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Gigawatts Festival Drops Lineup: Black Lips, Anamanaguchi, Braid and More

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Arts and music rag 1.21 Gigawatts has announced the lineup for its annual music fest, going down July 24 to 26 at The Wick, The Well and the soon-to-open Our Wicked Lady. This year’s headliners are Atlanta punkers Black Lips, chip-tune wackos Anamanaguchi, and Chicago-area longtimers Braid. But there are a slew of other bands worth catching, including perennial festival favorites Ava Luna and other B+B picks like Lodro, Hondruas, Shark? and more. Tickets ($30 or $60 depending whether you’re doing one day or all three) go on pre-sale today at noon (password is savetheclocktower) and then officially go on sale Friday. Here’s the initial lineup.

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Brooklyn Barge Bar Floats Its Hope of Opening This Month

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Despite a stalemate with the local community board, it looks like Brooklyn Barge Bar isn’t dead in the water just yet. Aiming to be Brooklyn’s smaller version of the Frying Pan, the bar recently announced on Facebook that it hopes to open later this month. There are photos circa late March of the team building the gangway in Kingston, New York, and they’ve also launched a website detailing its menu and plans for engaging the community in (hopefully) non-alcohol related outdoor activities like sailing and fishing (though we’re not sure drunk fishing will be left totally out of the equation).

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10 April Fool’s Day Jokes That Played Brooklyn For Lulz

Crochet art installed in Bushwick by London Kaye. (Photo: londonkayecrochet on Instagram)

Crochet art installed in Bushwick by London Kaye. (Photo: londonkayecrochet on Instagram)

Bushwick Spam wasn’t the only April Fools’ Day ruse that tested the limits of Brooklyn absurdity in order to pull the local alpaca wool over everyone’s eyes. Here’s the rest of today’s faux news reports, from most believable to least believable.

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TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe Rocks Stage and Screen at SXSW

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Tunde Adebimpe is having a very busy SXSW. Not only did his band, TV on the Radio, do an Austin City Limits taping and a couple of live shows in Austin (we caught their all-too-short set at NPR Music’s party at Stubb’s last night), but he also stars as Jason Schwatzman’s wingman in 7 Chinese Brothers, which had its SXSW premiere Sunday. As you might expect from a film that takes its title from an REM song, the soundtrack includes a host of indie bands like Guided By Voices and Vampire Weekend (the latter band’s bassist, Chris Baio, did the score).

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‘This Bar Is Brooklyn’: St. Paddy’s Day With Rosemary at Her Greenpoint Tavern

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“That’s my chair honey.”

Rosemary Bleday reprimands a customer as he puts his hands on an empty chair at the end of the bar. Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern is packed to bursting with St. Patrick’s Day revelers, yet one chair remains tantalizingly open. It sits in a prime location, facing out on Bedford Avenue and providing a vantage point of the entire tavern. But Rosemary’s spot will always be Rosemary’s spot, like it has been for 60 years.

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How to Eat Your Way Through Pi(e) Day

A whole pile o' pies at The Blue Stove. (Photo: Lindsey Smith)

A whole pile o’ pies at The Blue Stove. (Photo: Lindsey Smith)

It’s been a while since high school, when I could eat a whole pint of ice cream while waiting for my mom to get home, but I still get excited for Pi(e) Day. This year, 3.14 is particularly special because it’s 3.14.15 — the first five digits of Pi. To celebrate this holiest of holy days, I decided to eat my way across Brooklyn, sampling all the pie I could.

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Fair-ly Good News: WFMU Record Fair Bounces to Brooklyn, Vinyl Fair Hits Queens

10960037_888161011205085_6290618504395276922_oGood news, Brooklyn record hounds — you won’t have to venture into Manhattan, much less above 14th Street, for WFMU’s annual record fair, which was held at the Armory and the Metropolitan Pavilion in previous years. This year’s installment, May 1 to 3, will be held at the brand spanking new Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. The dealer list has yet to be announced, but last year’s lineup featured local vendors like Record Grouch as well as dozens of out-of-towners like Ecstatic Yod Collective, the Massachusetts-based label/shop co-run by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.

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Motorgrrl Peals Out of Williamsburg So Apartment Complex Can Go Up

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In yet another example of unique Williamsburg institutions being displaced by the standard apartment building de jour, Motorgrrl has officially moved to Greenpoint. The motorcycle garage and storage facility, which has an interest in empowering female riders, began transitioning into its new digs at 42 Dobbins Street in December. Meanwhile, a permit was filed Monday with the Department of Buildings to demolish Motorgrrl’s former location.

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Love This: I Hate Being Single Is Back For Season 2

There’s never been a better time to have your cable service cut off for non-payment. First new webisodes of High Maintenance and now this: I Hate Being Single has returned to the interwebz for a second season.
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‘The Stuff Nightmares Are Made Of’: A Serial-Like Case In Our Own Backyard

Paul Higgins today. (Illustration of photo by Elizabeth Flock.)

Paul Higgins today. (Illustration of photo by Elizabeth Flock.)

A Brooklyn man is fighting to prove he was wrongfully convicted following a trial that bares striking and unsettling parallels to the one that was the subject of Serial.
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