There is nothing quite like a packed show at The Silent Barn on a Friday night. If you didn’t know better you might think that you were seeing a show in a squat in Neukölln, Berlin, or perhaps on the fringes of Amsterdam. Nestled in a rather desolate stretch of Wyckoff Avenue between a car service and a Spanish Caribbean bar that is plenty loud itself, you get a sense of freedom and that the party is gonna go late. The fact that people are actually living at The Silent Barn and that the stage is set up within their kitchen gives it a very relaxed vibe and certain coziness despite it’s outwardly gritty appearance. If you need a break from the music you can always retire to the basement, where they are serving stiff drinks along side of a permanent installation of DIY video games thanks to Baby Castles .
On this particular Friday night Jeffrey Lewis and the Junkyard played a fantastic set. With a band to back him up he mixed in some punkier songs and looked to be genuinely enjoying rocking out. The crowd dug it and the floor heaved under the weight of the full house. Jeff is showcasing some of his comic books @ the MoCCa fundraiser today and tomorrow.
The Beets also delivered a solid set pinning themselves between banners of their “crayola core” album cover art and the American flag. Uncomplicated 60s garage pop with clever lyrics. They are playing the In Rivers art gallery in Greenpoint on Sunday at 6pm, at a benefit for Japan, so check ’em out!