Built to Spill playing Irving Plaza and Brooklyn Bowl

Built to Spill

Idaho’s finest, Built to Spill, will be touring as a trio this Autumn which sees the band make two stops in New York. First off is a show at Irving Plaza on the 16th of September, and they’ll be back on the 5th October at Brooklyn Bowl. Both shows, rather tantalizingly, are with Alex G and Hop Along in what promises to be a fine triple bill. More details and video below the jump.

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2016 Northside Music Festival guide

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We’ve had several failed attempts at summer kicking off this year, but the Northside festival always seems to usher in the season semi-officially for us here at Free Williamsburg. With a music lineup that breaks a whopping 400 in number, there is plenty to cram in over the course of 4 days, it’s not too late to buy a badge, and single-ticket shows are available here. While the laws of physics dictate that you can’t be everywhere at the same time, we’re here to help out with the suggestions of who, where and when (not to mention finding time for a beer).

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

CurtisHardingSeems like the year is in full throttle now, even with the handbrake turn that is a leap year, and here we are in March already. This weekend sees multiple bands with new records, anniversaries and one of my favourite artists of the last few years. If there isn’t something to love here then we just aren’t talking the same language.

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Curtis Harding plays Brooklyn Bowl on the 3rd of March

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Whenever I’m asked to name an artist or a record from the last few years that has really wowed me, I always name Curtis Harding. Born in Saginaw, MI, but settled in Atlanta, Georgia, after knocking out a 7″ with Night Sun (which also features Danny Lee of Night Beats along with Cole and Joe from Black Lips), Curtis recorded Soul Power, which was my favourite album of 2014. It takes something special for a contemporary artist to make a classic soul album without simply sounding derivative, and Soul Power was just that.

It has been a couple of years since he last played a proper show in New York (where he played Mercury Lounge and Glasslands), but that changes on the 3rd of March at Brooklyn Bowl, tickets are available now.

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The MTA sent a representative with no answers to the L train town hall meeting

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This morning a town hall meeting was held at Brooklyn Bowl to discuss the potential L train shut down to fix the damage in the Canarsie Tunnel. The MTA’s representative was kicked out of [Read more…]

All of your Williamsburg nightmares have been realized in a reality series called “The Bedford Stop”

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A show called The Bedford Stop with the tagline ‘A reality show about Brookyn girls avoiding reality’ has made its way to YouTube for all of your hate watching needs. Unfortunately it appears to that this show is not a parody. I say this is unfortunate because as a parody it would hit home more than most any other Williamsburg parody I’ve seen. There are [Read more…]

Top 5 shows of the weekend

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Greetings. Let’s start off by reveling in Run the Jewel’s performance on Colbert this week (with TV On the Radio as their backing band, no less). Good, now we can move on with our weekend plans. Because “American” football season has just started, I tried to catch some actual football too and saw NYCF vs Toronto last night. Sure, the quality in the MLS isn’t great, but at least they kick the ball with their feet. I would draw an analogy with Indian food here vs in the UK; it’s bearable if you’re desperate, but it’s probably below the average standard I would get back home. That’s a minor gripe however, because we’re here to talk shows, where the reverse is true. So enjoy the Indian summer and catch some live music.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

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It’s already been a fine week for gigs so far, with neo-classical being the order of things until now (reviews for A Winged Victory for the Sullen and Max Richter coming soon!), but it’s time to swap bowed instruments for guitars, and a bit of brass, with the weekend choices.

5) The Budos Band at Brooklyn Bowl
Daptone Records’ The Budos Band returned last year with Burnt Offering, their first record in four years, the album captures their funk roots but adds some trippier, darker tones to their sound. It’s a fine marriage and Brooklyn Bowl will be grooving in a sea of bass and brass. Friday and Saturday (doors 6pm, show 9pm)

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