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 →
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 →
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.
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! Union Pool, 484 Union Ave. | 8pm, $10-12 ticketsContinue reading →
CMJ music marathon is upon us again, and before your head starts spinning trying to figure how, what, when and where to see the best music (and who that best music even is), we have crafted a special guide for North Brooklyn residents. You don’t have to hop all over the city to see the best new music- you can stay right here in Greenpoint and Williamsburg (and maybe venture into Bushwick). Continue reading →
♦ Revisions Opening Party @ Picture Farm Gallery (338 Wythe Ave) Friday 5/2, 6-10pm, FREE, Join Picture Farm for the debut solo show of surf photographer, Zak Bush, whose photographic journey starts in the cold, clear north of Nova Scotia and the reaches of coastal Canada, More Info
WEDNESDAY 4/30 * Free Craft Night @ Brooklyn Craft Co (61 Greenpoint Ave) 6:30pm, FREE, Learn to make dip-dyed sailor knot bracelets, More info ☺Twillerama @ Legion Bar (790 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, $5, Films screened include shorts by Bill Plympton, Leah Shore, George Griffin, Richard O’Connor, and Signe Baumane, More info * Three Kinds of Wildness @ Standard Toykraft (722 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, $12, The newest play from Der Vorführeffekt Theatre features exquisitely crafted puppets, intricately layered soundscapes, and unconventional theatrical lighting, Buy tickets
* “Pirate Nightmare Vice Explosion” Release Party @ Desert Island (540 Metropolitan Ave) 7pm, FREE, Michael Kupperman’s outsider-art collection of adult magazines annotated and defaced by persons unknown to form something entirely new, RSVP
♫ Red Bull Music Academy’s Bounce Ballroom @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar (165 Banker St) 8pm, $10, Four dance styles, four dance crews, four DJs: Bruk Up/Flexing with Bobby Konders, Voguing/Ballroom with MikeQ, Housing/Waacking with Todd Terry, Jersey Club with DJ Sliink, More info ♫ Funky Warsaw @ Warsaw (261 Driggs St) 10pm, FREE, DJ Bobby J plays all vinyl: sassy-ass 60’s soul, funky funk, power-pop, post-apocalyptic punk, and pre-historic hip-hop, More info Continue reading →