music

No Comments

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.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

This Weekend, Rock Out at an Old Stone House

OITS_POSTER_WEB_080113v2OUT IN THE STREETS
This weekend, a two-day music-and-arts festival (featuring Doldrums, Pictureplane, Ava Luna, Heliotropes, Heavenly Beat, and plenty more) comes to the oldest Dutch Colonial stone house left standing in New York City.

The original house, located just across the Brooklyn-Queens border in Ridgewood, was built in 1661 on land granted by Peter Stuyvesant. The current structure was built starting in 1709 by a Flatbush resident named Paulus Vander Ende, and in 1820, another man named Adrian Onderdonk erected frame additions to the house. The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House has been maintained by the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society and the National Register of Historic Places over the years, operating as a historical museum, genealogical research library, and host to a plethora of other cultural events…
Keep Reading »

No Comments

The NYPL Has Unloaded 16,000 Cheap LPs, and the Sale Ain’t Over Yet

The NYPL Record Fair (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

The NYPL Record Fair (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

Matthew Gantt and Joe White flip through the stacks.

Matthew Gantt and Joe White flip through the stacks.

Sup, ladies?

Sup, ladies?

Browsing.

Browsing.

No, it's not the soundtrack to the Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez film.

No, it's not the soundtrack to the Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez film.

Malena Negrao, Ian Daly and Paul Oliver ponder their choices.

Malena Negrao, Ian Daly and Paul Oliver ponder their choices.

The NYPL record sale.

The NYPL record sale.

When you want to make your houseguests ashamed of their sinful ways.

When you want to make your houseguests ashamed of their sinful ways.

Samuel Gentle came straight from his job at Mt. Sinai.

Samuel Gentle came straight from his job at Mt. Sinai.

By Friday afternoon, the second of three days during which the New York Public Library is unloading 22,000 vinyl LPs at Lincoln Center, there was no New Kids on the Block to be found — presumably, some eager wax collector jumped on that gem early. In fact, the majority of the remaining offerings were classical records.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Minks Returns, But Not to ‘Kill Everyone Now’

MINKS

By the Hedge, the 2011 debut by Brooklyn-based indie-pop band Minks, was one of that year’s quietly underrated records: a languid, sumptuous guitar-rock record that cribbed sounds and textures from the U.K. bands who’d called Creation Records home two decades prior. We haven’t heard much from Minks since then. Turns out, that’s because lead singer/songwriter Sean Kilfoyle wanted to move away from that dense, shoegazer approach, toward something more musically direct.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

The Depreciation Guild Brought Back Its 8-Bit Shoegaze at Glasslands

(Photo: Kristin Knoll)

(Photo: Kristin Knoll)

“I can’t believe we’re here,” said Kurt Feldman on stage at Glasslands on Saturday. Considering the rapturous, slightly disbelieving response of the crowd, they couldn’t believe it, either. They’d gathered for what was billed as The Depreciation Guild’s first show in more than two and a half years.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Depreciation Guild Returns, Plus Lots of Good Small Shows

Depreciation Guild's Facebook.

Depreciation Guild’s Facebook.

IN HER GENTLE JAWS
Pretty light week for super attention-grabbing shows in our neighborhoods this week — seems like all the big ticket items are in one or another of our fine city’s public parks. Nevertheless, there are a wealth of quality smaller shows to choose from, starting with The Depreciation Guild‘s return(!) at Glasslands on Saturday.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Shows: Maxwell’s Is Closing, Bushwick Block Party

FAREWELL TO MAXWELL’S

When Maxwell’s opened its doors in August of 1978, no one could have guessed the inconspicuous corner restaurant/bar would eventually fit into the same pantheon of iconic NYC rock clubs as CBGB, Max’s Kansas City, and the Bottom Line — definitional venues that instantly conjure a specific sound, in a specific place, during a specific era. At Maxwell’s, that was the Hoboken sound: jangly, blue-collar guitar rock, as played by Yo La Tengo, the dBs, the Bongos, the Feelies, and countless other working-class bands that made Maxwell’s their home base, and a leading stop on the independent rock tour circuit since the ’80s.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Wanna Go to Summer Camp With Some Brooklyn Bands?

summercampposter1The sleep-away camp we told you about last month has come and gone, but fear not: you can still revisit your summer camp experience in the honeyed glow of nostalgic reverie.

The Wild Honey Pie, a live-sessions-oriented music blog, is teaming up with Consequence of Sound to launch Summer Camp, a day of live recording sessions in the wilderness of northern Westchester County. (The specific location of the property is a secret.)
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Big Snow Is Closed and Owner Yoni David Is Recovering From a Shooting

Big Snow (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Big Snow (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Sad news: on Saturday morning, Bushwick DIY venue Big Snow Buffalo Lodge tweeted that it was “closed for good.” The venue’s co-owner Yoni David now tells Bedford + Bowery that he was “caught in the line of fire” of a shooting outside the venue.
Keep Reading »

1 Comment

Unlocking the Truth’s Guitarist Sustained a Monkey-Bar Injury, But Shredded Anyway

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

Unlocking the Truth (Photos: Phillip Pantuso)

After getting a shoutout from Questlove and being called “the most brutal sixth grade metal band ever, ever, ever, ever” by Noisey, Unlocking the Truth has seen their preteen profile rise over the summer.

So anticipation was high when the 11- and 12-year-olds hit Cameo Gallery last night to unlock their crushing fusion of metal and hardcore, highlighted by thick heavy metal riffs, assaultive hardcore drums, and brutally epic breakdowns.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Upcoming Shows: Wire, Some Bedroom Pop, and Lots of Noise


THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON THAT’S ACTUALLY QUITE RIGHT
U.K. band Wire came of age in the first wave of punk, but they’re perhaps more responsible than any other band for pushing punk beyond its three-chord, rude boy roots into something more artful and articulate. Released between 1977 and 1979, Wire’s first three records — Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, and 154 — are as genre-scrambling, legacy-certifying, perfect a run you’ll see from any band. Their would-be fourth record, Change Becomes Us, never got recorded, as the band splintered and broke up until reuniting in 1985. Most of what they’ve released since then has been mediocre.
Keep Reading »

1 Comment

Bushwick Is Burning: Underground Trap Raves Keep It Weird

Dancer, Dai Burger, Junglepussy, Kay Rizz, Contessa Stuto

Dancer, Dai Burger, Junglepussy, Kay Rizz, Contessa Stuto

Passion Lounge (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Passion Lounge (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Dai Burger (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Dai Burger (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Passion Lounge (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Passion Lounge (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

 Contessa Stuto (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Contessa Stuto (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Passion Lounge (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Passion Lounge (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Dai Burger performing (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Dai Burger performing (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Passion Lounge (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Passion Lounge (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Dancer (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Dancer (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Juliana Huxtable of House of Ladosha (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Juliana Huxtable of House of Ladosha (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Bailey Styles (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Bailey Styles (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Joey LaBeija (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Joey LaBeija (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Junglepussy (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Junglepussy (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Richard Kennedy (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Richard Kennedy (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

 Dosha Devastation of House of Ladosha (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Dosha Devastation of House of Ladosha (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

WC Kids TeeBurr and Matt Sebastian (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

WC Kids TeeBurr and Matt Sebastian (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Santana WIlliams (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Santana WIlliams (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

TeeBurr texts, Matt Sebastian and Kay Rizz share fishbowl

TeeBurr texts, Matt Sebastian and Kay Rizz share fishbowl

It’s 3 a.m. at Passion Lounge, the heavily mirrored club on Broadway previously known as Angels, and the roving underground party known as Ultra Velvet is in full swing. Brooklyn rapper Dai Burger coos a line from her new single into the mic: “Soufflé, I could come on these bitches all day.” She’s iced in iridescent blue from head to transparent heel. Her audience is similarly attired in ensembles ranging from the futuristic to the obscene. As lasers spin, they share fish bowls, sipping an orgy of liquor from long straws. Passion’s towering security guards look on, confused.
Keep Reading »