Hi Brooklyn, meet Athens

athensAthens is a little college town in Georgia with one of the best music scenes this side of the Mississippi. If you haven’t heard bands coming out of this wonderland, which you have unless you live under a rock or have horrible taste in music (R.E.M., Neutral Milk Hotel, Drive By Truckers, Of Montreal just to name a fraction), now is your chance. This month, four Athens bands travel up to Williamsburg to grace our ears with their presence.

The Whigs usher in their Athens brethren, laying down some rock tunes at Rough Trade Wednesday night, supporting their recently released album, Modern Creation. A little rough at first, their tracks wiggle their way into your mind becoming the soundtrack to your life. They just make you feel good.

Lera Lynn, now based in Nashville, started her career in Athens releasing her debut album, Have You Met Lera Lynn? in 2011. Her lingering, slow Southern gothic sound is like an ice cold sip of fine whiskey. Country, Americana and bluesy influences can be heard throughout her classic songs. The release show for her latest album Avenues is at Baby’s All Right next Tuesday, September 9.

September 10, Baby’s All Right also welcomes Athens musicians for a second night with New Madrid, who played earlier this spring, and Reptar, who drive a cult like fan base (myself included) with their spacey dance beats. They’ve been working on a new album for a while now, so the set is sure to unveil new ditties.

All of these are going to be rad shows, so go ahead, do yourself a favor and buy tickets right now.

Art lovers: get ready for ARTCRANK, art at The Yard and an art CSA

Photo by Nathan H. Ellis from the exhibit: "A Wandering Camera: Portraits of Greenpoint"

Photo by Nathan H. Ellis from the exhibit: “A Wandering Camera: Portraits of Greenpoint”

If you want to decorate your walls and support the local artists, now seems to be the time. This Thursday, September 4, ARTCRANK, a pop-up show all about bicycle-inspired posters, comes to the Brooklyn Brewery, and The Yard hosts an opening reception for a local photographer.

ARTCRANK travels all over the world showing off posters from local artists all about bikes. This year, the NYC event stops by the Brooklyn Brewery, so it is sure to be a party. Admission is free and signed and numbered copies of all posters are available for $50 each. Just remember- don’t drink and bike. [Read more...]

Kilo Bravo: Williamsburg bar will serve 50 state-themed cocktails

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Kilo Bravo
180 North 10th St; btwn Bedford & Driggs
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It’s the latest from the people behind Soft Spot and they open this Thursday, Sept 4.

From Gothamist:

Williamsburg’s densely packed nightlife scene welcomes a new player this week with the opening of Kilo Bravo on Thursday. Kate Buenaflor, proprietor of Soft Spot opens her new bar on North 10th between Bedford and Driggs—just down the street from her original spot—with business parter Richard DeVore. The duo tapped an “all-American” theme for the new joint, with touches of rock’n'roll on the walls, hearty sandwiches and an around-the-States cocktail menu to match. [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

NR090_YOB-ClearingThePathtoAscendWhile the rest of the world slogs through post-holiday depression and mourns beside the final embers of summer, metal nerds the universe over have joined in celebration of one of the biggest release days of the year, knowing damn well that as long we can still wear black after Labor Day, everything will be just fine.

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“G Is Back” : The Screenplay

Digital CameraIn honor of the G train’s return to North Brooklyn, Kevin D’Angelo has written a 2 page screen play about its return. Read [Read more...]

Live Review and Videos: Afropunk Festival 2014

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Last weekend, Afropunk hosted its 10th weekend festival at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene. Previous years had been blighted with long lines taking an age to get in, they managed to fix that problem this time around as I breezed right through at 4:30pm, so a big pat on the back to the organisers.

We’ve got some footage for you from Saturday, courtesy of (((unartig))) below the jump. 

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Video: preppy dude tries to rob Vice Magazine

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Do’s and Dont’s – don’t get caught on video committing a potential felony, bro.

From New York Shitty:

The New York City Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the following suspect wanted in connection with an attempted burglary within the confines of the 94 Precinct. The details are as follows:

On Saturday, August 2, 2014 at approximately 0250 hours, the suspect entered 99 North 10 Street without permission or authority and attempted to gain entry into offices within.
Surveillance video of the suspect is attached and available at DCPI.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

The Commodore’s chef is not a fan of the “nose-to-tail bros” of the Williamsburg food scene

tannerIf you’ve walked by The Commodore you have probably seen their fearless head chef Stephen Tanner chilling outside and smoking a cigarette. Aside from running Commodore’s kitchen (and soon El Cortez in Bushwick), co-founding Pies-N-Thighs, and playing bass for the band Harvey Milk, Stephen also [Read more...]