High On Fire to play free Converse show at Music Hall of Williamsburg

high-on-fire-4As anyone who has ever seen High on Fire live can attest, it’s a vaguely religious, albeit thoroughly pagan, experience; a medulla oblongata-snapping, Dio-horn dotted 90-plus-minute almsgiving to anti-lord and semi-savior Matt Pike, whose ageless (and shirtless) Les Paul rippage has earned the Bay Area thrashers their righteous legion of sweat-and-beer slicked apostles and the in-awe reverence of metal nerds the scorched earth over.

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Verboten August 2014 Lineup

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I’ll be hitting Verboten this Thursday, July 31st for Goldroom’s DJ set. What better way to close out July than with some groovy west coast vibes? Josh Legg’s warm tones and lush vocal overlays ensure a kickin’ dance party. Tickets are only $10-$15, and they’re still available HERE.

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Electric Zoo 2014

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Last week, Electric Zoo announced that they will be debuting a sixth Sunday School Vinyl Only stage. Daily lineups will be hosted by Behrouz, Frank & Tony, and Josh Wink (some of whom you may have caught at the vinyl only stage at this year’s first Mysteryland festival).

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REVIEW: Capital Cities Played the Bounce Boat

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Friday night was the perfect evening for a boat ride on the Hudson. Plus it was the beginning of the weekend, so dancing was just a given. The Hornblower Inifinity yacht picked up at Pier 40, and was already blasting EDM music by 7 PM. There were a few things I noticed immediately: the sound system was kicking, the drinks were slightly less expensive than club prices ($11.50 for a mixed drink or $15 for a LIT if you really wanted to hate yourself the next day) and there were shit ton of people from New Jersey. I later found out that Groupon had been offering a $30 ticket attracting our friends from across the river.

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Taste Talks comes to Williamsburg in September

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For the second year, Northside Media Group’s Taste Talks brings together some of the top foodies for three days of learning, sharing and eating. The three-day food festival is hosted by Mario Batali right here in Williamsburg and curated by James Beard Award-winning chef Danny Bowien, of Mission Chinese and Mission Cantina.

I’m already having mouthwatering daydreams about the upcoming events, including “Mother of Pearl,” an Island Creek Oysters and Champagne pairing cocktail hour and sit-down dinner at Villain, and “Taste Talks All-Star BBQ,” a day of showing down on star chefs’ signature dishes at East River State Park.

The festival brings the top minds in the culinary world to talk about the future of taste. Founders see Brooklyn as the ultimate testing ground for restaurants, partly due to the range in real estate prices.

“A restaurant starts with its monthly rent, and in so many ways, that defines the things that a restaurant can and cannot do. Williamsburg is so evocative of this, as the rents have gone from cheap to very high,” said Daniel Stedman, founder of Northside Media Group. [Read more...]

Weekend Movie Screenings: 7/25-7/27

mad-max-vault-dwellerPut on your fedoras, grab your gimp suits, and fire up that DeLorean to 88 to prepare for this weekend’s midnight movies. You can head over to Nitehawk Cinema, grab a drink, and choose between Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Dead Man.  Or don’t choose, they’re both playing on Friday and Saturday. 1995’s Dead Man starring Johnny Depp is technically a Western, but saying that it’s a Jim Jarmusch film is a much more helpful descriptor. The film is great and a nice reminder of what Johnny Depp was pre-Pirates, but as it’s playing as part of Nitehawk’s Summer of Surrealism series, be aware that you’re in for restless sleep and probably some weird dreams after. Or you can head over to Road Warrior, part of their July Brunch & Midnite: Burn N’ Rubber series, to see the greatest car movie ever made on the big screen. Plus, you can witness Lord Humungus’s fabulous fashion sense as it was meant to be seen.

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Video: Teenage Fanclub played River Rocks last night

RiverRocksIn what was probably the only justifiable reason to be hanging out in midtown west this summer, Teenage Fanclub hit Pier 84 last for the latest installment of River Rocks‘ free summer show bonanza. The indie icons churned out a 72-minute mega-set to a crowd that clocked in just shy of Dinosaur Jr.’s at 4Knots appearance in terms of sheer size and I-can’t-fuckin-see-i-tude, deploying all the favorites with a little help from their friends in Honeyblood and Saint Rich. Check out the video and setlist below, and then get ready for Temples, who headline River Rocks’ next rager on August 7th.

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Joanna Gruesome share “Jerome (Liar),” playing NYC next month

joanna gruesome 12inNoisy pop punks Joanna Gruesome are following up their awesome debut LP, last year’s Weird Sisterwith a gold split 12″ on their own label Reeks of Effort with Trust Fund (it will be released in the US on HHBTM). Each band are contributing 3 tracks, and you can listen to Joanna Gruesome‘s first below. It’s just what you’ve come to expect from the band: brief yet exhausting twee goodness.

You can pre-order the record here (no link for US yet); it’s out September 22nd.

The Welsh band are on tour starting this weekend, and it hits NYC twice. First, an incredible bill at Shea Stadium August 26th, where they play with indie darlings Perfect Pussy, plus alt-punks Potty Mouth and Love of Everything. Tix for that are on sale now, and I’m sure they won’t be for long.

That Friday the 29th, they hit the South Street Seaport with Big Ups for what is sure to be an awesome end of summer (never end, summer) concert. Even better, that one’s FREE.