Out In The Streets Festival returns with Mr. Twin Sister, Total Slacker and more

Ridgewood’s Onderdonk House is the kind of place you’d visit on an elementary school field trip. Historical lectures, pumpkin picking, craft classes and guided tours hosted by the local historical society are some of the activities typically provided by the space’s curators; save for one August weekend each year when the folks behind the Out In The Streets fest move in with craft beers, food vendors and all of your favorite local indie rock bands.

This year’s fest, which starts on Saturday, August 1, has a great lineup, headlined by dream-pop vets Mr. Twin Sister, slack punks Total Slacker, and Slumberland-devotees Air Waves. Local vendors curated by Ridgewood Market will he hocking their wares, plus food and drink from Archie’s, Montana’s Trailhouse, The Doe Foundation, Wyckoff Starr and Strangeways will be available.

Tickets are still on sale and run $35 for the weekend or $20 per day. [Read more…]

Punk and hardcore fest “New York’s Alright” returns one last time this April

newyorksalrightOver the past three years, New York’s Alright has served as sort of an antidote for the bland, big-box shitshows and corporate-backed music conferences that have come to define music festivals. More specifically, the punk and hardcore fest has been everything that the much-maligned CBGB festival should have aspired to be – real ass punk rock without any co-opted bullshit, played loudly by sweaty dudes in dingy spaces like ABC No Rio and The Acheron. And it’s almost time to do it again.

Advance tickets will be available online on Valentine’s Day (Saturday, February 14) for this year’s fest, which runs from Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19. You can also pick up tickets at Bushwick’s Heaven Street Records. You’ll want to do that; the 2015 edition of New York’s Alright is the best-curated one yet, boasting both the finest in Japanese hardcore and Australian noise. It even includes past “Over the Counter” luminaries, L.O.T.I.O.N. and Sadist, so you know its pretty dope right off the bat. But there’s one more reason to go. This is its last hurrah.

It is the last year of the fest, for sure. Why? I feel this is the biggest and best year, it’s the third year, don’t want to keep overwhelming all the locals who have to deal with the influx of tourists, etc. Also, I never wanted the fest to become some sort of institution like a lot of fests. I’ve actually made it smaller each year and I think it’s finally the right size. [IMPOSE]

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4th Annual Cask Beer Festival @ dba Brooklyn This Weekend

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Although it’s only Tuesday morning, it’s not too early to begin making your weekend drinking plans. We highly suggest kicking off the New Year by stopping by the 4th Annual Williamsburg Cask Beer Festival at dba Brooklyn. What is cask beer you may ask? It’s unfiltered, unpasteurized beer brewed from traditional ingredients, matured and naturally carbonated by a second fermentation in the container from which it is manually dispensed. It’s typically served at cellar temperature, which is about 54 degrees.

The Cask Beer Festival takes place Friday 1/7 to Sunday 1/9 from 1pm onward at dba Brookly which is located at 113 North 7th Street. The festival will feature at least 15 rare and delicious cask beers tapped simultaneously. There’s no entry fee, and you pay per drink.

THIS WEEKEND: The 4th Annual Bushwick Film Festival

Head over to Brooklyn Fire Proof in Bushwick this weekend (September 24 – 26) for the 4th annual Bushwick Film Festival. There will be music, art shows, and films of both the feature-length and short variety.

From the press release:

From September 24th-26th the festival will screen 5 feature films by notable directors Steven Garbas, Giorgio Arcelli, Dan Keezer, Andrew Shirley, and Shaun Jefford.  Also, the program for shorts will showcase documentaries and comedies by 20 filmmakers, including works by Brooklyn based collective The Film Shop and Untucked Films. With a Woody Allen inspired art show (I Forgot My Mantra) curated by Joel Morrison and music producer and mixer Jason Finkel on board as the festival’s musical curator, this year promises to be an all encompassing arts festival. We are integrating music and art to compliment films.  My goal was to bring in exciting bands that resonate with the Brooklyn/Bushwick music scene”, says Jason Finkel.   Bands include Fancy Colors, Hot Seconds, Weekends, Acrylics, Revival Times, Bear Ceuse and Chappo, whose song is featured by Apple in the new iPod Touch commercial. Musical performances will be followed by DJ sets by Chris Thomas and Alex Mejias (Left as Rain), PJ (PG-13), and Benny Snacks (jumping!boys fame). Another addition to the 2010 festival is interactive photography installation, The Self Portrait Project by Andy Lin.

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