Top 5 Shows of the Weekend

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Seems a bit at odds that the same week as Martin Luther King day we get one of the most incompetent and divisive human beings in the country as our 45th president. But here we are. For those who don’t have the inclination or energy for politics this weekend, there are many excellent ways in which to avoid the circus.

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2014 Northside Music Festival preview

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Four days. 50 venues. 350 bands. It’s Northside Festival again, or, as we call it, the most wonderful time of the year, and if you weren’t paying close attention to the local blogwaves, then you might not have even realized it was happening on your doorstep. Unlike spectacle-heavy music fests like Governors Ball and Electric Zoo, Northside, now the borough’s biggest music festival, has remained organic, exploding within Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick’s best (and gloriously air conditioned) venues—as well its selection of epic outdoor options—as if it were just another summer weekend in Brooklyn. Of course, as any Northside Music Festival vet can tell you, the brain-boiling array of talent makes this one anything but average, with the likes of Titus Andronicus, The War on Drugs, Ratking, Fuck Buttons, Perfect Pussy, Marissa Nadler, Watain, and more set to take our beloved stages come Thursday. So grab your badges and gather round as we rundown our favorite shows of the weekend ahead.

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New Beirut: “Vagabond”

Blondie covered Beirut

Let’s hope that Zach Condon doesn’t take on this Debbie Harry reggae-drenched version of his “A Sunday Smile” when playing McCarren Park tonight. It was announced a while ago that Blondie would be covering this song, but we can’t turn out eyes from a car crash, even if we’ve seen the crash coming for miles. Go back and listen to Plastic Letters and remember why Blondie are still revered, but leave the indie gypsy crooning of Beirut to Condon and company.

[PICS] Beirut at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Night 2

Apparently FREEWilliamsburg simply can’t get enough of Zach Condon this morning. Last night, beloved indie-folk group Beirut played their second sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with opening band Woom.

The cherubic Zach Condon thrilled his fans with his blaring trumpet and amazing voice. Condon sheepishly admitted to having caught a summer cold– which must be absolutely disgusting considering it feels as if you have a perma-fever in this tropical green house weather. Had Condon not pointed out that he was sick, I doubt the audience would have noticed, save for Condon’s giggles when he tried to push his voice on The Gulag Orkestar. Beirut closed the night with a surprise quasi-second encore of their throwback Carousels.

Check out pictures from the night in the gallery below!

Ticket Giveaway: Zach Condon Tells Us Ghost Stories at the Guggenheim

Zach Condon at MHoW c/o Brooklyn Vegan

The first installment of the Guggenheim’s Dark Sounds, a three-part series of live music performances accompanying the exhibition Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, kicks off on July 15th with Beirut, freshly off a two night stint at Music Hall of Williamsburg (with openers, and personal faves, WOOM).

…the series takes its thematic cue from the conceptual threads that weave through Haunted, aiming to evoke the exhibition’s elements of melancholy, ghostliness, the uncanny, and our collective and individual obsession with accessing the past. The series title is borrowed from the writings of Montague Rhodes James (1862–1936), who is often described as the father of the modern ghost story.

Of course, the show is SOLD OUT but we have a pair of tickets for one lucky reader. Just head on over to our Facebook page and tell us why you deserve them. Next up for Dark Sounds is Andrew Bird and Ian Schneller, which sounds equally as amazing and isn’t sold out… yet.