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Last Day of Disco: Crawling Brooklyn’s Bars Hours Before the Shutdown

Skinny Dennis bartender Ben Mann (right) alongside regular Ed Fordham, 3/16/20 at 5pm in Williamsburg.

There’s been a few “last nights of normal” this past week: the night the national emergency was declaredthe last night of church services, and on Monday, the last night of regular bar and food service. And it was a brief one. Every bar I visited on Monday was observing the 8pm statewide closing and regulars came in for less-than-social-distanced drinks before what would’ve been the biggest drinking day of the year. More →

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Project Parlor Reopens With Art Shows, Concerts, and Pinball

Guests in the front booth (left) alongside DJ TEK. (Photos: Nick McManus)

Bed-Stuy “boozerie” Project Parlor had its grand re-opening Friday after closing up for a month of renovations. The bar originally opened in 2009 under the ownership of Megan Florence and was bought from her in June of 2018 by former employee Rob Morrero, the bar’s music booker TJ Olsen, and law student Roy Berman, who was a regular there. The three co-owners all felt a strong connection to Project Parlor and that feeling was shared by the large crowd of friends that celebrated with them into the wee hours. More →

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Gordo’s Cantina Crosses the Brooklyn-Queens Border

Gordo’s Cantina quietly opened in Bushwick a month ago after leaving Long Island City last summer, and it’s been a good move for owner JR Savage. “I was just out walking Gordo before you got here,” said the resident of nearby Ridgewood, referring to his restaurant’s namesake French bulldog. “Living five blocks away has been perfect for getting this place together this year.” Savage’s pop-ups are still big business for him; last year his tacos was served at Celebrate Brooklyn’s concerts and Governor’s Ball, where we met him in the midst of the festival’s inclement weather. More →

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Our 36-Hour New Year’s Party Crawl

The conclusion of Bubbles & Bass’s Seize the Day party at House of Yes in Bushwick, 1/1/20 at 5:30pm.

From the far reaches of Red Hook to downtown Manhattan and back again to Bushwick’s warehouses, our New Year’s was a 36-hour race against time from one rager to the next. Follow along as we hit 20 parties across three boroughs. More →

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Brooklyn Bazaar Did Not Go Quietly Into That Good Night

Attendees of Brooklyn’s Bazaar’s closing concert, 12/1/19 at 1am.

In the almost two months since Brooklyn Bazaar announced that it would close, the venue’s fans had one wild opportunity after another for a blowout farewell. After surviving two previous closures and moving into the Polonaise Terrace catering hall in 2016, the former night market had evolved into a proper music venue— and one that won’t soon be forgotten. We hit up some of its final shows before it closed for good last Saturday. More →

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What We Did Halloween Weekend and What YOU Should Do Tonight

That Feeling When (right) performing as Hall(oween) and Oats alongside fans (left) at Unit J’s Rock is Dead IV concert in Bushwick.

As you can tell from our photos, we’re still pretty wiped from this past weekend’s frightful festivities. But if we didn’t go out on All Hallow’s Eve proper, we’d be some real ’weenies. That’s why you’ll find us at tonight’s Color Me BOO-shwick concert and at the always-packed That’s So 90’s dance party at the The Woods. The I Remember Halloween party is also a safe bet: the light-up floor at JJ’s Hideaway has seen a lot of dancing shoes since it opened a few months ago. More →

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Here’s How to Have a Hell of a Halloween Weekend

Dancorcism.

The Return of Dancorcism Halloween
Before dancing dirty into the dawn of the dead, spend your afternoon exorcising bad spirits while exercising at Dancorcism at Greenpoint’s Park Church Co-op. This monthly 90-minute “practice of living in love” led by Debbie Attias will be having a costumed Halloween edition that advocates self-love while celebrating life together with music and movement. Dancorcism, Oct. 26 from 1:30-3pm, at The Park Church Co-op, 129 Russel St., Greenpoint; tickets $25 advance/$30 at the door. More →

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Beer-Loving Music Fans Rocked Out With Their Bocks Out at Octfest

Priests vocalist Katie Alice Greer. (Photo by Manny Tatkieto)

Pitchfork’s Octfest headed indoors to Maspeth’sKnockdown Center last Saturday after a rainy weekend on Governor’s Island last year. Ten bands headlined by indie powerhouses Mogwai and Parquet Courts shared the venue with over 50 brewers and food vendor Mission Chinese Food. The festival had good luck with the weather this year as over 3,100 attendees filled Knockdown’s expansive interior and rolling backyard. More →

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KAZU of Blonde Redhead Goes Solo With a Little Help From a Legendary Composer

KAZU during her performance at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, 10/11/19. (Photos: Nick McManus)

Kazu Makino, the lead singer of indie rockers Blonde Redhead, performed her new solo album, Adult Baby, on her home turf last Friday night at Williamsburg’s Rough Trade. Her fans and friends, including longtime bandmates Simone and Amedeo Pace, enjoyed her subdued, dreamy tracks, a soft departure from Blonde Redhead’s rock music.

Bedford + Bowery spoke to KAZU ahead of the show as she rehearsed at upstate’s Flying Cloud Studios with her live band, including violinist Darian Thomas, drummer Ian Chang, and Sam Evian on synthesizer. The songs on Adult Baby were influenced by her time on the Italian island of Elba, which the Pace brothers introduced her to before she returned there a few years ago by herself. “Elba means something personally to me; I want to show that,” KAZU told us as we discussed the video for her single, “Salty,” which was filmed on the island. “The video will be part of the full movie we shot for the album that featured an international crew from Italy, Austria and Canada. The costumes are by designer Isabel Marant in Paris and she didn’t make anything special for me, we just like the same things.” More →