Watch Michael K. Williams channel ODB on stage at Brooklyn Bowl

Footage of proud Williamsburg resident and actor Michael K. Williams hopping on stage at Brooklyn Bowl during a Sandy relief concert last month has just emerged. The man known for his incredible performance as Omar on HBO’s The Wire gave a high energy performance of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Brooklyn Zoo. Not coincidentally Williams will also be channeling ODB in the forthcoming film Dirty White Boy. Last year Michael K. Williams spoke to MTV about the task of portraying ODB:

“I am doing a lot of research on Russell,” Williams said recently on the set of the upcoming short film “They Die by Dawn.” “I had the pleasure of meeting his beautiful mother, Ms. Cherry. We sat down for, like, three hours, and she told me the most amazing stuff about her son and a lot of things that the public didn’t know. I’ve been talking to people who know him well … people who knew him when the cameras weren’t rolling,” Williams said. “I’ve got a lot of insight into who he was as a human being and as a man and, dare I say it, scholar. The dude was quite smart. You have to be able to recite mathematics and be 5 percent of god body — you can’t play with that. You have to know what you’re talking about. It’s a lot of studying, a lot of knowledge.”

The Most Blogged About Shows This Week

Best Coast

This week is pretty refreshing.  It feels like the old days.  After taking a couple of months off of playing pretty much every day, at every venue known to man, DIIV are back, Pitchfork “Best New Music” sheen and all.

They’re part of our MOST BLOGGED ABOUT show this week, opening for buzz queen Bethany Cosentino’s Ali Koehler-less Best Coast (speaking of the old days) at Terminal 5, also with Those Darlins.  That one is next Tuesday, and there’s still tickets left for this all ages show at the cavernous waterfront midtown venue.  It seems that Best Coast’s buzz may have died a bit after The Only Place’s mixed reviews, but the Cosentino led act still manages to top our list, possibly in part to her recent spread with Wavves in SPIN (in which she looks absolutely amazing, by the way.)

Anyway, back to DIIV, who hold the rare distinction of being a part of both our MOST BLOGGED ABOUT show and my EDITOR’S PICK; as they’re the opener for the VERY recently announced Cloud Nothings show at 285 Kent tomorrow.  That’s two of my top ten albums for the year in one bill, at one of my favorite venues.  Tickets are going fast (if they’re still there when this is posted) so jump on this one.

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The Most Blogged About Shows This Week

Laurel Halo

There’s something to be said for normalcy.

The last couple of weeks brought our fair city of Gotham a plethora of summer festivals and concert series that thoroughly wore us at My Social List out (in all the best ways.)  There’s no big summer series this week… but that doesn’t mean there aren’t buzzworthy shows to enjoy.

THE MOST BLOGGED ABOUT show this week is a very danceable one over at 285 Kent, a venue that seems to be skewing increasingly in that direction over the past few months.  Slava headlines with sets from Laurel Halo, Gatekeeper, Anenon, Wish, Brenmar and a DJ set from none other than Teengirl Fantasy, whose upcoming LP is one of the most anticipated releases of the year.  Laurel Halo guests on their new album, so I wouldn’t be too surprised to see them collaborate at some point in the night.  Sounds like a party destined to rage on until the sunrises with a lineup that stacked.

Speaking of anticipated releases, Japandroids recently dropped their second full-length, Celebration Rock, which is already showing up on everyone’s album of the year lists; from the most obscure indie blogs to big-time mainstream magazines.  And with good reason, the LP’s collection of celebratory punk party anthems is a welcome breath of fresh air in today’s electro and shoegaze-saturated market.  The album doesn’t veer too far (if at all) off the path they blazed with Post Nothing, but that’s not exactly a bad thing.  They’re this week’s EDITOR’S PICK, and they’ve sold out two nights this week at Bowery Presents’ mid-sized venues, Bowery Ballroom (tonight) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (tomorrow.)  Cadence Weapon opens.  Next stop, Terminal 5…

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Reminder: Brooklyn Waterfront Beer Festival

Thirsty? If it’s beer you crave, then you’re in luck! This Saturday, June 16, is the Waterfront Brooklyn Beer Festival, held at 5 North 11th Street.

This beerfest includes lots of food (The Morris Truck, Cornelius, Cool Haus, Sheep Station, The Brooklyn Star, Sigmund’s, and South Brooklyn Pizza) and live music (The Nepotist, The Suit & TYree & BiggThurrsty, Isle of Rhodes, In Like Lions, and Vinyette).

Also, this Sunday, June 17, is Father’s Day. If you didn’t know that already (you’re welcome for the reminder), you probably haven’t gotten him a gift yet. So, this could be your answer – spending quality time downing beers with Dad will probably make him much happier than a new tie or the classic “World’s Best Dad” mug.

Tickets are on sale now, with two sessions and three different ticket packages. Happy Beer Day!

The Most Blogged About Shows This Week


Just when you thought the blog cycle was over… SHE RETURNS.

That’s right.  The ever divisive Lana Del Rey is back in town. She’s playing the sold out Irving Plaza tonight, a decidedly less intimate setting than her first couple of shows in New York, which were at Glasslands and Bowery Ballroom.

Lana might have moved onto slightly larger venues, but her buzz has died down considerably.  She’s not even our most BLOGGED show for TONIGHT, let alone the week.  The mindie-starlet comes in THIRD (for the week) behind  the ever bloggable (and equally divisive) Drake, J Cole, Waka Flocka Flame and Meek Mill at the PNC Bank Arts Center down in Holmdel, NJ next Tuesday; and a FREE show from BIG K.R.I.T. at the West 14th Street Apple store TONIGHT.  Wristbands are going quickly for that one. They must be picked up prior to the show, so head over the West Village NOW if you plan on going tonight.

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The Most Blogged About Shows This Week


So… the My Social List top ten for the week is broken right now.  All we have for you is a top four, until we get things straightened out.  Why?  Because we deleted the Bobby Womack and Willis Earl Beal Summer Stage show that is being rescheduled for sometime in July.   For some reason, it made everything all wonky.  The show is being rescheduled due to “sickness” of some kind, but I’m guessing it has more to do with Willis Earl Beal’s detainment from kicking a homeless man in the face in Amsterdam.  He’s since been released, but that kick had ramifications beyond his wildest dreams… namely, it means this list is going to be ORGANICALLY CURATED by me.

The most blogged about show this week is a no-brainer; algorithm or not, and that’s Radiohead and Caribou at the Prudential Center.  The My Social List machine seems to feel that tonight’s set is more blogged than tomorrow’s set, but I’m envious of anyone who got tickets to either night.  Well, kind of.  I definitely would have coughed up the dough to see Radiohead this time around, had I not been one of the lucky few who was able to secure tickets to one of their Roseland shows this past September.  I will say this: If you’re a King of Limbs detractor, like I was, be prepared to be reborn, because all of the songs sound absolutely incredible live.

If you’re not schlepping out to Newark tonight, schlep to downtown Brooklyn instead, because Thurston Moore is playing a set, consisting largely of songs off of his excellent LP, Psychic Hearts, at Roulette tonight.  He’ll be joined by Bill Nace and Joe McPhee.  I caught his set at Maxwell’s earlier this year and you definitely won’t want to miss this one.  It’s not Sonic Youth… but it’s the next best thing, no disrespect to Lee Ranaldo (who also put on a great show at Glasslands in January.)

There’s a lot of great options for you this weekend, beginning with tUnE-yArDs Terminal 5 show tomorrow night, and ending with Blondes, JDH & Dave P and Paul Raffaele at the Dekalb Market on Sunday.  SANDWICHED IN BETWEEN, there’s Porcelain Raft, Firehorse & Jane Jane Pollock at Mercury Lounge tomorrow; Woodsman, Dustin Wong & Jovontaes Herbcraft at Big Snow Buffalo Lounge (also tomorrow); and a BIRTHDAY PARTY and loft shitshow over at Cheap Storage in Bushwick with Total Slacker, Night Manager, Heaven’s Gate and Turnip King Saturday night.  You’ll want to catch that one if you’ve managed to miss Total Slacker or Night Manager over the past year (and if you go to shows, I’m not sure if that’s possible), as they’re heading out on a mini-tour of the east coast/mid-west in June.

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The Most Blogged About Shows This Week

Beach House

The floodgates opened this week.  Northside.  Celebrate Brooklyn.  South Street Seaport.  CBGBs.  All of these festivals announced varying portions of their lineups this week; and they’re pretty awesome thus far.  There’s sets from everyone from indie vets like Guided By Voices and OLIVIA TREMOR CONTROL (!!!) to hip hop legends like Ghostface Killah, GZA and Kool Keith (Dr. Octagon tracks please), to some of the hottest “buzzbands” like Cloud Nothings, Frankie Rose and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart.  I’m sure DIIV will play at least 74 times, as well.

“Festival season” is still about a month or so away, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait ‘til June to catch some “buzzworthy” shows.  We’ve got you covered, and our MOST BLOGGED ABOUT SHOW this week should get you plenty excited.  Beach House is back in town to support their rapidly forthcoming (and currently streaming) 4th record, Bloom.  They play the sold out Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday with Zomes.

If you missed out on your chance to see Vicki Legrande’s hair up close and personal, and still want to catch a “big one,” you could do worse than snatching up a ticket to Neon Indian’s second post-Era Extrana go-around at Terminal 5 on Saturday.  There are still some tickets left, despite what represents an absurdly stocked undercard, featuring Ducktails and Lemonade.  Huh.  Kinda surprised Neon Indian can’t sell out a Saturday night at T5, while M83 effortlessly sold out his T5 show tonight, a weeknight.  IS CHILLWAVE DEAD?

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Band Alert- Conveyor

Paper Garden Records

Earlier this month, there was a post on Snowmine’s first headlining show and Conveyor was briefly mentioned as one of the opening bands. After experiencing their lively act at Glasslands Gallery, I am compelled to properly introduce these men to you guys. Conveyor is a four men representation of sensational rock music with an experimental and at times, orchestral edge. Last year, they released an EP titled Sun Ray and this year, they have a new single called “Mukraker”. This track is a warm breeze with a bright radiance of the xylophone. Watch the music video of “Mukraker” below and get cozy with their versatile kitchen/loft/recording space.

You know what is so great about these local New York bands? They play local New York shows. This Saturday, Conveyor will be performing with Bryan Scary (another client of the lovable Paper Garden Records) at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.  Get your tickets here! It’s an early show with doors opening at 7:30 so why not? Last time, a man in a rainbow jumpsuit came on stage during the set with a beautiful trumpet. Maybe this will happen again!