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...]

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Watch Tiny Ruins perform A Take Away Show in Williamsburg’s Grand Ferry Park

tinyruinsThe latest in La Blogothèque‘s A Take Away Show series features New Zealand’s Tiny Ruins at Williamsburg’s Grand Ferry Park with Emma Judkins performing dance. Watch [Read more...]

Electric Zoo 2014 Survival Guide

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The time is finally upon us. It’s that glorious weekend in NYC when we can throw caution to the wind and dance like maniacs for three days straight. The animals will RAGE. Electric Zoo will take over Randall’s Island Friday Aug. 29 – Aug. 31st. Whether it’s your first time out of the cage, or you’re a howling veteran we want to make sure you’re geared up with everything from A-Trak to Zedd (A to Z – get it??) to make this weekend safe, fun and all-around epic.

Visit the Electric Zoo website first. You’ll be able to get a quick snapshot of items that are allowed and items that are prohibited during the festival. One of the big changes for this year is NO CAMELBAKS. Regardless of size, you’ll need to leave your Camelbak at home, or risk getting turned away.

So here are some great things to keep handy:

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Perfect Pussy melts faces tonight at Shea Stadium

Didn’t snag tickets for tonight’s show? Don’t cry. We’re pretty sure they will be back.  And in the meantime, here is a little taste of what being in a kick-ass punk band is like, from Perfect Pussy’s bassist Greg Ambler:

FreeWilliamsburg: Last time you were in Brooklyn, you played two shows in the same night- The Knitting Factory and Saint Vitus. How did you keep up? What was different between the two sets?

Greg Ambler: I keep up by smoking tons of weed and play the same regardless of where I am or who is watching. I attempted to snap my bass in half at St.Vitus and ended up just fucking up my knee which was probably pretty funny to watch.

FW: Who do you listening to when you’re on tour? What other bands are out there now that inspire you? [Read more...]

CMJ artist announcement is tomorrow

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I can’t believe it’s already (almost) that time of the year again.

As in past years, the CMJ Music Marathon brain-trust will host an invite-only artist announcement party tomorrow (8/27) somewhere in downtown Manhattan, where the first round of bands playing this year’s Music Marathon will be announced. There will also be live performances by Juan Wauters and Porches.

While the event is invite only, CMJ are offering a few people (21+) entry to the event if you enter this contest. You’ll also get some Champion swag. Contest winner will be informed of the location of the party prior to the event.

CMJ Music Marathon 2K14 runs from October 21-25 this year and boasts 1,400 artists in 80 venues in our fair city. If you’ve never attended, it’s basically like SXSW for New York City, except with less tech and overt sponsorship. Meaning… five days of live music, ’round the clock and sometimes free drinks. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.