The Most Blogged About Shows Of The Week

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Half of our Top 10 list this week consists of free shows – so you have absolutely no reason NOT to get out and enjoy. If you don’t make it to Beekman’s Beer Garden, Pier 54, Southstreet Seaport or House of Vans, you will have nightmares in the dead of winter about how much you didn’t see! You really don’t want to miss tUnE yArDs, Austra, Xray Eyeballs, Superchunk and the other great pro bono shows this week.

We hope you are lucky enough to have a ticket to the sold-out James Blake show @ Webster Hall tonight. If you have an extra, let us know. If you don’t, we recommend you check out Wild Beasts at (le) poisson rouge instead.

Still want more options? Check out My Social List’s database of FREE & OUTDOOR concerts.


10. Hooray for Earth @ Brooklyn Bowl w/ Amber Coffman of Dirty Projects
Saturday, July 16th at 11:30pm – 21+, $5 -> tickets

9. Beach Party @ Beekman’s Beer Garden w/ Xray Eyeballs, Frankie & the Outs and The Babies
Sunday, July 17th at 3pm – All Ages, FREE!

8. Reggie Watts @ Public Assembly w/ Yellowbirds, Los Toughfists and Aislyn
Thursday, July 14th at 7pm – All Ages, $10 -> tickets

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PJ Harvey- The Words That Maketh Murder

Harvey’s record gets better with each listen. Here’s the highlight:

Mad Decent Block Party 2011

Image c/o Brooklyn Vegan

The free, all ages Mad Decent Block Party returns to NYC July 30 to South Street Seaport. The show includes Gang Gang Dance, Zeds Dead, Claude VonStroke, BAIO (Vampire Weekend DJ set), The Hood Internet, Bosco Delrey and PO PO.

Mad Decent then hits up Philly (8/6), Chicago (8/13) and LA (8/20) with Diplo, Das Racist, Curren$y, Reptar, Major Lazer, Death Grips and more. Check out full lineups at Brooklyn Vegan.

Joe Jonas Hit with Balls at House of Vans Show


Joe Jonas may have won over your preteen sister, but Williamsburg hipsters are not impressed.

Last Wednesday Jonas opened for Swizz Beatz at PAPER Magazine’s “See No More” party at the House of Vans. According to a report  from the Daily News,

“Jonas did not encounter very much love from the hard-core Williamsburg crowd in their frayed jeans, acid-washed tanks, jean vests and oversize eyeglass frames.

The booing and jeering began as soon as the Disney TV star and his four backup singers took to the stage …

The hostile hipsters didn’t even react when Jonas showed off his newly sculpted torso by taking off his blazer to reveal a tight tank top.”

The crowd of “hardcore” hipsters even went so far as to pelt Jonas and his back up dancers with Nerf basketballs handed out for free at the event.

However; Alexis Swerdloff at PAPER refuted the News’s account, telling Gothamist,

“As someone who was standing in the middle of the crowd during the entire performance, I can say that yes, there were a few balls thrown onto the stage—but they were promotional balls that were being thrown around all night—and that Joe was hardly met with stony silence! Rabid fans lined up around the block hours before the performance and were screaming throughout.”

Whichever version of events you believe, this discrepancy begs the question of whether anyone is actually immune to a teen heartthrob’s puppy dog eyes and choreographed dance moves after all.

Free Summer Concert Series at Manhattan Inn

Manhattan Inn, the Greenpoint bar serving delicious drinks and sweet piano soundtracked romance, is hosting a free concert series throughout the summer.  According to the venue, the showcase features:

[C]reative music across genres and fostering a community of musicians who find themselves at home both in the concert halls of Manhattan and the DIY venues of Brooklyn. The series invites emerging and established artists to challenge their notions of live performance and interpretation within the cultural climate of NYC today.

Check out the lineup:

Image c/o Manhattan Inn

Dram gets divey in mid-July

South Williamsburg cocktail bar Dram made a name for itself serving up carefully blended seasonal drinks — it’s even drawn some national publicity, as evidenced in this perpetually hilarious clip of Martha Stewart getting a little toasted there (and then drunk-eating some Pies n’ Thighs deliciousness). But the NYT reports that from July 20-23, Dram will be taking a brief hiatus from mixology to moonlight as a bona fide dive bar — complete with cheap drinks and decidedly low-brow snacks.

The pop-up dive, appropriately called 86’d, takes place during the New Orleans drink convention (umm, why aren’t we there?) Tales of the Cocktail, a four-day long mixology smorgasbord complete with competitions, tastings and seminars. Since Dram is losing several of its best bartenders to the Big Easy for the weekend, they’ll be turning over the reins to two of the bar’s lesser-known staff members.

So for the second-to-last weekend in July, expect to see the bar’s typical $10-14 cocktails replaced with noncraft domestic beers, Jagermeister, and pickleback shots. If you’re set on a more, uhm, elaborate drink you can enjoy a White Russian or Salty Dog. All drinks will be $4-8. As for food, the bar will be nixing the typical tapas-style small bites in favor of pimento cheese bites and boiled peanuts ($2).

What can we say? You get what you pay for.

Dram, 177  S. 4th  St, Williamsburg. 718.486.3726.

Williamsburg Bridge acrobatics

Last night, acrobat Seanna Sharpe climbed on top of the Williamsburg Bridge and gave onlookers a show fit for a circus. Apparently inspired by Phillipe Petit’s tightrope walk across the twin towers, Sharpe performed crazy, deadly and pretty rad tricks on top of the bridge.

According to the Wall Street Journal

“My goal is to face my fear and to inspire others to face their fears,” Sharpe said in an interview before she went up the bridge. She said she recently climbed the bridge twice in the middle of the night to gauge how difficult it would be to suspend herself from the top of the tower.

“The first time I did it, I didn’t make it to the top I was so scared. The second time the adrenaline was running high,” Sharpe said.

It took approximately seven minutes for Sharpe and Skinner to scale the tower, followed by fifteen minutes of midair twirls and flips. During that time, Sharpe remained tethered to the bridge only by a length of silk rope she had tied to the bridge beams.

They also call the Williamsburg Bridge “the least attractive of the city’s three downtown crossings.”  We’ll take it if it means we get cooler performers there.

Sexual Assaults Off Graham and Grand Stops

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Two days ago, the Graham Avenue C-Town issued a community alert on their tumblr page (yes, they have a tumblr), saying:

Today we were alerted by the police that somebody is sexually assaulting women as they walk up the stairways off the Graham Ave & Grand St L train stops.  3 women have been attacked to date.  The attack on Graham Ave happened late at night (3-5 AM).

Unfortunately, further details were not provided and a cursory Google search yields nothing. So if you have information on these incidents, please contact NYPD.

Stay safe out there, friends!