Halloween EDM Shows

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Get your spandex and pink wigs ready because Halloween is just about here, y’all. There are some AMAZING lineups coming to the city this weekend, and if you haven’t made plans yet (rookie mistake) there’s still time.

If you’re not doing the BangOn NYC! Warehouse of Horrors (personally, I do think this is the place to be – Break Science, Twin Shadow, Space Jesus, Zebra Katz and Sleepy & Boo, just to name a few . . .  Get your tickets HERE), have no fear. There are plenty of other spooky options for the most creepy day of the year. Let’s get seriously weird, y’all.

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Top five Halloween shows

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I want to play a game. Your Halloween social life has been rigged to an industrial grade acetylene torch and suspended above a churning cement mixer in an abandoned warehouse somewhere in deep Brooklyn. There’s still time to save it, but first you have to choose: Do you attend a banging party or a heavy metal séance? A lighthearted covers show or a full-fledged costume contest? Pick more than one and what remains of your pathetic excuse for a weekend plan will incinerate, select none and it will drown in a watery concrete tomb. The choice is yours, but make it quick. The clock is ticking.

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FREEwilliamsburg reviews CMJ 2014

cmjAnother year has mostly gone by and another CMJ Music Marathon is in the can. We had four of our esteemed bloggers on the ground for this year’s festivites: Chris Quartly, Coleman Bentley, Carly McAlpine and yours truly. We drank many dranks, ate free pizza, stumbled drunkenly across bridges, fought the urge to get free tattoos and watched some pretty cool bands play some pretty great sets. For the most part. Here’s our takeaway: [Read more...]

REVIEW: Something Wicked Festival

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Oliver Heldens plays the Shadowlands Stage on Saturday of Something Wicked (Photos from Rukes.com)

Sam Houston Race Park became a destination for all things neon last weekend when Something Wicked returned to Texas for two packed days of electronic music, dancing and good vibes. Disco Donnie Presents and Nightculture curated a diverse lineup of DJs, elaborate stage designs and appearances from the Wicked Creatures, a dance tribe with tricked out costumes that heightened the outdoor rave’s ethereal, Halloween theme.

Lovers of trance and top-40 pop found no shortage of fun at the Shadowlands Stage which stayed consistently crowded from about 4 PM Saturday until Kaskade closed out the festival on Sunday night with an assault of soaring vocals and multi-color fireworks. This was the same stage where Tony Junior would remind us that we are Immortal, where Oliver Heldens would prove why house is still king with a varied sunset show featuring 90s throwbacks and fluid bass lines. Panda Funk frontman Deorro brought a comedic touch to his set on Saturday night when he played When Will the Bass Drop (Turn Up to Death!) as made famous by SNL earlier this summer when Andy Samberg played an overpaid DJ named DaVinci in a digital short with a talent for blowing minds with the push of a single button labeled “bass”. He used the satire sketch that poked fun at the EDM industry to get the crowd totally TURNT.

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

AtTheGatesAtWarWithRealityWelcome heshers, hellions, hessians, and hellraisers to the biggest metal week of the year. Stuffed with 2014’s most anticipated releases from bands both old and new—as well as a line-up of wild Halloween-themed bashes—today is one for the elder scrolls. So strap on the combat boots and smear on the corpse paint, we are going to war.

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Where to celebrate Halloween in Brooklyn 2014 (UPDATED)

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Parties in Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint

BangOn!NYC presents: “Warehouse of Horrors 2014″
When: Friday, October 31st, 2014, 10pm-6am
Where: Venue to be announced
What: Party promoters BangOn!NYC will be throwing a huge party in an undisclosed warehouse spot (likely in Bushwick and definitely in a former bread factory.) It will feature three stages with music by Twin Shadow (DJ set), Break Science (Live), Purple Disco Machine (USA Debut), Zebra Katz (Live), Random Rab, Space Jesus. There will also be a freak show, art installations, a haunted house, and other arty weird shit you see in Bushwick on Halloween.
More Information: click here

Diarrhea Planet

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Halloween at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Diarrhea Planet
When: Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st
Where: Brooklyn Night Bazaar; 165 Banker Street, Brooklyn NY 11222
What: Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along, Desert Sharks, and Banker$ all perform. Make a weekend of it, since the next night Free Williamsburg favorites So So Glos are performing!
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Frightful Cover Bands at Silent Barn
When: Friday, October 31st, 9pm
Where: Silent Barn; 603 Bushwick Ave, New York, NY 11206
What: Cover Bands at this Bushwick venue. Dear Leader (Brooklyn) does The Neptunes, Delicate Steve as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Heeney as Weezer, Banned Books (PA) as Pixies, Max Almario (Celestial Shore) + Mike Sheffield (Heaven’s Gate) + Kegan Zema (Journalism) as Blink-182, Adveata as Hole
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North Brooklyn Boat Club’s Haunted Canoe Tour of Newton Creek
When: Friday, October 31, 2014 at 7:00 PM – Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Where: Broadway Stages Boatyard in Greenpoint; 437 McGuinness Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11222
What: If you’re not already terrified of Greenpoint’s superfund site Newton Creek you will be after taking this haunted canoe tour.
More Information: click here

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Video: Colin Meloy debuted some new The Decemberists tracks on Bedford Ave.

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As mentioned, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists was on Bedford Avenue over the weekend playing a few new songs from his just-announced record with The Decemberists What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. In addition to a Morrissey cover and some older Decemberist tracks, he debuted ‘Make Me Better’ and ‘Lake Song’ from the new album:

‘Make Me Better’

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285 Kent booker/manager on Vice Media and the closing of Williamsburg’s clubs

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Vice Media, credit: Brooklyn Rail

It’s no secret that Vice Media is expanding and soon will take over every part of South Williamsburg not owned by or J Crew or Two Trees. Still, the owners of the clubs that have been displaced by Vice (Death By Audio, Glasslands, 285 Kent) have been very tight-lipped about why they are shuttering. We reached out to Glasslands yesterday and haven’t heard a peep. What’s with all the secrecy?

Gawker tracked down Ric Leichtung, the guy who ran the now defunct 285 Kent and got an answer:

The landlord’s been waiting for a pay day like this for years. The landlord’s made little headway on bringing the building up to code to host legitimate businesses, opting for these really short term 2 or 3-year commercial leases to illegal loft spaces and quasi-legal establishments like 285 Kent so that the landlord could easily kick them out or wait for their leases to expire and cash in when they found a buyer. [Read more...]