Tickets Going Fast for Governors Ball 2016!


January may have felt a lot like Groundhog’s day, what with massive festival lineups dropping day after day. Among which is one of favorites, the nearby Governors Ball Festival, which takes place annually on Randall’s Island and continues to pull many of the seasons best acts. This year is no different, with the return of Kanye West and The Strokes in headlining slots, as well as a Governors Ball debut for The Killers. Beck is also back for the first time in five years, and if that’s not a reason to get excited, well then hell, I don’t know what is. You can experience all of the action June 3-5th, 2016. Sorry AEG, you can wait for your “new Coachella”.

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12 Chairs Cafe brings Tel Aviv-style falafel stand to Williamsburg

Credit Caitlin Ochs for The New York Times

Credit Caitlin Ochs for The New York Times

From the Times:

For the new streetside kiosk attached to the 12 Chairs Cafe in Brooklyn, the chef, Shimon Maman, and his partners looked to Tel Aviv’s falafel stands. Pita bread comes with traditional stuffings like sabich (eggplant), kebabs, shakshuka and falafel, the last with fried potatoes in the sandwich. Mr. Maman said his fillings had “more finesse” than is typical in Israel. The stand is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; there is covered seating as well as takeout: The Kiosk, 12 Chairs Cafe, 342 Wythe Avenue (South Second Street), South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 347-227-7077,

Vampire Weekend played a huge rally for Sanders


First it was Killer Mike. Now Vampire Weekend is pledging their support to Sanders. Well, at least most of the band:

Because Vampire Weekend co-founder Rostam Batmanglij left the band earlier this week, Ezra Koenig is performing with a makeshift band, made up of Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson, Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, comedic duo the Lucas Bros, and the University of Iowa’s Hawkapellas—an all-female a cappella group. (“Bernie can call that Vampire Weekend if he likes,” he said.)
Prior to the rally, they performed at the Java House in Iowa City. Watch some clips from the event (including “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “This Land Is Your Land” sing-alongs)

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

0006202671_10Between 30 inches of snow and the pitiless winter illness that blew in on it, I’m running on veritable empty this week, so please forgive me if we just skip the usual pleasantries and get at it. The completion of this damn thing may well depend on it.

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Verb Cafe reopens in Greenpoint


The Verb Cafe in Greenpoint (Photo: Nicole Disser/Bedford & Bowery)

We mourned the loss when the original Verb closed to become an artisinal soap store. Ugh. Now, they’ve reopened in Greenpoint:

Old-timers rejoice, because Verb Cafe is back and maybe even better than it was when it closed. Cisco Rodriguez, who had worked at Verb for 14 years, now runs and owns Verb 2.0 which quietly opened on Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint just after Thanksgiving… [Read more...]

The Regal opens tonight in Williamsburg


The Regal; credit Eater

It’s from the same people who operate the Hotel Chantelle. Eater has more:

The team behind Lower East Side restaurant Hotel Chantelle has taken over the space next to the Williamsburg Bridge at 163 Hope Street that housed Hope Garage. Seth Levine, Ravi Patel, Frank Alessio, and Kyle O’ Brien are partnering with Hope Garage’s former owner Delores Hoskins Auguet in The Regal, a 70-seat diner and [Read more...]

The MTA sent a representative with no answers to the L train town hall meeting


This morning a town hall meeting was held at Brooklyn Bowl to discuss the potential L train shut down to fix the damage in the Canarsie Tunnel. The MTA’s representative was kicked out of [Read more...]

Top 5 shows of the weekend


If you’re reading this, congratulations on surviving another week. As a reward, there are some excellent shows to be seen this weekend, free of invented “buzz”, just hands-on DIY venues and bands doing what they love.

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