Williamsburg Only 5th Most Powerful

L Magazine just called our attention to their Brooklyn neighborhood power rankings.

Apparently, “Williamsburg long ago ceased to be the epicenter of what is “cool” about Brooklyn.”

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The Ideal Brooklyn Date Weekend – Hipster Edition

Say what you will about the photos (I know I know, shooting square photos of dressed-up Brooklynites is pretty much a double negative) for L Magazine’s article on a perfect V-day weekend in Brooklyn, but I think they are lovely shots with a few good weekend ideas behind them. Anyone know who did them?

Reading Rainbow & The Beets at Knitting Factory

Last night Reading Rainbow and The Beets played at Knitting Factory, for an L Mag late night show. When we arrived the bouncer informed us that the DJ had called out sick, so Reading Rainbow had gone on early. No matter. The show was great — both bands have fantastic energy, with Reading Rainbow harmonizing along to frantic drum beats and guitar riffs and audience members starting up a dance party. At some point, perhaps inspired by the music or just out of pure competitive energy, there was a pushup contest in the corner. The Beets were great too — same energy but with more of a raw sound (if a full band can sound more raw than just a guy and girl with a guitar, snare drum and tom tom). No more pushups, but lots more dancing.

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FREEwilly Guide to Northside

The L Magazine‘s 2nd annual Northside Festival is upon us and it looks like this year is going to kick our asses–in that really awesome “remember the summer of 2010!?” kind of way. The lineup is looking pretty “stacked” and we’ll be heading over to the Northside HQ soon to pick up our badges and pound some mid-afternoon beers. Remember, a badge will get you into a sold out show but you should arrive early to avoid the usual music festival badge holder shit show. Here are our recommendations, feel free to let us know what you’re looking forward to most in the comments:

Thursday

CRUSHfest at Public Assembly had us at Sissy Bounce and Big Freedia. In case you’re not aware of the sweaty mess magnitude of this combination, let me just say that this many white girls shakin’ their asses at once might cause another earthquake. Both rooms will be packed with current faves like MillionYoung, Fang Island, Dinosaur Feathers, and Yes Giantess as well.

The L Mag is throwing a pretty rad ALL AGES opening night party over at The Knitting Factory with Wavves, Cloud Nothings, and DOM— unfortunately for most of you, it’s SOLD OUT. If I were you, I’d try to head over to Shea Stadium early to catch Hussle Club before the Pitchfork-hosted Wavves afterparty starts at 1am, with a DJ set by Mr. Wavves himself.

Panache’s Union Pool show and Au Revoir Simone with CALLmeKAT at the Warsaw are worth checking out too.

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