Top 5 shows of the weekend


5) Lemuria, Slothrust, Aspiga, The Young Leaves, Prince at Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Dating someone from Buffalo for three years gives you a certain appreciation for much of Western New York, including but by no means limited to Lemuria. The indie punk trio, in addition to putting on a tight live show, have been steadily cranking out overlooked LPs for years now, earning the right to more attention than they’ve received, but such is the nature of the music industry. Consider this weekend’s headlining slot at Brooklyn Night Bazaar then, a just due. It’s free as always and sure to be packed to the ping pong tables with holiday cheer, so make sure to get out there and have some fun before “quality” family fun comes calling.

Saturday, doors at 7pm

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REVIEW: Flosstradamus’s #HDYNATION Tour Misses the Point


Five-Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six-Hundred Ratchets. Is that the set of Broadway’s beloved show RENT, or are these dudes in bullet proof vests going to attempt to get us more TURNT than LGBT issues and the AIDS crisis? (Seriously tho, doesn’t the #HDYNATION production legit look like HDYRENT?) Saturday night’s performance had me begging the question, “How do you balance an elaborate ‘Fuckthapolice-a-thon’ with a multi-level stage show?” When will the crowd get tired of you throwing water bottles at them? Did they really just launch a tiny pine tree into the crowd? Fuck, that really looks like RENT, except everyone here has HPV instead of HIV.

Several of the aforementioned elements had me wondering what’s truly important when it comes to putting together a fully realized tour. And I came to the conclusion that maybe when you’re a DJ duo that excels at playing singles, you should stick with that approach rather than attempting to grasp for a storyline that doesn’t exist. At the very least, avoid building a storyline about poverty, discrimination, corruption and adversity that is so far away from the truth for the target audience to which you’re playing. I’m just saying, what do a bunch of underage, rich white kids with Taylor Swift Disease know about being hood? I can guarantee you they know more about the hit musical RENT, so maybe that was the inspiration. Or maybe I should just get off my high horse and enjoy a silly EDM show for what it is: FUN.

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Top five shows of the weekend


Photo by Chad Batka

Photo by Chad Batka

5) The Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Christmas Show at the Town Hall 
In case you A. Happened to miss Ted Leo’s surprise appearance at DBA last month B. Have been lacking the jubilant holiday spirit, or C. All of the above (I feel your pain, Cs), then the Town Hall may have just what your looking for this weekend. Headlined by Aimee Mann and the aforementioned Jersey punk icon–who collaborated earlier this year as The Both–this holiday themed bash is sure to fill both your cheer and Leo quotas, as long as you’re willing to pony up $45 bucks (because, you know, it’s the holidays). If that’s your thing, then get out there and show your spirit. If not, well, bah humbug.

Saturday, doors at 7:30pm

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Swearin’, Quarterbacks, Mean Creek and Bethlehem Steel are playing our End of the Year bash

swearinbkbazaar22014 was sort of a depressing year for live music in Williamsburg, almost solely because of the fate of one building at South 2nd and Kent Avenue. As much as it sucks to lose 285 Kent, Death By Audio and Glasslands (and hey, Ran Tea House), there are still tons of great venues and bands in and around Williamsburg who deserve to be celebrated.

That’s part of the reason why we’ve decided to throw an “End of the Year” bash at one of our favorite remaining Williamsburg venues, Brooklyn Night Bazaar, along with probably our favorite Williamsburg venue, Shea Stadium.

As you’ll note on the above poster, this Friday, December 12, FREEwilliamsburg and Shea Stadium will proudly bring you an incredible night of indie rock and pop punk with Swearin’, Quarterbacks, Mean Creek and Bethlehem Steel at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. And unlike a CERTAIN PUBLICATION’S 20th anniversary party, you’re all invited for the price of “on the house.” Doors are at 7 PM. RSVP here. [Read more...]

The Grand Street BID throws a holiday party on Saturday


Lights are up on Grand Street, and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, thanks to the Grand Street Business Improvement District (BID). And this Saturday, they’re throwing a holiday party and everyone is invited.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen the BID’s signs on Grand Street, but never really thought about what it meant. Well, turns out life can be tough in the city, and BIDs help make it a little easier for the neighborhood. The Grand Street BID formed in the 80s to help out small businesses between Union and Bushwick Avenues. Their goal, according to Executive Director Artineh Havan is to “improve the quality of life for the community” by keeping the areas clean, attracting new businesses, doing things like lobbying for new sidewalks, roads, lights and trees, which by the way can take YEARS. [Read more...]

A Hip Holiday Gift Guide


Christmas and Hanukkah are just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve done zero shopping. It’s a super busy time of year as it is, and putting the task of shopping for friends, family, loved ones, dogs, landlords, bosses, teachers, the cute girl you see at the coffee shop on Tuesdays, your favorite bartender and, ugh, your step mom, can be daunting. We get it. Lucky for you, we’re taking the guesswork out of your holiday shopping with a number of fun and unique items for everyone on your list this year.

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PHOTOS: Flight Facilities Played Webster Hall


Photos by Tyler Etheridge

Australian EDM duo Flight Facilities brought their first-class show to Webster Hall last Thursday. A group that was previously known for mega club singles, are now touring in support of their debut LP Down to Earth. Party pilots James Lyell and Hugo Gruzman flew high during their sold out performance last week when they opened with their new hit Two Bodies and took us on a fully-curated flight with their vocalists, Owl Eyes bombshell Emma Louise (who covered vocals for Giselle on the groups popular hit, Crave You), and another strong male vocalist in tow.

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BangOn NYC! Time + Space NYE Party Returns to Brooklyn


Holy crap! We’re already a week into December. How did that happen? Is someone screwing with the continuum? Well that means if you haven’t made New Year’s Eve plans, you better get on it. We all know anywhere near Times Square is a total nightmare, and places like Webster Hall become playgrounds for the barely legal bridge and tunnel bunch. Oof. Save yourself the headache (you’re going to have one of those the day after anyway), and make the right choice by into the wormhole this New Year’s Eve at BangOn NYC!’s annual Time + Space Party, taking place at a Brooklyn warehouse TBD.

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