The Exponential Festival Now through February 2 at various venues, various times: $20
The Exponential Festival is a little different from the many theater festivals setting up shop in venues across the city this month. It’s exclusively based in Brooklyn, the material it champions is a little weirder and genre-expansive than what you might typically think of as “theater,” and it runs longer, which means both more shows (a dizzying array, really) and more chances to see them. Some highlights include a new short play by Athena playwright Gracie Gardner, a double bill of comedy from Justin Linville and David Perez, a play based on the Talmud and Kung-Fu films, a dystopian psychosexual musical with a disco soundtrack, an intimate show involving one audience member and one performer, and A Doll’s House, Part 3.
L to R: Nick Zinner, James Murphy, Rob Sheffield, and Lizzy Goodman. (Photo courtesy of Strand Book Store)
Last night at Strand Book Store, Lizzy Goodman said she considered her new oral history, Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011, a “dirty high school reunion.” Which was weird, because I don’t remember going to high school with Aziz Ansari and Seth Meyers, who were in the audience.
Several Halloweens ago, the folks at Nightclubbing gave us what was most definitely a treat: vintage footage of The Cramps doing “The Way I Walk” at Irving Plaza. Today, Emily Armstrong and Pat Ivers have dusted off another clip, posting footage of Lux Interior et al doing “Pretty Baby What You Do To Me.” Check it out above, and then watch “The Mac Daddy” as well– it’ll make for the perfect pre-partying music tonight as you get ready to head over to the annual Halloween tribute to The Cramps at Bowery Electric.
IZZY MAN (right) performs on stage with his band, THE PLAN, at the Bowery Electric. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)
“Can you say love?” IZZY MAN asked the crowd during a recent performance at Bowery Electric. Behind him, four backup singers, two guitar players and a drummer melded pop and rap over an electronic beat.
Time again for Good Shows, our weekly roundup of what’s good in live music. Bad Rabbits are a Boston-based rock/R&B outfit who’ve been around since ’07. The five-piece band serves up infectious, funky beats and driving vocal harmonies that manage to remain nimble. It’s impossible not to hop when Bad Rabbits play. Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Greenpoint, Friday, August 8 at 8 p.m., tickets free
Back when The Times triggered laments of “RIP LES” by reporting that Clayton Patterson was leaving the neighborhood for the Austrian Alps, we knew we wouldn’t be seeing the last of the legendary documentarian — and he told us as much. So it’s no surprise to hear that Patterson is teaming up with DAMEHT — the band that put on his farewell exhibit, “The $16 Dollar Burger Show” — for a show at Pyramid Club this Friday. More →
Caveman playing at R Bar last night, courtesy of Bedford + Bowery’s Instagram
What’s with Caveman and surprise shows on the Bowery? Last time we caught them it was at a “super secret” gig at R Bar, and now Bowery Electric tweets us to say: “TONIGHT: @CavemanBand surprise performance @boweryelectric, Starts at 7:30, $10 tickets at the door only!” More →
Young Burroughs with old Ginsberg. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)
Don’t expect him to trend on Twitter or anything, but William S. Burroughs might at least be the stuff of party chatter in the coming months, thanks in part to a meaty new biography by Beat chronicler Barry Miles and an upcoming celebration of the dapper degenerate’s 100th birthday. WSB100, as the month-long centenary blowout is being dubbed, won’t take place till April, but you’ll have a couple of glorious opportunities to bask in all things Burroughs in the next days. More →
Every tribute band’s ultimate wet dream has got to be meeting their match IRL. And just over a week ago Guns N’ Hoses— Brooklyn’s own all-girl Guns N’ Roses cover band — got to do just that. But it wasn’t like girls were desperate groupies waiting backstage.
“It was some pure universe serendipity shit. It was crazy,” Charlene Kaye (a.k.a. Gash) told B+B of the time Gash met Slash. More →