The 2016 edition of MDF kicked off yesterday, which means 50% of the NYC metal scene has packed up and moved south for the weekend. Thankfully there’s still enough radioactive spillover to go around, however, so sit down, shut up (yes, that means me too), and dig in.
Happy memorial day weekend, everyone; pour one out for all of those that have lost their lives in war. While we’re on the subject, it’s perhaps worth noting that rates of war have plummeted drastically over the course of history, and despite the news headlines, we are living in the most peaceful time on earth (though awful things do still happen daily, of course). The most staggering statistic to illustrate this is European nations declared new wars twice a year for six-hundred years until 1945. Try to guess how many since then… might I suggest this book. Anyway, while we contemplate the possibility of world peace in the distant future not being a pipe dream, there is music to be heard, enjoy the long weekend with the following options below.
No reason for wanton circumlocution this week, we’re going to get right down to it. Have a great weekend, everyone, hopefully enhanced by the fine options below.
5) Bambara, Ritual Humor, One Prayer One Sin, Decorum at ALPHAVILLE
While Bambara have been bashing out distorted, Birthday Party-esque noise for half a decade, the band’s latest offering, Swarm, manages to retain their intensity whilst allowing the songs (and vocals) to shine through from whence they were previously buried. It’s not so much a case of taking a commercial turn, the record isn’t remotely poppy, more a confidence in the material that has been set free. Friday 8pm
So you’ve already secured your three-day passes and finalized transportation plans for Governors Ball, right? Awesome. Now it’s time to add more fun to summer festival pile. If you were paying attention, you probably noticed that a whole slew of pre and after parties announced in conjunction with this year’s festival, which is set to return to Randall’s Island June 3-5. We’ll tell you now, you’ve got plenty of reasons to keep the turn up real.
English rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen will be kicking off this year’s “After Dark” series with a very intimate show at Webster Hall’s studios. A number of other Governors Ball artists will be playing late night shows across the city for the rest of the weekend, until Galantis finally closes it out on Sunday night in Webster Hall’s Grand Ballroom with their sparkly, electronic ballads and feel good anthems. Williamsburg-based venues like Output, Knitting Factory and Brooklyn Bowl will also hosting a range of artists from house DJ Duke Dumont to bass virtuoso Thundercat, among others.
The Lot Radio has been open for a few months, and you can listen live now. The coffeeshop kiosk that shares the space helps to fund the project. Now that it’s getting warmer, The Lot Radio’s outdoor space is an especially nice addition to the neighborhood:
Over the past few months, visitors to the Williamsburg-Greenpoint border may have noticed the gradual appearance of a shipping container, church pews, recycled furniture, and lawn flamingos in the distinctive triangular lot situated between North 15th Street, Banker Street, and Nassau Avenue. Before this, a camper had occupied the gated-off space for years, intriguing locals who wondered how a developer hadn’t yet claimed the unique plot of land for a mega-tall condo. [Read more...]