Brooklyn Pour: Then and Now

bkpour1One of my favorite events of the year, Village Voice’s Brooklyn Pour festival returned to the old savings bank at One Hanson Place in Fort Greene this past Saturday. More than one hundred and twenty beers were available for tasting between 2 and 6 PM, from the likes of Sixpoint, Kelso, Bronx Brewery and more. It was first time back at the fest since it’s first year back in 2011, and it’s grown up a bit since then. And so have I. I think. [Read more...]

REVIEW: Fehrplay Played Output


Output’s main room was filled with raver kids and house lovers alike as Pryda Friend Fehrplay took the stage for an all-night, solo set this past Sunday. Bright blue wristbands were plentiful, indicative of a crowd that was still chasing the party after Eric Prydz EPIC live show which took place at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (a show where Fehrply. The set-up and space were far more dialed down than in the arena, which gave guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with one of house’s most promising newcomers.

Fehrplay took the stage at 10 PM, starting with low-key tracks, blending seamlessly into one another. This cultivated a comfortable vibe for the sparse crowd to grab some drinks, catch up with friends and mellow-out before his set went from slow burn to inferno.

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Midnight Movies 9/26-9/28 Include Escape from New York and You’re Next

The fall horror-binge has begun, and as usual Nitehawk has you covered with some great options. This weekend’s midnight movie is You’re Next, beginning their wonderful “Final Girl” film series.  You’re Next falls pretty squarely in the “fun horror” category, along with Scream and Cabin in the Woods, playing to horror tropes without sacrificing any of the actual creepiness.  The all-white animal masks the killers wear became instantly iconic, and the “Final Girl” in this one is anything but helpless. This one makes for a perfect midnight movie. If going at midnight just isn’t your thing, Nitehawk’s brunch movie is 1963’s classic horror movie The Haunting (so not the one with Owen Wilson), and they’re presenting it in 35 mm. [Read more...]

Top five shows of the weekend

charles-bradley-15062013-08-shv 5) Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters at Brooklyn Academy of Music
Go ahead, call me an old man, but just remember, Robert Plant is a grade A angus-certified legend and if there is anywhere in New York that’s still a perfect fit for the former Zep frontman, it has to be BAM. Now get off my lawn before I call the police.

Saturday, doors at 8pm

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“Nightmare New York” Haunted House features chilling “1980s subway”


Behold, the enchanted G train!

Nightmare: New York is a haunted house that runs every year just across the bridge on the Lower East Side and has become renowned for eschewing the usual ghouls and ghosts for chilling characters and urban legends from the city’s history. This year’s production includes… erm… a ride on a 1980′s subway.

The spooky trip back in time includes a ride on a graffiti-covered subway car with “criminals rambling around” and an encounter with the “mole people” who live underground.

“They can experience the horrors of that era in a sick way,” said co-director John Harlacher. [DNAinfo]

Or as Nightmare’s website describes it:

1980’s New York has been romanticized and vilified: Street punks with mohawks robbing old ladies; pimps, prostitutes and hustlers as the only people that populated Times Square; gangs of switchblade wielding “warriors”, corporate suits taking taxis to avoid the riffraff. Although based on some truths, the mythology of the city popularized by the movies and television of the time was a place that you would have to “escape” from if you were caught in it. There was no place that epitomized this perception of New York more than the New York City Subway system with its graffiti, breakdancing, panhandling and most notoriously, vigilante justice; A place that seemed to be a criminal’s paradise. Were the horror stories real, or were they merely urban legend?

OH THE HORROR of pre-Giuliani New York! Don’t worry kids, it’s just make-believe. We’ll be back to the condo in no time!

Williamsburg Plays House This Weekend


So you also decided that TomorrowWorld was too pricey to swing this year? Or maybe you’re still recovering from this year’s Electric Zoo? Either way, it’s time to turn that bumdog feeling into bliss. Lucky for you, there are tons of great electronic shows happening right here in the city for a fraction of the price.

Before John Digweed heads down to TomorrowWorld to play the Pete Tong stage this weekend, he’ll be joined by Nick Muir and debuting his newest collaboration with author John Twelve Hawkes, The Traveler. In 2009, Digweed sent an e-mail JTH expressing his love and gratitude for The Traveler, a novel about a futuristic society where world power lies in the hands of a secret society known as The Brethren.

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Midnight Movie Screenings 9/19-9/21 Include Heavenly Creatures and Harold and Kumar

Alright boys and girls, it’s midnight movie time and things are about to get weird.  As usual, this weekend brings you everything including cult comedies, bizarrely violent films, and the most ‘90s movie ever made. Let’s start with the pleasant though, shall we? [Read more...]

Brooklyn Electronic Dance Round Up: September 19-20

There’s some super pickings this weekend around North Brooklyn with DJ sets scheduled in all times of the day. Start your night with local Disco and House fav, Jacques Renault and the Let’s Play House crew at Cameo. Over at Bossa Nova, there’s a weekend long festival showcasing the wealth of female and female-identified DJ talent with artists including Lauren Flax, Shannon Funchess (of Light Asylum), Lauren Dillard, and much more too. Continuing onto  Saturday, climb onto the roof of OUTPUT with the  Kaviar Disco duo Travmatic and Beto Cravioto before wrapping up the night with Andhim and Dense & Pika across the street at Verboten.



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