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Watch This Music Video Shot in Bushwick’s New Live-In Creativity Caldron

Songwriter Dru Cutler lives with five other artists in a loft that’s pretty much the epitome of DIY Bushwick. With its soaring industrial ceilings, comfy armchairs and requisite hipster decorations (vintage posters, hanging plants, etc.), Unit J seems to fit the platonic ideal of millennial living spaces, combining creative pursuits, lifestyle and the search for buzz. Over the past three years, the loft off of the Wilson Avenue stop has evolved from a co-living space for artists trying to make ends meet to an under-the-radar performance venue. Now Cutler and his fellow musician roommates are taking it a step further, launching their own record label to represent other artists they’re excited about.

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Mehran Khaghani’s ‘Hate Mail’

New York-based comedian Mehran Khaghani’s new monthly show at Rockwood Music Hall delves into actual hate mail that guests have received from jilted lovers, rival business owners, and more — “in some instances, even trying to look up who sent the mail,” says Khagani. “Basically, I’m getting all up in their business. And man, the nerve of some people…”

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Comedian Mehran Khaghani Extracts the Venom From Hate Mail in a New Monthly Show

mehranOver the millennia much attention has been paid to the concept of love (a second hand emotion? a stink?), while hate tends to sit, brooding in the corner. Apparently, the line between the two is thin. A wise master once noted, “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Beyond this advice for mastering your emotions (and the force), is a call for empathy. Of course, how can one forget the more fatalist flipside: “haters gonna hate.”

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Hunt For Hermes and Help the Homeless Tonight at Rockwood

(Photo: Communion Music)

(Photo: Communion Music)

Tonight, kick off the season of giving by getting some pretty cool stuff.

L.E.S. Amis, in conjunction with Communion Music, is hosting a pop-up thrift store in order to support the Bowery Mission, whose shelves were almost entirely bare when we visited in September. The Mission is determined to serve 8,000 meals to the city’s homeless on Thanksgiving Day.
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The Sex and the City Guy’s New Project Filmed at Matchless Today

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

Sex and the City creator Darren Star’s new project, Younger, a half-hour comedy pilot for TV Land, shot interiors today at Matchless in Greenpoint. Two-time Tony-winner Sutton Foster (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes) plays 40-ish Liza, who sees her kids off to school in the morning, then heads to the office, where her colleagues think that she’s — wait for it — younger than she actually is.
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Jay Stolar Got Beat Up For Liking Stevie Wonder and Can’t Stand Creed

PromoImageOn a recent afternoon, we met Jay Stolar at The Meatball Shop on Bedford Avenue, near his home in Williamsburg, to talk about More Than You Think, his first album since leaving Julius C, the five-man band that piqued the interest of New York’s indie circuit in 2010 with a 30-day, 30-show tour. Stolar’s new album, which lands on October 8, consists of supremely smooth, radio-ready pop songs, and the single “Like You Do” was picked up for an episode of the CW’s 90210 (the video for “Leading Me Down,” released today, is below). In August, Stolar launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of the album and ended up raising $50,000, more than three times the initial goal. With CMJ shows coming up at The Delancey on Oct. 16 and Rockwood Music Hall on Oct. 19, Stolar talked about recording the album, being inspired by Amanda Palmer, and covering Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”
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Your Favorite Subway Musicians Are Going to Be Living the High Life

Dan Pierson was in awe of Robert Leslie when he heard him playing in the Second Avenue F station for quarters. But instead of dropping a bill in the British-born performer’s guitar case and moving along, he took his card and invited him to perform at the apartment-warming party he was throwing on his Brooklyn Heights roof.
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