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Kid Congo Powers at Summer Thunder

This weekly throwdown in Union Pool’s back patio brings bands and DJs that are way better than they need to be for the gratis admission price. Get there early.
By some estimations, Kid Congo’s been a part of at least 420 bands over his three decades-long career, including legendary acts like The Cramps, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and this writer’s personal favorite, The Gun Club, of which Powers was a founding member. He’s maintained the same trademark style throughout, but what’s truly impressive is his ability to consistently churn out a fresh take on what’s become a recognizable sound: garage rock that has kidnapped classic rock n’ roll and splattered a spooky, punk attitude all over its high drama, all while injecting a heady dose of grit into the glamorous excess.
Read the B+B Q+A: Kid Congo’s Still Got the Power, the Pink Monkey Birds are Flying Our Way

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Check Out the New Williamsburg-Happy Dead Stars Video

Dead Stars was tearing through SXSW last time we caught up with them. Today they released a video that — along with their forthcoming album, Slumber, out June 17 — will do still more to solidify them less as occasional Nirvana impersonators and more as rocking band in their own right.
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Kids Do the Coolest Things: Indie Rock Shows and Hip-Hop Classes for Tots

(Photo: Maryanne Ventrice)

(Photo: Maryanne Ventrice)

One does not simply walk a stroller into Union Pool. So, aside from shopping at Wovenplay, what’s a parent to do if they want their kids to be little Lou Reeds? Here’s a couple of options.
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Video + Photos: Auster, Spiegelman and Brooklyn’s Best Comic Book Artists at CAB

Comic enthusiasts gathered in Williamsburg this past weekend for the first annual Comic Arts Brooklyn, which turned out to be the hippest comic festival ever – well, depending on your definition of hip. (Let’s face it, everyone enjoys a good Prince Robot IV costume from time to time.) The gathering of laid-back and stylish artist types seemed more like a mixer for Brooklyn’s coolest creatives than a comic convention.
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Watch the 13-Minute Finale of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace’s Show at Union Pool

Kim Gordon’s North Brooklyn reign continues. Last week we spotted the former Sonic Youther at the opening of 3rd Ward’s new restaurant, Fitzcarraldo, and last night at Union Pool she and Bill Nace, as Body/Head, kicked off a tour supporting their new album.
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Here's Your Chance to Help Out Colin Devlin's Family

DumontBenefitUnion Pool has announced that it’s hosting a “celebration of the neighborhood’s most enduring and endearing restaurant” this Friday, and proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for the two young children of Colin Devlin, the Williamsburg restaurateur who ended his life last month.
Ten dollars at the door, which opens at 6 p.m., gets you into the 9 p.m. show featuring Dead Stars, Eastern Hollows, and American Darlings. And you’ll have the chance to win prizes from over two dozen shops and restaurants, including Campbell Cheese and Grocery, The Levee, and Beacon’s Closet.
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Here’s Your Chance to Help Out Colin Devlin’s Family

DumontBenefitUnion Pool has announced that it’s hosting a “celebration of the neighborhood’s most enduring and endearing restaurant” this Friday, and proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for the two young children of Colin Devlin, the Williamsburg restaurateur who ended his life last month.

Ten dollars at the door, which opens at 6 p.m., gets you into the 9 p.m. show featuring Dead Stars, Eastern Hollows, and American Darlings. And you’ll have the chance to win prizes from over two dozen shops and restaurants, including Campbell Cheese and Grocery, The Levee, and Beacon’s Closet.
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