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Bob Holman Is Fighting the ‘Blazing, Blanding Branding’ of the Scene

Howl! Festival, Bob Holman

Holman is also an organizer of Howl! Festival. (Photo: Chris O. Cook)

Given his involvement with the No 7-Eleven campaign and the relaunch of the Bowery Poetry Club in a new location, the poet Bob Holman occupies the crossroads of several vectors of change on the Bowery. Not that that’s anything new for him: since the ’70s, in his various roles as coordinator of the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, director of the Nuyorican Poets Café, founder of the Bowery Poetry Club, author, editor, emcee and archivist (among other things), Holman has perhaps done more than anybody else to foster and grow the Bowery’s long and storied oral poetry tradition.
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Shilpa Ray Wrote a Song About Paula Deen, at Nick Cave’s Behest

Shilpa Ray at this year's Antifolk Festival at Sidewalk. (Photo: Michael Leviton)

Shilpa Ray at this year’s Antifolk Festival at Sidewalk. (Photo: Michael Leviton)

Last night at Pianos, as Shilpa Ray howled along to a harmonium and bounced between tough swagger, sweet laughter and charming stage banter, it became apparent that not only is the bluesy punk singer one of Brooklyn’s most unique and moving performers, but she’s pretty much the epitome of cool. It’s no surprise that, earlier this year, legendary musician and all-around badass Nick Cave asked the Greenpointer to join him on tour as a back-up singer in The Bad Seeds.
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Just Looping You Into This Conversation With the King of All Vines

Nick Megalis brainstorming Vines.

Nicholas Megalis brainstorming Vines.

Nicholas Megalis burned his hand pretty badly right before we talked to him. Luckily, the New Yorker with the most subscribers (2.3 million!) on Vine had something to show for it: a lazy-man’s burrito pulley — jerry-rigged with rope and “something nailed to his ceiling” — that dropped a brick of meat and cheese wrapped in a tortilla on a hot frying pan.
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It’s the End of Fuse Gallery as We Know It, and Erik Foss Feels Fine

L to R: Shepard Fairey and Erik Foss at Lit. (Courtesy Erik Foss)

L to R: Shepard Fairey and Erik Foss at Lit earlier this week. (Courtesy Erik Foss)

On Wednesday, Fuse Gallery held its last regular opening after 11 years as a hub of downtown cool and creativity. Guests like Lower East Side graphic designer Kenzo Minami and Lobster Joint owner Tommy Chabrowski gathered in the little room behind Lit Lounge to play with Aliya Naumoff’s photos of musicians who, in some cases, have shown at Fuse Gallery themselves (e.g. Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha).
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When Solange Plays a Laundromat, This Guy Makes It Look Fresh

(Photo: Caris Reid)

Alan Del Rio Ortiz painted by Caris Reid.

What do Florence and the Machine, St. Vincent, Smith Westerns, Drowners, and Spector have in common? Alan Del Rio Ortiz has directed videos for all of them. (Also, they are all insanely talented.)

You probably saw the clip of Solange performing at a laundromat near Barclays Center earlier this week. Yep, Del Rio Ortiz shot that one too. While the 30-year-old filmmaker specializes in music videos, his portfolio also includes live concerts, tour videos, a documentary special on Blood Orange, and several short film collaborations with Slutever’s Karley Sciortino. He’s spending his summer shooting a series of live performances (including the Solange one) as part of the Uncapped series for Vitaminwater/The Fader.
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Dark-Pop Duo Weeknight Will Take You into the Weekend

WeeknightsSince October of 2011, Andy Simmons and Holly MacGibbon have been making dark, beautiful pop rock together as Weeknight. After a busy summer of finishing up a forthcoming debut album and touring the U.S. with Montreal shoegaze-pop outfit Valleys, the burgeoning Bushwick duo spoke to us ahead of their show at 285 Kent tonight, where they’ll be sharing the bill with another Montreal-based act, Blue Hawaii.
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Ashley Cardiff On Writing About Sex, Dating, Puberty and Other Alarming Things

Ashley at her native drinking hole, Shayz Lounge (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Ashley at her native drinking hole, Shayz Lounge (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Ashley Cardiff — incisive, often hilarious voice from The Gloss — released a book this month called Night Terrors: Sex, Dating, Puberty and Other Alarming Things. As you might guess from the title, the 27-year-old Williamsburger’s essay collection recounts her experiences with sexual development and peripheral subjects like pick-up artists, pubic hair and masturbation. The stories span her time from a precocious yungun’ in California to a disillusioned editorial assistant in New York City.
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Talking East Village-Bushwick With the Bi-Borough Producers of Slideluck

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The concept is kind of irresistible: a free dinner followed by a slideshow of local artwork. The Slideluck Potshow [the former Slideluck Potshow has rebranded as just Slideluck] began in photographer Casey Kelbaugh’s backyard in Seattle in 2000, expanded to Amsterdam, Nairobi, Bogota and beyond, and it’s coming to Bushwick this Thursday. This year, it’ll feature the work of 25 Bushwick and East Williamsburg-based artists (their names are below), one of which will be selected for a solo show at the Living Gallery in October. Bring a homemade potluck dish and you’ll get two raffle tickets for goodies from local businesses.
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Hear Luke Temple's New One, and the Tale of Jen Turner Leaving Here We Go Magic

Luke Temple (Photo: Michael Leviton)

Luke Temple (Photo: Michael Leviton)

Shortly after touring the Nigel Godrich-produced album A Different Ship, Here We Go Magic front man Luke Temple spent the winter working on his forthcoming solo record, Good Mood Fool. The album’s first single, “Katie,” is being released today (we’ve got your first listen below) and combines Temple’s classic falsetto vocals with R&B-inspired dance beats.
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Talking SimCity and Centipede With the Curator of the Video-Game Theater Fest

Above: “Harold Pinter’s Duck Hunt,” from the 2010 festival.

8-Bit villains, roleplaying heroes, and an evil queen who wants to destroy Earth by boring its gamers to death — these are not sort of things we usually see on stage. But the people behind Game Play, a three-week-long theater festival celebrating games and the people who play them, know that the best theater has no time for reality.
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