The Wilderness Downtown: Arcade Fire Meets HTML5

Tech nerds will rejoice because this interactive film showcases the potential of HTML5. For everyone else, this interactive video is a pretty cool film featuring the music of The Arcade Fire. Make sure you enter your real childhood address. We were dubious too, but it’s worth it to get the full effect. (Best viewed in Google Chrome). Oh, and for the portion of our readership who aren’t programmers and think HTML5 is some mysterious new venereal disease, here’s a definition:

HTML5 is a standard for structuring and presenting content on the World Wide Web. The new standard incorporates features like video playback and drag-and-drop that have been previously dependent on third-party browser plug-ins such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Google Gears.

Introducing FREEwilly First Thursdays at Coco66

We are proud to announce our newest monthly series at Coco66, aptly named FREEwilly First Thursdays!!

The first installment will take place this coming Thurs Sept. 2nd with Apache Beat— one of our long standing favorites in the ‘hood who will be releasing their highly anticipated debut full-length, Last Chants, on October 5th. The album will feature guest appearances from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Rapture, and Lightspeed Champion.

Blood Diamonds remix of “Another Day” has been making serious waves on the internet these last few days.

And speaking of Lightspeed Champion, we’ve got Blood Orange playing as well. Another project from the laptop/guitar savvy Brit, Devonté Hynes– who somehow translates his one man show into a sort of if-Prince-played-Market-Hotel sound.

Opening the night is We Are All Romans a duo which was brought together through a mutual interest in phase patterns, sampling and 20th century classical music. And according to Brian Patrick Hill (Guitar, Vocal, Synthesizer, Samples) and Angus Tarnawsky (Drums, Vocals, FX), WAAR is neither confounded by the future or nostalgic to the past.

The night gets kicked off with DJ Whitney Fierce, and is followed by DJ sets from Apache Beat’s leading lady Ilirjana Alushaj as well as musical selections from the boys of the summery lo-fi Brooklyn faves, Beach Fossils.

Doors 7pm | 21+ | $8

We’ll be announcing a handful of special goodies in the next few days, but for now, go RSVP for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show!

Flyer by Behold the Destroyer

Basquiat, Winnebago Man and more to hit (the only) movie theater near you.

Photo courtesy IMDB.comRemember way back when we got all excited that, finally, a movie theater would be opening in Williamsburg? Well guess what? It’s finally here!

That’s right, the much-anticipated indieScreen announced it will be soft-launching this Friday, September 3, with a great lineup of films showing from September 1-5 of independent and documentary films (full list after the jump). And lest you need ANOTHER reason not to make the trek into Manhattan, let’s not forget that this cinema will also house a restaurant and full bar.

indieScreen is located at 285 Kent Avenue, on S. 2nd Street

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Spotted In Williamsburg

[thanks Jeff]

Rock Yard Slip 'n Slide Action

Jelly’s Rock Yard was in full swing yesterday. Below is Slip ‘n Slide footage as well as performances by Zaza and Sport of Kings. There will be two more Saturdays of free shows at the Rock Yard on 09/04 and 09/11. Don’t miss out on those.

Final Pool Party Featuring Delorean and ???

We hear the guests are “super special” but still have no idea who will be closing out the summer. For now, we’re looking forward to Delorean! We’ll keep you posted on twitter.

Today: Rock Party or Out in the Streets?

The weather is beautiful and we’re looking forward to this week’s Rock Yard party. It’s at 354 Wythe Avenue. Also today, Brooklyn Fireproof will be hosting a music festival they’re calling Out in the Streets. And in case you didn’t hear, the final Pool Party featuring Delorean is back on for tomorrow. Get their early because it’s going to be packed.

Pirates invade Renaissance Fair, Jousting Ensues

Royal Jousting, living chess matches, maidens, maypoles…and Pirates? It may read like a cynical Bill and Ted prequel but for sufferers of Peter Pan Syndrome it is the best re-imagining since the Creation Museum.

For those tentative to venture north of 14th Street, 16th century Elizabethan England is unlikely to elicit much excitement, the first two syllables of Re-nai-sance Fair enough to turn eyes to ceiling, heel to road, and friendships to a close.

For others the suggestion of Pirate invasions, chainsaw juggling, tightrope walking, and what NYT referred to as “the next extreme sport” is reason enough to watch this video, pack a lunch, a lancet, and head upstate to heed the bugle’s call.

The Pirate Invasion runs on August 28th and 29th for directions to Tuxedo, New York visit their website here.