Molly Burch releases Please Be Mine video, plays The Bell House in April


Molly Burch just released her wonderful debut album, Please Be Mine, last month on Captured Tracks (which you can buy here), and it’s my favourite album of the year so far. An effortlessly smooth collection of ten tracks, Burch’s vocals are immaculate, leaving you hanging on each note. You can watch the newly released video for the title-track below the jump.

Molly is touring non-stop for the next few months, which includes dates across the US, UK and mainland Europe. The tour sees her make a stop at The Bell House on April 12th (my favourite venue in New York) supporting Sallie Ford. Tickets are on sale now and you can get those here.

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Robert Sietsema did a Taco Crawl through Bushwick


The famed food critic (Eater and formerly Village Voice) visited Taqueria Sofia (187 Suydam St.) which he says is one of his “favorite places in the neighborhood.” He also swung by Free Williamsburg favorite Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos (271 Starr St.) and was — surprisingly — underwhelmed by the vegetarian taco:

The taco caused some consternation since it tasted like a side salad in a tortilla. “You know, the kind you get with your main course and leave lying on the plate.

He loved Santa Ana Deli, which we honestly have not tried, but will be making our way there ASAP to try their burrito mojado:

First to arrive were a pair of tacos placeros, or “market tacos,” that Santa Ana Deli has been instrumental in popularizing them in Bushwick. One was filled with orange rice and a freshly fried chile relleno, the other with a boiled egg. We topped both with the tomatillo-and-green-chile salsa, and pronounced them soul-satisfying. [Read more…]

Yr weekend starts now! (March 25, 2017)


Free Williamsburg contributor (and local Deadhead), Andy P. Smith offers us his picks and recommendations for local, Brooklyn events to check out this weekend. This is Yr Weekend Starts Now!

See ya there!

Top 5 shows of the weekend


Let’s start with some good news, Shea Stadium reached their kickstarter goal in just a few hours yesterday. Why stop there though, you can continue to donate here. The last few years have been more than hard for DIY venues but the rally of support yesterday was really quite something, and long may it continue. Anyway, obviously you won’t be catching any shows there this weekend, but you do have some rather fine alternatives.

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Northside Festival announces first wave of 2017 artists and speakers




It’s our favorite time of the year! Northside Festival has just announced its first wave of 2017 artists and speakers— it’s safe to say they have outdone themselves yet again.

Northside Music, which runs from June 8-11, will feature headlining shows from Dirty Projectors, Miguel, Thursday, and Kamasi Washington. [Read more…]

Shea Stadium is trying to reopen as a legit club


They’ve always been legit in our book, but in view of their recent problems, they’ve started a Kickstarter to get the city off their back:

We want to make Shea a completely legal, 100% permitted venue to protect its future. [Read more…]

Ever wonder how far your money would go in a Williamsburg Airbnb?

A real screenshot from Airbnb describing Williamsburg

A real screenshot from Airbnb describing Williamsburg

This isn’t necessarily a subject you’ve ever had to explore, because, well, you probably live here—or near here. But as you handwash dishes in the entirely too-small kitchen of your overpriced apartment—which runs for about the same amount as a small house in some other cities—don’t you ever stop and wonder where all of those starry-eyed tourists hogging the sidewalk on Bedford Avenue stay? [Read more…]

Brooklyn Flea’s Saturday market is moving from Fort Greene to Williamsburg

Brooklyn Flea. Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY. May 2015. © John von Pamer

Brooklyn Flea. Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY. May 2015. © John von Pamer

Brooklyn Flea’s Saturday market will be joining Smorgasburg in East River State Park after almost a decade in Fort Greene. From [Read more…]