Multi-instrumentalist Yuka C. Honda, who will premiere Chopping Music. Photo by Nathan West.
Multi-instrumentalist Yuka Honda, who will premiere Chopping Music. Photo by Nathan West.

Musicians include jazz singer Magos Herrera, multi-instrumentalist Yuka C. Honda (of Cibo Matto), and pianist Oded Lev-Ari, who will lead the ensemble in a program ranging from tango to electronic music to Mexican folk song, including the world premiere of Chopping Music and a piece inspired by the humble juniper berry.

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Review: Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw 9/10

Thee Oh Sees! Photo: Thomas Girard, via Warsaw on Instagram
Thee Oh Sees! Photo: Thomas Girard, via Warsaw on Instagram

It’s always a treat when Thee Oh Sees go on tour and play a few shows in Brooklyn. I always make it a point to go at least once because it’s nothing short of awesome. Thee Oh Sees psyched out the crowd at the Warsaw (261 Driggs Avenue) with dynamic jams with loud-meets-fast-riffs.
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Interview: Angus Andrew of LIARS Playing at Warsaw on 9/21

Angus Andrew comes to Greenpoint to perform his first solo album as Liars. (photo credit: liarsliarsliars.com)

Angus Andrew dropped a new Liars album last month on Mute Records, and is performing at Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave) on September 21. YVETTE and Idgy Dean will open.  You can get tickets here, and check out the album here.

The new album, titled TFCF (Theme From Crying Fountain), is the first album since the departure of founding member Aaron Hemphill. The live show will have band members from Bamabara, and will include songs previously recorded but not released by Liars.

We caught up with Andrew during his break between the European and US tours to discuss the making of TFCF – which included a couple years of self-imposed isolation in the Australian bush. We also can’t wait to catch his show in Greenpoint and see first hand what he’s been up to down under.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Greenpointers: You’ve been based in the States for a long time, but wrote this album in Australia. What brought you back there in the first place?

Angus Andrew: There was a lot pulling me back there. I’d wanted to move back there for a long time actually, but it’s very tricky when you are a touring band to be based out there, but eventually… I made the leave… and thankfully got a good amount of time with my dad before he passed away and so it was really a good thing for me to do… I live in a pretty isolated spot which you can only get to by boat. Continue reading

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Goldeneye Tournament, Nobody Pageant, Roller Disco Party, Pussy Power Art Show — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (8/2–8/8)

Join Brokelyn for boozin’ and beachin’ this Saturday (August 5) @ Coney Art Walls (3050 Stillwell Ave)! Unlimited drinks for three hours, games and more summer fun than you can stuff into your Speedo! Use discount code “GREENPOINT” for $14 off tickets.

 

WEDNESDAY 8/2

♦ SummerScreen: I Know What You Did Last Summer @ McCarren Park, 6pm, FREE, Let’s toast … to us, to our last summer of immature, adolescent decadence. Gates open at 6pm, Sammus performs at 7:30pm, and the film starts at sundown, More info
* Trivia Night @Archestratus (160 Huron St), 8pm, FREE, Categories various, beer innumerable, arancine aplenty. There will be three rounds + a lightning round, but only one epic trophy, RSVP
* Goldeneye Tournament @ Sunnyvale (1031 Grand St), 11:30pm, FREE, 4 Fresh Controllers, 8 characters, But only one Oddjob. Martinis at Happy Hour prices and $3 beers, More info


THURSDAY 8/3

# Long Island Breweries Night @ Barcade (388 Union Ave), 4pm, FREE, Bevy of breweries for a night celebrating all things Long Island, More info
# Lust, Brains, and Taste
@ MOFAD (62 Bayard St), 6:30pm, $30, Titillating evening exploring how taste, smell, and all of our other senses drive attraction and desire, Buy tix
* The Mx. Nobody Pageant @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave), 8pm, FREE, The Nobodies are back with the second year of their signature un-pageant. Competitors throw down the Newness, Outlook, Passion, and Eeugh it takes to make us scream NOPE, More info
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Superhero Figure Drawing, 3D VHS Festival, Brooklyn Bike Rave, Synthwave Party — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (7/19–7/25)

WEDNESDAY 7/19

♦ SummerScreen: Donnie Darko @ McCarren Park, 6pm, FREE, 16th anniversary celebration of Donnie Darko. Gates open at 6pm, grunge-infused rockers Sharkmuffin plays the TIDAL Rising Stage at 7:30pm, and the film starts at sundown, More info
# Banned Countries Dinner Series: Sudan Edition @ Franklin Guesthouse (214 Franklin St), 6:30pm, $125, Celebrate Sudanese food and culture by enjoying a family-style feast inspired by Omer Eltigani, author of the forthcoming cookbook The Sudanese Kitchen. Multiple courses, unlimited house wine and vegetarian options are available, Buy tix
♫ WHAT NOW? Sessions: The Sifer, Sakinah Iman, Paco G Train Bandit @ Terra Firma (119 Ingraham St), 8pm, $5, Fusion of the Hip Hop cypher and the Jazz jam session. Emcees bring your bars. Singers bring your melodies. Musicians bring your instruments. Everyone bring your vibe and let’s rock out, RSVP
* Microdosing Workshop: Sacred Plants to Enhance Mind-Body-Spirit @ Narayana Integrative Center (191 Nassau Ave), 8:15pm, $20, Learn how you can feel better, increase energy, improve focus, inspire creativity, balance mood, relax, sleep well, and expand awareness with sacred plant microdosing, More info


THURSDAY 7/20

# American Food and Immigration Policy @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St), 6:30pm, $20, An evening of thought-provoking discussion, followed by an informal reception featuring light refreshments from Brooklyn Brewery and Sonia Perez, a street cart vendor and member of Street Vendor Project’s Leadership Council, More info
♦ Superhero Figure Drawing
@ Brooklyn Art Library (28 Frost St), 7pm, $10, Practice your cape drawing skills, with everything from pen to graphite — but leave your kryptonite at home, Buy tix
* 3D VHS Festival @ The City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave), 7pm, $10, In the garden, the Museum of Interesting Things takes us back to a future that the past never saw coming! See excerpts from movies–not just on VHS, but 3D VHS, More info
♦ Jonathas de Andrade Presents Bodanzky and Senna’s Iracema @ Light Industry (155 Freeman St), 7:30pm, $8, Inspired by neorealism as well as the films of John Cassavetes and Jean Rouch, the directors constructed Iracema by enacting a road-movie scenario inside everyday settings, combining artifice and documentary to yield a richly atmospheric parable whose lessons still maintain a grim relevance, More info
♫ DJ Questlove Presents: Bowl Train @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave), 11:30pm, $10, Buy tix
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Northside Festival Showcase at Bar Matchless (6/8) Presented by Greenpointers, Supercrush, and Paper Garden Records!

We’re once again joining in on all the Northside Festival fun with our own official showcase happening tomorrow, June 8th at Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) starting at 8PM. RSVP here!

Here’s a preview of our line up:

Spritzer is “very much inspired by Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’, with a little grunge and inspiration from Beck, 20th Century Classical music” (via Pancakes and Whiskey) Continue reading

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The Troost is Out There In Greenpoint

Troost exterior, via Instagram
Troost exterior, via Instagram

It’s hard getting to the beginning of anything, but with Troost (1011 Manhattan Ave) in Greenpoint, it might help to keep in mind a street sign in Kansas City: Troost Ave. “I just liked the way it looked,” the owner, John Ortiz says, one evening during a sit down at Goldie’s, on what we both agree is the “other side” of Greenpoint. Troost opened its doors in 2011. It started as a café, beer and wine bar. But it’s grown since then to include a full bar and live music. But John is specific. It is “not a music venue. It’s a bar that has music.” It having music occupies a lot of the conversation.

“It’s interesting,” he says, “to see artists respond when you put limitations on them.” The limitations are familiar to anyone who attends shows or is a musician in New York. They come down to two things: noise and space. “It’s almost always worked out. One or two cases, maybe.” One aspect that keeps things going is a good relationship with the neighbors. “They all have my number. They’re great. Sometimes I get a text saying, ‘hey, last night was a little loud,’ but for the most part, the relationship is really good.” Another is just figuring out who could and should play. Who does the approaching? “It’s pretty much word of mouth, musicians putting me in touch with other musicians,” he says. Continue reading

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The Marked Men Thrashed Brooklyn Bazaar Last Friday

Marked Men - Brad Dechter
The Marked Men – Photo: Brad Dechter

The past week has been musically great, with reformed acts playing sold out shows around town. Texas-based punk rockers The Marked Men bashed their way through back-to-back gigs, first Thursday at St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave.) then onto their initially announced Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave.) show on Friday. The band’s old-school punk riffing and ear for hooks has endeared them a strong following even if they haven’t released an album since 09’s ​Ghosts​. The venue was packed with a sea of black leather and safety pinned battle jackets, with the crowd singing or shouting in response to the band throughout their set.

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