It’s an unseasonably warm weekend and I hope you’re all making the best of it! Now that Thanksgiving’s a wrap, we can all celebrate that great American pastime, Black Friday. Yes, we’re all going to stock up on things we don’t really need, but after what’s done is done, there’s the release of good times and good music tonight in the burg. Starting up north we’ve got Wolf + Lamb regulars, No Regular Play performing their signature live jazzy, electronic set alongside pals Slow Hands, Justin Miller, and Tom of England. Then, on Saturday it’s off to N11th where the brash electronica of Tiga sets the stage with Shaded and Contakt. Head into Bushwick where The Long Count presents the deep and moody sounds of Dekmantel’s Joey Anderson. Just down the road, locals Volvox and Divorce spin a mash of techno and house at the intimate Trans Pecos. Then for those riding late into after hours, there’s a secret Soultek party where NYC regular, Willie Graff plays uplifting house music into those early hours. Enjoy your weekend Brooklyn!
The local Community Board was being very cautious about its tenants at 99 Scott Avenue, but have approved Bun-ker’s application. This is very good news since the restaurant’s current location in Ridgewood is routinely too crowded to even get seated:
The Williamsburg panel’s liquor license committee okayed a Vietnamese restaurant’s bid to open inside an industrial building at 99 Scott Ave. on Monday — but warned it better not see a repeat of the late-night raves that took place at the same property earlier this year, which members claim were rowdy and poorly regulated.
“Ninety-nine Scott is a big problem,” said committee member Tom Burrows.
The committee unanimously approved hip Queens restaurant Bunker Vietnamese’s application to open a new outpost at the site on the corner of Randolph Street, but only after the eatery’s owners — who are leasing the space — distanced themselves from the location’s party-hearty history. The full board subjected a winery applying to open on the site to a similar grilling in August, though ultimately approved that license as well.
Locals are still smarting after building owner Bushwack Capital rented the then-vacant space out over the summer to party promoters Reynard Productions — which runs a restaurant at Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel — and City Fox, now notorious for its thwarted attempt to hold a rave at a toxic Greenpoint factory last month. [Read more...]
Twas the night before Thanksgiving and all through the club, everybody was dancing to trap and to dub . . . We all know the night before Thanksgiving is a joyous experience. For one, it’s the much deserved beginning of a glorious four-day weekend. Add the built in hangover cure of Thursday’s pig out/nap sesh, and you’ve already convinced yourself it’s time to go hard AF. I can say with certainty that Thanksgiving eve is one of my favorite days of the year, and this one really puts the gravy on the turkey. There are some stellar shows happening right here in NYC, ensuring that your holiday is stuffed full of fun. [Read more...]
“For me, there’s a lot more to it than what people think it is,” Erik Ramirez says from behind the robataya grill in the open kitchen at Llama Inn, the Williamsburg Peruvian restaurant he is opening as executive chef on Wednesday. Kitted in a pair of Stan Smiths and a custom apron from Jones of Boerum Hill — a little electric pink “Llama Inn” stitched along the belt tie — the 34-year-old chef who’s bringing a taste of Peru to the Brooklyn neighborhood is talking about his mission to combine the food of his heritage with the borough he calls home. [Read more...]
We’ve got techno on the brain, what with Time Warp returning to Brooklyn this Friday, and a number of other exciting artists playing Williamsburg clubs this week. One producer that stands out in particular is Stacey Pullen, a visionary from Detroit’s early to mid-90s techno regime, who’s still going strong. This musical trail blazer recently released a new preview mix for the esteemed Balance Series (US release Nov. 13th, 2015), and he’s scheduled to play a set at Verboten’s Detroit Loves party this Saturday, Nov. 21st.
Check out Balance 028 expertly mixed by Stacey Pullen, and let the driving beats remind you that we really do have a lot to be thankful for this time of year.
It’s been a breakneck year for Canadian dubstep duo, Zeds Dead. Following the release of last fall’s, Somewhere Else EP, DC and Hooks hit the road, crushing major cities and festivals with their bass-heavy shows including New York Electric Zoo: Transformed and Baltimore’s MoonRise Festivals, just to name a couple.
Zeds Dead may have proven that they have the power and name recognition to draw huge crowds, often exceeding 10,000, but they’re shifting the focus toward small, classic rock houses instead, in order to provide a more intimate experience for their most loyal fans. These special shows will also be experimental grounds for the duo as they drop unheard tracks fro their upcoming 2016 album. Pretty f*ckin’ exciting, right?
When cooler weather starts to set in, it can be tempting to hole up inside and watch endless amounts of Netflix. But I implore you, fine residents of Williamsburg, venture out while there are still leaves in the trees and temperatures above freezing.
How about a trip to the theatre? FoxWolf Productions presents a fresh take on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” in an immersive setting at NY Distilling Company this December 7-13th. The performance is directed by Jamie Watkins and conceived by Alice Allemano and Christopher Hirsh. Musical director Zac Selissen and Pablo Lanuguere will play the score live.
Patrons can imbibe Macbeth themed cocktails, greeted at their seats with “The Done Deed” hot toddy and more provided by The Shanty with an open bar and music following the show. “Macbeth: Things Bad Begun” is the second theatrical event hosted by FoxWolf Productions; their first being a sold out run of “Midsummer Night’s Dream” earlier this year.
Get tickets here.
BIG things happening this weekend! Neighborhood favorite, Cameo Gallery will be sending off their second-to-last weekend with a booking staple for the club, and one half of Metro Area, Morgan Geist. Joined by Have A Killer Time’s Justin Miller and venue resident Evan Michael, it’s sure to be a night of Disco and House with an italo edge (stick around for Saturday too when DFA’s Pat Mahoney stops in for one last set). Over at Good Room, FIXED celebrates their 11th Anniversary with a rare appearance from Kompakt’s Barnt, who has been winning hearts with his slow paced cosmic dance music. Also, just a skip down the road, Output sets up shop with an Innervisions label night featuring a live set from the afro rhythmic Âme and contributions from Marcus Worgall and Nikola Baytala too.
On Saturday, head into Bushwick where Broke City is back at Lot 45 showcasing the gritty and raw productions of L.I.E.S.’s Bookworms joined by locals Octo Octa and Beta Librae. Then finally finish your precious time off at Verboten for their Subversions night with Matthew Dear and DJ Koze. See you on the dance floor Brooklyn!