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Check Out the New Williamsburg-Happy Dead Stars Video

Dead Stars was tearing through SXSW last time we caught up with them. Today they released a video that — along with their forthcoming album, Slumber, out June 17 — will do still more to solidify them less as occasional Nirvana impersonators and more as rocking band in their own right.
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Kids Do the Coolest Things: Indie Rock Shows and Hip-Hop Classes for Tots

(Photo: Maryanne Ventrice)

(Photo: Maryanne Ventrice)

One does not simply walk a stroller into Union Pool. So, aside from shopping at Wovenplay, what’s a parent to do if they want their kids to be little Lou Reeds? Here’s a couple of options.
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Video + Photos: Auster, Spiegelman and Brooklyn’s Best Comic Book Artists at CAB

Comic enthusiasts gathered in Williamsburg this past weekend for the first annual Comic Arts Brooklyn, which turned out to be the hippest comic festival ever – well, depending on your definition of hip. (Let’s face it, everyone enjoys a good Prince Robot IV costume from time to time.) The gathering of laid-back and stylish artist types seemed more like a mixer for Brooklyn’s coolest creatives than a comic convention.
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Watch the 13-Minute Finale of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace’s Show at Union Pool

Kim Gordon’s North Brooklyn reign continues. Last week we spotted the former Sonic Youther at the opening of 3rd Ward’s new restaurant, Fitzcarraldo, and last night at Union Pool she and Bill Nace, as Body/Head, kicked off a tour supporting their new album.
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The Weekend Escape Plan For Die-Hard Williamsburgers: Montreal’s Mile End

Cafe Olimpico (Photo: Natasha Young)

Le Dépanneur Café (Photo: Natasha Young)

If you want to escape Williamsburg this Labor Day weekend but worry that your acute case of FOMO will result in Blue Bottle Coffee withdrawal, we’ve got just the end-of-summer getaway for you: the Mile End! No, not the NoHo sandwich shop. We’re talking about the neighborhood in Montreal, where — just like in Williamsburg — you’ll hear people speak French while enjoying the comforts of rustic-chic cafés and artisanal everything. You won’t even miss out on the gratifying hat varieties of your Hasidic neighbors.
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Ray Abeyta Apologizes If He’s Ever Ruined Your Quiet Brunch at Five Leaves

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Ray Abeyta goes way back with Williamsburg. The 56-year-old painter arrived in New York from New Mexico in 1986. A few years later, he met his future wife Alyssa and, together with Zeb Stewart, they opened local fixtures Union Pool and later Hotel Delmano. The couple (separated but still friendly) and their teenage children have been fixtures at many Williamsburg haunts — including Five Leaves, where Ray has been a regular since the start.
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Here's Your Chance to Help Out Colin Devlin's Family

DumontBenefitUnion Pool has announced that it’s hosting a “celebration of the neighborhood’s most enduring and endearing restaurant” this Friday, and proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for the two young children of Colin Devlin, the Williamsburg restaurateur who ended his life last month.

Ten dollars at the door, which opens at 6 p.m., gets you into the 9 p.m. show featuring Dead Stars, Eastern Hollows, and American Darlings. And you’ll have the chance to win prizes from over two dozen shops and restaurants, including Campbell Cheese and Grocery, The Levee, and Beacon’s Closet.
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