Phantogram Will Play Pier 97 This Saturday


This Saturday, September 13th, marks a big night for celebrating New York musicians when electric rock duo Phantogram and professional chef turned hip-hop artist Action Bronson take the stage at Pier 97. Expect lots of new material from 2014′s Voices, and if you’re lucky, maybe Action Bronson will rap from a port-o-potty again.

Tickets are still available through Live Nation’s website. Snag your GA ticket for $47.00 HERE.

Check out their recent KEXP Presents Live Performance below:

Phantogram With Very Special Guest Action Bronson
JBL Live at Pier 97, Hudson River Park
Saturday, September 13th
6:15 PM

Death By Audio Will Close in November


Death By Audio is my favourite place in New York, I’m writing this with a lump in my throat, but I think everyone wondered just how long the venue could last in the neighbourhood and unfortunately that question has been answered.

A statement from Edan Wilbur and Matt Conboy reads:

After seven years of operation Death By Audio will close on November 22, 2014. Running this space has been an incredible undertaking and a joy since day one. We have been fortunate enough to host bands from all over the US and the world nearly every night of the week. Amazingly, we’ve hosted in excess of 1000 acts a year for the past seven years. The effect pedal company will remain open and relocate to a temporary space until we find a more permanent home.
When we first moved onto south 2nd street the only things on our block were a used police car lot and several empty buildings. Now there are a half dozen expensive restaurants, bars, a daycare center and a new condo building (that was an empty lot when we moved in). All ages DIY music venues are almost by definition temporary, and we feel fortunate to have lasted in this space for this long. We knew from the beginning that it couldn’t last forever and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has preformed or attended any of our shows. We are still weighing options about what happens next and will let everyone know more about the future of Death By Audio as soon as we can.
Our closing party starts Wednesday Sept 10 and we will have great programing for these last 75 days. We are looking forward to putting on some really incredible shows to send off what has been one of the greatest undertakings of our lives. We hope to see you there.
Edan and Matt
P.S. If you’re in Hot Snakes please get in touch.

I can only offer my most sincere thanks to Edan and Matt for everything they have done. DBA was the best place to see shows, and I saw alot, despite its ramshackle appearance the sound was great and the atmosphere was always welcoming and without judgement. No-one was there just to have a water-cooler conversation the next day about where they were the previous night, it was all about the music. I hope that Death By Audio does have a future, somewhere. I’m an atheist but for want of a better word, DBA truly felt like a spiritual home.

In the meantime, check out the venue’s website for current bookings, there will no doubt be some pretty special shows coming up.

Photo of Thee Oh Sees by Chris Quartly

Happn: The first app that helps you find the people you’ve crossed paths with in real life



Just when you thought you would have to spend yet another winter lonely and single – enter happn, a new app with a exciting promise: find the people you happen upon at the coffee shop, Central Park or on your street.

It’s the first dating app that uses geolocation in real-time, drawing up a timeline of all your real-life encounters. Remember Craigslist’s missed connections section? Happn is better. You lock eyes with a hot stranger but don’t have the courage to approach him/her? The opportunity is not lost if you both have happn.

How does it work? [Read more...]

People actually prefer the shuttle to the G train

credit: Greenpointers

credit: Greenpointers

We griped and griped, but many commuters actually preferred the shuttle to taking the awful G train. Enjoy it while it lasts. Service resumes on Tuesday:

“It’s faster,” said George Huarotte, 22, who works in Greenpoint. “I prefer the shuttle.”

“The shuttle is always there,” said Tiffany Elisca, 25, who also works in Greenpoint. “And it’s free.”

The G train has been shut down between the Nassau Avenue and Court Square stops since July 25 to allow workers to make “extended repairs” after 3 million gallons of salt water flooded the line during Sandy, according to the MTA… [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal update

pallbearer-0414Hello and welcome to This One Goes To Eleven loyal pawns, hooded torch-bearers, fallen apostles, and mildly curious passerby. It needn’t take a hot-air balloon diatribe on the recent explosion of extreme music into the indie-verse for you to quickly glean why we are here. The reason is simple and the purpose is clear: We are gathered today, and each Tuesday for the foreseeable future, to pay pilgrimage to the coming week in metal, and–with the world headed to hell in a hurry–assemble a soundtrack for the ensuing roadtrip. Eyes front and Dio horns up. Now someone, count me in.

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Black Wine and Brick Mower are playing at Death By Audio on Friday 22nd of August

black wine

Black Wine have just released their latest album, Yell Boss, on Don Giovanni Records and are playing a record release show at Death By Audio this Friday (22nd of August). The record hits a bit harder than 2012′s Hollow Earth though as usual the trio split songwriting and singing duties between them.  The album artwork is by Screaming Females‘ Marissa Paternoster and you can listen to lead single, Rime, below the jump.

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Another man down- The Brooklyn Ale House closes August 27


I wasn’t even half way finished moving into my Northside apartment when I first sipped a cold one at Brooklyn Ale House. Sad news.

Here is the official statement:

The Brooklyn Ale House under current ownership, is announcing that it will be closing its doors on the 27th of August, 2014.   It’s been an amazing party and one hell of a ride.

From the day Adam’s Grocery was transformed into the “new bar” in 1997, the Brooklyn Ale House has stepped up to the plate and has been serving the locals of Williamsburg, New York City and world drinkers with a fiery passion for fun.  We were often copied but never duplicated, and through it all, you were never on camera.

From the end of the Clinton era, through the horror of 9-11, the Blackout and the gentrification, we never stopped believing in the old neighborhood.  The solid blue collar workers and builders, the firemen, pool and dart players, the rock freaks, art freaks, and freaks in general, along with the new-comers who knew how to behave in a bar and tip properly, we thank you.  You all became family and again, we thank you.  Regardless of complaints about noise, music, or the city laws regarding dogs, we stuck to our guns and continued the party.

The Brooklyn Ale House has always supported a dog’s right to accompany its owner into an adult drinking establishment, even as we paid the fines.  We look to always be remembered as the original “Dog Bar,” with the best free chili cook-offs, fried chicken-offs, corned beef & cabbage and the best Kentucky Derby party in the city.

Sean Connelly, George Wright, Dave Moore and the entire staff of the Brooklyn Ale House, wish to thank you for the incredible highs and lows of the past 17 years.  We maintain that our old-school approach to drinking and running a bar will always be remembered.  The Brooklyn Ale House is expected to reopen under new ownership, in the very near future.  The dog bone will be passed to the new owners, as we all transition and step into a new era.  So for now, enjoy our bar.  Drink and remember all the great times.  Thank you for coming back again & again.  BAH

What are your fondest Brooklyn Ale House memories? Tell us in the comments and stop by BAH for one last cheers.

Uber offering a free ride for commuters f*cked by the G


We’re saving this for a sweaty day:

Whether you’re a weekday commuter, Greenpoint or LIC resident, or frequent neighborhood visitor, we’re sending some Uber Love your way for the next five weeks. While the MTA does their thing, we’re here to bridge the gap with one free transfer between the Nassau Av and Court Sq G train stops.

Enter promo code FREETRANSFER – Then ride anywhere between the Nassau Av and Court Sq stops from July 25 through August 31 and get one free trip (up to $30)

In other commuter news, thankfully, the ferry is back too!