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Weekend Music: Those Who Seek Beauty Will Find It (9/2 – 9/6)

Some members of the Metalachi collective

Recently this column discussed where to find comprehensive listings for live music in and around Greenpoint. We ran some contenders head-to-head and came up with a champ.

This week I’ll let you know about some places to find listings for obscure shows. You know, the ones that are more suited to your weird tastes that nobody else gets, except your sparse cadre of friends.

And regarding this weekend’s local shows, you’ll find New Wave, rock, and folk acts featured below. Continue reading

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Let’s Get Erotic with Frugging Parties, Blue Movies, Go-Go’s, and Filthy Tracks this May

Back in my single days I had no problem getting attention from women.

Didn’t even have to try, wearing pants that were two sizes too big, in order to feel comfortable after a large meal. Or a suede jacket in the pouring rain.

Women would stop and linger on me with their eyes. For some reason, it never turned into a date.

If you have the same problem, maybe what you need is to meet people in a sexually charged atmosphere. But sexy, not skeevy. Skeevy just feels predatory.

Avoiding skeevy this month, and leaving other seduction advice to the experts, here are some hot tips on the local scene. I’ll give you DJ’s playing vintage vinyl to accompany vintage X-rated movies. I’ve also got a lead on a local club with drag cabaret and less innocent offerings on tap in a same-sex friendly setting. Continue reading

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Jim Testa Q&A: On the Trump & Christie Double Bill, Jersey Bands, and Making Music in North Brooklyn

Jim Testa (far left) with a folk brigade. Photo by Andrew McInerney.

Whether you are fourteen or forty years old, your parents went through some boom years, either the go-go ’80s or the post-war Baby Boomer era.

People were making good money, but some songwriters knew there was a lot going wrong on the social and political scene.

In the ’60s you had Dylan and Arlo Guthrie to point it out. For my generation, it was Henry Rollins and the Dead Kennedys.

Now Jim Testa has appeared as the critical voice for our time. Continue reading

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Weekend Music: Everything Old is New Again (3/3 – 3/6)

Ah, nostalgia

Some songs and memories never leave us.

This weekend there are local opportunities to hear rockabilly, electronica, club, and calypso tunes that have stood the test of time.

Let’s begin tonight (3/3) with longtime road warrior Wayne “The Train” Hancock ringing out his Texas twang at the Knitting Factory.

I’ve been following Mr. Hancock since we were both living in Austin in the mid ’90s. All those gimmicky rockabilly bands floating around Brooklyn lately can’t hold a candle to him. Continue reading

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