REVIEW: Flosstradamus’s #HDYNATION Tour Misses the Point

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Five-Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six-Hundred Ratchets. Is that the set of Broadway’s beloved show RENT, or are these dudes in bullet proof vests going to attempt to get us more TURNT than LGBT issues and the AIDS crisis? (Seriously tho, doesn’t the #HDYNATION production legit look like HDYRENT?) Saturday night’s performance had me begging the question, “How do you balance an elaborate ‘Fuckthapolice-a-thon’ with a multi-level stage show?” When will the crowd get tired of you throwing water bottles at them? Did they really just launch a tiny pine tree into the crowd? Fuck, that really looks like RENT, except everyone here has HPV instead of HIV.

Several of the aforementioned elements had me wondering what’s truly important when it comes to putting together a fully realized tour. And I came to the conclusion that maybe when you’re a DJ duo that excels at playing singles, you should stick with that approach rather than attempting to grasp for a storyline that doesn’t exist. At the very least, avoid building a storyline about poverty, discrimination, corruption and adversity that is so far away from the truth for the target audience to which you’re playing. I’m just saying, what do a bunch of underage, rich white kids with Taylor Swift Disease know about being hood? I can guarantee you they know more about the hit musical RENT, so maybe that was the inspiration. Or maybe I should just get off my high horse and enjoy a silly EDM show for what it is: FUN.

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The Heyward restaurant now occupying former Zebulon space in Williamsburg

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The Heyward; credit: Eater

We’ll forever miss Zebulon, but clearly we need another overly-precious seafood restaurant.

The old Zebulon concert venue, which sat empty for over two years, reopened last night as the home of the Southern Atlantic restaurant, The Heyward. The newcomer, which is a project from one half of the team behind pseudo-secret West Village restaurant Hudson Clearwater, has what might be described as a classic Brooklyn look to it. There’s a tin ceiling, a large curving raw bar stocked with oysters, park bench-inspired wood banquettes, exposed white brick, and marble tables. The menu still isn’t official, but chef Derek Orrell, a Locanda Verde vet, had a chilled lobster salad with cayenne butter, a she crab soup, and grilled pork chop on the menu last night.

Eater has more pictures.

The Heyward
258 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249

INTERVIEW: Josh Wink

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Josh Wink performs at the first-ever Time Warp US Festival (Photo by Jeff Thibodeau Photography)

Josh Wink doesn’t feel the need to have a photographer on stage with him to capture that standard DJ shot, with his hands in the air. He doesn’t care how hard you fist pump at his show (or “pogo” as he tends to say in European interviews because the phrase has sexual connotations overseas – you do the math). And call him old-fashioned, but he refuses to flood his Instagram with selfies. “I just don’t see how a picture of me sitting at an airport is interesting,” the house DJ and producer says. “I’m probably over thinking it.”

When Wink isn’t contemplating the self-important implications that come along with using social media, he’s playing sold-out clubs in Ibiza, signing artists to his electronic music label, Ovum Recordings, and spending time at home in Philadelphia with his 3-year-old son. Becoming a parent hasn’t taken the electronic legend off the road, but it has made going out on dates with his long-time girlfriend a bit more difficult. “We just went to our second movie since our son was born, and I guess that’s just part of our life as being 40-year-old parents,” Wink says. However, a recent trip to the cinema became a much more introspective experience than the musician had anticipated.

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This One Goes To Eleven: 10 best metal albums of 2014

AirheadsWith the capital-I Internet anointing 2013 “THE BEST METAL YEAR EVER!!” before it even ended, 2014 was a letdown by the time it began. Much hyped releases from the likes Agalloch, At the Gates, Mastodon, and Pallbearer couldn’t save it. The underground’s rescue missions returned with heads hung. Ludicrous precedent, and its attendant expectations, have a habit of souring even the best things and metal fell victim this year, issuing a jointly agreed upon “meh”, before moving on to 2015’s saliva soaked forecasts.

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MTA looking to increase L train service, upgrade Bedford Avenue stop

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MiUSA Winebar – now open in South Williamsburg

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The space looks lovely and the chef’s resume includes Fat Duck, Per Se and Daniel. Fork in the Road paid them a visit.

Soldini, who has worked in some of the world’s best kitchens, including a three-year stint at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and apprenticeships at Per Se and Daniel, has created a menu that combines the culinary mindset of Italy with the ethos of his new home in the U.S. With a menu that will change at least four times per year, the eatery is focused on serving items grown, reared, and produced in the United States. The wine list mostly hails from California; the beer list is craft; even the vodka is sourced from within the borders.

The style of fare is New American, “with a touch of Italian,” says Bernocchi. Appetizers are broken down into meat, vegetables, and fish. Expect to see dishes ($9 to $10) like leek and squash soup, and wild striped bass sashimi, watermelon radish, and orange sour cream. Main courses run $12 to $20, and include items like sweet-potato gnocchi with winter mixed mushrooms, bacon, apple, and brussels sprouts, and duck breast with kale, orange, pecan, and glazed pearl onion. Cheese plate options and desserts (think vanilla ice cream sandwiches with chocolate and raspberry sauces) make up the rest of the menu.

MiUSA Winebar
718.782.2081
98/A south 4th street Brooklyn New York 11249 (between Bedford and Berry)
Dinner: mon – thurs 4pm – 2am; fri – sat 4pm – 4am; sun 4pm to 2am
Breakfast and brunch: sat. &  sun from 8am to 4pm

Top five shows of the weekend

 

Photo by Chad Batka

Photo by Chad Batka

5) The Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Christmas Show at the Town Hall 
In case you A. Happened to miss Ted Leo’s surprise appearance at DBA last month B. Have been lacking the jubilant holiday spirit, or C. All of the above (I feel your pain, Cs), then the Town Hall may have just what your looking for this weekend. Headlined by Aimee Mann and the aforementioned Jersey punk icon–who collaborated earlier this year as The Both–this holiday themed bash is sure to fill both your cheer and Leo quotas, as long as you’re willing to pony up $45 bucks (because, you know, it’s the holidays). If that’s your thing, then get out there and show your spirit. If not, well, bah humbug.

Saturday, doors at 7:30pm

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Swearin’, Quarterbacks, Mean Creek and Bethlehem Steel are playing our End of the Year bash

swearinbkbazaar22014 was sort of a depressing year for live music in Williamsburg, almost solely because of the fate of one building at South 2nd and Kent Avenue. As much as it sucks to lose 285 Kent, Death By Audio and Glasslands (and hey, Ran Tea House), there are still tons of great venues and bands in and around Williamsburg who deserve to be celebrated.

That’s part of the reason why we’ve decided to throw an “End of the Year” bash at one of our favorite remaining Williamsburg venues, Brooklyn Night Bazaar, along with probably our favorite Williamsburg venue, Shea Stadium.

As you’ll note on the above poster, this Friday, December 12, FREEwilliamsburg and Shea Stadium will proudly bring you an incredible night of indie rock and pop punk with Swearin’, Quarterbacks, Mean Creek and Bethlehem Steel at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. And unlike a CERTAIN PUBLICATION’S 20th anniversary party, you’re all invited for the price of “on the house.” Doors are at 7 PM. RSVP here. [Read more...]