When he was a kid in the San Francisco Bay area, Matt L. Roar’s mom and dad formed a blues band with him on bass, his little brother on sax, mom on the keys and dad on guitar. A guy from their church, who would wear a hat with red lights on it during shows, played the drums. They would perform at watering holes out in the East Bay, and Matt’s dad would dress him up in a big coat and hat as a cheap disguise—to hide the fact that he was only twelve years old and hanging out in a bar. After growing up, playing in hardcore punk bands in San Francisco and the East Bay and later moving to North Brooklyn several years ago, Matt L. Roar is definitely no newbie to the indie music scene.
Equally influenced by a DIY punk ethos, modern rappers like Lil Yachty, oldschool hiphop (Wu Tang and Tribe) and the old timey sounds of Woody Guthrie’s wails, his musical project Golden West Service is an idiosyncratic blend of garage, punk, noise, lo-fi 8-bit and a number of other genres. On GWS’s newly released first full-length album When You Die, he collaborates with a variety of musical friends, including Tim Hellman (OhSees/Flat Worms), who plays guitar on three songs; Evan Smith (Russian Baths) who plays bass on almost the entire record, and Jah Jah Brown (local punk rappers Ninjasonik) does vocals on one of the tracks. His younger brother Aaron Rohrer plays sax on one of the songs, poet Marisa Crawford performs on another and, and friend Andy Del Calvo laid down some drums for the song Blackbird.
We chatted with him about his new album, and the best local venues to see live music (The Gutter, Silent Barn, Trans Pecos and RIP Greenpoint Heights). Continue reading →
WEDNESDAY 9/6 * Awaken + Activate with Rockstar Shaman @ The William Vale (111 N 12th St), 7pm, $20, Join us as Alyson Charles guides a meditation, card reading & a chakra healing so you can deepen your connection to your purpose here on Earth, Buy tix ♫ Sofar Sounds @ Secret Location, 8pm, $15, An intimate concert in a secret Greenpoint location & BYOB. (use code GREENPOINTERS-5B7D8), More info * Ismay Ousten & Avery Leigh’s Night Palace @ Magick City (37 Box St), 8:30pm, FREE, A night of shimmery full moon magic with dreamy kombucha cocktails & sweet, intimate vibes, More info ♦ Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave), 9pm, FREE, Concert footage, concept videos and a career retrospective make up a video portrait of pop superstar Michael Jackson, More info
THURSDAY 9/7 * North Brooklyn L Train Council Candidates & Com. Partners Forum @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave), 6:30pm, FREE, This is your chance to ask questions and get answers about how your local leaders plan to navigate the coming shutdown, More info ♫ Goldie Awards 1st Annual DJ & Beat Battle @ Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St), 7pm, $20, Hosted by Dave East, Presented by A-Trak. Judges: Diplo, Mannie Fresh, Craze, Destructo, Just Blaze, Mija, & The Whooligan, Buy tix # Rachel Baiman & Nathan Xander @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave), 8pm, $10, Buy tix Continue reading →
It’s summer. It’s Friday. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’re currently enjoying a Summer Friday, a wonderful work perk that affords you a little work/life balance. If you have the whole day off, you might have headed to Five Leaves for a chill breakfast without the weekend crowd or to Acme for Fish Fridays (that cooler is a godsend during hot summer months). After lounging in the park, taking a small nap, and/or any of the other hundred things that make summer Fridays so delicious, you’ll want to get in on those happy hours you usually miss out on.Continue reading →
♫ Sir Richard Bishop, Robert Millis, Ava Mendoza @ Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St) 8pm, $12, Buy tix =) Comedians You Should Know NYC @ The Gutter (200 North 14th St) 8:30pm, $5,A rotating roster of the very best stand-ups culled from all corners of the five boroughs. This week features, Roy Wood, Jr. (The Daily Show), Adrienne Iapalucci (David Letterman), Ryan Hamilton (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), Kyle Ayers (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), Jono Zalay (Comedy Central), and more, Buy tixContinue 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
PJ Harvey 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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FUCK 2016! As quite possibly the worst year on record, let’s destroy it like a teenage house party! Come experience the ball pit drop at midnight! Complimentary Midnight Champagne Toast with our own Ballpit Drop! Bring your worst moment of 2016 on a piece of paper, shred it in our shredder and watch your worst moment become a confetti explosion at Midnight. @Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave), Doors open at 9PM. $40 Advance Tickets/ $50 at the door, Buy tix[sponsored]
Drink in the New Year with Greenpoint Beer and Ale (7 North 15th St)! From 10 PM to 1 AM we will be serving as much beer as you can drink for $35! There will be dancing plus a toast at midnight for all! Watch the ball drop live on our big screen!
$35 Open beer bar option online only. $45 at the door. If you do not want open bar there is a $10 cover charge at the door, Buy tix [Sponsored]
* Chanukah at the Gutter @ Gutter Bar (200 North 14th St) 8pm, FREE, The Gutter Bar Lights Up! Bowl with Latkes and make sure the donuts don’t end up in the gutter. Menorah Lighting and drinks. For young professionals in your 20’s & 30’s (ID required). Fun & Food is on us, Bourbon & Bowl is on you, RSVP ♫ DEATH MATCH 2 @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 9pm, FREE, There will be music! There will be a NO RING wrestling match! There will be TOYS! There will be blood! There will be UNSTOPPABLE DEATH MACHINES! There will be the highly anticipated DEBUT of TIGHT FRIGHT(Former members of Big Bitch)!, RSVP Continue reading →
Why waste your time sitting around at a laundromat when you could be experiencing all that our awesome neighborhood has to offer! Instead of killing time waiting for your jeans to dry, head over to your app store, download the WashClub appand schedule a laundry pickup! WashClub comes right to your door for pickup and drop off—they offer tailoring services, dry cleaning and basic laundry. So there’s no reason you should be spending your precious time doing any of the above when WashClub can tackle it!
So if you want to leave the fluorescent lighting, the heavy bags & bottles of detergent in the past, here’s 10 way-more-fun-than-laundry things you could be doing in Greenpoint:
1. Catch a show at Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave.), and try some of their delicious pierogis over a couple of beers! With some great shows coming up—like Dragonette, The Struts and Austra—there are plenty of options no matter what kind of jams get your soul moving!
2. Get your bowl on over at The Gutter (200 N. 14th Street)! In addition to bowling, they’ve got special events every week, including trivia, and not to mention a full bar for all of your drinking needs! Continue reading →
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.
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GIF-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
An Urban Spookfest is coming to the Greenpointers Fall Market this Sunday (10/30, 1-7PM)!! Spiced Hot Cider with Sailor Jerry’s and Crimson & Clove spices, craft beer by Greenpoint Beer & Ale, henna tattoos, massages by [email protected], tarot card readings, nail art, face painting, live music, 50+ vendors & more!!! RSVP
WEDNESDAY 10/26 * Scary Pumpkin Carving @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 5pm, FREE, Pumpkins, tools, and candles provided, RSVP ^ Meals & Spiels @ Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church (275 North 8th St) 6pm, $50, Support the City Reliquary and enjoy a feast from local culinary rockstars and fascinating tales from everyday NYC heroes, Buy tix
* GIFoween @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, FREE, a screening of the winners of Giphy’s Halloween-themed animation loop contest, RSVP
* The Pumpkin Patch Playground @ Greenpoint Playground (Franklin St & Dupont St) 3pm, FREE, Pumpkin decorating, face painting, activities, music, tricks, and treats, More info
* Suspiria @ Dobbin Street (64 Dobbin St) 6:30pm, FREE, A projected screening of the film within a site-specific installation inspired by Dario Argento’s colorful vision and cinematography, RSVP ♫ Skeletonwitch @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) 7pm, $16, With Iron Reagan / Oathbreaker / Homewrecker, Buy tix
WEDNESDAY 10/12 ♦ Dauntless Media Be Dauntless @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, a riveting video installation by Eight of Spades filmmaker and video artist Melisande Bliss, RSVP * ASS: Antagonism Storytelling Series @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 8pm, FREE, Comedians tell true stories of when they were assholes on purpose, RSVP
♫ BKLYN R&G Presents @ Cloud City (85 North 1st St) 7pm, $10, With Noah Harley / Gato Paloma / Rashad Brown, RSVP
^ Psychocandy 33 1/3 Release Party @ Aviv (496 Morgan Ave) 8pm, $10, With Big Ups / Greys / Yucky Duckster, Buy tix ♦ Flux Thursday @ Flux Factory (39-31 29th St) 8pm, FREE, A monthly potluck and art salon, More info