Video: Whirr, Cloakroom, and Sannhet at The Studio at Webster Hall

whirr-04Pop quiz, hot shot. What do you get when you pack three of the loudest post-rock bands on earth into a glorified broom closet in the basement of a creaky old theater in lower Manhattan. Answer? Tinnitus, you idiot. As well as one hell of a show from heavy shoegazers Whirr, Cloakroom, and our favorite blackened post-rock (or lightened black metal?) trio, Sannhet. Check out the video from the epically claustrophobic show below and also keep your eye for anyone playing/selling a black Gibson RD bass, as some degenerate slug stole one from Sannhet after the show on Tuesday.

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Top five shows of the weekend

uninvited5) Andy Stott, Demdike Stare, Millie & Andrea, Miles, and more at Output
While you’re never going to hear me expound on the cultural importance of Output (nor ever find me there), I must say, this one caught my attention. Every now and then Output books itself a name in the electronic music world, but Manchester dub pioneer Andy Stott is by far their highest concept yet. A deviation from the Wythe mega-club’s usual (MDM)A + B(ro step) = C(oitus in the bathroom) Pythagorean, Stott is sure to bring some artistic gravitas to the grind this weekend, so if you’re looking to get down with your dignity intact, this is the place to be.

Friday, doors at 10pm

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Taste Talks All-Star BBQ = food coma

Chefs at the All-Star BBQ, courtesy of Taste Talks

Chefs at the All-Star BBQ, courtesy of Taste Talks

This past weekend cult-status chefs descended upon North Williamsburg, taking over the Wythe Hotel, Kinfolk Studios, Colossal Media and the East River Park for Taste Talks Brooklyn.

Saturday, I was lucky enough to grab a seat at Mario Batali’s panel on “What is Buzz?” with Christine Muhlke, Executive Editor of Bon Appétit; Kate Krader, Restaurant Editor at Food & Wine magazine; Ken Friedman, Co-owner of several restaurants, including theThe Spotted Pig; and Craig Kanarick, CEO of All of the panelists have years of curating and influencing tastes. [Read more...]

REVIEW: GROUPLOVE and Portugal.The Man Played Rumsey Playfield


A barrage of upbeat music and colorful lights took over Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield as Typhoon, Grouplove and Portugal.The Man closed out their summer tour. The venue was full of drunk girls who would rather talk about their Instagram accounts than take in the show, but I guess that’s pretty much the norm these days. Real fans stood up front, throwing their hands in the air and joyously singing along to the headlining acts’ stacked playlist.

GROUPLOVE brought their signature energy, playing a relatively short, yet full set, complete with all of their infectiously fun hits. I walked up to the closing chords of Itching on a Photograph (they started a lot earlier than I realized) as roars of applause emanated from the Summerstage. Frontman Christian Zucchoni wore an XXXL T-Shirt making him look like some kind of hobo shaman as he jumped and danced wildly on the stage. The show was a full blown love fest as members of each band spoke of the bond they had formed with each other over the last seven weeks. “We smoked a lot of weed,” said a leotard wearing Hannah Hooper. “And this is a song about best friends,” she added before launching into Grouplove’s 2012 hit Tongue Tied.

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GROUPLOVE and Portugal. The Man Play Rumsey Playfield Tomorrow


Sure, there’s a fall chill in the air, but let’s hang on to the summer for a few more weeks. Keep those vibes shining tomorrow night with a kickass show from LA alt-rockers Grouplove and Alaska’s own Portugal. The Man at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield. Both indie rock groups are on a roll, coming off a stacked summer of festival lineups. And it just goes to show, the party don’t stop. Typhoon kicks off the night at 6:15 PM, so get there early.

Don’t miss this opportunity to bust out your favorite chunky sweater and dance under the moon. You can still snag tickets for only $39.50 HERE.

And in case you need further convincing:

Weekend Shopping: Renegade Craft Fair and Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair


Renegade Craft Fair

On the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront this weekend shop ’til you drop, or, well get rained on. On Saturday & Sunday, there’s The Renegade Craft Fair:

The Renegade Craft Fair will return to Brooklyn, NY for a top shelf, indie-craft explosion. RCF will bring movers and makers of all varieties to 50 KENT (between 11th and 12th streets) on September 13 + 14. Market hours are from 11 am – 6 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Just down the street in the just-opened Brooklyn Expo Center, there’s The Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair on Saturday and Sunday:

110 dealers from all over the eastern seabord selling their best antiques with an emphasis on mid-century, decorative arts, fine art, jewelry , art deco, folk art, Americana, arts and crafts, and some of the best book and ephemera dealers in the business presenting vintage and antiquarian books on every subject matter, manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, prints, autographs, posters, and so much more.

Midnight Movies 9/12-9/14 Include The Crow and Taxi Driver

You talkin’ to me? Well I’m the only one here… so yeah then I guess you must be. Well it’s supposed to rain this weekend, so it’s a good time to get the movies! But hey, it can’t rain all the time, so be quick like a bunny and get through the maze by midnight to check out these late night screenings. (See what I did there?)

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Top five shows of the weekend

Photo by Pooneh Ghana

Photo by Pooneh Ghana

5) Deafheaven, No Joy, Indian Handcrafts at Music Hall of Williamsburg
While you’ll (spoiler alert) find another Deafheaven show ranked higher below, this is the 2013 critical lightening rod’s only headlining show of the weekend and should be treated as such. I have some qualms about the booking–why have Canadian shoegazers No Joy open when Brooklyn’s black metal scene is producing so many solid options at the moment–and Music Hall of Williamsburg can feel just as homogenized as its Manhattan siblings these days, but with a new writing/recording cycle looming, this could be your last (or first) chance to catch the Bay Area boys for quite awhile. If Sunday night isn’t like a tea/kittens/football affair for you, then there’s no reason not to be there.

Sunday, doors at 8pm

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