Brooklyn Pour returns September 27, makes day drinking acceptable again

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My fellow functional alcoholics: the fourth annual Brooklyn Pour craft beer tasting festival hits the old Williamsburg Savings Bank in Fort Greene on September 27:

Featuring over 100+ craft brews from New York and beyond, The Village Voice is proud to present our fourth annual curated Brooklyn Pour craft beer tasting event. The event will take place at the home of the original Williamsburg Savings Bank in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Over 1,000 craft beer aficionados will sample the best seasonal, micro and reserve brews from breweries located in the country with a pinpointed focus on the tri-state area.

Like most who attend this glorious event, I always make it my personal goal to sample every beer the humble curators offer; and, to my best recollection, have always accomplished said goal. And have always been in bed by 8 p.m afterwards. This year should be no different.

Pick up a ticket and join me in the debauchery. General admission tickets are just $55, which is all kinds of cheap if you consider how much unlimited craft beer you can drink in 3 hours. VIP tickets will set you back $85 per head, but you get an extra hour of drinking before the GA people get in. Lines can get sorta long at some stations, so the head start can be worth it. Here’s a list of participating breweries.

REVIEW: Skrillex Played MoMA PS1 Warm Up Series

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Dreams came true for this fangirl when I got to see Skrillex not once, but twice last week. After a severe thunderstorm caused the cancellation of Jack U’s New York debut at last weekend’s Electric Zoo festival, Skrillex kept true to his promise that he’d come back to drop new tracks from his Diplo collaboration.

Fresh off a string of game changing sets at this year’s Burning Man Festival (where he and Diplo DID NOT get booed off the stage, FYI), Skrillex played a number of intimate shows here in the city, including Chelsea’s Marquee Nightclub as well as a private Sirius Party at popular Burlesque hangout, The Slipper Room. Notorious for dropping bass where it’s least expected, Skrillex appeared as the special guest at Saturday night’s PS1 Warm Up Series finale.

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Want to see Sylvan Esso? *Ticket Giveaway!*

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We’ve got a couple of hot tickets to see the oh-so-addicting electropop duo Sylvan Esso at Rough Trade (side note: it’s sold out) and want to pass them off to a loyal reader. Leave a comment below, tell us why you want ‘em and we’ll pick the winner on Tuesday at noon. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Here’s the ‘Judgmental Map of Williamsburg’

Judgmental Map of WilliamsburgThe latest in Will Nunziata‘s Judgmental Maps series features a judgmental map of Williamsburg. The map has everything the bros of the North 12th area to the ‘Average Diner’ (Kellogg’s) on Union and Metropolitan. Fairly accurate?

- @joshmorrissey

Evian Christ and SOPHIE play MoMA PS1 and Dark Disco tomorrow

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You may know Evian Christ‘s name from his heavy beats on Yeezus (he’s also working on the new Kanye album and just signed to his label). You may know it if you like his other label, Triangle (think Balam Acab, Clams Casino, Forest Swords, Haxan Cloak, and Holy Other… damn, right?).

SOPHIE is a name you may also know. His brand of wacky, sugary pop is infectiously fun, and he’s been hyped up a lot lately. He’s also just put out a sick track with AG Cook, “Hey QT.” [Read more...]

INTERVIEW: Hook N Sling

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Last weekend I sat down with Australian DJ and Producer Hook N Sling, whose newest remix of Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence is blowing up in clubs across the country. After rescuing me in a golf cart after his Friday afternoon set, we had a few minutes to talk about why he loves people watching at concerts and why he feels like an Australian Shepard at music festivals.

Megan: So I’ve got Hook N Sling here with me, a DJ and Producer from Sydney, who’s blowing up and getting big here in the states.

Hook N Sling: Wait, is this an audio interview?

M: No, I don’t know why I introduced it like that. (Laughs) That was weird.

HnS: (Laughs) Yeah, from Sydney, and I’ve since moved to LA.

M: 2012, right?

HnS: Yeah, that’s right.

M: So what spurred your move?

HnS: You know, actually I did Electric Zoo and I played with Nervo, we did a little back to back near the end of their set in 2012, and that was when I had just moved here. So that was kind of around the time I did that. The move happened because I suppose I was getting itchy feet in Australia. Everything was great but I wanted to just see what I could do over here and start at a different level over here and see where that took me. And to be honest, I came over to the states and I struggled to get the same quality gigs I was getting in Australia. I had to work hard and establish a name for myself, but it was good.

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Put your balls away Mac DeMarco

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Canada’s TOPS have a video for their new single, “Way to Be Loved,” and it features a cameo (inexplicably) from Mac Demarco’s sack. (See the 1:46 mark.) Needless to say, it’s not safe for work, unless looking at someone’s balls hanging out of their jeans is acceptable at your job. That said, we love the song!

A couple more by TOPS, who we’ve been enjoying: [Read more...]

Radiohead’s Polyfauna 2.0 NSFA (Not Safe For Acid)

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A trip through a virtual landscape…replete with its own soundtrack.

Radiohead has just released their Polyfauna app version 2.0. Version 1.0 came out earlier this year to herald music from their King Of Limbs session. Not only does it feature new tracks, but invites viewers to explore several digital landscapes. Leveraging IOS devices’ altimeters, users can pan 360 degrees, look up, and look down, all within a 360-degree environment. No instructions here. Rather, you skip from visual track to visual track by tripping the light fantastic following spirals and ‘Bit’s (think the ‘Yes/No’ character from the first Tron film). [Read more...]