Baltimore’s Celebration destroyed at Death By Audio last night. A video from that show is below.
It’s a long weekend which means plenty of time to try the new bars and restaurants that have opened recently. Hot dogs! Black leather couches! Rice balls! Wine! Burgers! Oysters!
Blackout A Greenpoint bar brought to you by the owners of Oak with black mirrored tables reflecting the ornate black painted tin ceiling as you sit on a black leather. Features a backyard for the warmer months (or tonight!), and a decent beer & cocktail list. We’re also a fan of the happy hour (5-8 p.m.) with $3 well drinks, $4 pints of Gaffel, and $3 bottles of Sierra Nevada 916 Manhattan Avenue
Crif Dogs Our favorite East Village hog dog shop expands to Williamsburg after months of rumors and speculation! All the same hot dogs are served at the Brooklyn outpost as the East Village location, however the restaurant opens a take-out window daily to serve coffee and breakfast sandwiches to hungry morning commuters. 555 Drigs Avenue
Arancini Bros In keeping with the trend of food truck to brick-and-mortar openings, David Campaniello and Will Levatino are bringing their tasty rice balls to Bushwick. Offered is a rotating selection of six Sicilian-style rice balls in traditional (meat ragù), creative (mushroom and Taleggio) and sweet (Nutella) varieties. 940 Flushing Avenue
Custom American Wine Bar A casual wine bar with exposed brick walls serving wine from small American vineyards. Snack options range from fried green tomatoes, Philly cheesesteaks, to the Elvis, a PB, banana and bacon fried sandwich. 644 Driggs Ave
Juniper This small cafe serves classic comfort food such as burgers, pasta, and mac & cheese with rotating specials such as noodles & jambalaya. The interior decor needs a bit of help, but we like the food. Beer & wine will be served once their liquor license is secured and there’s also a backyard for outdoor dining. 112 Berry Street
Maison Premiere A new vintage French Quarter–themed restaurant from the team behind Moto and Five Leaves, serving oysters and classic cocktails in addition to NOLA favorites like muffalettes and gumbo. There’s also an absinthe fountain if you’re so inclined. 298 Bedford Avenue
Shoegazers Tamaryn and Religious to Damn were at the newly ‘renovated’ Don Hill’s last night. Funny enough the place doesn’t look like it received a make over at all. It is now sporting a faux CBGB’s style. Tamaryn will also be at PS1 this Saturday for a free 4pm show. Religious to Damn can be caught next in Brooklyn at Union Pool on February 23.
I don’t really want to call Sam Amidon a folk singer. He plays acoustic guitars and banjo and sings traditional Appalachian tunes, but does so much more with this than anyone else performing live music today. Whether he’s re-imagining R. Kelly’s “Relief” or telling a stream of consciousness tale about Christian colleges and Don Cheadle, he is extremely captivating and refreshingly innovative.
Last night Amidon played at Glasslands with Lone Wolf and The Great Republic of Rough and Ready. Along with him on stage was Shahzad Ismaily, a frequent collaborator. The set was a mixture of songs from I See the Sign and All Is Well, two wonderful albums by Amidon.
While many music fans were glued to their couches on Sunday night watching the coolest-in-a-long-time Grammy Awards broadcast, a sold-out crowd filled the Bowery Ballroom to see MINKS, Abe Vigoda, and primarily, Wild Nothing.
L.A.’s Abe Vigoda hit the stage around 10pm, playing enthusiastically and graciously. Their live set demonstrated how the band’s sound has developed over the past few years – going from what was more of a noisey punk blend on 2008’s Skeleton to what now includes of a dancey sensibility on their more recent songs.
The appropriate pre-Valentines vibe offered by a Wild Nothing concert was answered by their dreamy set. Jack Tatum & co. played most of last year’s debut album, Gemini, including favorites like “My Angel Lonely” and “Live in Dreams.” Wild Nothing’s live shows are mellow, and Tatum remains shy on stage, but the performances offer new depth to the gentleness of their recordings – something that helped to generate tons of buzz for the band during CMJ 2010. A very rich and developed version of “The Witching Hour,” as well as a Primal Scream cover helped to impress the shoegazey audience, who left satisfied knowing that the band will likely be very indie-famous sooner or later.