Over The Counter: This Week In New And Interesting Music

blanckmass“Over the Counter” is a column focused on new and interesting music that isn’t heavily featured on major music blogs. In this edition: Blanck Mass, Needs, SELF SPILLER and Downtown Boys. [Read more...]

The North Brooklyn real estate shit show a.k.a. are you kidding me though? 5/14/15


Bye bye Bazaar. Sad news, y’all: no more Brooklyn Night Bazaar.  They have until the end of the month at their 165 Banker location. In the realm of cool Brooklyn shit closing down, this one hits a little too close to home for me. Actually, it hits right next door. I live, literally, next door to the Bazaar. And I kinda liked it. I mean, they put on some good shows once in a while and it’s always been free with food and drinks and videogames and local vendors and it was always over by 1am, which, for a grumpy old neighbor like me, was awesome. I even went down in my pajamas one night, had a glass of wine, checked out the band, and went back to bed. Kudos!

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Union Pool’s Summer Thunder series returns with Destruction Unit, Wolf Eyes, more

summerthunderUnion Pool’s free Summer Thunder shows are always a good time, and they’ve got quite the lineup set for the first run of shows this year. The first show is Saturday, May 30th with Hector’s Pets and the incomparable TBA, and things get way noisier from there with bills featuring Destruction Unit, Wolf Eyes, Blues Control and Endless Boogie. Summer Thunder usually runs through the end of August, so we should have more for you in the coming weeks. For now, check out the list of shows through July 18 below. [Read more...]

Greenpoint’s Barge Bar may open this month


Brooklyn Barge Bar’s opening has been delayed by the local community board and delays with obtaining a liquor license, but according to their Facebook page they will open later this month. The barge will be directly adjacent to Transmitter Park and according to their website will be a ‘vibrant community center for Greenpoint [with] kayaking, fishing, science and historic programs for kids and adults of all interests.

Despite a stalemate with the local community board, it looks like Brooklyn Barge Bar isn’t dead in the water just yet. Aiming to be Brooklyn’s smaller version of the Frying Pan, the bar recently announced on Facebook that it hopes to open later this month. There are photos circa late March of the team building the gangway in Kingston, New York, and they’ve also launched a website detailing its menu and plans for engaging the community in (hopefully) non-alcohol related outdoor activities like sailing and fishing (though we’re not sure drunk fishing will be left totally out of the equation)… [Read more...]

Rejoice! Wegmans is coming to Brooklyn

wegmansFor anyone like myself who grew up in a city with a Wegmans, the idea of the supermarket opening in NYC has been nothing more than a frequent daydream until now. Wegmans is set to open an outpost directly below South Williamsburg at the Brooklyn Navy Yards in 2017. From [Read more...]

Video Series Brooklyn X Brooklyn

Our friends at Brooklyn Magazine premiered Brooklyn X Brooklyn this week, a video series shot at Braund Studios in Greenpoint of up and coming NYC artists covering over NYC artists. The first videos released feature Juan Wauters, formerly of The Beets. Wauters plays his own song “I Was Well,” a single from his sophomore album Who Me? out May 13 on Captured Tracks. For his second song, Wauters performs “Questioningly” by the Ramones.

Look and listen:

Next in the series are Beverly, Great Good Fine OK and Strange Names. Stay tuned!

ALBUM REVIEW: Penguin Prison’s Lost In New York


One of the city’s most interesting up and comers is back with a new, highly transitional sophomore album. Chris Glover, also known as Penguin Prison, made ripples in the scene back in 2011 with his self-titled electro-pop album that featured infectious singles like Multi-Millionaire and Don’t Fuck With My Money. His new album Lost in New York takes the fun parts of that album and elevates his style with new layers of musicianship. Funky guitar riffs, thoughtful lyrics and a studio band offer something completely new to the Penguin Prison persona.

Having made a name for himself as a DJ, producer and electronic artist, Penguin Prison is expanding on those skills with a new album that leans more toward alternative rock. While many of Penguin Prison’s local performances have been DJ sets (sometimes accompanied by Glover’s live vocals) this album absolutely requires the support of a rock band, and that’s what they are bringing with the current tour. Just last Saturday Glover played a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, introducing people to the new tracks and playing the old with the same fantastic energy for which he’s known.

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James Murphy is opening a wine bar in the former Foodswings space

Photo Credit Alex Welsh for The New York Times

Photo Credit Alex Welsh for The New York Times

Next month former LCD Soundsystem front man will open a wine bar at 295 Grand Street in Williamsburg [Read more...]