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Your Comprehensive Guide to a Nasty Week of Punk Festivities

(poster by Alexander Heir)

(poster by Alexander Heir)

It’s finally almost here, New York’s Alright 2015! Get excited for this year’s all things punk fest where tons of related official and unofficial happenings are being held in and around Bushwick, Greenpoint, East Williamsburg, and the Lower East Side. And you can stop screaming now, this isn’t a festival in any traditional / horrendous sense of the word, meaning you can put all your eggs in a basket marked “no” as in no you aren’t going to find anyone looking “Coachella as fuck” at this event. Or maybe you will. I haven’t turned on any TVs in a while so there’s a distinct possibility I’ve just been asleep at the wheel and Coachella hats are the new normcore. Well, normcore be damned — it’s time to break out your spikes, boys and girls (but only if you like saxophones).

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Week in Live Music: Last Punk Bits Before the Big Fest and Thank Heavens For Indie That’s… Different

1545169_10152483347651706_2017354149556436323_nWelcome to another end of the work week. You’re probably busy eyes-locked on the clock counting down the seconds until you can sprint out the door, straight into the nearest bodega, and pop the cap off your brown bag to bliss. Too busy to look for what the hell you’re gonna do with your ears tonight. Lucky for you we have a few stellar options lined up for tonight and beyond. We have a tiny dose of punk for you, but we’re holding the Big Gulp until next week, so get ready. In the meantime, step outside of the only genre that matters for a few minutes and you know, expand your mind.

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4 Must-Go Shows, One at a Secret Locale and Another at David Blaine’s Steakhouse

11081195_590080871094591_8503587807180071635_n Making a weekend show list was insanely easy this time around because there are an outrageous number of amazing happenings stuffed into a tiny slice of time, so choose wisely guys. Take your pick from surprises, standbys, newish venus, and secret locations. Believe it or not, it’s all happening within the next 48 hours.

Speaking of believing, you should probably, definitely hit David Blaine’s The Steakhouse– a newish DIY spot in where else? Bushwick. We’ve been in touch with the management over there and after this weekend will hopefully have a better idea of what kind of magic tricks we’re dealing with and whether or not this spot will reign as Bushwick’s most exciting steak dining destination. They’ve got a great deal of stiff competition.

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Four Must-See Shows This Week, From a Neo-Noise OG to a Bedroom Punk QT

Boy oh boy this weekend’s gonna be a wild one. There’s a lot of dark energy floating around right now. People have reached their breaking point with winter and it’s hard not to feel like something’s bound to give at any moment. Call me a truther, but I feel like ISIS might have something to do with this one. I mean they’re definitely the people behind “the dress,” am I right? Something so dull and inconsequential was the perfect way to distract people from the realities of war and global distress. Is that a glowing revelation for you or what? Well, sorry about that– but we suggest you banish your fear and channel all anxiety and doom into bobbing your head or grinding at any one of these rad shows. We promise you Suicide and Pharmakon will invoke way realer terror than “the dress.”

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Trash Bar Confirms It’s ‘Following the Flow of Creativity’ Eastward to Bushwick

(Gavin Thomas for NY Mag)

(Gavin Thomas for NY Mag)

Over the holiday break, Timeout reported that Trash Bar “could be closing for good” in Williamsburg. Now the bar has confirmed on Facebook that “the rumors are true,” though it insists it has “definitive plans to re-open at a yet undisclosed Bushwick location.”
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Spawn of Parquet Courts & PC Worship Made A Book, Want You To Party With Them

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(Flyer by Andrew Savage)

Local garage punks Parquet Courts, AKA Parkay Quarts, did a really confusing thing recently and teamed up with another  band of similar musical tastes, PC Worship. Together these Brooklyn bands gave birth to PCPC, a bb that could play sick shows right out of the womb. But apparently music isn’t something the only thing these guys are keen to collaborate on. Tonight at Trans Pecos, AdHoc is throwing a party for the release of 2014, a book by A. Savage and Justin Frye.

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CBGB? CMJ? OMG! Your Guide to The Acronym Invasion

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In the coming weeks a flurry of acronyms approacheth the city as CMJ and the CBGB music festival make landfall. Both apparently used to stand for something cool. It’s safe to open your ears now, because we promise our picks have developed a special antibody rendering them resistant to a case of the lames which develops in conjunction with Apple collaborations and/or the advanced stage of Music Industrial Complex infection.
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LOT LIC Music & Film Fest

The LOT LIC Music & Film Series is an eight-week summer party in Long Island City. It’s a free event, with music on Saturdays and film on Thursdays. We know what you’re thinking: no G train service will make it impossible to go. Not true! You can take the 7 to Court Sq. or the N to Queensboro Plaza and it’s a quick jaunt from there. This week’s performers are SinkaneTakuya Kurodaand DJ D-Felic43-29 Crescent St, Long Island City, Saturdays from 3-9 p.m.; Thursdays from 6-10 p.m., tickets free

MUSIC

August 2

SINKANE • TAKUYA KURODA • DJ D-FELIC

August 9

STREETS OF LAREDO • WALKING SHAPES • DJ BRENNAN GREEN

August 16

TAYLOR McFERRIN • JENNAH BELL • DJ RICH MEDINA

August 23

SMALL BLACK • KEVIN MORBY • DJ SPUN

August 30

FREDERICKS BROWN • SILVER feat. EDDIE HENDERSON • DJ NICKODEMUS

September 6

HOLLIS BROWN • JONNY FRITZ • DJ SCOTT EWALT

September 13

WIDOWSPEAK • ALEX BLEEKER AND THE FREAKS • DJ ALEX FROM TOKYO

September 20

SUGARMAN 3 • NAOMI SHELTON AND THE GOSPEL QUEENS

& DAPTONE RECORDS FAMILY DJs

 

FILM

August 7

CHOP SHOP

(2008) USA – Directed by Ramin Bahrani

August 14

POLYESTER

(1981) USA – Directed by John Waters

August 21

STRICTLY BALLROOM

(1992) Australia – Directed by Baz Luhmann

August 28

THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE

(2003) Canada/Belgium/France – Directed by Sylvain Chomet

September 4

LO QUATTRO VOLTE

(2010) Italy – Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino

September 11

PARIAH

(2011) USA – Directed by Dee Rees

September 18

WILD STYLE

(1983) USA – Directed by Charlie Ahearn

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6 Shows You Should Really Go See

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


Fresh off their European tour with Islands, Brooklyn band TEEN takes over Brooklyn Night Bazaar this week. The female four-piece is headed up by Kristina “Teeny” Lieberson (hence the band’s name), formerly of Here We Go Magic. TEEN calls their music “psychedelic gospel”; it’s part glittering pop, part soulful rock. If you can’t make the Bazaar tonight, you can catch em on September 23 at Bowery Ballroom. Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Greenpoint, Friday, August 22 at 7 p.m., tickets free
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Hop Along With Bad Bunnies, Go Down the Rabbit Hole with LODRO, and More

Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music.
Bad Rabbits are a Boston-based rock/R&B outfit who’ve been around since ’07. The five-piece band serves up infectious, funky beats and driving vocal harmonies that manage to remain nimble. It’s impossible not to hop when Bad Rabbits play. Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Greenpoint, Friday, August 8 at 8 p.m., tickets free

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FKA Twigs at Webster Hall

FKA Twigs is a badass British chick with sex and sass to spare. To borrow a phrase from a fellow badass, Twigs is on the edge of glory; her last album, EP2, earned rave reviews, and she has an album called LP1 coming out mid-August. Her voice is twinkling, sparse and precise. This is going to be a weird show. Webster Hall, East Village, Wednesday, August 6 at 8 p.m.