Reading Rainbow & The Beets at Knitting Factory

Last night Reading Rainbow and The Beets played at Knitting Factory, for an L Mag late night show. When we arrived the bouncer informed us that the DJ had called out sick, so Reading Rainbow had gone on early. No matter. The show was great — both bands have fantastic energy, with Reading Rainbow harmonizing along to frantic drum beats and guitar riffs and audience members starting up a dance party. At some point, perhaps inspired by the music or just out of pure competitive energy, there was a pushup contest in the corner. The Beets were great too — same energy but with more of a raw sound (if a full band can sound more raw than just a guy and girl with a guitar, snare drum and tom tom). No more pushups, but lots more dancing.

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DOM, Zaza, Twin Sister and Memory Tapes played at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (pics)

Twin Sister

Last night was one of the Brooklyn Vegan showcases, featuring Zaza, DOM, Twin Sister and Memory Tapes.

I unfortunately missed the Zaza set, although heard from some folks that they were one of the better sets that night. DOM rocked it, with trippy projections on a big screen behind them (that would also flash “DOM” between songs, lest you forget who you were watching) and trying to rouse a chorus of “USA!” after they finished their song “Living in America.” One poor audience member attempted to stage dive at the very end of their set, to be met with nothing but the cold, hard floor of the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Twin Sister absolutely killed it, filling up the entire venue with their fantastic sound while Andrea Estella was running around stage barefoot singing and dancing.

Next came Memory Tapes, whose drummer is I think one of the better I’ve seen in a while. They were great, getting almost jammy at times but in a really good way, but did anyone else feel like the vocals sounded a bit flat?

All in all a great show. Pics below.

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Pics: Steel Phantoms played Ear Farm showcase.

Steel Phantoms

I know I know, there are so many shows going on a the Northside festival it’s hard to catch all of them. I’ll just say: I caught Free Willy fave Steel Phantoms at Spike Hill for the Ear Farm showcase. And? I absolutely love the energy of these guys. Classically trained musicians, their punky pop tunes sound at times a little like Vampire Weekend got married to Joy Division and had a baby where the drummer could sing. Anyways, they’re playing Sunday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg (WHICH YOU CAN’T GO TO BECAUSE YOU’RE COMING TO OUR SHOWCASE, RIGHT?) or checkout their Myspace for upcoming shows.

Au Revoir Simone at Warsaw: Photos

Au Revoir Simone

So, thanks to server issues, this recap is going up now, but I caught Au Revoir Simone at the Warsaw on Thursday night.

I’ve had a soft spot for Au Revoir Simone since they did a benefit with Regina Spektor for Planned Parenthood two years ago. This was my first show in the Warsaw, and while the space is nice (they have a kitchen that serves Kielbasa next door) I have to say. The sound system? Waaaaay too heavy on the bass.

It would be one thing if we were having a trance party or maybe a punk show, but when you’re talking about the lovely, atmospheric melodies played by those three adorable girls with bangs, you want to be able to hear the music. Not, as my friend put it, feel like your teeth are vibrating in a massage chair.

Overall the show was good, and they even ended with a great cover of Summer of ’69 Don Henley’s “Boys Of Summer”. But, I’d strongly advise being strategic about which shows you see at the Warsaw.

Pics below.

Pandemic will silkscreen your underwear, if you want them to.

Just for the Northside Festival, the Street Art loving Gallery Pandemic, on Broadway between Kent and Wythe, is holding a silk-screening party. Street artists buildmore, celso, darkcloud, deeker, gay sex, keely, matt siren, royce bannon and more will put their art on your on t-shirts, paper, tote bags, underwear, or whatever else you want. Stop by on Sunday between 12pm and 6pm, drink a bloody mary, eat some bbq, and get some art on your clothes.

More pics after the jump.

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Williamsburg Walk Picnic Challenge

Busy weekend kids!

Both days of Williamsburg Walks from 2-7pm, the Southside CSA will be hosting a picnic block, inviting everyone from the community to join in.

On the 26th, will be hosting the “Williamsburg Picnic Challenge”

Essentially, it is a picnic contest where each component will reflect a different ethnic group from the neighborhood.

$10 to enter; $5 goes towards the cash prize/ $5 will go the the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen.

Take Back the Twilight Vampire Walk & Rally


– Remember when vampires didn’t glitter?

– Like vampires better when they were eating teenagers not dating them?

– Think Twilight sucks (but not in the good way)?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this is your chance to do something about it. This is your chance to Take Back The Twilight.

WHAT: Take Back The Twilight Vampire Walk & Rally

WHERE: Meet at Union Square NYC

WHEN: Saturday, June 26th at 9:00pm

The walk will be followed by a free Anthology Film Archives screening of a new vampire show from the guys behind Ask A Ninja. The event will wrap up with an afterparty at Luca Lounge with FREE beer from midnight to 1am and $3 “blood” shots.

…so liking True Blood is alright? Also, when is there going to be a zombie backlash?