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


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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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
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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This Weekend, Rock Out at an Old Stone House

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…
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Minks Returns, But Not to ‘Kill Everyone Now’


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.
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Depreciation Guild Returns, Plus Lots of Good Small Shows

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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.
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Shows: Maxwell’s Is Closing, Bushwick Block Party


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.
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