Spike Hill is closing

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Another day, another Williamsburg institution announces that it’s closing:

Bedford Avenue mainstay Spike Hill will close its doors next month, the space confirmed to Gothamist today, as the building housing the bar and venue is currently under contract. “It’s unlikely that this bar will be a bar for much longer,” revealed an employee at the bar this afternoon.

The employee, who asked to remain anonymous, was cagey about offering a final date for the closure, but conceded that “early December” was a workable timeline. He wasn’t sure about future plans for the space, whether it would be kept intact or torn down, but said he didn’t think “the building is worth anywhere near what the real estate is worth.” One thing was definitely clear: “The building’s under contract for a lot of money.”

At least we can ‘celebrate’ its demise next month.

There’s a new Shepard Fairey/Interpol mural up on North 7th

interpolInterpol finally escaped the Buffalo snow to play Late Night with Seth Meyers and Terminal 5 last night. The band also commissioned Shepard Fairey to create a new mural on North 7th street in Williamsburg. You [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

Photo by Fred Pressaro

Photo by Fred Pressaro

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want start this week by extending immense gratitude to everyone who came out to see Occultation, Kosmodemonic, Mountain God, and Think Tank tear Palisades a new orifice on Friday night. If you couldn’t make it, no worries, there will be more This One Goes To Eleven showcases to come, but in the meantime take this week’s new trash barge full of glorious grime as proof that I love you all just the same.

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Killer Mike’s speech on the Ferguson Grand Jury ruling is heartbreaking and inspiring

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Killer Mike about an hour and a half after the Ferguson Grand jury decision. Run The Jewels at the Ready Room, St. Louis, Missouri – 11/25/2014.

Restaurants serving Thanksgiving in north Brooklyn 2014 – last minute reservations

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Glasserie

Williamsburg’s Rye is offering a three course $80 prix fixe, which is on the pricey side. That said, we love Rye and it’s a special occasion so it’s likely worth the splurge.

Aurora is offering a three course prix fixe too. Make your reservation at this Italian staple here.

Reynard is serving dinner, but seems to be full — it’s perhaps worth a call for cancellations. The same applies for Maisson Premiere.

Peter Luger has a handful of tables left, so call quickly.

Glasserie in Greenpoint has a $65 prix fixe with a few spots left, if you’ve got a hankering for rabbit.

If you want something different, Bunna is open in Bushwick serving amazing Ethiopian fare.

Let us know who we missed in comments.

Death By Audio is closed – a tribute plus video footage of its final shows

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Death By Audio hosted its last ever show on the 22nd of November with the final set being played by Lightning Bolt, we have some great video from the final two nights below.

As the saying goes, you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone, but for some, Vice media paved paradise to put up an office block. The narrative of change in the area is a well trodden one, as is the temptation for hyperbole when it comes to ones own personal preferences. The story of Death By Audio is shared with the likes of The Fillmore East, Maxwells, 285 Kent, CBGBs, it doesn’t matter; the constant is how a place can have such a positive impact on so many people, and it will be told again, it is not a means to compare one to another.

The first time I went to DBA the power went out multiple times, it was about 200 degrees, the bathrooms would cause a lutropublicaphobe to implode and I wondered what I had done to deserve such punishment, but there was something about it that made me want to go back. The ramshackle appearance and occasional blip masked what was actually an incredibly well-ran machine that almost all of the time ran like clockwork, and even the bathrooms became endearing!

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Grooving with The Shadowboxers

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“Expect to be entertained and expect to party.”

That’s what you’ll get when you see Atlanta soul/pop band Shadowboxers. The band plays two shows Friday December 5 at Mercury Lounge – one early, one late, with a wardrobe change in between.

The Shadowboxers draw inspiration from 70’s funk and harmony bands like The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel. Their playlist is a mix of old and new, spanning Michael Jackson, Prince and Stevie Wonder to HAIM, Allen Stone and Jungle. Adam Hoffman (vocals, guitars), Matt Lipkins (vocals, keyboards) and Scott Schwartz (vocals, guitars) formed the group in 2008 while attending Emory University. Since then, the trio also picked up bass player Carlos Enamorado and drummer Cole McSween. The band worked with producer Brady Blade and engineer Chris Bell on their first full length album “Red Room,” released in January of last year and since then the band has been playing live shows and working on their dance moves. [Read more...]

Brookyln Electronic Dance Round Up: Nov 21-22

Thankful there’s no lake effect snow in Brooklyn, this week ends with one last push to party before heading home for thanksgiving. Starting tonight at Cameo, Cut Mistake Music features a showcase with No Regular Play member Greg Paulus and new label signees N’conduit + Jack Fuller. At Glasslands, Kim Ann Foxman returns with disco house producer Fred Everything. On Saturday you can get things started at TBA with some real Detroit house vibes courtesy of Rick Wade. Over in Bushwick, Palisades hosts an Allergy Season x Adhoc session with Galcher Lustwerk and more. Then finally, Underground Quality presents a 10 year Anniversary party at Output with free entry before midnight. Pass the stuffing, this turkey’s done!

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