New Madrid at CAMEO on Saturday



On the last leg of the tour supporting their sophomore album Sunswimmer, New Madrid is playing CAMEO this Saturday. Sunswimmer is the quintessential new sound of Southern rock. The album is not too hard hitting, but still has an edge, a little dreamy at times with a touch of drawl. The upbeat, distorted guitar riffs over a steady beat topped with melodic, echoing vocals feel like a drunken Sunday afternoon below the blue Georgia sky.

New Madrid formed in 2010, when most members lived in Tennessee. Finally, the band decided to end the long distance relationship and move in together in a converted barn less than five minutes from their recording studio, joining lead vocalist Phil McGill in the small college town of Athens, Ga. The band felt like it was a better fit for them than “Music City” Nashville, and I couldn’t agree more. [Read more...]

The top of OfficeOps becomes a MEAT MRKT


This Saturday, MEAT MRKT takes over the top of OfficeOps in Bushwick for the first of an integrated pop-up series, pairing music, art and fashion, told with an urban tilt.

Talking with founder Sebastian Morris, the founder of MEAT MRKT, his aim was to make the event more than local vendors and more of an experience.

“I have not noticed pop-up shops to integrate all these elements- you have craft beer events and pop-up shops, but not something that brings it all together,” said Morris. “I want to make it more than a room or space with people who just rent booths, but a very curated experience.”

He’s aiming big, and hoping to make this a cross continental effort in the future with thoughts of expanding to Chicago and LA, but right now, all his attention is on Brooklyn. In fact, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is scheduled to make an appearance.

As an art curator by day at Bar Catalonia, Morris is hoping MEAT MRKT can be a platform for local artists to share their talents and gain attention. Saturday’s exhibit is curated by Wu-Tang Hybrid Arts initiative and MEAT MRKT is working with a graffiti artist on a functional raffle piece so some lucky winner can bring art into their everyday life. Entry is free, beer $7.

UNSOUND Festival 2014 starts today in Brooklyn



Poland’s most adventurous festival is based in Kraków and returns to New York this year with their sister extension. They have produced Unsound in Tbilisi, Minsk, Kiev, Prague, Bratislava – and soon Unsound Adelaide at Adelaide Festival. With an emphasis on vibrant electronic, experimental, independent and club music scenes from all around the world, you can find a full calendar of this weekend’s events. Some of the music and lecture venues include Cameo Gallery, Goethe-Institut, Issue Project Room, The Wick with performances by Huerco S., Deepchord, Ben Manely & Sean Meehan, Ital, Aurora Halal, Miles, Porter Ricks, Demdike Stare, and much more.

Now going into its fourth edition, Unsound Festival New York is an extension of Unsound in Krakow, Poland, with a focus on exploratory music from an international network of cities and scenes. These diverse sounds, all interconnected, draw from many milieus: experimental, classical, post-classical, techno, improv, dub. What unites them is a shared sense of aesthetic investigation and appreciation for curious ears. As always, we’re interested in imaginative ideas and a willingness to take risks, musical and otherwise. With a mix of emerging artists and musical pioneers, the program favors projects and pairings commissioned by Unsound in Poland and in New York, with some projects being presented for the first time. All of Unsound’s iterations — in Krakow, New York, London, Adelaide, and Minsk — celebrate an international mix of sounds and movements, making the festival a unique cross-border artistic experiment.

This Saturday: Cozy Cosmic pop-up shop and art exhibit in Williamsburg


cozy-cozCozy Cosmic is a mixture of clothing, art and music. The concept of Cozy Cosmic is that it is a virtual band of three characters that are about space travel, creativity, innovation, and pushing the boundaries here and in the cosmos. My influences come from a wide range of artists from different forms of media.(Art, Photography, Music, Fashion) We express our vision through these different forms. The intergalactic music group is called the Cozy Theme, and the art that is made is deep in the forms of color and shapes and at this event I will be showcasing art, music, and fashion. You can check out the website to see some of our garments. 10%-30% off of items and the special is if you buy two items you get a cozy cosmic item for free.

cozy-coz-orangeCozy Cosmic

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
230 Grand Street and Driggs Ave
(next to Vaute clothing)
L train to Bedford Ave.
Walk up from Driggs ave to Grand Street.
The event time is 1:00pm-8:00pm Saturday April 5.

Art and Fashion:
Music page:

Pandora hosts BK Night Bazaar this weekend

photo by @StylesbyRoseTran

photo by @StylesbyRoseTran

It’s tough to follow last week’s line-up from Communion, with Rubblebucket singing WHILE crowd surfing and attracting the likes of LiLo, but Pandora’s going to give it a shot.

Tonight night kicks off with the Bronze Radio Return whose happy, toe-tap worthy tunes are sure to attract a crowd. From Hartford, Connecticut, the 6-member band brings rootsy rock to the stage, even recording their latest record in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Saturday night features a variety of danceable bands: Ash, River Run North and Golden Suits. Here is a video for River Run North’s “Fight to Keep”,  which premiered on Conan O’Brien Presents: TeamCoco:

AND Brooklyn Star will be serving up fried chicken in waffle cones all weekend long. There’s mashed potatoes in there too. It’s like the savory ice cream cone of my dreams. RSVP and skip the line here.

I give a “thumbs up”.

Cat ladies unite!


Is there anything cuter than cats? Maybe cat-themed crafts! Join Brett Bara as she is hosts the Catlady Craft Night at the Brooklyn Craft Company this Saturday.

Brett is the founder of the Greenpoint crafting hub and the proud cat mom to Fifi.

Come and make cat cards, cat mugs, cat earrings, cat totes, cat nail art, cat embroidery, cat toys, cat collages and more while sharing cat stories with other modern cat ladies. There will also be drinks and snacks to fuel the DIY madness and cat party favors to appropriately accessorize. To top it off, get the warm fuzzies knowing your helping our cuddly, four legged friends with a raffle to benefit Brooklyn Animal Action. Click here to register.


Brooklyn Electronic Dance Round Up: March 28-29

Looks like we’re in for another jam packed weekend in the northern side of the borough. Tons of options ranging from large rooms to small space, no cover bars and beyond. Starting off Friday, Jamie xx and John Talabot play Verboten to an already sold out crowd (select tickets at the door). Then it’s to Cameo where Midnight Magic kicks off their monthly residency featuring a 3D animated laser installation. On Saturday, I’ve selected a few choice parties scattered towards Bushwick like Willie Burns at Wreck Room with the Lost Soul crew, a curated event at The Graham, and lastly an epic 8-hour set from techno legend Silent Servant at Todd P’s former Silent Barn space, Trans Pecos. Check out all the listings below for your maximum night out.


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The Wick is finally hosting shows starting tonight: Keiji Haino (plus full schedule)


Tonight’s the night. The Wick has been teasing us since 2012 but tonight the 4,000-square-foot beer hall and concert space will finally have music! Check out Keiji Haino at 260 Meserole Street in Bushwick:

Keiji Haino (Haino Keiji) born 1952 in Chiba, Japan, and currently residing in Tokyo, is a Japanese musician whose work has included rock, free improvisation, noise, singer-songwriter, solo percussion, psychedelic, minimalism and drone styles, and covers. He has been active since the 1970s and continues to record regularly and in new styles. His main instruments of choice have been guitar and vocals, with many other instruments and approaches incorporated into his career’s work. Haino is known for intensely cathartic sound explorations, and much of his work bears an insular singularity, but his output has been so varied as to not always be recognizable as him. [Read more...]