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An Outdoor Music-and-Film Fest in LIC, a 'Mad Cow' Marching Band, and More

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

The LOT LIC Music & Film Series, an eight-week summer party, makes its debut in Long Island City this weekend. 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 Sinkane, Takuya Kuroda and DJ D-Felic43-29 Crescent St, Long Island City, Saturday, August 2 from 3-9 p.m., tickets free
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Babycastles’ 11-Year Old Intern Is Resigning (Not Because of the Hezbollah Video Game)

Liam the 11-year old intern.  (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Liam the 11-year-old intern shows off his ID card. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Liam Walsh is leaving his internship at Babycastles, where, three days a week, he fires up the gallery’s indie video games and shows visitors how they work. He’s resigning to attend summer camp in Maine.
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How Silent Barn Got Its Tiny, Rolling Green Room

(Photo: Jesse Sposato)

(Photo: Jesse Sposato)

If you’re a touring band playing a show in New York City, finding a quiet place to unwind and catch up on some alone time before your performance is not a simple task. Unless, of course, your show is at art space and residence Silent Barn. You see, Silent Barn has the Canned Ham, a 1972 Shasta “canned ham” style travel trailer that functions as part green room, part resident meeting spot and hangout.
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Hot Dogs and Sparklers Are For Basics: Here's What's Really Poppin' on the 4th

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Fireworks over the Manhattan Bridge, at The Bean on Second Avenue. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Because the your pyrotechnic fun on this most sacred day, arguably defying the founding fathers’ true intentions, please be advised it’s probably best to toss out your mortars and Roman Candles if you’re sticking around this crock-pot of a city for the weekend. But buck up kiddies, because we’ve got an ultra-Patriotic guide for this 4th of July featuring tons of activities that are almost as exhilarating as narrowly escaping having your hand blown off by a defective firecracker.
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Make Music NY Returns With Block Parties, Ukulele Jams, Billy Joel Karaoke

Last year's block party at Joe's Pub. (Photo: Erica Martin)

Last year’s block party at Joe’s Pub. (Photo: Erica Martin)

If you’re a live music completist, the next few weeks are going to be simply overwhelming. Not only does the Northside Festival kick off today, but on June 21, the first day of summer, Make Music NY returns with a mind-boggling 1,000+ free shows in public spaces. Highlights include a 90+-band punk rock marathon on Staten Island, a hootenany on Governor’s Island, and (God help us all) Billy Joel karaoke from the back of a pickup truck.
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Joe Galarraga of Big Ups Is OK With You Making Fun of His Musings About Millennials

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Left to right: Carlos Salguero Jr, Joe Galarraga, Amar Lal, Brendan Finn (Courtesy of Big Ups)

“What happens when it all goes black?” Big Ups singer Joe Galarraga begs to know on the band’s breakthrough single, an anxiety-fueled romp through shrieking guitars and fierce, restless rhythms. But while “Goes Black” and other tracks off of the just released debut album, Eighteen Hours of Static, foster a dark, dangerous vibe throughout, Galarraga himself doesn’t take even his most serious subject matter all that seriously.
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The NYC Cassette Fair Celebrated the Comeback of a Magnetic Medium

(Photo: Peter D'Amato.)

(Photo: Peter D’Amato.)

Saturday evening at Silent Barn, the usual bored-looking über-hip were outnumbered by beaming tape nerds manning tables topped with an array of brightly colored cassettes; friendly dudes and girls repped tape labels hailing from Brooklyn and beyond, at the first annual NYC Cassette Fair.
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Here’s Your Chance to Mingle With Lovers of the Cassingle

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Tapes are back! Well, at least for some established acts like Animal Collective and the Flaming Lips that are re-releasing material this Saturday to celebrate the first annual Cassette Store Day (a la Record Store Day). The truth is, tape culture never really died out for underground and experimental music — its cheap magnetic swathe has always been the most accessible medium for skuzzy punk bands and noise acts alike to lay down their tunes and distribute to audiences that tolerate their presence.
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Heptagames Will Be ‘Like Gathering of the Juggalos But Way More Interesting’

The barn at the Catskills farm

The barn at the Catskills farm

We’re approaching a cultural moment in the history of New York City where there’s really no excuse not to go upstate for a weekend of arts and games. First, we told you about Offsite; then Summer Camp; and then last week, we wrote about The Last Weekend, a three-day food, arts and crafts festival taking place in September in the Catskills. Now comes Heptagames, a “festival of games, installations, and performances” taking place in the Catskills this weekend.
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Opening a DIY Venue? ‘Leases Are Much More Confusing Than French Philosophy’

Silent Barn Public Meeting #9 (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Silent Barn Public Meeting #9 (Photo: Phillip Pantuso)

Over the last few years, as the number of city crackdowns on quasi-legal do-it-yourself venues in Brooklyn has risen, the community that organizes, fosters and sustains such spaces has shifted focus, ever so slightly, toward maintaining long-term viability. Which is why last night, at the The Silent Barn in Bushwick, a four-person panel and about 50 attendees came together to discuss “Legalizing DIY.”
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