If you’ve heard live music in Brooklyn, there’s a good chance you’ve come across the multi-hyphenate and chameleon performer Angela Morris. She often performs around North Brooklyn, playing places like Silent Barn, Trans Pecos, and Legion, among others, and also frequented the now-closed Sunview Luncheonette and Manhattan Inn. Blurring musical genres and marrying avant jazz with pop, her music is at once whimsy but wise, stirring yet relaxing. But labeling Morris’s style may be futile; her timbre shifts depending on the night and her role. Morris plays across various venues with almost as many bands — including Rallidae, TMT Trio, and Pep Talk — all the while conducting, singing, or playing the saxophone or violin. Here, she discusses her move from Toronto, Brooklyn’s evergreen music scene, and — despite the unspoken truths of an instrumental’s injury — what continually motivates her to share her music. Continue reading
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
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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For some bizarre reason I’m in a good mood today, so mostly recommending happy music this weekend.
Yacht rock, political parody, and rockabilly are all on the menu.
We also include some punk and gloom at the end of the post, for all of you grumps out there. Continue reading
Our cold and wintry nights have put me in a philosophical mood.
There are hundreds of bands and DJ’s playing in Brooklyn this weekend. How to listen to them all and find only the best for you. It sounds impossible.
What To Do?
There is a branch of philosophy called Epistemology that could help out here. Continue reading
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After-school classes for children age 4 to 7 in the Expressive Arts.
Trial classes offered in Aug/Sept:
TUESDAYS: Dance as Storytelling – Creative movement and dance, confidence and team building
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* Voices of Brooklyn: Alter (Quilts) as Memorials @ St. Paul’s Theater (334 South 5th St) 7:o0pm, FREE, Jazz, Soul, and Funk fusion is paired with stories of heroes of Williamsburg past, who are memorialized through art quilts by Smithsonian featured quilter Sylvia Hernandez, aka the Brooklyn Quilt Girl, RSVP
^ Zine Release & Erotic Reading @ Molasses Books (770 Hart St) 8pm, FREE, Celebrate the release of Volume 2 of the She/Folk Zine and relish in a reading of erotica stories by women from the self-published collection Ripe, RSVP
☺ Kevin Geeks Out About Super Villains @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) 9:30pm, $15, Comedian Kevin Maher takes an obsessive look at some of the best and worst super villains, More info
♫ Morgan O’Kane @ Black Bear Bar (70 North 6th St) 10:30pm, FREE, With Lonesome Leash, RSVP Continue reading
♫ Canada D’eh @ The Well (272 Meserole St) 5pm, FREE, With Canadian bacon, Canadian whiskey, and music from Will Butler, July Talk, Walrus, and more, Buy tix
^ Girls at the Kingfisher Club Paperback Release @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Author Genevieve Valentine in conversation with Kelly Link, More info
Last night I loaded up the new Chris Robinson Brotherhood album on Rhapsody. It is pretty darn good. But I probably would never have sought it out if I had first heard the band at an outdoor music festival.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood played live in 2012 at Williamsburg Music Hall, and the superior acoustics of that indoor venue made it possible to hear the band’s clever and original harmonizing fretwork. But they usually book outdoor venues, since their boogie-down style, reminiscent of Dr. John, appeals to a wide demographic.
I worry that most people that catch them as part of a large outdoor music festival lineup are going to dismiss them as just another jam band, and not follow them in a regular way. That is why this weekend’s picks focus on bands and DJ’s that are performing in North Brooklyn locations where they can best shine. Continue reading
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
“Oooh, what’s 603?”, you ask. Well, it’s absolutely not The Silent Barn; let’s just get that straight right now. 603 Bushwick Avenue is the fun house that is the collective of apartments directly above The Silent Barn. And, from noon on May 2nd to noon the next day, 603 served as the venue for a 24-hour endurance live music/reading/fundraising/
Overall, it was one of the most friendly, creative, optimistic, life-embracing, and least pretentious events that I’ve attended in a city that far too often leans toward the cynical or jaded. No corner of the residence was left a blank canvas. To be honest, it was so warm and fuzzy that I didn’t quite know how to handle it. Anyway, I’ll let the pictures paint the rest of the picture. Continue reading
# Fuck Cancer @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) 8pm, $50, A North Brooklyn restaurant & bar tasting event and silent auction, Buy tix
* Khal @ Glasshouse (246 Union Ave) 8pm, FREE, Sketched animation of visual scores will be accompanied by spoken word interpretations, RSVP
* Rally for Bushwick Inlet Park @ City Hall (Broadway & Murray St) 1pm, FREE, Help hold the City of New York to their promised of building a park on the North Brooklyn Waterfront, More info
♫ Boom Baby @ Macri Park (462 Union Ave) 10pm, FREE, A Thursday night dance party that brings together the best of hip-hop, rock, house, and Latin tunes, RSVP