We’ve pretty much always had a “top album” list here at Freedubya, but we’ve essentially been doing a more detailed version of it for the past five. Five years. That’s a milestone! Something to reflect on, I suppose. It feels like this list gets weirder and weirder every year, as Williamsburg gets… well, more and more “normal,” via J Crews, Apple Stores and Chipotles. I’m not sure what that says about us? Probably that we’re increasingly contrarian? I’d like to think it’s that we’re more authentic. Such is the time-tested conundrum of the North Brooklyn resident. I guess you, the reader, will be the judge of that. Anyway – peep these albums. We liked ’em a whole lot.
It never really feels like summer until the Northside Festival rolls around, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the music portion runs from the 7th of June until the 10th and you can still pick up a badge, or pick up single-show tickets. We’re here, as usual, to try to sift through the 70+ shows available […]
Their new record Wide Awake!, produced by Danger Mouse, is out on Friday and we’ve loved everything we’ve heard thus far. You can grab tickets for the afternoon show this Thursday at Rough Trade. If you can’t make it, fear not. Pitchfork will be streaming it. Wide Awake! is New York’s Parquet Courts’ fifth record since their […]
I hope everyone had a good long weekend last time around (thanks to Pete for covering), I’m still in the UK and am looking forward to seeing Slowdive in Oxford and Justin Currie in London this weekend, but if I were here, I’d be hitting some of these up.
Seems like a fairly normal week, local institutions announcing that they’re closing, crazy people making crazy threats, and maybe some good news with the opening of a new music venue. Plenty of great options this weekend and it’s going to be a cold one so what better way to get through it than with a […]
Who said summer was supposed to be nice anyway… with thunderstorms forecast for much of the weekend, you might as well spend it inside somewhere watching bands! Let’s not beat around the bush, here are some recommendations…
I’d like to think I’ve got a decent track record of recommending shows or bands that might normally fly under the radar, and that might still be somewhat true this week, but what you are getting are established, tried and tested greats, with a healthy dose of “wow, they’re still playing?”. As proved last week, nostalgia […]
Happy memorial day weekend! This has already been a great week for shows, with Courtney Barnett on Tuesday and TV On the Radio on Wednesday already setting things up nicely. If you’re away travelling, you’ll be missing some outstanding music!
Photo via BK Mag 2014 will be a year bookended by loss in Williamsburg. When 285 Kent closed its doors in January, it was like a shotgun blast through the heart of the local music community. While it was true that Williamsburg had been condofying for years, and spots like Monster Island, Secret Project Robot, […]
Light Up Gold, Parquet Courts’ amazing breakthrough LP, proved that the Brooklyn-via Denton, Texas band were going to be more than just another faceless post-punk act faithfully churning out punchy two-and-a-half minute sing-a-longs. While the immediacy of the songs may be the most instantly appealing characteristic of the record, the band’s sharp wit and thoughtfully penned […]