Nada Surf playing two NYC shows in September

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Nada Surf return home for a couple of shows in September, firstly at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday the 17th and then Bowery Ballroom on the 18th. Now officially a quartet in the last few years with the addition of guitar maestro Doug Gillard, they will play as a trio for the Music Hall show while he has re-joined Guided By Voices, they’ll be back to a four-piece at Bowery Ballroom (now, how about a GBV/Nada Surf combined show?!).

I’ve previously mentioned that Nada Surf should be considered one of the all time New York greats, and their most recent album, You Know Who You Are, only adds weight to that claim. Released in March on Barsuk Records, it’s another stellar collection of power-pop with perhaps Matthew Caws’ most heartfelt lyrics to date. Few writers can turn a song on its head or throw out a lyric that seems inconspicuous on a first impression and then a masterstroke on further reflection quite like him.

You can watch the two videos from the album, Cold to See Clear and Rushing below.

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Alligator Lounge racially slandered by Trump supporters

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According to a local bartender at Williamsburg’s Alligator Lounge, a late night argument with patrons led to a racially-charged incident:

I am a bartender at the Alligator Lounge in Williamsburg. If you aren’t familiar its a dive bar that gives out free pizza with every drink. Our pizza chefs are Mexican. We stop serving pizza at 3:30 a.m. Last night around 3:40 one of our customers became very upset with the fact that we were no longer cooking pizza. For what its worth they already had several pizzas. Anyway they yelled at us and apparently were much more aggressive and disrespectful with our pizza cooks. They left shortly there after. [Read more…]

This Saturday: Beer and BBQ at North Brooklyn Farms

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We’re hoping it cools down a bit, but either way Beergarden sounds like a lot of fun. Starting at 5pm this Saturday (Aug 20) sample beers from Threes, Other Half, Finback and more at the riverfront greenspace beside the Williamsburg Bridge:

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

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I don’t make the rules in this city, but everything that is worth mentioning is happening on Friday this weekend. That leaves the rest of your time to… I don’t know, go to a museum, watch netflix, check out a neighbourhood you always thought was too far away, make the most of it, apart from Friday, of course, choose very carefully.

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

STARSPAWN-CD1Remember all those mean things I said about August last week–how the pickings were slim, there weren’t many shows, and so on? Well I take it all back. This week makes up for it and then some, so let’s thank the almighty law of averages and get on with it.

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REVIEW: BangOnNYC’s Elements Festival Keeps Its Cool

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Brooklyn may have reached sweltering temperatures of over 100 degrees last Saturday, but organizers and attendees of the second annual Elements Music and Arts Festival managed to keep their cool. This year’s event was an expanded version of the 2015 debut, featuring four larger stages, more fanfare and an impressive lineup of heavy hitting artists. [Read more…]

Maison Premiere wannabe The Heyward has closed

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The restaurant that took over the former Zebulon space in Williamsburg has closed. We were always lukewarm on the establishment, but admittedly never tried the french toast sandwich. From Eater:

[The Heyward] was known for South Carolina dishes like a hoppin’ John, shrimp and grits, and a ridiculous but highly regarded breakfast sandwich that featured ham, eggs, and fig jam on two slices of French toast. Eater critic Robert Sietsema called it “one of the best things we’ve tasted all year” in 2015, and in a review, he awarded the restaurant two stars — making it stand out in a neighborhood flush with “cleaned-up Southern” restaurants. Eater has reached out to the team and will update with more information. [Read more…]

Boys Noize Returns to Brooklyn with Two LIVE Shows

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Those who missed the North American debut of Boys Noize LIVE at Studio E last month will have two more chances to catch the industrial techno whiz at Music Hall of Williamsburg. On October 11th and 12th, Alex Ridha returns in support of his 2016 release, Mayday, with sounds and set-ups that get the blood flowing.

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