Top 5 shows of the weekend


I’ll be taking over this column from Coleman, who has admirably been handing you better plans than you had for the weekend for quite some time now. Your ears might get a bit more of a break from time to time (please, always bring earplugs), but as someone who goes to 150-odd shows a year, I’m hoping you will find the quality of recommendations remain high.

5) Dave Gorman at Subculture
I’m throwing a bit of a curveball to start things off, with a comedy show at Subculture. Dave Gorman is a British comic, and I’m always a bit wary of our humour getting lost in translation (as the saying goes, “a common language separated by two countries”), but Gorman is nerdy and niche enough to hopefully pull in more than just an expat crowd. I went last night and thought he was hilarious. There will be a powerpoint presentation…

Friday and Saturday, 7pm and 9pm both nights (and another 6 performances at the same venue next week).

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We’re stuck with MetroCards until 2022

metrocardRemember when the MTA said they were going to replace the MetroCard with futuristic EZ-Pass-like technology? Of course you do. Anyone who’s ever been stuck in a line behind some idiot who can’t swipe their card correctly while the train is entering the station and AHHH you’re gonna be late (or worse, have been the red-faced idiot who can’t get the swipy thing to work – DeKalb stop people STAND UP) rejoiced. So in a word… everyone. This magical dreamworld where you don’t have to juggle your wallet, keys, coffee and iPod to fish out a little card while doing an irritated powerwalk to the turnstile didn’t even seem to be that far off in the future: 2019. Unfortunately, the MTA announced that plans have changed and it looks like the new tech won’t be rolled out until 2022. [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

nslcoverprenew2Happy belated MLK day, everyone. If you’re coming off a three-day weekend, welcome back to earth. If not, hopefully there’s something here to help. Before we begin, however, let’s just take a second to remember that metal, and it’s diverse, globe-spanning constituency—despite what a bigoted minority of artists and fans might spew—probably wouldn’t exist without the efforts of Dr. King. So next time you feel like vibing someone at a show or sneering at a subset other than your own, table it. Metal might not be for everyone, but it doesn’t belong to anyone, either.

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

EinherjerWith a barrage of killer new releases, more Brent Hinds weirdness, and a huge show announcement from This One Goes To Eleven, this week is by far 2015’s biggest yet. So sit down, strap in, and get ready for some whiplash, it’s going to be a good one.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend


5) !!! at Union Pool
While dance punk faded as fast you’d expect something called dance punk to fade, a few solid bands survived the fallout, including !!! (pronounced Chk Chk Chk), who recently announced an impromptu four-night stand at Union Pool. Saturday marks the close of that run, and is a must-see for any music fan reared on print Spin’s psychotically grinning post-08 optimism, but Union Pool’s back room (still a source of confusion for the ultra-faded masses, I think) offers the additional cache with good sound, a cool setting, and an intimate cap. If you got sold out of Future Islands, here’s your backup plan.

Saturday, doors at 9pm

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The most anticipated North Brooklyn restaurant openings of 2015 (thus far)


Camlin; credit: Zagat

Given the insane amount of growth underway it North Brooklyn, it’s hardly surprising that lots of new restaurants are opening in 2015. Hook & Cleaver opens today in Greenpoint and there’s lots more in store as the year progresses:

From Eater:

The Camlin
A new Williamsburg wine bar from Mandy Oser and chef Amorette Casaus, the team behind Manhattan’s popular Ardesia Wine Bar. It promises to be a casual neighborhood spot along the rapidly developing stretch of Kent Avenue, serving bar snacks like oyster and charcuterie, along with some larger shared plates. It will also serve cocktails as well as wine.
175 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg

From Zagat:

Joshua Boissy and Krystof Zizka of Williamsburg’s NOLA-inspired hit, Maison Premiere, will open a new restaurant in Greenpoint in 2015.
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Hook & Cleaver: “Chopped” chef opening steakhouse on Greenpoint Ave.

Chef Diane DiMeo

Apparently, you can’t open a restaurant anymore unless you’ve been on “Chopped” or “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” Hook & Cleaver opens on Thursday:

A chef who’s advanced on reality cooking shows like “The Taste” and “Chopped” will soon be bringing her talents to Greenpoint.

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

WitchristWelcome to a whole new year in metal everyone. Those of you who followed along with us in 2014 already know the plot—we meet here every Tuesday to talk new releases, awesome shows, and the craziest heavy headlines of the week. Those of you who didn’t, well, welcome to the circus. It’s a little too soon to tell (just think, this time last year an At the Gates reunion was still a collectively held pipe dream) but I think we are in for one, uhh, hell of a ride.

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