BangOn!NYC Takes House of Yes “Under the Sea” on May 14th


Who says you need a wet suit to experience the magic that goes hand in hand with deep sea adventures? On Saturday, May 14th the infamous party people of BangOn!NYC return with an ocean-themed all-nighter at Bushwick’s House of Yes, the second in their series of “Sessions” events. So how can you enjoy acts like Moniker, Castelli, C&T, Dirty Looks, Kristin Lush, Bad Ginger, Ashley Smith and The Golden Pony without soaking your favorite “going out garb”? Easy. Let the masterminds at Reality Engage produce a 3-D mapped visual experience that surrounds you like the majestic seas. Add aerialists, circus performers and more surprises to the mix (including a very special headlining guest TBD), and you’ve scored yourself a party with killer waves. While the risk of shark attacks at this venue are minimal, you’re sure to be swimming in a big crowd. Much like the tide, these prices will rise at the door, so be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time to snag at the advanced price tag HERE.

The Deets:  
Saturday, May 14th 2016
The House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237. L train to Jefferson St.
Advance tickets $20-$35 HERE

Colin Marston and Kevin Hufnagel on crafting the year’s most literate death metal album

Gorguts-2Gorguts have been at this death metal thing for a while now. They may not be as namechecked as some of their mega-reunion-tour peers, but over the course of the band’s 25-year existence—encompassing five albums, two tragedies, and one protracted hiatus—they have remained steadfast at the genre vanguard. Under the careful watch of mastermind Luc Lemay, Gorguts laid the blueprint for today’s crop of parameter-agnostic death metal acts (Pyrrhon, Artificial Brain, Wormed, et al.), became underground legends in their own right, and, in 2005, quietly receded into some sort of sunset.

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Ought and Priests play Silent Barn and Rough Trade this weekend


Two bands perfectly bookended on either side of the punk spectrum bring their tour to Brooklyn this weekend with shows at Silent Barn (5/7) and Rough Trade (5/8). Montreal quartet Ought are still riding high on their last album, Sun’s Coming Down, via Constellation Records in 2015; a triumphant combination of The Fall, Talking Heads and Pavement. Video for the title track is below the jump (or stream the whole album here).

Priests have been a FW favourite for a few years now and are one of the best live bands around these days in my opinion. Having not released anything since 2014′s excellent EP,  Bodies and Control and Money and Powerone might assume they will be playing some new songs. Between Ought’s angular, often technical compositions and Priests political, aggressive delivery, this is one not to be missed.

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Duke Riley’s latest, crazy art project involves thousands of pigeons and debuts next month

Duke's pigeons. (Credit Tod Seelie/Gothamist)

Duke’s pigeons. (Credit Tod Seelie/Gothamist)

The art project is from May 7 – June 12 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Tickets are sold out but you can get on the waiting list here.

Friday through Sunday evenings at dusk, a massive flock of pigeons [Read more...]

Ensemble ACJW Presents Turning Point at National Sawdust



Ensemble ACJW Presents Turning Point
Tuesday, May 3 at 7 PM
National Sawdust

Join Ensemble ACJW, the group that Time Out New York called “consistently innovative and exciting,” for their second concert at National Sawdust. Turning Point explores Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony—one of the last tonal works written by the composer—as well as pieces influenced by his revolutionary ideas about sound, structure, and gesture. The program also features works by Boulez, Takemitsu, Matthias Pintscher, and Crawford Seeger.

National Sawdust
Tickets: $15
80 North Sixth Street | Brooklyn

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

a2937445179_10Since we were tackling other topics last week, I’d like to take this moment to wish Saint Vitus a belated, but very happy, 5th birthday. I was up there on Friday and to hear Pallbearer—a band born and bred a thousand miles away, both geographically and culturally—talk about Vitus as a sort of adopted home, only reinforced what should probably be obvious by now: Each time we go to Vitus, we are participating in a piece of metal history. It might not be the The Mermaid or The Rainbow quite yet, but let’s give it another 5 and see what happens.

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How did Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick vote?


Greenpoint loves Bernie (c/o NY Times)

Bernie Sanders had the largest support in the city from Greenpoint and Bushwick. Or as the NY Times obnoxiously puts it: “Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont fared best with young gentrifiers in Bushwick and Greenpoint.” South Williamsburg on the other hand loves Ted Cruz. See how the North Brooklyn voted below: [Read more...]

Barano: a new Italian restaurant from Le Cirque alumnus opening in Williamsburg

Eggplant parmigiana  Credit: Jody Wissner/New York Magazine

Eggplant parmigiana
Credit: Jody Wissner/New York Magazine

Grub Street has a first look and Barano looks delicious. They open next week at 26 Broadway, near Kent Ave, on the Southside.

Albert Di Meglio might be an alumnus of Le Cirque and Osteria del Circo, but most recently, at Rubirosa, he mined the culinary memories of his Italian-American childhood on Staten Island. For his new restaurant [Read more...]