PHOTOS: HYTE Brought An All-Star Techno Lineup to Brooklyn


Brooklyn techno fans had even more reasons to celebrate their independence over 4th of July weekend when global event series HYTE came stateside to North Brooklyn, bringing with them an all-star lineup of international techno artists. Talk about feeling FREE. Acts like Berlin-based duo Pan-Pot, New York native Danny Tengalia, French trio Apollonia and Iranian American producer Dubfire were just a few acts that brought slammin’ techno to the Brooklyn Hanger, which was expertly transformed into a multi-stage festival for the duration of the weekend.

The main room was exceptionally packed as techno’s heavy hitters performed in an almost cattle call fashion, leaving little downtime between sets, allowing for a particularly energized house. Downstairs offered a more relaxed vibe and a tech house soundtrack, for those who needed an escape from the rattling bass on the main floor (no seriously, at one point the ceiling started raining on . The outdoors stage continued to pulse beats long after the DJs had left, offering a welcome escape from the steamy warehouse. HYTE will be returning to Brooklyn over Halloween weekend with party plans so good they’re scary.

In the meantime, check out some shots from this month’s event, compliments of Pablo Bustos Photography. You can learn more about HYTE and upcoming events on their official website.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend


I managed to see my fellow Oxfordians, Radiohead, on Tuesday, so everything else this week may seem like a bit of a Let Down (although I saw them play that 10 years ago too). Still, while the bar has been set high, there are still some fantastic bands in town for the weekend!

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

a0459075304_10Here I go again on my own. Going down the only road I’ve ever known. Wait, what? Sorry, blacked out there for a second.

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New Cajun joint in Williamsburg, Bourbon Springs, has crawfish boils on Sundays


Newly opened Bourbon Springs is on a quiet block off the Graham Ave stop in Williamsburg. Their focus is Cajun cuisine and craft cocktails and best of all, they have a seafood boil on Sundays:

If you haven’t been to vibrant Graham Avenue on the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint yet, I present to you the perfect reason to explore this part of town. Named after a communal trout fishing lodge that her grandfather founded in the Blue Ridge Mountains, [Read more...]

Panorama 2016 Festival Review


The folks at Goldenvoice, the company most famous for promoting Coachella, were probably looking forward to a reprieve from the three digit temperatures their flagship festival often endures in the Southern California desert when they were organizing their New York City festival, some months ago. Instead, they, and festival-goers like myself, would have to persevere through three days of record-setting highs on Randall’s Island this past weekend; the shiny paragon of LCD Soundsystem’s big New York reunion show looming over us all. [Read more...]

New mob film The Brooklyn Banker shot in Williamsburg with scenes from the Giglio festival

The mob movie stars Paul Sorvino and is shot throughout Williamsburg by a Williamsburg native — Bamonte’s, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, and the Giglio Festival are all featured. It premieres August 5th at Cinema Village:

The flick, which follows a bank official from Williamsburg with ties to a local organized crime family, features scenes set during the 113-year-old Italian-American festival, and to get the right look, filmmakers went right to the source, said the film’s producer.

“We took scenes from the actual feast,” said Michael Ricigliano Jr., who also wrote “The Brooklyn Banker.” “All of the guys in movie are guys who lift the actual Giglio tower every year.”

The mob movie was filmed entirely in Williamsburg, featuring scenes shot inside and outside Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and local figures such as the members of the brass band of the Giglio feast. The participants are overjoyed that a piece of their rich culture has been captured on film, said a Giglio festival spokeswoman. [Read more...]

The Williamsburg Whole Foods opened today

photo by Jenn Morrissey

photo by Jenn Morrissey

The long awaited nail in the Williamsburg gentrification coffin/great place to get fresh food in the neighborhood Whole Foods opened today at 289 Bedford Ave. It features an in-store Jewish Deli, a Luke’s Lobster cart, seasonal OddFellows Ice cream flavors and so [Read more...]

Win Two Tickets to Full Moon Fest on Governors Island



Every month, Thailand’s most gorgeous beaches lend themselves to a longstanding tradition among international partygoers. The gathering are referred to as Full Moon Parties, and they are celebrations of the completion of the Lunar Cycle, complete with music, performance art and dancing barefoot in the sand. Sounds pretty magical, right?

Thankfully, you don’t have to purchase a round trip plane ticket to Asia get in on the action. The event masterminds of MATTE bring their very own interpretation of these parties to The Governors Island Beach Club, August 21st -22nd. Full Moon Fest promises to offer two days of fun in the sun and dance moves in the moonlight. For the first time ever, Full Moon Fest has been expanded to include two full days of musical performances, art installations, gourmet food and spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.


Electronic music fans will love the Saturday roster which includes a range of artists from techno superstar Black Coffee to masked beat crusader of most versatile proportions, SBTRKT, whose remixes of Basement Jaxx, M.I.A. and Radiohead tracks have made him one to watch. Sunday brings a pop and indie rock-inspired lineup with singer/songwriter Santigold and the Allah-Las providing plenty of reasons to sit back and refresh with specialty cocktails and jammin’ guitar riffs.

Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets below*:

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* Winner must be 21 or older to attend. Winner will be selected at random on Wednesday, 8/17.

The Deets

What: Full Moon Fest
When: August 20th-August 21st
Where: Governors Island Beach Club
Tickets: $65+, Explore ticket options HERE