Roses are a Brooklyn-based rock band with a lead singer whose voice you might recognize because he was formerly at the front of Deer Tick. They call on influences like Velvet Underground, and do a cover of “Sweet Jane” that’s lo-fi fun at its finest. They play three shows this weekend in Brooklyn.Cake Shop, Bushwick, Saturday, August 2 at 8 p.m., tickets $10
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Another venue spent New Year’s Eve saying their last goodbyes to regulars and anyone else with a drink in their hand. For the last few years, Cake Shop was running on borrowed time. Back in 2012, when the gritty bitty Lower East Side venue’s Ludlow Street neighbor, The Living Room, closed up shop after more than 15 years in business, it seemed like it was only a matter of time.
A Hudson Yards developer scooped up a Williamsburg trio (two buildings on Havemeyer Street, one on Lorimer Street) for $60 million. [The Real Deal] Cake Shop, the financially-strapped Lower East Side performance venue, hopes to sell its street level cafe/bar but maintain possession of its subterranean digs. [Bowery Boogie] During a press conference Sunday on Second Avenue, Senator Chuck Schumer outlined his proposed new drug legislation, inspired by nearly three dozen people overdosing on K2 last week. [EV Grieve] More →
An Alphabet City couple was taken to Bellevue Hospital yesterday morning in critical condition after they were allegedly stabbed by their upstairs neighbor, police and fellow residents of 1 Haven Plaza reported. [NY Post] One witness said the female victim attempted to escape to the elevator before putting on her clothes. [CBS2 NY]
The second of two NYC shows for this Toronto-based indie band with a retro sound. Beloved across the border, they’re using the tour dates to introduce their tunes to the States.
The Jazz Butcher, Sapphire Mansions, Paul Wallfisch
At Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 7 pm: FREE.
If you’re not the type to sit around watching short-form video clips all day, this is the show for you. Impressively funny ladies Jo Firestone and Aparna Nancherla are bringing their Refinery29 web series, “Womanhood,” to a real, live venue. No more straining your eyes staring at bright screens to get your laugh on– these are 100% in-person joke-tellers, which is probably a lot more fun than 100% in-person bank tellers. Firestone and Nancherla have graciously assembled a group of nice folk to help them teach you all about the complex terrain of women’s bodies and lives, including Dylan Marron, Naomi Ekperegin, Marlena Rodriguez, and Diana Kolsky (who will truly contain multitudes as “The Haters.”) You might wanna take your headphones off for this one.
Lisa/Liza, Wild Leaves, The Moment, Ivan Sandomire
Ice cream season ain’t over yet. Van Leeuwen, the artisanal ice cream brand that started out of a truck and now has stores in almost every neighborhood B+B covers (LES coming soon), is grand-opening its South Street Seaport outpost on Saturday with a cheap-scoop deal.