Band Alert: ELEL

Brooklyn can be a tough show. Sometimes the room looks like it’s filled with statues of music zombies, staring blankly at the stage with crossed arms. But that was not the case at Baby’s All Right for ELEL’s first show in Williamsburg last week. Every person in the audience swayed and danced to the seven-piece band’s happy, poppy beats. Hailing from Nashville, the band brought a little of the South’s sunshine with their viral hit “40 Watt” and other sassy singles like “Kiss Kiss” and “When She Walks.”The room was electric and the dancing contagious. Keyboards, drums, guitars, horns, wood blocks and a triangle covered every square inch of the stage. Throughout the set, each of the band members switched instruments and positions like musical chairs, making it feel like a family jam session. [Read more...]

Top 5 shows of the weekend


It’s March and everything is still horrible, the only question on my mind at the moment is when will the slush puddles become sentient and destroy us all? It’s hard to say, but if we keep feeding them organic matter as more and more New Yorkers succumb to their ambiguous depths it’s only a matter of time. Let’s not dawdle but rather enjoy what time we have left on this frozen rock with your best options this weekend.

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13 manholes exploded in Greenpoint this morning near Norman Ave.

manholeIf exploding manhole covers weren’t already on your list of NYC fears (yes that same list that includes falling air conditioning units in the summer), here’s thirteen more reasons to add it [Read more...]

Roberta’s owners in bitter fight – try to have one partner arrested


Our friends over at Roberta’s aren’t playing nice. The restaurant, which has a net worth in the millions, is looking to expand and one of its three partners Chris Parachini isn’t happy. With a “pending deal” in Asia and plans to open a restaurant on the premises of a new Ace Hotel on the Lower East Side,  partners Brandon Hoy and Carlo Mirarchi tried to buy Parachini out last year over financial disagreements. It didn’t go well:

The food fight started in December when partners Brandon Hoy and Carlo Mirarchi fired the co-founder of the Bushwick pizza mecca, Chris Parachini, over disagreements about expansion that led to buyout negotiations.

The talks broke down when Parachini turned his nose up at a $2 million offer to purchase his 25 percent share in the company. Parachini’s counter-offer was $2.9 million for Roberta’s and its spinoffs including a restaurant in the Rockaways and another $2.5 million for intellectual property. [Read more...]

Northside Festival releases 2015 lineup including Run The Jewels and Best Coast

northsideWilliamsburg’s own Northside Festival will feature Run The Jewels, Best Coast, Built to Spill, Neko Case and many more in the music portion of the fest which runs from June 11th-14th. Grab badges and more info HERE.

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Ticket Giveaway: Bob Wills tribute tonight at NY Society For Ethical Culture


Get a little relief from the slush and winter dreariness with some Western Swing. Tonight Asleep at the Wheel will be performing the music of the Bob Wills, aka King of Western Swing, at the New York Society For Ethical Culture. Their new record, Still the King, features front man Ray Benson and cameos by country royalty including Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Old Crow Medicine Show, Avett Brothers, and George Strait.

We’re giving away 2 pairs of tickets to tonight’s show. Tell us you want to go in comments below or like this post on Facebook to enter. We’ll pick a winner at 1:00pm.

Here’s a taste of The King to whet your palette:

Put A Little Spring In Your Step: March’s Must See Shows


Well guys, holy sh@t, I survived Holy Ship. I mean, at least I think I did? I haven’t really settled back into the whole “reality” thing, which is why I’m typing this from a hotel bed in New Orleans, because WHY NOT? Life is for living right? And what better way to shirk responsibility and continue to live freely than by surrounding yourself with the best beats this month. Let’s face it – New York has been, well, kinda sucky lately. It’s cold, it’s wet and everyone is hella pissed off. But guys, hang in there – Spring’s so close, and there’s plenty of reasons that New York is still the best place on earth to be, even when it’s cold as balls. Let’s shake away those winter blues with some top notch tunes. Here are my must see shows for this month:

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

Sannhet---Revisionist-Front-Cover-Final-1500x1500This week we have instrumental opuses, powerviolence pits, black metal bands playing death metal, and some geographic drama all writhing, copulating, and cross breeding in this gaping, colorless void we call a column. It’s the end of days, as it is every Tuesday, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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