Out In The Streets Festival returns with Mr. Twin Sister, Total Slacker and more

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Ridgewood’s Onderdonk House is the kind of place you’d visit on an elementary school field trip. Historical lectures, pumpkin picking, craft classes and guided tours hosted by the local historical society are some of the activities typically provided by the space’s curators; save for one August weekend each year when the folks behind the Out In The Streets fest move in with craft beers, food vendors and all of your favorite local indie rock bands.

This year’s fest, which starts on Saturday, August 1, has a great lineup, headlined by dream-pop vets Mr. Twin Sister, slack punks Total Slacker, and Slumberland-devotees Air Waves. Local vendors curated by Ridgewood Market will he hocking their wares, plus food and drink from Archie’s, Montana’s Trailhouse, The Doe Foundation, Wyckoff Starr and Strangeways will be available.

Tickets are still on sale and run $35 for the weekend or $20 per day. [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

locrianWith the dog days looming and a fistful of rad releases in wait, let’s forego the pleasantries this week in lieu of sheer, cold-hearted efficiency. Something tells me I won’t hear too many complaints about that when all is said and done, anyway.

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New Bushwick restaurant Okiway dishes out savory Japanese pancakes

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1006 Flushing Avenue (Morgan Avenue)
Bushwick, Brooklyn
718-417-1091
okiwaynyc.com

Recently opened in Bushwick, Okiway is a new restaurant serving up Japanese okonomiyaki :

Pronounced OH-KOH-NO-ME-YAK-I, okonomiyaki is a savory grilled pancake that translates literally to “grilled as you like it”. Though the earliest records of Japanese pancakes date back to the 17th century, okonomiyaki is attributed to the World War 2 era, where this creative and inventive dish sprung from a rice shortage. Today there are many variations of Okonomiyaki, but we focus on the Osaka (our traditional) and Hiroshima (includes yaki-soba noodles) styles. We want you to enjoy your okonomiyaki ‘as you like it’ (with lots of kewpie mayonnaise). [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

OldWitchKeeperWelcome to the very first Friday installment of This One Goes To Eleven, everyone. Semi-mandated by the new Global Release Day, proceedings have moved to an altogether badder and boozier time slot, so join me in saying TGI-motherfucking-F for the first and, mercifully, final time.

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Interactive map plots every sex offender in NYC

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Greenpoint and Williamsburg only have a handful of convicted sex offenders, but Bushwick is a different story:

New York State, like many states, allows you to search for a sex offender. The Empire State only lets you map individual sex offenders. You can’t plot a map of all of the sex offenders currently registered around your block or your neighborhood. For example, if you live on the Lower East Side, you can’t see all the offenders near you. In an effort to make this data more accessible, we’ve (literally) put every sex offender in New York City on the map. Just click on each point to view pictures, name, offense, and a link to the full rap sheet provided by NYS Criminal Justices…Anyone who uses this information to injure, harass or commit a criminal act against any person may be subject to criminal prosecution.

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Acro-Cats! Cat circus hits Bushwick tonight

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Clearly, you’re not going to want to miss this, starting tonight at The Muse:

The one-hour show features over a dozen fabulous felines (all former orphans, rescues, and strays) walking tightropes, pushing carts, skateboarding, jumping through hoops, ringing bells, balancing on balls and turning on lights. NOLA, our newest addition to the troupe, will be sure to delight and amaze you with her energy and ability. We also have a new celebrity in the troupe, Alley, who was just awarded Guinness Book World Records title for longest jump made by a cat – but wait there’s more! Tuna, the star of the show, is the leader of the ONLY CAT BAND IN EXISTENCE The Rock Cats. With Oz on guitar, Dakota on drums, Nue on keyboards, and Sookie on chimes – Tuna (who plays cowbell) and her backing band really strut their stuff with their own style of original music. Cluck Norris, a chicken on cymbal and tambourine, isn’t “kitten” around – she usually steals the show! [Read more...]

East Village’s Lit Lounge is moving to Bushwick

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And can you blame them?

Lit Lounge, an East Village mainstay for 14 years, will finally close its doors. The exact date is unclear, but it will happen according to co-owner Erik Foss within “the next 2 months.” The good news is that will be pretty close to the time a new Lit is expected to open in Bushwick.

The move is yet another nail in the coffin for Manhattan counter culture and another reason to live in the Bushwick / Greenpoint / Williamsburg nexus that has become the cultural cauldron of New York. Manhattan still has some moves but what we once called “downtown” is mostly on the other side of the river. [Read more...]

New Mac DeMarco instrumental record: ‘Some Other Ones’

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Just in time for his bbq today in Brooklyn! From Pitchfork:

The 4th of July just ended, but that’s no reason to not throw another cookout. To help, Mac DeMarco has just shared Some Other Ones, a collection of instrumental recordings he’s billed as his “BBQ soundtrack.” It features songs such as “Little Pepper” and “Onion Man”, and was recorded from July 4-8 in Queens, New York. Check it out below via his Bandcamp. You might hear some of these tunes at the BBQ that DeMarco is throwing in Brooklyn this afternoon in support of his new record, Another One. That goes down at 153 Morgan Ave at 1 p.m.; you’ll also be able to score some food if you make a food bank donation.

Listen below: [Read more...]