Bedford Isn't a Golden Ticket to a New Life

A commenter writes:

i’m not sure how they think a taco truck and an ice cream truck are affecting the business at a cafe. they don’t sell the same foods. when i want a taco, i get a taco. i’m not gonna go to blackbird parlor just because there’s no taco truck.
maybe their businesses are hurt by the fact that the economy is bad and a business on bedford isn’t a golden ticket to a new life.

…in response to the “Bedford Businesses Rail Against Endless Summer Taco Truck, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream” post.

[PICS] The Grates, Savoir Adore and Dappled Cities at Brooklyn Bowl

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For the first time in years, The Grates played in Brooklyn along with Savoir Adore and Dappled Cities.

Openers Savoir Adore and Dappled Cities set the par for the night. Australian Dappled Cities could not look more excited to be playing to a reveling crowd. Each song swelled and built behind lead singer Tim Derricourt into a commanding arrangement that everyone was compelled to listen to. I don’t know if it was the impressive show or the heightened level of Australian attractiveness of its band, but I have never seen so many girls rush the stage to buy the remaining five CDs Dappled Cities had with them.

Fresh back from SXSW, Savoir Adore performed to a welcoming crowd. Although their line up has changed, Savoir Adore consistently delivers a performance of wonderful energy and a demonstration of genuine musicianship.

Although the entire line up was a power packed, high energy showcase, it was The Grates’ lead singer Patience Hodgson who delivered the most hyperactive performance. Skipping out on to the stage in a cape that was reminiscient of Nick Diamonds from The Islands and a Little Miss Sunshine worthy, oversized sequin unitard, Hodgson enthusastically launched into her set. She engaged the audience of her amazed fans with longtime favorites sprinkled with new jams as well. However, Hodgson kept her audience guessing when she sat on one superfan’s shoulders and worked her way out into the crowd.

More pictures after the jump!

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Bust Magazine Spring Issue Release Party Tonight

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Bust Magazine is celebrating tonight, and you should join them!
I hear there will be 2-for-1 pierogis. Yumm!

[PICS] Holy Ghost (DJ Set), Bear Hands, Lissy Trullie, Acrylics, and Pocketknife at Glasslands

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Last night Bear Hands headlined a show with part-time muse Lissy Trullie and Terrible Records first release Acrylics at Glasslands with Holy Ghost closing the night with a DJ set. With everyone finally back from SXSW, Glasslands was overflowing with people with an even divide of Trullie and Bear Hands fans.

More pictures after the jump!Bear Hands

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Giveaway: Sade's "Soldier of Love" on Vinyl

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Since Sade first emerged on the scene as Best New Artist in 1986, she’s been giving us music to, well, make out to. And although each album sounds pretty much the same, we’re not mad– mostly because Sade just keeps getting hotter.
Since we’re all about promoting all things that may help you get laid (be sure to be safe, kids), one lucky FREEwilly reader will score a copy of Sade’s “Soldier of Love” on vinyl– because let’s face it, if you have a record player you’re half way there already.
Head on over to our Twitter page and RT this, or comment on the contest thread over on Facebook. Good luck!

Broogle or Googlyn, It Works!

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via the Greenpoint / Williamsburg for Google Fiber Optic Facebook page.

The Brooklyn Brunch Experiment

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Instead of eating brunch at your favorite spot this Sunday; try something new and head to the latest installment of The Brooklyn Food Experiments: The Brooklyn Brunch Experiment at The Bell House.
This experiment aims to take brunch to the next level by infusing a bit of “competition” and turning it into a cook-off. The chefs will bring everything to the table from granola to waffles to Hollandaise Sauce, all you have to bring is your appetite. The audience, along with a panel of judges including Sean Rembold, chef at Diner and Marlow & Sons, and Andrew Knowlton, Iron Chef Judge and restaurant editor at Bon Appetit magazine, will name a Brunch King and Queen. One drink is included with price of admission.
The event will be held on Sunday March 28th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.-tickets are $25 at the door.
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Ticket Giveaway: Shearwater at the Bowery

We’ve got a pair of tickets to check out Austin’s Shearwater this Saturday at the Bowery Ballroom. Their epically dreamy sound booms with melancholy, and kinda reminds me of Where the Wild Things Are, in the newest video for “Hidden Lakes”:

To win a pair of tickets to see Shearwater this weekend just comment on the contest thread over on our Facebook page!