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When Solange Plays a Laundromat, This Guy Makes It Look Fresh

(Photo: Caris Reid)

Alan Del Rio Ortiz painted by Caris Reid.

What do Florence and the Machine, St. Vincent, Smith Westerns, Drowners, and Spector have in common? Alan Del Rio Ortiz has directed videos for all of them. (Also, they are all insanely talented.)

You probably saw the clip of Solange performing at a laundromat near Barclays Center earlier this week. Yep, Del Rio Ortiz shot that one too. While the 30-year-old filmmaker specializes in music videos, his portfolio also includes live concerts, tour videos, a documentary special on Blood Orange, and several short film collaborations with Slutever’s Karley Sciortino. He’s spending his summer shooting a series of live performances (including the Solange one) as part of the Uncapped series for Vitaminwater/The Fader.
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Depreciation Guild Returns, Plus Lots of Good Small Shows

Depreciation Guild's Facebook.

Depreciation Guild’s Facebook.

IN HER GENTLE JAWS
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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Dark-Pop Duo Weeknight Will Take You into the Weekend

WeeknightsSince October of 2011, Andy Simmons and Holly MacGibbon have been making dark, beautiful pop rock together as Weeknight. After a busy summer of finishing up a forthcoming debut album and touring the U.S. with Montreal shoegaze-pop outfit Valleys, the burgeoning Bushwick duo spoke to us ahead of their show at 285 Kent tonight, where they’ll be sharing the bill with another Montreal-based act, Blue Hawaii.
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‘Style Junkie’ Sarah Lim Scores Her Local Cologne at In God We Trust

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Sarah Lim in the shop’s backyard. (Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

When In God We Trust’s first location opened on Wythe Avenue in 2005, it was a modest shop with a little studio in the back. In that small space, founder Shana Tabor designed original clothes and jewelry with uniquely irreverent touches. For instance: the instant classic, heart-shaped Sweet Nothing necklace with a handwritten inscription reading “kiss me where i pee.” The inaugural shop has since closed but three new stores opened in its place.
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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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L Train Is Cutting Out Early; Driver in Sidewalk Wreck Pleads Not Guilty

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So apparently the L train isn’t going to be running late-nights in August. Guess the whole “city that never sleeps” business doesn’t extend beyond the East River. Dammit. [Brokelyn]

Speaking of the L, The L Magazine named us “best new local blog” in their Best of Brooklyn issue (yep, shameless plug). Aww, thanks, guys! [The L]
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A Guide to North Brooklyn For Aspiring Twentysomething Female Memoirists

Now that you’ve read the with Ashley Cardiff, you’re probably thinking, “Hey, I’m in my 20s and all about North Brooklyn, too! How can I write a memoir. Ashley’s here to show you how.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

So you’ve just graduated from a small liberal arts college — English major, art history minor — and the only way you can realize your ambitions of being a successful writer is paying some outlandish Brooklyn rents. Granted, you’re all of 22, have lived in no discernibly interesting way and haven’t even gained enough distance from your adult relationships to analyze them with any clarity. Most offensive of all, you’re a lady (people don’t really get outraged at dudes for writing about themselves).

…Lucky for you, though, you’re young, look great in selfies, and you’re more than willing to churn out 3,000 words about your first threesome. For those ladies who relish confessional writing as much as they love spending $12 on a jar of pickles — here’s a helpful guide from one twentysomething female writer to another.
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Ashley Cardiff On Writing About Sex, Dating, Puberty and Other Alarming Things

Ashley at her native drinking hole, Shayz Lounge (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Ashley at her native drinking hole, Shayz Lounge (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Ashley Cardiff — incisive, often hilarious voice from The Gloss — released a book this month called Night Terrors: Sex, Dating, Puberty and Other Alarming Things. As you might guess from the title, the 27-year-old Williamsburger’s essay collection recounts her experiences with sexual development and peripheral subjects like pick-up artists, pubic hair and masturbation. The stories span her time from a precocious yungun’ in California to a disillusioned editorial assistant in New York City.
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House Fire On Graham Avenue; ‘theArtisan’ Coming to Williamsburg

(Photo: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photo: Anthony Pappalardo)

A fire broke out at 293 Graham Avenue in Williamsburg this afternoon. The three-story residential building appeared to sustain little damage, although 60 firefighters responded, prompting one bystander to ask, “Is this a show of force? Show those fires what they’re up against?” An FDNY spokesperson told Bedford + Bowery the fire was placed under control at 4:45 p.m., about a half-hour after it began. Its cause is currently under investigation.

City public advocate Bill de Blasio rocketed into second place in the latest mayoral poll. Sure, it could be a sign that New Yorkers are tired of Anthony “Danger Zone” Weiner’s cock-shot proclivities, but might Blasio’s open courting of “the Williamsburg vote” have something to do with his rise? [Daily Intelligencer] Keep Reading »

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Hopin’ for Ethiopian? With These New Options, You’re in Luck

Lunch at Bunna Cafe. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Lunch at Bunna Cafe. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Ethiopian food is getting a lot easier to come by in the Bedford + Bowery domain. Two weeks ago, Bunna Cafe took up permanent lunchtime residence at Mama Joy’s bar in Bushwick, and on Saturday it’ll join the lineup at Smorgasburg in Williamsburg. Not only that: the East Village is getting an Ethiopian bistro as well.
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Shows: Maxwell’s Is Closing, Bushwick Block Party

FAREWELL TO MAXWELL’S

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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Dressler and DuMont Owner Found Dead, Max Fish’s Goodbye Party Tonight

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Sad news: Colin Devlin, chef and owner of beloved Williamsburg restaurants Dressler and DuMont, was found dead in his car near a Pennsylvania cemetery on Thursday afternoon after having apparently shot himself. [Wall Street Journal]

In sad news of a different sort, Max Fish is hosting its farewell party tonight. Come say goodbye. [The Lo Down] Keep Reading »