Autumn is finally here! And while we may be in for a fairly wet and grey weekend, I’m ready for some more moderate temperatures. I’m not so ready for the inevitable bug I seem to have picked up, so let’s not waste anyone’s time here, music is a healer.
And if you’ve never attended, it’s a must. As mentioned, the dates were pushed back from June to October with hopes that there would be less of a “frat vibe”. It’s Bushwick, so there will be bros, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying some great art!
Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) is an arts and culture festival hosted October 1-2, 2016 by the volunteer-run organization Arts in Bushwick. Most studios are open 11am – 7pm on Saturday and Sunday of the festival. [Read more…]
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.
There really is a fantastic run of events this weekend, and what made the cut was put ahead P.S Eliot/Ought at Market Hotel, Allah-Las at Baby’s All Right, and The Album Leaf at Littlefield to name a few. Slightly out of town is the excellent Don Giovanni-led New Alternative Music Festival out in Asbury Park. Finally, the 2016 Vendy Awards are at Governor’s Island on Saturday, and there are still a few tickets available at the time of writing, it’s always a great event, especially if you’re a fan of street food (2015 review here).
Syd Silver and Homer Murray are transforming the Brooklyn space that housed their restaurant River Styx into 21 Greenpoint, a more upscale dining spot. “We wanted to change it up,” explains Murray. “We made it prettier, renovated the dining room, added a new bar, and updated the kitchen.” The food, he says, will be seasonal and exclusively from local farms. “We try to use seconds like tomatoes or carrots that farmers can’t sell because they don’t look as good but they still taste great and are high quality. Then we make them look pretty.” [Read more…]
Detroit-made house producer and DJ Marc Kinchen, better known by his stage name, MK, might live on the West Coast now, but he’s still heavily influenced by his former years, which he spent hanging with high-profile artists and building beats in Bedstuy. Long term residents of Bedstuy, like Marc, are quick to comment on the neighborhood’s transformation, a familiar story that has also been told by legendary names like Spike Lee and Jay-Z, two of the neighborhood’s most infamous OGs.