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Violet Sands, Ian Chang, And Body Language Defy What Indie Rock Bands Can Be

Violet Sands kicking things off – Photo: Nadeem Salaam

Friday nights at Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave.) are often surprisingly jam-packed with talent sourced from our own backyard. A simple perusing of upcoming shows ties the seemingly endless web of Brooklyn indie music together. Both Body Language and Violet Sands, who played the Bazaar last Friday, have been deeply immersed in local projects over time, and watching artists’ evolution is what scenes are for. We live in a city with exceptional taste and openness to new sounds, and Friday night that curiosity was piqued when Ian Chang, (drummer of Body Language) treated the audience to experimental oddities, performing solo on a drum kit wired to sensors and truly defying the definition of a band. Continue reading

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PJ Harvey, Dance Parties and Record Store Day! — Weekend Music 4/20-4/25

PJ Harvey performing at Primavera Sound 2016
PJ Harvey performing at Primavera Sound 2016. You can this goddess tonight at Brooklyn Steel.

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. | 8pmQuantic-flyer-good room
$59.50 tickets


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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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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Where to Cozy Up to a Fireplace This Winter

A roaring fire and some steaks at Achilles Heel  Image: Achilles Heel/Instagram

One way to lift your spirits during the gray days of winter—which have been disgustingly rainy, not beautiful snow-filled wonderlands—is by simply snuggling up to your honey with a nice hot toddy in hand, in front of a fire. And yet, most of us live in apartments where fires are decidedly not encouraged. Those silly building codes. Luckily, some of our favorite neighborhood bars are here for the nights where you have to fill that primordial need to get out of the cold and warm up by the fire.

Achilles Heel (180 West St) – If the staff of Achilles Heel loves one thing, it’s fire. Their fireplace keeps everything toasty through the night, but if you there in the evening, don’t be surprised if it’s being used for actual cooking.

Battery Harris (64 Frost St) – The cold can’t stop the beach vibes outside Battery Harris so they have a big fire pit to help keep you warm. It’s almost like a late summer beach bonfire. Almost.

Black Rabbit (91 Greenpoint Ave) – All the way at the back of the bar is Black Rabbit’s perfect make-out spot: on the bench in front of the fire. It’s preferred by 3 out of 4 couples.

Fire + Stout = Hygge  Image: Brouwerij Lane/Instagram

Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) – Though your drink options are limited to what Brouwerij Lane’s is carrying beer/cider-wise, the fireplace and friendly company more than make up for the lack of hot toddies.

Greenpoint Beer & Ale (7 N 15th St) – To make up for all the drafty cold seeping through Greenpoint Beer & Ale’s huge glass garage doors is a substantial fireplace. Pro tip: you’ll want to sit at the bar, it can get a bit hot right in front.

Spritzenhaus (33 Nassau Ave)Our very own beer hall has one of the most impressive fireplaces. Open on three sides, you can usually get an adjacent table, but if not, you can also enjoy from a spot at the bar.

Union Pool (484 Union Ave) – The magical backyard of Union Pool is kept warm through the winter by their fire pit, so you won’t catch a chill while waiting for your tacos.

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Hello 2017! Urban Didgeridoo, Sunday Supper, Computer Juice, Unsung Heroines – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (1/4–1/10)

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WEDNESDAY 1/4

♫ Riverwild E.P. Release @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $8, Riverwild’s musical influences are as diverse as the sounds of the Catholic liturgy, the racket of cult worship services, late night F.M. radio and the music found on stolen cassette tapes, More info
=) Comedians You Should Know NYC @ Gutter Bar (200 North 14th St) 9pm, $5, Featuring Sam Morril (Comedy Central) Samantha Ruddy (CollegeHumor) Saurin Choksi (Brown Privilege) Erik Monical (Red Clay Comedy Festival) & more, RSVP
♫ Limited Resources 1 @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 9pm, $6, Experimental music featuring Brandon Lopez (composer/bassist), Platypus Revenge (improvisation collective) Hendley/Khilko/LiButti, More info

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Your North Brooklyn New Years Options!

If you want to erase all memories of 2016 via booze, hardcore dancing and from anywhere but your couch, here’s our list of where to party in North Brooklyn this New Years Eve. From prix fixe dinners to house music legends to open bars, to champagne toasts to confetti explosions and confessionals, we’ve got you covered. Some of these events are sold out already with waiting lists, but most of them aren’t… Yet. Assemble your crew!

Good Room | 98 Meserole Ave.
NYE Love Bombs, with dj’s Soul Clap, No Regular Play & Love Tempo; champagne toast at midnight and an open bar from 12-1am, balloon drop, confetti cannons and a breakfast buffet! 9pm-6am.
Tickets $65 available here, more info on Facebook.

St. Vitus | 1120 Manhattan Ave.
Slowly sway to post-punk emo rockers Rainer Maria, with openers Snail Mail, 8pm.
$25 tickets here.

Black Flamingo | 168 Borniquen Place
A Good Flocking Time: DJs and dancing from 9pm-4am, Jacques Renault, Midnight Magic, Beto Cravioto, Higgins.
Tickets $15-20 here, info here.

Brooklyn Winery | 213 N 8th Street
Brooklyn Winery presents an Alice In Wonderland themed party titled World of Wonder. From 9pm-1:30am, ring in 2017 in the forest of whimsy! Don your most fantastical cocktail attire and raise a glass to the end of another great year with a four and a half hour open bar, lavish antipasti spreads, and passed hors d’oeuvres. The space will be transformed into a fantastical world where reality is altered and nothing is quite as it seems. Dance the night away in a mystical forest, find surprises in every room, and capture it all in a one-of-a-kind custom photo booth!
Tickets $150, here.

Brooklyn Bazaar | 150 Greenpoint Avenue
From 9pm-4am Brooklyn Bazaar is hosting The Greatest New Year’s Party Ever 2017, aka F#CK 2016! As quite possibly the worst year on record, let’s destroy it like a teenage house party! Titus Andronicus, High Waisted, & Toys in Trouble will be performing live, with DJs Michael T, Dirtyfinger, Cousin Cole and more to fill out the rest of the night. Complimentary Midnight Champagne Toast with their own Ballpit Drop! Bring your worst moment of 2016 on a piece of paper, shred it in the shredder and watch your worst moment become a confetti explosion at Midnight. See-saw your troubles away, scream out your 2016 angst in our screaming high striker and play Pin the Blame on the Politician! Lose yourself in our ball pit and come dance in 3 floors of possibility and installations so you can forget 2016 and start 2017 off right.
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Ambient Church, Whiskey Feast, Family Funhouse – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (11/16–11/22)

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shakespen-posterWEDNESDAY 11/16

♥  The Greenpoint Get-Down @ No. 7 North (931 Manhattan Ave) 9pm, FREE, Mixmasters are your tour guides: Bartender, Christopher Fisher, will be taking charge of the delicious drinkables, and DJ Patrick A. Reed will spin the world’s grooviest tunes, More Info
* Shakespen & Marlboro @ Annoyance Theatre (367 Bedford Ave) 9:30pm, $5, Wilboro Shakespen and Christopen Marlboro are roommates with a terrible secret… they’re history’s greatest playwrights! They’ve also got a terrible mission… to write history’s greatest play, or else get evicted from their chill bach’ pad!, Buy Tix


maiertheplacelessplacevideostill3THURSDAY 11/17

♦ “The Placeless Place” 
@ The Boiler (191 North 14th St), 7pm, FREE, Exhibition of new works on paper and two new videos by Ati Maier. Video Screening with a live performance by Vostok, More info
 Ambient Church with Steve Hauschildt @ Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St) 8pm, $12-15, Steve Hauschildt celebrates his new release “Strands” on Kranky. Live performances and visuals by Eric Epstein, Buy tix
#The Masters of Social Gastronomy present Chinese Takeout @MOFAD (62 Bayard St), 6pm, $20, Join Sarah Lohman and Jonathan Soma to learn about the history of Chinese takeout and the stories behind our modern American Chinese food experience, Buy tix

mikehambouzz_kayrockFRIDAY 11/18
♦(Kay)rock Paper Scissors @ Kayrock Screenprinting (1205 Manhattan Ave) 6:00pm, FREE, Michael Hambouz’s newest print on view along with cut-paper works, 3D and 2D paintings, screenprints, and video. Opening reception w/ Special Guest DJ Edley O’Downd of Psychic TV. RSVP
*TV Hangover: How I Met Your Mother Party
@ Videology (107 Norman Ave)9:30PMpm, FREE, Get in the Thanksgiving spirit with festive episodes of How I Met Your Mother with TVHangover. Trivia & drinking games, RSVP


brewinmotionSATURDAY 11/19

# Whiskey Feast @ Brooklyn Expo (72 Noble St) 1pm, $59-$115, 40+ whiskies and cocktails paired with 20+ seasonal dishes from local restaurants, Buy tix
#Tuna Cutting Ceremony 
@ Amami (57 Nassau Ave) 5pm, $60, Chef Nick Wang will cut a 200lb Bluefin Tuna, which will be served in a four-course dinner and unlimited sake, Buy tix
#Brew in Motion 2.0 @ Green Space (37-24 24th St, LIC), 4:30PM, $25, Sustainable performance platform in celebration of contemporary dance and craft beer, Buy tix


bkbazaar_familyfunhouseSUNDAY 11/20

* Family Funhouse 
@ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 1pm-5pm, FREE, Presented by The Little People Party with three floors of family fun including family oriented market, cellar play area, rockin’ dance parties for ages 1-4+, More info
*Sound Bath and Deep Mantra @ Maha Rose (722 Metropolitan Ave) 7pm $35, Dive deeply in mantra and vocal toning to align your inner being.  Then immerse in a sound bath with singing bowls, tuning forks,hand pans, gong and more.  You will leave drenched in sonic vibration, Buy tix


revvinceandersonMONDAY 11/21

♫ Play Date @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St) 6pm, FREE, Hear new dramatic works & reinterpreted classics read with extreme vigor and pizazz, More info
♫ Memory Palace Release Show @ National Sawdust (80 North 6th St) 9pm, $29, live performance by Ian Rosenbaum from his debut solo album to be released in January 2017, Buy tix
♫ Reverend Vince Anderson and the Love Choir @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 10:30pm, FREE, Dirty gospel and good vibes, More info


ingloriousbasterds_bkbazaarTUESDAY 11/22
* Inglorious Basterds Screening @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, Quentin Tarantino fans rejoice for movie night in the main ballroom, RSVP
☺ Escape to Eveningtime! @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, FREE, Live variety show podcast! Comedy night by AbeMixture, More info

* Greenpointers Pick
♫ Music
^ Literary Event
♦ Art Event
☺ Comedy Event
# Foodie Event
♥ Pheremones Likely

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Hang On, Spooky: North Brooklyn Halloween Roundup!

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.

⟫⌇⧘⧚⧛⧙⌇⟫ WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26  ⟪⌇⧘⧚⧛⧙⌇⟪

gifoween-bkbazaar-2016GIF-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
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Spirits Circus Cabaret, Halloween Flea Market, Pumpkin Carving Contest – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (10/19–10/25)

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14522913_725221424296056_2199036423498173546_nWEDNESDAY 10/19
☺ Stir Crazy Wednesdays @ Slick Willie (179 Meserole Ave) 8pm, FREE, A weekly comedy show hosted by Aldo Marachilian, More info
* Final Presidential Debate @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 9pm, FREE, With free popcorn both to eat and to throw at the screen, More info

14707850_10154586974802052_3893117622560484351_oTHURSDAY 10/20
* Damn Good 
@ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St) 8pm, $16, A performance art series that brings together artists whose work resists categorization and invites experimentation, Buy tix
* Pat October 
@ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 10pm, FREE, With Ani Klang / Adam Radakovich / Volvox / JD Samson / OLIVE T / Amber Valentine, RSVP
* Dragnet Halloween @ The Metropolitan (559 Lorimer St) 11pm, FREE, With Maddelynn Hatter / Crystal Mesh / Zenobia / Merrie Cherry / Francesca, More info

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Weekend Music: Live at Art D’Lugoff’s (8/13 – 8/14)

When the temp is 95, go with tropical music

It’s a shame it’s supposed to be muggy with some thunder this weekend, because Fire Island and Jones Beach have some fine shows.

But I’ve got an option much closer to home that will bring you to the tropics with the chance to duck into a subway home if the skies unleash their fury.

And for our local patio and roof show recommendations, no train is needed.

Finally, Sunday afternoon you can escape the muggy weather at Good Room with a long-play of Daft Punk‘s Discovery album accompanied by a screening of Interstella 5555. Continue reading

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