Wow guys, big week for the DIY scene: Aviv turns a whole one year old. And actually, that’s kinda getting up there in DIY years. Though, of course, we wish them many more. The Greenpoint venue has wasted no time in becoming pretty much the (true) DIY spot in North Brooklyn. To celebrate, Aviv is hosting a b-day party on Saturday featuring Bambara, Parlor Walls, and word on the street (er, on Facebook) is that an appearance is inevitable by one Ronnie Stone— quite possibly Brooklyn’s only leather-licking, “Moldovan” ’80s-fetish band fronted by a keytar-wielding, struttin’ mustache. Definitely don’t miss this banger. Details on that show and more to preoccupy you in all that might-as-well-be-dead time from now till then.
Clear your schedule for Parlor Walls‘ EP release show. The record officially, officially drops the day after, but you can grip a super-secret, super-exclusive, super-premature copy at this Thursday-night show and declare yourself super freaking special. Critics who have praised Cut, the first release from Alyse Lamb’s (EULA) new project, have generally agreed the band is doing something “different.” We couldn’t agree more. There’s a big ol’ line in the sand between the Brooklyn not-pop scene, with indie rock on one side and (I guess you could say) “harder” stuff on the other. But Alyse Lamb has never seemed to abide much by this line, floating back and forth between delicacy and catchy riffs on the one hand, experimentalism and noisy feedback on the other.
Read more here.
This week, as I’m sure you’ll be surprised to hear, there are plenty of shows worth blowing your ears out for. Our picks include a brand new project from a longtime blues punk devotee, The Dark Prince of Garage, and sugar-sweet disco that’s not afraid to hit sour notes. All that and more below this here line.
For he’s a jolly good Fela, and so is David Lee Roth. This Saturday, celebrate the legendary frontmen and bon vivants at these two fests.
Saturday, Oct. 17, 4pm at The Diamond, 43 Franklin St., Greenpoint; free.
Might as well jump. The Diamond’s annual birthday celebration of its namesake will have you doing air kicks like “Diamond” Dave himself. The soup savants at Good Stock will be serving up Brat.s for Teacher and Runnin’ with the Deviled Eggs, to go along with that Roggen with the Devil beer from Greenpoint Brewing Co. (Hopefully there won’t be an “eruption” in your stomach, har har.) And rest assured you’ll be able to dance the night away: DJs Easetheseatback and Frau Mary will be spinning Van Halen tunes along with German metal and (sorry, no way around this) Oktoberfest tunes. But please, respect The Diamond’s neighbors. No dancing in the street.
Three people were shot, one fatally, shortly before 8 a.m. today in Bushwick. A 53-year-old man was found dead near the corner of Knickerbocker Avenue and Grattan Street with gunshots in his torso, a police spokesperson told Bedford + Bowery. A 57-year-old man was wounded in the torso. A bullet also grazed the hip of a 13-year-old girl as she walked to school, the police said. Authorities are looking for three Hispanics in their mid-20s.
Christopher Stout, founder of Bushwick Art Crit Group, has just opened his gallery in the disputed territory of East Williamsburg, the realization of plans we first heard about in early September. I had a chance to check the place out on Friday, and found that Stout is already keeping good on his pledge to show “subversive art.” The centerpiece of the gallery’s inaugural show, Shepard by Phoenix Lindsey-Hall, is a massive, meticulously crafted porcelain replica of the iconic fence Matthew Shepard (the victim of a notorious hate crime) was bound to before he was tortured and left for dead back in 1998. Not easy-to-swallow material, to say the least.
Read more about the gallery and the exhibition here.
Founder of the Bushwick Art Crit Group, Christopher Stout is now the head of his own gallery, which has its very first art opening with sculptor Phoenix Lindsey Hall’s solo exhibition, “Shepard.” The centerpiece of the show, a 14-foot replica of the fence Matthew Shepard was chained to while his assailants tortured him to death, is a stark confrontation with a symbol of hate and anti-gay violence. “It’s a very somber show,” Stout explained. “New York tends to show very serious work in the fall and it seems like a very important way but also a very different way to talk about some of the issues we’re interested in exploring.”
Read more about the gallery here.
Music: Child Abuse, Silk Purse, Lydia Lunch with Weasel Walter and Sandy Ewen, + surprise special guest
Silk Purse is a newish band with members of beloved noise rock outfit Sightings, who went under earlier this summer after 15 years together. High hopes are in order. But better yet, prepare yourself for a performance by Lydia Lunch, backed by bassist/drummer Weasel Walter and artist/avant-garde musician Sandy Ewen. If this show goes anything like her spoken word show went last spring, things are gonna be nothing short of fiery.
Read more here.
Word on the street is the guys of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, the Australian psych rock band playing the final show on their US tour tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg, will be serving up cocktails at Our Wicked Lady in Bushwick once they’ve shredded their last. Let’s hope they’ve got bartending experience under those guitar straps.
What the hell happened? Seems as if Fall came out of nowhere, and fast. Dead leaves on the gross-ass ground, trash tornadoes from the sudden gusts of ice wind, and a slanted sun that disappears before you’ve had the chance to get out of bed. We’ve already heard people planning to split for the Waste Coast (lame) before it gets ugly. Thankfully, we’ve got a number of bands blowing into town whose sounds hail from warmer climates, reminding us we can always travel to these places in our minds when shit hits the fan.
“This gallery is my baby,” explained Christopher Stout, founder of the Bushwick Art Crit Group. This fall, Stout will host his inaugural exhibition as a gallery owner at his new space, the first of several anticipated art institutions inside an East Williamsburg warehouse space. BACG is “a not-for-profit community resource for everybody,” Stout explained. “But it felt like it was increasingly challenging– in a negative way– to make programming that was about everyone.” In order to host exhibitions that relate to specific subjects that Stout is more personally invested in, without having to worry about “alienating everyone else,” he said, “it really needed to be separate and become its own thing.”
Yeah, yeah we’re well aware there’s a holiday weekend– for some of us, anyway– coming up soon, but all the better to pack in some legit shows this week before you pack your bags. Besides, just face it, you’re probably doing something not that far from grilling/hanging/sun-roasting/eating/boozing/eating/boozing and acting generally like a beached whale on a bender this weekend anyway, so might as well sweat out the last of your bikini blob at these bangers.