Halloween approacheth y’all, and now that Ebola has hit NYC it’s time to nix that costume you knew was a terrible idea in the first place, which leaves you little time to figure out where you’re gonna be guzzling treats on the big night. Thank Hades we’ve got you covered with a list of bands playing as other bands. And jah, Kurt Cobain is amongst them. More →
Though a decade has gone by since the death of Elliott Smith, his emotive music continues to inspire musicians and provide comfort to angsty tweens and post-adolescents alike in the form of wail-along worthy ballads. But Smith’s music isn’t the only part of him that lives on — the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund also recalls the artist through charitable support for two Portland-based non-profits that help homeless kids and victims of abuse, Outside In and Free Arts for Abused Children.
On October 21, the tenth anniversary of Smith’s death, Glasslands will be hosting a tribute show to benefit these organizations. The event will feature some seriously awesome artists including Cat Power (!!), Adam Schatz of Man Man, Luke Temple, Zachary Cole Smith of DIIV with Sky Ferreira, and Yoni Wolf. Check out the full lineup and grab your tickets . More →
Hey we’re back! And unless our senses betray us it seems we’ve survived Halloween. Time to scrub off all that costume blood and make way for the real stuff. It will surely be pouring out of your ears if you make it to any of these shows this weekend and beyond. More →
Rebel Rave at Verboten (All photos: Daniel Leinweber/Razberry Photography)
While half of Brooklyn packed into Dumbo’s Festival of Light over the weekend, the lasers were beaming over in Williamsburg as well, as the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival stormed venues such as Cameo, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Villain, Glasslands, Output, and Verboten. Among the highlights: Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow spinning vinyl from Afrika Bambaata’s personal 40,000-record-strong collection. More →
THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON THAT’S ACTUALLY QUITE RIGHT
U.K. band Wire came of age in the first wave of punk, but they’re perhaps more responsible than any other band for pushing punk beyond its three-chord, rude boy roots into something more artful and articulate. Released between 1977 and 1979, Wire’s first three records — Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, and 154 — are as genre-scrambling, legacy-certifying, perfect a run you’ll see from any band. Their would-be fourth record, Change Becomes Us, never got recorded, as the band splintered and broke up until reuniting in 1985. Most of what they’ve released since then has been mediocre. More →
Jonathan Toubin has been called the “hardest working guy in New York” and this month the DJ extraordinaire is earning the title with a nightly slate of parties at a slew of venues — nearly all of them (go figure) in Bedford + Bowery terrain. Take that, January blahs!
Of course, some of Toubin’s go-to venues have sadly expired: Tonic, the site of his first New York Night Train party in 2006, is long gone; Motor City Bar shuffled off this mortal coil in 2013; and last week marked the closure of Glasslands, where Soul Clap & Dance Off held court for five years before moving over to Brooklyn Bowl in 2012. But others — like Home Sweet Home, where Toubin does Shakin’ All Over Under Sideways Down on Friday nights — are still going strong. In addition to those two weeklies, J-Tubes is bringing back old parties like Boogie Night (blues dance), Polygot Discotheque (1960s “foreign fuzz dance”), Animal Train Happening (the multimedia extravaganza that ran at Glasslands from 2007 to 2010), and more. More →
By the Hedge, the 2011 debut by Brooklyn-based indie-pop band Minks, was one of that year’s quietly underrated records: a languid, sumptuous guitar-rock record that cribbed sounds and textures from the U.K. bands who’d called Creation Records home two decades prior. We haven’t heard much from Minks since then. Turns out, that’s because lead singer/songwriter Sean Kilfoyle wanted to move away from that dense, shoegazer approach, toward something more musically direct. More →
A 37-year-old man was stabbed to death Monday night outside his Dupont Street home. Police are currently investigating; Greenpoint was just three days away from completing the year without a single murder. [Brooklyn Paper]
In Williamsburg, 38 new units of affordable housing on Frost Street received more than 70K applications. [DNA Info]
We’ve already outlined a couple of worthwhile shows in our weekend events round-up (reminder: Death by Audio. Tonight. Speedy Ortiz, Roomrunner, and California X. You won’t spend a better $8 all year), but this being New York City, there are, of course, several more shows worth attending over the next week, a few of which are highlighted below. For more complete listings, see the B+B calendar. More →