After a week off, we are suddenly waist deep in fall releases and an assortment of other sonic terrors that seemed almost inconceivable last time I checked in. Thus, before we get too far behind—and because I’m on new kitten duty (metal, I know)—let’s get at it before it gets away.
In the sea of cynicism, sarcasm, and post-whatever irony that is New York City, LVL UP’s latest opus, Return to Love, possesses an endangered quality: Earnestness. A neo-biblical tale of finding a reason to wake up in Brooklyn circa 2016, the band’s third LP—which drops Friday via Sub Pop—provides the focused indie-pop answer to their previously sprawling rock n’ roll rabble, capturing in its 10 hook-stuffed tracks the true bleary-eyed spirit of LVL UP.
We suppose it’s better than a Chase or a Duane Reade, but this news does little to heal the loss of Northeast Kingdom. We do enjoy Artichoke’s white slice though after a night of drinking:
A pair of Sicilian cousins known for their intensely creamy artichoke pizza are bringing their signature pies to the neighborhood, once a beacon for Sicilian immigrants a century ago. [Read more…]
Beer drinkers take note. With the opening of two new breweries next month, North Brooklyn will become a bonafide craft beer destination. From Grub Street:
Kings County Brewers Collective
381 Troutman St., nr. Wyckoff Ave., Bushwick; 929-234-6557. September.
Bushwick’s first brewery since 1976 comes via three alums from the Brooklyn Brewery, Rockaway Brewing, and Greenpoint Beer Works. Their 1,000-square-foot taproom will pour a dozen diverse beers, from tropical IPAs to sour beers infused with strawberries and guava. [Read more…]
Leuca and Westlight
Andrew Carmellini and his NoHo Hospitality crew (The Dutch, Lafayette, Locanda Verde) have finally set their sights on Brooklyn, taking over food and beverage operations for Williamsburg’s sky-high William Vale Hotel. In addition to operating Leuca on the ground floor (a wood-fired, coastal Italian restaurant), the team will oversee the 22-story high Westlight bar, boasting small plates, craft cocktails and 360-degree views of the city.
111 N 12th St., Williamsburg [Read more…]