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Watch Aaron Cohen Woo ‘Potential Fans,’ Then See Him Shine in ‘Stanley Kubrick’

Aaron Cohen knew he wasn’t going anywhere in Seattle. “I just needed to get out. I wasn’t doing anything productive,” said the Jewish rapper of his hometown. Three years ago, he moved to New York, fell in with a nascent collective called Inner City Kids, and was soon producing music, doing shows and shooting videos.
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Tiki Disco Had One Last Epic Beach Bash

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

So, yeah, the loss of Odessa Bar put a damper on the weekend; luckily, Tiki Disco was there to blunt the pain with a rager at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club the next day. Downtown photographer Justin Jay, who has a bungalow nearby, dropped in and shot the photos above. Click through them to experience the torpid, dark-and-stormy-fueled madness of Tiki’s last installment of “Bushwick by the sea” and be glad you didn’t have to wait in line for the bathroom. The guys will be back in Brooklyn this Sunday, at Output’s rooftop Canopy Bar.

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Upcoming: Blouse in the House, It's Diarrhea Planet's World

FIVE YEARS FOR CAPTURED TRACKS

As a prelude to the two-day anniversary festival this weekend, Captured Tracks records will have a kick-off party tonight at Glasslands, headlined by Blouse. The show will double as the Portland trio’s album release show for their sophomore effort, Imperium; fans of the ethereal, smeared art-pop of Blouse’s debut (full of warped synth lines, coiled guitar melodies and Charlie Hilton’s detached, Broadcast-leaning vocals) will find more to love here. Singer-songwriter Donovan Blanc and unpolished, fractured-racket makers Writer will open. Glasslands, 289 Kent Ave, Williamsburg, Friday, doors at 8 p.m., $10.
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Lauren Flax Is Enjoying the ‘Darker Turn’ Pop Music Has Taken

(Photo: Mark Pilaro)

Lauren Flax (right) and her CREEP bandmate Lauren Dillard. (Photo: Mark Pilaro)

Lauren Flax is one of those NYC nightlife fixtures that seems to be everywhere at once. Case in point: when we heard her band CREEP was releasing a new video next week, we hit her up for an interview. Then, by happy coincidence, Bossa Nova Civic Club told us she was one of the DJs they’re bringing to the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar this Saturday. (Also on the decks: Gavin Russom, Marcos Cabral, Jacky Sommer, and Umfang.)
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A Word With American Authors, the Bushwick Band Playing Leno Next Week

American Authors isn’t a category at Molasses Books — it’s the latest Brooklyn band to hit it big. Their first single, “Believer,” spent 22 weeks on Alt Nation’s Alt-18 Countdown, while their second single, “Best Day of My Life,” just appeared in a trailer for The Delivery Man (in which Vince Vaughn wears a Warsaw t-shirt). You can hear both on their self-titled EP, out today.
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All These People Showed Up For a Secret Jay Z Show That Never Happened

(Photo: Sara Edwards)

(Photo: Sara Edwards)

The #HovaHoax of 2013 might just be the biggest punking since Radiohead was a no-show at Zuccotti Park. Because there apparently weren’t enough free shows going on this weekend, someone started a rumor that Jay-Z (er, Jay Z) was doing a surprise gig — not at his own Barclays Center, where the MTV Music Video Awards went down Sunday, but on Troutman Street in Bushwick.
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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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Free Shows in Parks This Weekend, Joan of Arc Next Week

Thanks to our summer weekends guide, you already know that the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is taking over Tompkins Square Park on Sunday. Here’s what else is coming up this weekend and beyond. Afropunk-2013-Line-up
AFROPUNK FEST
For nearly a decade now, the two-day Afropunk Festival, held at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene, has symbolically marked the end of the summer festival circuit with bonkers lineups that are blessedly (at this point) bereft of white twenty-something indie rock bands.
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‘Self-Aware Gentrifiers’ Had a Tactical Meeting in Bushwick Last Night

Image via The Base's Facebook page.

Image via The Base’s Facebook page.

“I’m a transplant, and I wonder if I’m part of the problem,” said a young Bushwick resident last night at The Base, the neighborhood’s new leftist community center. “Is there anything we can do? Become self-aware gentrifiers?”

The question came up at a meeting led by Frank Morales, called Fighting Displacement and Building Grassroots Power. Presenting his zine, “Strategy and Tactics of Neighborhood Self-Defense,” the housing activist described the earliest and most unpleasant stage of gentrification: landlords let buildings decay without maintenance and the city stops funding firefighters, hospitals, and the precinct, so that long-term residents leave the now unlivable area and landlords can fix up their buildings and raise the rent.
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Owners of Pearl’s and Los Perros Locos Got Stiffed By Bike Thieves

As far as we can tell, the thefts are in no way related to the classic work of Italian neo-realist cinema.

There’s an old saying: don’t bite the hand that feeds you, and don’t steal their wheels either!

And yet a couple of weeks ago Alex Mitow, the owner of Los Perros Locos, posted a Facebook update about his bike disappearing from a fence on the Lower East Side. And this morning Betsy Maher, the owner of Pearl’s Social and Billy Club, and Benny Thomson, a bartender at Anchored Inn, had their two Suzuki motorbikes stolen from outside Thomson’s place at 62 Greenpoint Avenue. (Yep, more crime in Greenpoint…)
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Heptagames Will Be ‘Like Gathering of the Juggalos But Way More Interesting’

The barn at the Catskills farm

The barn at the Catskills farm

We’re approaching a cultural moment in the history of New York City where there’s really no excuse not to go upstate for a weekend of arts and games. First, we told you about Offsite; then Summer Camp; and then last week, we wrote about The Last Weekend, a three-day food, arts and crafts festival taking place in September in the Catskills. Now comes Heptagames, a “festival of games, installations, and performances” taking place in the Catskills this weekend.
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East Village Murals Vanish; More Development in Williamsburg and Bushwick

Buff Monster, Bushwick Collective

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Does Bushwick Collective (above) have to get all the murals? Chico’s wall, located at the corner of East Houston and Avenue B, was painted over without explanation this weekend, according to EV Grieve, who also noticed that the Joe Stummer mural on the side of Niagara has disappeared. But don’t despair, Strummer is coming back.

The recent string of crime in Greenpoint makes it seem like the neighborhood must have seen safer times, right? Well, an info graphic – comparing this year to last, and (for some serious perspective) 1993 – might make you feel a little better about the North Brooklyn neighborhood in 2013: while incidents of rape are up, robbery is down 22%. [Greenpointers]
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