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Crocodiles, Phoxes, and How Not To Get Beat Up by Brody Dalle

Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.

Southern rockers signed to Sub Pop? OK, then. Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires have straight-forward southern appeal, with lots of Skynyrd-esque guitar work and a dash of swamp blues. Will the show be good? They once got kicked out of a club for being too rowdy. In Texas. Mercury Lounge, Lower East Side, Friday, July 18 at 10:30 p.m., tickets $10
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Rocker-Writer Elizabeth Cline of Mortals Shreds Axe and Pen Alike

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Brooklyn metal band, Mortals (Photo: Fred Pessaro)

The Brooklyn metal scene is thriving. “It’s really cool to see how many bands have done well coming out of Brooklyn in recent years,” metal guitarist Elizabeth Cline tells us. And her band, Mortals, is no exception.
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Now Showing: Kickstarter Film Fest, Complimentary Absinthe, and More

quickiecrestThat damn potato salad might be all you’re hearing about Kickstarter these days, but the Greenpoint-based crowfunding company is throwing a big party in Fort Greene Park tonight.
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‘I Said, I Need More; So I Got This Girl, This Female Gremlin’

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

If you’re hitting the Brooklyn Flea’s ice cream social or doing anything else in Williamsburg this weekend, you might just run into Juan Nisvis, Jr., a freelance photographer who, since the beginning of summer, has been selling bottled beverages out of his roving “Caribean [sic] Gremlins From Brooklyn” cart.
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Cockroach Legs, Fantasy Pez, and Dick Pins: It’s Collector’s Night!

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Amber Maykut, an artist in residence at Morbid Anatomy, is both a taxidermist and collector of stuffed creatures. She first began collecting butterflies in high school. (Photo: Nicole Disser) (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Last night Williamsburg’s City Reliquary teamed up with the Brooklyn Historical Society for Collector’s Night 2014, held at the latter’s home base in Downtown Brooklyn.
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ABC Colonized Williamsburg Yesterday, HBO Takes Over Today

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Remember HBO’s ’80s program opener, where an asteroid exploded over “HBO City” and turned into the network’s logo? (If so, or even if not, check out this behind the scenes look; it turns out there were hookers on the corner). Well, that’s basically what Williamsburg will look like today, when both Girls and Boardwalk Empire film there. (Minus the hookers on the corner — unless that whole Iowa thing didn’t work out for Hannah.)
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‘Tommy Was the Ramones’: Friends and Colleagues Remember Tommy Ramone

Tommy Ramone at The Roundhouse in London on 4th July 1976. (Photo by Gus Stewart/Redferns)

Tommy Ramone at The Roundhouse in London on 4th July 1976. (Photo by Gus Stewart/Redferns)

Despite their impact, the Ramones struggled for commercial success. Their debut album, Ramones, has been called the most influential punk record, but it was only this past June – 38 years after its release – that the LP went gold.
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Former Rheingold Brewery Sells; Greenpoint Ferry Service Returning

Rockaway Beach 2014: Fort Tilden

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The site of the recently closed BP gas station in the East Village sold for $32 million. [The Real Deal]

In Greenpoint, repairs are underway at the India Street pier, and a spokesperson for the city’s Economic Development Corporation said that the pier could be back in service by next weekend’s start of the five-week-long G train shutdown. [Gothamist]

A parcel of 50 commercial properties in Bushwick—including the former Rheingold brewery site  on Flushing Avenue—sold for $11.25 million. [Brownstoner] Keep Reading »

The New St. Mark’s Bookshop Got Its First Window Display, With a LES Novel of Note

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Update, July 20: The store announced its reopening yesterday via a Facebook message, followed up by an e-mail blast today: “After nearly a month of delay while our contractor finished building out the new location and we moved everything into place, we have finally opened our doors again at our new store at 3rd and A. Our hours have changed and we will now be open daily from noon until 10pm. We look forward to seeing you!”
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Readings and Talks: Post-Apocalyptic Pregnancy, Kafkaesque Erotica, and More

Wise-up about the underlying structures of the Israel-Palestine conflict, lust in the style of Kafka, and hear about California’s (fictional) dystopian future at this week’s worthy readings and talks. 

Friday, July 18

An Evening with Nir Evron
As the Israel-Palestine conflict is once again splashed across the international press, there’s never been a better time to become familiar with the work of Nir Evron. The Israeli filmmaker has long been fascinated with the physical architecture of the conflict, and this latest work—Endurance—is the third in his “Architectural Trilogy.” Keep Reading »