LISTEN UP YAW’LL: 3rd Annual Yonkers Arts Weekend May 14th & 15th

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Got Spring Fever? Yonkers Arts Weekend is your prescription: hundreds of local, regional and international artists across four dynamic venues in one historic waterfront city. This FREE urban arts festival taking place on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, is only 30 minutes away on the MTA Hudson Line from Grand Central. Yonkers Arts Weekend showcases a broad range of mediums including artists, painters, photographers, sculptors, and designers capped off by FASHION SHOW SUNDAY.

A FREE shuttle will be your weekend chauffeur, taking you to the most exciting cultural hotspots in the City of Yonkers: the Downtown Yonkers Waterfront District, YoHo Artist Open Studios within the 1.5 million sq. ft. of the Carpet Mills Arts District, Great Gatsby-esque Untermyer Gardens, and the majestic Hudson River Museum. [Read more...]

BYO Music Fest This Week (Plus A Mat Zo Giveaway!)

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New York’s annual edition of Electronic Daisy Carnival may be the sparkliest party in town this weekend, but they didn’t give me a press pass, so blah on them. Actually, I couldn’t care less because this week NYC is positively brimming with top notch talent and amazing concerts around the city that don’t involve trekking it out to Citifield and huffing it with the 18+ crowd. So WHATEVER. Can’t you tell I’m, like, totally not bitter AT ALL?  But seriously though, follow me this way if you want to curate a seriously sick DIY festival weekend. I GOTCHU. We’re also giving away some dope tickets, so keep reading!

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House of Vans announces 2016 line-up with Sleep, Battles and more

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Beginning May 19, they have six shows planned for their location in Greenpoint. Personally, we can’t wait to see Sleep. Brooklyn Vegan has more:

It kicks off on May 19 with an electronic show featuring a good bill all around: Jon Hopkins, The Black Madonna, The Field and FIXED DJs. RSVP for that one is open now. Like with all HoV shows, entry is first come, first served. [Read more...]

Other Music skit from 2006(ish) with Aziz Ansari

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In case you hadn’t heard the depressing news, Other Music is closing:

As sales of physical music continue to plummet, a no-frills independent record store makes increasingly less sense as a business: Other Music will shut its doors and mail-order service on June 25, more than 20 years after its debut in this once artistically vibrant neighborhood. (Other Music Recording Co., a label associated with the store since 2012, will continue.) [Read more...]

Williamsburg restaurant Isa has closed

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We can’t say we’re surprised. Isa never could seem to get it together. Eater reports that they have indeed shuttered:

From day one, Isa was committed to being weird — it was gleefully out of step with the rest of the trendy restaurant pack in terms of design, cuisine, and branding. The menu looked like a 90s punk music zine. [Read more...]

Top 5 shows of the weekend

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Dilly ding, dilly dong. We can cut the smalltalk, you really have some great options this weekend and the likes of Chelsea Wolfe, Beverly, Waxahatchee and a Woods/Ultimate Painting double-header didn’t even make the cut. If you aren’t getting out to see a show, I’m not sure I can ever be any help.

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

Grave-Miasma-Endless-PilgrimageApologies for the feature-related interruptions of this section of late, but time and words—as I’ve learned the hard way—are definitely finite resources. Moving forward you can expect about the same deviation as you’ve been getting, but rest assured, when I don’t have something more substantial already cooking, I will be here, churning these things out all the same.

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Sietsema reviews the new Williamsburg Algerian restaurant Bar Omar

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And he loves the tajines saying they are “so damn good.” He also says Bar Omar offers the best french fries in Williamsburg:

The cooking of the Maghreb is among the most exciting in the world, though vastly underappreciated in New York City. Once known as the land of the Moors, this region of North Africa includes contemporary Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, and Tunisia. [Read more...]