THIS WEEKEND: Atlas Sound & El Guincho, Ghostland Observatory, and MGMT

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Bradford Cox of Atlas Sound
TONIGHT
Atlas Sound with El Guincho at South Street Seaport
From Village Voice

Choking reflections, terminal isolation, solemn nostalgia–TGIF! Deerhunter front man Bradford Cox’s solo endeavor is less beastly MBV maelstrom, more half-assed bubble-noise diary soundtrack. It’s troubled background music; bring your favorite conversation starters. As you breathe in East River toxins down on Pier 17, “River Card” won’t inspire the happiest of hours: “River’s bottom dark and blue: Why do I love you? You’ll drown me.” Next $5 Bud in a Pepsi cup is on me. With El Guincho.

Doors: 7pm, FREE
More information at RiverToRiver
also tonight, Philip Glass Ensemble at Celebrate Brooklyn
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Ghostland Observatory
ON SATURDAY
Ghostland Observatory at Prospect Park Bandshell
with Jealous Girlfriends and Bear Hands
From Flavorpill

Austin duo Ghostland Observatory fuse sprawling, futuristic electro with spastic, Rapture-style rock for a sound that’s been described as “a robot making love to a tree.” On their third full-length record, Robotique Majestique, the duo’s dance-y, Klaxons-esque sound gets an even poppier makeover. Yet their shows are where the real magic happens ‚Äî just check last year’s live DVD for proof. They’re becoming a regular institution in Austin, the home of essential music fest SXSW, winning the Austin American-Statesman’s “Band of the Year” nod for 2007. Tonight, they roll into NYC alongside buzzworthy rockers the Jealous Girlfriends and Bear Hands.

Doors: 7pm, $3
More information at Celebrate Brooklyn
also on Saturday: Big River Project: The Music of Johnny Cash
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MGMT
ON SUNDAY
MGMT, Black Moth Super Rainbow. and the Ting Tings At McCarren Park
From Flavorpill

It’s been too long since we’ve had a good, weird pop band like Brooklyn’s MGMT. Founded by Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser in a prankish mood, the group leaps between extremes — gigantic earnestness and eccentric nonsense; psychedelic overdrive and wounded prisms — leaving you wondering whether it’s the product of geniuses or goofballs. That they might be both is what makes them so exciting. Garlanded with a Columbia Records contract, the band’s debut, Oracular Spectacular, packages glam-inflected mega-pop in producer Dave Fridmann’s typically lush, stretchable sonic architecture. The band hits today’s pool party alongside psych-noiseniks Black Moth Super Rainbow and hyperactive UK dance-rockers the Ting Tings.

Doors: 2pm, FREE
More information at mccarrenpark.com

Sonic Youth At McCarren Park: Tickets At Noon

Grab ’em while they last at mccarrenpark.com.

Top Chef Shooting In Williamsburg

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From NY Observer

It’s more or less an open secret, but we’ve learned that the Top Chef cast has definitely been living for about two weeks now in a terraced duplex penthouse in Williamsburg overlooking McCarren Park. So far, the chefs have pretty much kept to themselves, said an extremely well-placed source, leaving around 8 or 9 in the mornings for a soundstage in Greenpoint and coming straight back in the evenings….
Though the source would not say which of the two “identical” parkview penthouses the cast is living in, a 1,368-square-foot, 16th-floor unit was sold in April for $1.4 million, according to StreetEasy. (Meanwhile the neighboring unit, 16A, is in contract for $1.295 million.)
According to the duplex floor plans on the 20 Bayard Web site, the first floor has an open-air kitchen, foyer, eating area and living room–with a balcony–and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking McCarren Park and Manhattan. …
So far the cast has remained pretty incognito. Few people from neighboring buildings were even aware Top Chef was shooting in Williamsburg.
‚”No way,” said the cashier at Urban Rustic, an organic market down the street, who is a fan of the show. ‚”That’s awesome.”
So will the cast do any shopping there?
‚”That would be cool, but I doubt it,” the cashier said. “They usually give them a budget.”

Rush Play 'Tom Saywer" On Rock Band

From Comedy Central

So, when Rush was backstage at The Colbert Report last week, they played “Tom Sawyer” on Rock Band and now there’s video of it. I kind of expected it to be a funny demonstration of how unlike playing real instruments Rock Band really is, with these three seasoned pros failing the song about 30 seconds in.

Heath Ledger's Posthumous Nautical Bar

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Five Leaves Bar
Coming to Greenpoint soon. From Down by the Hipster

This small space on the corner of Bedford and Lorimer is tentatively called The Five Leaves, and will be opened by one of Heath Ledger’s close friends. The late actor, who’s last movie is obviously doing pretty well, was a key backer of the the project and was going to be a full partner. His untimely death put the project in jeopardy, but his father became executor of the estate and because he knew how much the project meant to heath, he released the funds to finish construction. The name Five Leaves is a working name, and comes from Swan cigarette papers that tell you when there are just five left in a package. A bit later, we will take you inside the nautically themed cafe and bar.

More pictures here.

Williamsburg's Best Pizza Joint, Brick Oven Gallery, Closes

From our comments.

Hi All. Brick Oven Gallery had its last day and served its last pizza on 7.20.08. My Uncle owns the place so I would know. We ended on a good note with all of our regular customers there to help us mark the day. It was sort of bittersweet. We hopefully will be relocating within a month. We just wanted everyone to know we officially closed and are absolutely no longer at 33 Havemeyer St. Thank you to all of our loyal customers and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Beirut: Studio 104 Maison de Radio France, 2007

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Aquarium Drunkard just posted a great Beirut show that aired on Radio France. The quality is superb, and there are some surprises including a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Grab the whole concert here.

Sonic Youth To Close Out McCarren Park Pool Concert Series

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Sonic Youth at McCarren in ’07, image c/o Flickr
Looks like it will be the last concert, um, EVER at McCarren Park Pool—*weep*—but Sonic Youth has just announced a show on August 30th. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
There have been petitions floating around at the Pool Parties to keep the venue as a concert space, but we’re not holding our breath. Looks like the kiddie urinal is on its way. The good news is the free shows may be transferred to Bushwick Inlet Park in 2009.
Also just announced, The Felice Brothers are headlining a free JellyNYC Pool Party with Langhorne Slim, Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves, Deer Tick, and DJ Kool Kear on August 10th.
More information at www.mccarrenpark.com