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4 Good Shows to See This Week

(Flyer via Wolf Eyes)

(Flyer via Wolf Eyes)

Wolf Eyes: Trip Metal Residency
Thursday February 4 through Saturday February 6 at Union Pool: $12 – $14 
Vape with the dirty dogs and witness half of Detroit’s noise music scene take over Brooklyn this weekend. The Poppa Bear old timers of Wolf Eyes will lead their little pack of trip metal prodigy puppies– all of whom you’re guaranteed only to have heard from if you lurk around shows in Detroit occasionally, or can claim at least a few drunken years of crashing/ trolling, pissing on pool tables at co-ed parties in Ann Arbor. Or maybe you just read the internet a lot. Who knows? Let’s go with internet underground music dweeb, that way everyone’s invited. Keep Reading »

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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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10 Days In, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. Is Off the Hook

Adam (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Adam Geringer-Dunn at the fish counter. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Even at 3 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. is packed like a sardine can (the salmon spot was slammed mid-week, too). So it’s no surprise that fifth-generation fishmonger Vinny Milburn and former Pianos booker Adam Geringer-Dunn, co-owners of Greenpoint’s newest fish market and lobster joint, are starting to crack up. After the first ten days, when many restaurants are already floundering, this corner spot is making waves. We fought off the steady stream of customers to see how things are going.
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Don’t Call Him a Pick-Up Artist, But This Man Will Help You ‘Live Like a Stud’

(Photo courtesy of Anthony Recenello)

(Photo courtesy of Anthony Recenello)

Two Anthonies walk into a bar.

The first Anthony – a tall, swarthy man with a thick Russian accent – surveys the packed crowd at Pianos with quiet determination, and walks slowly towards the back of the room.
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Exclusive: Toons’ ‘Bazooka Joe’ Video Premiere

Photo courtesy of Toons' Facebook page

Photo courtesy of Toons’ Facebook page

In a world of much-too-serious video concepts and utterly ridiculous music trends, think of Toons as your classic Brooklyn party collective. At least, that’s what the band’s first video, “Bazooka Joe,” seems to suggest: a free, maybe even slightly volatile good time, where anything can, and probably does, happen. But aren’t those always the best stories?

On Toons’ self-titled debut, there’s no real agenda; just eleven quick, pop-inspired alternative tracks, perfect for blasting at the highest volume possible. Bedford + Bowery scored the “Bazooka Joe” premiere as well as an interview with Toons and video director Seamus McGuire, where topics like potential lawsuits were brought up and references to early-aughts action movies were made. If “Bazooka Joe” is your classic “happy nightmare” story, here are some thoughts from the morning after.
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The Best Brooklyn Bands We Saw at CMJ

Ava Luna (Photo: Gustavo Ponce)

Ava Luna (Photo: Gustavo Ponce)

CMJ seems to have been a success this year — or at least, that’s what a handful of Brooklyn club owners said when we spoke to them earlier this week. Peter Shapiro said Steven Spielberg dropped into Brooklyn Bowl, Jake Rosenthal said Glasslands was sold out every night, and Todd P seems to have come around to the fest.
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A Couple of Pianos Bookers Have Opened Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Baby's All Right (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Last night after our talk with four Brooklyn club operators, Zachary Mexico and Billy Jones, who attended the event, invited us over to their new club Baby’s All Right for a tour.

The bar and live music venue, located in a former plumbing supply warehouse at 146 Broadway, is now “openish,” having hosted a Brooklyn Vegan’s CMJ showcase last weekend, but it might be a couple of weeks before it’s fully open for what Mexico describes as a “nice clean lunch” during the day and “experimental bar food” at night.
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A Tour of Lady Gaga’s LES, Courtesy of the Guy Who Wrote the Book

Sullivan (and his book) on the Lower East Side (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sullivan (and his book) on the Lower East Side (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

If you caught Lady Gaga’s, well, Gaga-esque performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, you’d never think to describe her as “very short,” with a “very quiet voice.” But that’s how she was known to Brendan Jay Sullivan, author of a memoir out this week, Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, The Lower East Side and the Prime of our Lives.
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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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Watch Swaai Boys Turn Their Practice Space into an African Beach Hut

It’s Tropical Thursday here on Bedford + Bowery — now that we’ve introduced you to “castaway rock,” how bout some “turf rock”? Swaai Boys take their inspiration from the idea of adventure, manifesting in a hybrid genre they also call “tropical pop.”
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