The Grand Victory

Weekend Music: Climbing Sunshine Mountain (7/29 – 7/31)

The Grand Victory is closing this weekend so I’m going to use this week’s post to highlight final shows there, for your last hurrah (or oi-oi rebel shout).

But we also have Peach Kings and puppies at the Knitting Factory, and St. Vitus hosts electronica it likes.

Last, we clue you in to some shows beyond this weekend that you should ticket up now before a sellout, like for Erykah Badu and Angel Olsen. Continue reading

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Weekend Music: Time Out of Mind (6/24 – 6/26)

Jimmy Gestapo from Murphy’s Law, shot before the advent of color photography.

Veteran hardcore punk bands are an odd thing. I’m thinking about the bands you listened to twenty years ago. The ones where you see their name in the concert listings and think, “They’re still around?”

Those type of bands are just not mainstream enough to land endorsement deals, multi-album recording contracts, or other obvious means of sustainability. It’s almost as if the doggedness and passion of their music carries them through hard years on the road.

Murphy’s Law, the hardcore band formed in 1982, pulls into The Grand Victory tonight (6/24) with just one remaining original member, but with the gravitas of a cultural mainstay. They’ve appeared in one of artist Matthew Barney’s Cremaster movies, and been featured in both Grand Theft Auto IV and Backyard Wrestling 2.

In another generational disconnect, Greenpoint metal institution St. Vitus puts on its grown-up clothes this weekend and hosts, of all things, a metal-themed flea market during the daytime. It’s your chance to engage in a little friendly haggling over the price of a replica blood-stained corpse. DJ Hellspell will establish the ambience.
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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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Weekend Music: Here’s to Not Starting a Nuclear War

First, to celebrate today’s tropical temps, a calypso gift from The Kinks.

That’s the song playing behind a trailer to the ’80s flop Club Paradise.

This weekend brings some fine ’80s-style new wave pop to our neighborhood, along with the chance to dance at the Wburg Music Hall, or rock out at Aviv. Or just bleed from the head at Grand Vic, but for more on that, you have to peek behind the click to your right. 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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