“Bushwick Girl” – let the snark begin

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Last year, we had Catey Shaw’s “Brooklyn Girls.” It’s 2015 so of course someone felt compelled to record a follow-up. That someone is CHUCK.

Sample lyric:

On a Saturday
I went out looking for a sweetheart
Down at the Union Pool
Where I met a girl who drew some street art
She had Timberlands
And a neon orange beanie
She wore pajama pants
That had a stain from a cheese panini.
She drank lemonade
And her hair smelled like flowers
she only bought things fair trade….
She’s my Bushwick girl

Hold your breath for a few more weeks… we’re sure “Ridgewood Girls” is coming soon. Listen to “Bushwick Girls” below: [Read more...]

Seasonal comforts arrive at Williamsburg’s The Sandwich Shop

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At Williamsburg’s The Sandwich Shop seasonal specials, including salads and sandwiches with locally-sourced ingredients are always on the menu.

This Winter they’re featuring a hefty South American sandwich called “The Venezuelan” — an expertly executed dish made of Braised Beef, Black Beans, Sweet Plantains, Avocado, Queso Fresco and Crema on Artisanal Soft Bread. In other words, Latin comfort food at its best for just $11.75. It’s a great addition to an already impressive menu.

Stop by or call for delivery.

The Sandwich Shop
718.360.0737
658 A Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(between Manhattan Ave and Leonard street)
The Sandwich Shop on Seamless, Grubhub, Delivery.com & Eat24

Top 5 shows of the weekend

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This wretched month will finally come to an end by the time the weekend is out, but February does leave us a nice parting gift in the form of some fantastic shows that should get you out of whatever hopefully warm abode you call home.

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Over the Counter: This Week in New and Interesting Music

pile“Over the Counter” is a column by our music editor focusing on new and interesting music that isn’t featured so prominently. In this edition: new releases from Pile, Container and ADVAETA, plus Ukiah Drag, Uniform and more. [Read more...]

Video: Helmet played Saint Vitus

Long running NYC noise makers Helmet brought their 20th anniversary tour for 1994′s album Betty to Saint Vitus in Greenpoint last Sunday. The record was played in full, with an additional second set of career highlights. You can watch part of the two hour long set below.

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Man smashes Kent Ave. storefront windows because of ‘zombie apocalypse’

240kentThere are a lot of reasons people get angry in Williamsburg these days. The opening of chains like Starbucks, the soaring rent prices, and the closing of all of our favorite restaurants and music venues are usually the main sources of local ire. However, this time a ‘zombie apocalypse’ is the culprit. A Brooklyn [Read more...]

Pete Wells gives Williamsburg’s Semilla a rave

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Semilla, credit NY Times

In this week’s review of the “vegetable forward” cooking at Semilla, Wells was pretty glowing, though he conceded that the newish Williamsburg establishment could be a tad niche:

“The crowd reminded me of the audiences, small but intense, who showed up to hear underground bands in the ’80s and ’90s, when that was one of the few ways to hear music that didn’t get played on the radio.”

Here are some other highlights:

Semilla had taken two cabbage leaves, then flattened and dried them until they were as crisp as a cracker. This was the bread. In between were a bundle of unusually delicious coleslaw and some grains of buckwheat groats….The flavors woke up old memories of the Polish and Ukrainian restaurants that are mostly gone from the East Village… [Read more...]

TICKET GIVEAWAY: 2:54 and Honeyblood at Rough Trade

This Friday, Rough Trade hosts a fierce female line-up of Okay Kaya, Honeyblood and 2:54 and we’re giving away TICKETS!

The band I have my eye on is Honeyblood from Scotland. I first heard of the band, formed with Stina Tweeddale on vocal and guitar and Cat Myers on drums, when their 2014 self-titled album was named as a staff pick at Rough Trade. And the duo reeled me in with their song Super Rat, which is the world’s best break-up/I hate you song. “Scum bag sleaze, slime ball grease?” What is not to love?

Honeyblood was the brainchild of Stina, who brought the idea to her friend Cat to help bring it to life. They started out doing small time DIY shows, peddling their two-track cassette “Thrift Shop.” Stina describes there sound as “a bit of garage rock vibe with a pop core.” And with catchy songs like “Bud” and “Killer Bangs,” it is easy to see how the band has made a name for themselves in Glasgow and beyond.

If you want to see these ladies live, show your love in the comments. We’ll pick the winner on Thursday! Or, if you can’t wait, you can purchase tickets here.