New bar alert: Rocka Rolla now open in Williamsburg

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Rocka Rolla, 486 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg

Rocka Rolla is the latest establishment from the people behind Skinny Dennis. We checked it out last night and its like Skinny Dennis for the classic rock and hair metal set, for those who prefer Van Halen to Merle Haggard. Unfortunately, it won’t have live music like its older brother. That said, it does have food — sausages and fries — which is a plus and an outdoor space with a view. Well, a view of the BQE that is. [Read more...]

Top five shows of the weekend

011107-liturgy15) Black Wine, Brick Mower, The Grand Pantrymen, Sore Saints, Tim Duffy, Brett Davis at Death By Audio
While our resident Don Giovanni specialist and Death By Audio wallflower Chris Quartly already told you all you need to know about this one earlier in the week, there’s no reason not second his sentiment: For $8, this record release bash for Black Wine—featuring an opening set from Brick Mower (whose new album also rules), stand-up comedians, and more—is by far the bargain of the weekend.

Friday, doors at 7pm

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Kaleidoscopic art party this weekend

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Interactive art collectives Something Different and We Are Raw Process throw a mini-festival and art party at Lot 45 this Saturday at 6 p.m., with live acts from Mattie Safer (formerly The Rapture), Wild Torus, and DJs Max August, Mykola Smith, Fenbred, Chakana and more. Festivities include live canvas and body painting, interactive projection art, and free paint brushes with every pre-sold ticket for guests to channel their inner Picasso in the paint party.

Tickets & Location:
$10 Limited Release
Pre-sale tickets available at www.somethingdifferentny.com
$15 General Admission at the door

Something Wicked Festival 2014

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Next up on my list of out of town festivals is Something Wicked in Houston, TX. After traveling for Forecastle, I figured why not keep the “party down south” thing going? Besides, in Texas it’s festival weather year round. When I saw the opportunity, I broke out in the words of Matthew Mcconaughey, “Alright, Alright, Alright.”

Something Wicked (presented by Disco Donnie Presents and NightCulture) takes place at the Sam Houston Race Park Oct. 25-26th and packs a serious punch in terms of lineup. The headliners are hot: BassNectar and Dillon Francis on Saturday (initiate fangirl sequence NOW). Martin Garrix and Kaskade take the stage on Sunday. If that’s not enough to get you rearin’ up to go, they just dropped the rest of the lineup last week. Spoiler alert: it’s cray.

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Williamsburg man upset by ‘hipsters’ found guilty of making phony 911 complaints

spikehill53-year-old Williamsburg resident Louis Segna was found guilty of making phony 911 calls to complain about made up incidents happening around his apartment at North 7th and Bedford. He was found guilty for three calls, but was believed to have made over 400 complaints. Some of the calls were regarding noise levels and some calls were much more serious. From [Read more...]

Bushwick real estate undergoes the largest increase in the city in 2014

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In fact, median home value increased by a staggering 30% in the last year. To be precise, Crain’s has the numbers:

June 2013: $427, 200
June 2014: 560,500
a change of 31.2% in median home value

We guess this explains why Zosia Mamet spent over a million on the pink monstrosity pictured above.

A burrito is no place for canned vegetables.

vegallA few weeks ago, I felt a little under the weather  hungover and absolutely craved a burrito. I usually order seamless from Taco Santana when I’m craving Mexican, but I ordered from there earlier that week and didn’t want to be recognized by the delivery man. Just a mere days previous, I was less than nice after having to walk down all three flights of stairs to obtain my torta due to his confusion over the buzzer.

To avoid any sort of confrontation or exercise in my ragged state, I decided to order from El Loco Burrito. It had four stars. A solid rating, so how bad could it be? Turns out Seamless reviews are not to be trusted blindly. After my order arrived, I took a big bite out of the “chili beef burrito.” Lettuce, cheese, tomato, tortilla. Not too disappointing, but not exactly good. Another bite. This time I taste the ground beef. Grey and bland, I can only imagine it was boiled. No flavor and not exactly helping to cure my hangover. I’m thinking to myself that it might magically get better… maybe not all of the beef is that weird grey color. I take one more bite, and I taste… peas and carrots? What? This can’t be! I am so thrown off by this strange combo I decide to dissect the burrito, and yes, there are factory shaped squares of potatoes, soggy carrots and peas that can come from no other than a can of Veg-All mixed vegetables. I REPEAT- VEG-ALL MIXED VEGETABLES! I was forced to eat the stuff as a child, but no more. There is no way I could bring myself to eat this sorry cafeteria lady excuse for a burrito any longer. I mean, how can you possibly mess up a burrito that bad to bring back flashbacks of elementary school lunch? [Read more...]

Smorgasburg has been immortalized in a children’s book

photo via DNAinfo

photo via DNAinfo

Thanks to Lisa McKeon’s new book Brooklyn Baby, Smorgasburg and other BK staples will live forever in hardcover and paperback form. From [Read more...]