Williamsburg man upset by ‘hipsters’ found guilty of making phony 911 complaints

spikehill53-year-old Williamsburg resident Louis Segna was found guilty of making phony 911 calls to complain about made up incidents happening around his apartment at North 7th and Bedford. He was found guilty for three calls, but was believed to have made over 400 complaints. Some of the calls were regarding noise levels and some calls were much more serious. From [Read more...]

Dolla dolla bills y’all: TipBombing

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I love subway performers, especially good ones. They put a smile on my face and get my mind off the horrible smell, sweltering heat or extreme wait times for the L train. Three members Vito Catalani, Kristine Young, and William Yu –  of Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) NY’s Barn Program also appreciate street performers and started a project called TipBombing.

The team’s goal is to surprise musicians with a mass audience and a big fat collective tip. The second tip bombing happened at the end of July and the group hopes to do many more. Guitaro 5000, an artist from New Jersey, was the lucky recipient. As Guitaro 5000 played his set, people trickled in until the station was filled with adoring fans waving dollar bills. His case overflows with singles and one little fan requests an encore. You can check out his reaction below. [Read more...]

Video: Future Islands, Omar Souleyman and Operators at House of Vans

Last night was the penultimate House of Vans show of 2014. Headliner Future Islands brought out the devoted fans and they delivered an energized performance that demonstrated why their live shows have become viral YouTube hits. Frontman Samuel T. Herring had the crowd moving with his bizarro dance moves and schizophrenic Death Metal-Morrissey-Elton John vocals. (No sign of David Letterman in the crowd, unfortunately.) Next week, Holy Ghost!, Kim Ann Foxmann, and Dave P close out the House of Vans shows for 2014.

Here’s video from Future Islands, Omar Souleyman, Operators, and Mas Ysa:

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Did You See “The Molly” PSA?

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Earlier this week, Electric Zoo promoters released an anti-drug PSA simply titled “The Molly” as part of their new Come to Life campaign. Looking to avoid another tragedy like last year’s, all attendees of the 6th annual Electric Zoo festival must watch this video as part of the wristband registration process.

While I’m of the mind that kids are going to do what they want, I believe the campaign is a pretty bold move on the part of Made Events. The problem with young people overdosing on ecstacy isn’t going away: 40 hospitalized at Avicii’s show in Boston, two dead at Las Vegas’ EDC festival and another dead at Maryland’s Mad Decent Block Party just last week. At least someone is addressing the issue . . . but only time will tell if it does any good.

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Weekend plans? Forgetaboutit. Here’s what’s new on Netflix

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Even with all the Netflix v. Verizon Net Neutrality drama, we know you’re still streaming. Occasionally encountering the buffering circle of doom acts as the perfect opportunity to put in a few drops of Visine and open the door for the delivery guy. Well, it is a new month, which means a new crop of mind numbing material has just been uploaded for your viewing pleasure. Get the couch ready.

Here’s the list, in order of release date:
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Video: Dillinger Escape Plan at Saint Vitus

DillingerEver wonder what would happen if Dillinger Escape Plan played a five-dollar show at Saint Vitus? Well the answer, as it turns out, is the sociological equivalent of a liter of Coke and a tab of baking soda: A full-room pit, walking on heads, beer, sweat, more beer, and, of course, other generalized mayhem courtesy of NYC’s metal set who turned out in force for last night’s impromptu throwdown at the house that Satan built. If you missed out on tickets or were otherwise engaged (probably with your couch, which can be an admittedly alluring siren), dry your eyes before the corpse paint starts running and check out video of the Jersey mathcore HoFers’ set from last night below. If you’re looking for the full effect, however, you’ll first need to dim the lights, crack a cold one, and start slamming yourself off the living room walls.

The show was co-hosted by Party Masher Inc., one of latest projects from the DEP dudes and featured support from Mothership, Meek is Murder, and Torrential Downpour, whose set you can also watch below.

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‘Brooklyn Boys’ – someone made a ‘Brooklyn Girls’ parody

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Video: Mobb Deep played Queensbridge Park last night

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The iconic 90s group played an hour-long set last night to a huge crowd — we estimate 8,000 to 10,000 fans attended. The free show was sponsored by Summerstage. See the closing moments of their set below: [Read more...]