Music

So Long, Farewell… The 2016 Venue Graveyard

Thankfully one of our favorites, Good Room, is still rocking!

From large outdoor clubs to medium-sized rock n’ roll bars to tiny DIY venues to neighborhood staples that hosted local DJs, 2016 saw a lot of great spots disappear—and in an ultimate emo gutpunch, the closures happened right alongside the deaths of music legends David Bowie, Prince and George Michael. WTF 2016?!

So, after the jump, here’s our list of who in the neighborhood bit the dust this year. It’s worth mentioning that we’re hopeful about 2017; Brooklyn Steel will be opening in East Williamsburg this coming April, this past year Brooklyn Bazaar opened in the old Polonaise Terrace banquet hall, The Lot Radio opened in May and has quickly become a neighborhood fixture, and Secret Project Robot just signed a lease on a new space, and there are still plenty of great venues in the neighborhood to catch some great music. Continue reading

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Sunday Snaps – Vinyl Decisions

Here in Greenpoint, we’re pretty lucky to have some seriously great record shops around. For this Sunday Snaps, I decided to drop by four of my favorites and ask employees and owners what recent items had come in that they were especially excited about. The shops I visited included Record Grouch (986 Manhattan Ave.), Academy Records Annex (85 Oak St.), Captured Tracks (195 Calyer St.), and Co-op 87 Records (87 Guernsey St.) Here are some of the albums they showed me, complete with a few pictures of these excellent local record stores!

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“One side is live and the other side is the studio versions of all the same songs. I love the great Bauhaus-y cover; there’s rhythm, perspective, movement, a landscape. My favorite song on this album is called ‘Rubber Miro’.” – Ron at Academy Records Annex

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The Sounds Celebrate Album’s Ten Year Anniversary at Warsaw

The Sounds at Warsaw 11.25.16
The Sounds at Warsaw 11.25.16

Simply put, Swedish New Wave quintet The Sounds rocked Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave.) last Tuesday night. As their first stop in NYC during their North American tour celebrating the ten year anniversary of their hot sophomore album, Dying to Say This to You, Tuesday’s show may as well have been a stop on the original album release tour, gauging by the energy in the room, from band and audience alike.  Continue reading

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Winter Playlist: Dance Yrself Warm with Co-Op 87

dancing-lady-emoji-fireContinuing our series of local shops compiling some of their favorite jams for us, we have a wintertime playlist to get you hot n’ bothered, from Ben Steidel at local vinyl nook Co-Op 87 Records (87 Guernsey Street).

From Ben:

Here’s a playlist of tunes to help us remember that moving your butt, whether on the dance floor or at your desk, is a great way to stay warm during these dark months. Leaning mostly towards slower & smoother grooves, I tried to pick songs that have passed through the store recently, and that are a mix of the rare & obscure, as well as things that you might score in the $1 bin. I also threw in a few new-ish releases. Hopefully they do the trick of evoking warmer climates or the friction of bodies in motion, preferably both!

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Bring It Back, Sing It Back: Róisín Murphy Opens 9th Annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

Roisin Murphy at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night. All photos: Zachary Filkoff
Róisín Murphy at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night. Photo: Zachary Filkoff

The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF) kicked off on Friday, and over at Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 N. 6th St.), Róisín Murphy got things started off right with the debut show in her first American tour since 2007, when the Irish singer-songwriter’s second album, Overpowered, was released. From the moment she stepped foot on stage, bedecked in one of the night’s myriad, fantastic costumes, Murphy and her band dazzled and delighted the adoring audience.

I would call the show a nonstop spectacle, but that would seem to diminish the integrity of the music—the pure quality of that infectious beat and Murphy’s vocals, impressively both lyric and percussive. Certainly, the intimate venue and the fact that Murphy changed costumes right on stage during a song or while transitioning from one to the next kept that feeling of authenticity at the forefront. The theatrical production added to, and never took away from, the musical performance. Continue reading

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Cops Being Cool: Election Day Palette Cleanser

Today you probably could use a little distraction from all the election chaos. So here’s a sweet little video sent to us by Greenpointer Sachin Shenolikar. His band Condescending Liberals was playing on Manhattan Avenue during the NYC Marathon this past Sunday, and at one point, he handed his guitar over to a member of the NYPD and the officer jammed along. Awesome!

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Stranger Things: FIXED Halloween with S U R V I V E (Live)

halloween16-2-instaDon your Hazmat Suits and Walk through the Nether to the Upside Down…

In celebration of its 2nd anniversary and Halloween, Good Room has curated shows featuring some of the world’s best DJs alongside Brooklyn’s finest artists, and it’s been a rockout all weekend. The weekend’s festivities culminate on Halloween with FIXED, the party series by DJs JDH and Dave P that’s also celebrating its own anniversary – 12 years in November!

For this special show, Greenpoint’s own JDH and Philly’s Dave P are thrilled to be playing once again with Survive, whose Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein are behind the popular 80s nostalgia Stranger Things soundtrack, having played together recently in Joshua Tree and Survive’s hometown of Austin, Texas. According to JDH, he and Dave had been very impressed with the quartet’s live performances and enjoyed their cinematic sound. Obviously, Survive was the ideal partner for their Halloween show. Continue reading

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This Is Halloween: “The Birds” With Live Score Inside A Church Tonight!

A previous Lot Radio show at the San Damiano Mission.
A previous Lot Radio show at the San Damiano Mission.

Tonight The Lot Radio & San Damiano Mission (85 North 15th Street) continue their concert series with a screening of Hitchcock’s classically creepy The Birds, with The Dave Harrington Group lending their own live score. Harrington is Nicolas Jaar‘s compatriot and one half of their currently broken-up project Darkside—so you know the vibe is gonna be spooky AF, likely with raw and tangential dark jazz undertones. Tickets are a $10 donation, and the show starts at 8pm. Continue reading

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Hang On, Spooky: North Brooklyn Halloween Roundup!

For all you Halloweeners out there, here are our top picks for some fine spine chillin’ in North Brooklyn. Whether you’re in the mood to dance the night away with DJs, see rad costumed cover bands, freak out at scary movies, compete in a costume contest, take a zombie terrarium class or participate in a basement seance, our neighborhood has truly an abundance of choice this year.

⟫⌇⧘⧚⧛⧙⌇⟫ WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26  ⟪⌇⧘⧚⧛⧙⌇⟪

gifoween-bkbazaar-2016GIF-O-Ween at Brooklyn Bazaar
Sponsored by GIPHY and presented by Animation Block Party, GIFOWEEN is a Halloween-themed animation loop contest!
This party will feature the official launch of GIPHY PRESENTS: GIF DANCE PARTY, a fully immersive dance environment that allows you to finally become dance partners with all your favorite online characters at once!
Brooklyn Bazaar | 150 Greenpoint Ave.
8pm-12am, FREE, Costumes highly encouraged
RSVP on Facebook

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Sunday Snaps – Minstrels of Greenpoint

There are a few things that just make you stop dead in your tracks and smile. Maybe you’re even in a hurry, rushing along down the street, and then that wondrous sound comes to your ears – a voice and some sweet strums of an instrument playing a favorite song of yours. I’ve always thought musicians are to a neighborhood what fish are to a stream – an indicator of health and liveliness. If you can walk around for a whole day and not see anyone walking down the sidewalk carrying an instrument or sharing a song, you might want to think twice about what that says about the creative vitality of the place. Luckily for us, Greenpoint is full of musicians, and so today’s photo essay honors these minstrels and everyday suppliers of soul.

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I found Jack Simchak breaking in a new guitar of his in McCarren Park. He was playing some beautiful classical guitar arpeggiations, which fit the feeling of a gorgeous late October day perfectly. Check out Jack’s project, Resident Electric.

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