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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
Good 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.
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.
“Unscrupulous landlords” beware. This morning Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the creation of the Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force at a press conference in Downtown Brooklyn. Keep Reading »