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Show Your Support for Silent Barn Tonight (7/7) at Brooklyn Bazaar!

last night’s Bambara set ⚡️ 📸: @fa.fina

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North Brooklyn’s music scene is thriving, though our smaller and DIY music and performance venues are dwindling. Greenpoint’s favorite Manhattan Inn closed late last year, to much neighborhood disappointment. Shea Stadium recently shut its doors once again a few weeks ago, for apparently the last time. Legendary venue Don Pedro’s sang its swan song earlier this year. Secret Project Robot, which was a pioneering Williamsburg art/performance/weirdness space back in the early aughts, now located in Bushwick, somehow is managing to stay alive, having recently reopened again.

And now Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave), having finally received its liquor license, is asking for financial help. And to keep things on the up-and-up, they’ve released their official financial history and budgets to the public. Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) is hosting a benefit show for them tonight (July 7) at 7pm, and tickets are $10. There will be a 15-minute Q&A with Silent Barn’s Financial Manager Jordan Michael Iannucci, plus sets from FitsPeaer and Crosslegged. Continue reading

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March Music Madness!

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.

Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir, photo via Facebook
Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir, photo via Facebook

Monday, March 6th
Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir
If you’ve never seen Reverend Vince, it’s a sweaty soulful bluesy danceathon that will turn anyone into a believer.
Union Pool, 484 Union Ave. | 10:30pm, info here

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!
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Weekend Music: Hook ‘Em Horns!

Hard to concentrate on telling you about Greenpoint shows, I keep re-playing Metallica’s new track on my speakers after what sixty years since their last release. And I’m not even a Metallica guy.

Parked next door on the couch is my 78-year old Turkish mother-in-law barking Çok guzel! at the music. In Turk-speak, that’s the equivalent of wiggling devil fingers in delight.

Around town this weekend, we’ve got drag queen disco at Good Room, punks & Detroit rock at Sunnyvale and Shea Stadium, and a Slip ‘N Slide with musical accompaniment outside Roberta’s. Continue reading

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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: This is Why Nothing Gets Done in San Diego

‏@yukonakamura_ph: Beautiful day in greenpoint.

I had a whole theme planned for this week’s concert update.

It had something to do with music in people’s personal vs. professional lives.

But I just took the dog for a walk and it is, simply, Amazing Summer outside right now. All the local employees and freelancers are basking in the sun and socializing.

No sense in me slowing you down with themes. We’ll get right to the concert update instead, and please please please spend some time outside in Greenpoint or Williamsburg today. Continue reading

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Northside Music Festival Thursday: Paradise Day One

Batala NYC
Batala NYC

Editor’s Note: While there are some great guides to the North Brooklyn festival out there, most favor the big name bands. Those are the bands that you’re most likely to already be familiar with, and also the shows that are most likely to sell out or have long lines to get in. That is why we are proud to present you with our comprehensive, day-by-day recommendation guide to the music festival, organized in chronological order, and streamlined with just enough information for you to discover the perfect shows for your very own musical tastes and moods.

You will hear your new favorite band at a local club during the Northside Festival this long weekend. That is our claim. Welcome to heaven.

How can we support such a statement? Start with an amazing set of bands (recommendations below). Add McCarren Park shows and some bookings in romantic backyard spaces, then include some distinctly easy-going and non-judgmental locals, i.e. you, fueling the scene.

Then remember how you rarely need to wait in line at Northside. Here are our favorite acts playing tomorrow. Continue reading

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Weekend Music Picks: Live Soundtracks

Sausalito, from the movie Lost in Translation. Not playing here this weekend, but best lounge band name ever.

Bands often consider it a backhanded compliment if you tell them they would sound great at a party. Most bands prefer a rapt audience to a loud bar crowd.

But is it really such a dishonor to be the soundtrack of people’s lives? Whether it is amping people up for dancing, or bolstering infatuation on a first date, some bands excel in enhancing an experience without distracting from it.

Whether you are ready for decadence or drama this weekend, here are some local performances to help set the scene.

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The Greenpoint Get-Down, Tigerdome, Sin on Heels – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (2/18–2/24)

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WEDNESDAY 2/18
# Eastern District Wine & Cheese Tasting @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 5pm, $18, Pairings of four cheeses and four wines, More info
* Beading on the Loom of Time
 @ Sacred Arts Research Center (107 Green St) 7pm, $65, Learn the basics of loom beading, a versatile and old technique found all over the world, and create a beadwork piece, More info
 The Greenpoint Get-Down @ No 7 North (931 Manhattan Ave) 9pm, FREE, DJ Patrick A. Reed spins classic hip-hop, heavy soul, deep funk, ska, and rocksteady, More info

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Collaborative T-Shirt Party, Holocenter, Groupmuse – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (12/17–12/23)

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WEDNESDAY 12/17
* Music & Pyrrhonism Without Us @ Capri Social Club (156 Calyer St) 7:30pm, FREE, Join Triple Canopy for a presentation by 2014 commission recipient Kieran Daly, More info
♫ Permutations121714 @ Cloud City (85 North 1st St) 8pm, $15, Featuring Kafka Fragments / Mike Tyson Will Eat Your Children / Talking in Circles / Four Koans, and more, RSVP Continue reading

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No Office Holiday Party, Big Brooklyn Toy Drive, Misfit Dickens – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (12/10–12/16)

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WEDNESDAY 12/10
* Misfit Dickens @ St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (334 South 5th St) 7pm, $18, A new take on the beloved classic for all people, but especially for misfits, Buy tix
* How to Host a Creative Holiday Party
@ Dusty Rose Vintage (251 Greenpoint Ave) 7:30pm, FREE, With party attire by Local Creative, DIY card-making by Kingsland Printing, holiday décor and a DIY tassle station by Little Knitty Things, and more, More info
♫ Percussion Lab Holiday Party @ Cameo Gallery (93 North 6th St) 10pm, FREE, With Braille / Dave Q & FunaFuji / Seafloor / Nooka Jones, RSVP

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