Entries tagged with: Brooklyn Bowl
by Gabi Porter
Black Lips & fan @ Brooklyn Bowl
On Tuesday night (3/23) Atlanta's Black Lips played Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. One night later they played Bowery Ballroom. For a band as well known for outrageous stage shows as their scuzzed out garage rock, it's disarming how charming they are in person. From the outside, watching the Black Lips (the band and the audience) might seem like nothing but an exercise in violent eruptions of chaos, but if you stop to actually see what's going on, there's something more. These are four friendly guys who seem really passionately committed to a DIY aesthetic, building on fan relationships, cooperation and support for other bands and delivering really kick ass rock shows. And there's a sense of joy and family out amongst the fans. On stage, the guys seem perfectly content to stir up chaos with compact precision - they don't actually do all that much more than play - but there is a sense of something unpredictable hovering right on the edge of whatever they're doing. Even though they've been playing together for close to ten years, they still seem like those guys I knew in high school who drank too much, acted up in class, and threw the best basement parties. But before this gets too sentimental, let's first remember that these are guys who still hock loogies several feet in the air on stage and catch them in their mouths.
I have heard you guys described many times as Southern gentlemen, and then in the same breath people will talk about how crazy you guys can be on stage. How do you reconcile that?
Cole: I think we kind of have like a bratty reputation, but it's not really - to me - being bratty. We're just having fun, sometimes that gets us in a little trouble, but it's just in good fun. At the end of the day, no matter what happens, we're just having fun. We're pretty light-hearted.
interview continued w/ pictures from Brooklyn Bowl below...
photos by Bryan Bruchman
Vivian Girls @ Club DeVille
"Brooklyn Bowl is gearing up for round two of Local X Local featuring Brooklyn's own indie chick-rockers Vivian Girls, with support from the German Measles. This monthly celebration of Brooklyn art and culture showcases local artists, musicians, food, entertainment and anything else that defines Brooklyn. As the borough continues to emerge as one of the nation's fastest growing culture capitals, Local X Local allows New Yorkers a free, monthly opportunity to sample the fruits of Brooklyn."The above described free (but 21+) show takes place at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday March 28th. Vivian Girls also have an April show coming up at Maxwell's, and they'll be at ATP NY this year.
Brooklyn Bowl will be Vivian Girls' first hometown show after returning from a tour that started at SXSW where they played a bunch of shows. One of those was the Insound Party at Club DeVille where they went on after Small Black and before Liars (who we interviewed that morning). Another one of those was an intimate show at Todd P's location, Cheer Up Charlie's (ex Ms Bea's). Cassie was celebrating a birthday that day and the crowd sang for her. We got it on video which you can watch below with other videos of the band playing that venue with all dates and more pictures from Club DeVille....
Snoop Dogg has announced two notable/WTF and/or who-cares shows, one in NYC and one in Austin. First, he'll be making an appearance at the annual Perez Hilton SXSW party on Saturday (3/20). Second, he'll play a Brooklyn venue that definitely seems small for the big star. Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon (not today as originally announced by Bowery Presents) for an April 19th show at Brooklyn Bowl.
Brooklyn Bowl continues to twist typical concert venue conventions, offering a screening of U2 3D (the first ever live-action digital 3D film, originally released in 2008) on St. Patrick's Day, Wednesday, March 17th at four screenings - 5PM, 7:30PM, 10PM and midnight.Info continued below....
Doors will open at 3PM. Admission is free. 3D glasses will be priced at $5. Bowling will be free throughout the day starting at 3PM. Minimum four people per lane in two-hour blocks. - Brooklyn Bowl
The Thermals have added a second NYC show to their upcoming tour. In addition to their already-announced April 20th show at Brooklyn Bowl, they'll play again at the same venue on April 21st. Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 25th at noon (and tickets are still on sale for the first night too).
The Thermals' new record and Kill Rock Stars debut, now officially called Personal Life, is still quite a ways off, with a release date of September 7th. A bit sooner, the band is planning, (like Fucked Up) a Record Store Day 7-inch split with the Cribs, which'll include new song "Separate." And a few weeks ago, the band dropped a brief pre-Olympics ode, titled "Canada," that was inspired, so the story goes, by a bad gig in Buffalo (and we're guessing the inevitable dinner at Mighty Taco). Stream that track, available on iTunes, below along with their their updated tour dates...
Beatweek: When I listen to Travelling Like the Light, there's two things that immediately jump out at me. One is that it's got this old school, throwback feel. What inspired that in you?Brit singer VV Brown plays a free show at Brooklyn Bowl tonight (2/15) with future funk singer Gordon Voidwell.
VV Brown: For a long time I was repressing the music that I really loved, cause when I was a kid I was a very deep kid, I was into classical and jazz music, and it wasn't very cool. So from the age of thirteen to like nineteen, I kind of suppressed the love of it and was trying to be cool and listened to not songs that I loved. And then I went to LA and I was signed to a record deal which was different from this one, and they were trying to make me into an R&B diva, and I was still suppressing all of the music that I really liked, but I never said anything about it.
When I came back to London I didn't want to suppress it anymore. I wanted to be true to what I wanted to do. So I went to a record store and I bought loads of vinyl and started to listen to old music again, like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, and mixed the two, my love of pop music and then my love of old school music, and try to create a fusion of both.
UPDATE: She's also playing again for free Wednesday at Hiro Ballroom. RSVP here.
Brown's Travelling Like the Light came out last year in the UK and earlier in 2010 in the US. An acoustic version of her song "Crying Blood" and all tour dates (a few more on this short US run) are below...
The Grates @ Mercury Lounge in September (more by Chris La Putt)
Patience explained why we [in Australia] haven't heard much from The Grates for a while - they've been living it up in Brooklyn for the past six months working on a new record.That possibly explains why the Australian band played Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom in the fall (not to mention the Patience spotting at Les Savy Fav's Knitting Factory show). The Grates' third album is expected later this year on Dew Process.
"We're trying to do it like it's a job, like you guys. We're not getting up quite as early... It's like deadline, today, new song, 5pm. I think it opens up the creative process in a way. I used to think it hindered it. Like our last album I was like 'it's gotta be totally organic, I don't want to force anything'. And then this time round it's like, let's go in every single day. And because you're making yourself available it works."
Patience also revealed she's been cranking up the reverb on her vocals recently and that the new songs will have a psychedelic flavour to them. The band plans to have the new album ready later this year. [abc.net, Jan 12]
Their next and only scheduled show is a March 27th gig in their new, temporary hometown at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets go on sale at noon.
Videos of the band (including their video diary from SXSW last year) are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
healing as we speak!
All scheduled shows go on as planned!Even with singer Ami Shalev's injury during a Florida show less than a week old, Monotonix are preparing their next trip on the road. The band is still on to play Australia at the beginning of March, and they'll be going across North America in April.All in all they missed maybe 1.5 shows total from the whole thing?
We are hoping Ami will recuperate fast, and are planning to play all scheduled shows.
Sorry Athens, we'll do it some other time. [say Monotonix]
They're known for pairing on a bill with just about anyone (like when they tour with Silver Jews in fall '08), and Monotonix will join experimental K Recs folk collective Old Time Relijun and punkabilly rock bandTh' Legendary Shack*Shakers for a Wednesday, April 14th show at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 5th at noon.
The Shackshakers' new record Agridustrial will be out April 13th (one day before the show) on YepRoc. A widget to get a track off that album, a video from the show where Ami hurt himself and all tour dates below...
photos by Diana Wong
NEN: Your music is very reminiscent of 1970s feel-good, radio-friendly rock. Who are your influences?Free Energy played Pianos in Manhattan last night (1/21). Some pictures from that show adorn this post. Tonight (1/22) they move to Brooklyn where they will, to quote Bill, "rock Brooklyn Bowl like it's a 1982 hockey arena, and will only set you back $5, which is less than what beer costs there." One month from now the band will kick off a tour with Foreign Born. More pictures from Pianos below...
Free Energy: Beethoven, Yngvie Malmsteen, Lindsey Buckingham, AC/DC, and '70s radio friendly rock.
If you could support any act in the world, who would it be?
Free Energy: Grand Funk Railroad but we'll support whichever act provides the most nutritious and lavish rider.
Dinosaur Jr. @ Summerstage in August (more by Chris La Putt)
J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr's Best of 2009 (via)Tickets are sold out for Dinosaur Jr's January 16th and 17th NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW. The brief tour (which also hits Connecticut, Ithaca and Canada) has expanded to include another NYC show on January 18th at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 8th at noon.
Carlton Melton, Pass It On
Bill Callahan, Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
Wooden Shjips, Dos
Kurt Vile, Childish Prodigy
The Duchess and the Duke, Sunset/Sunrise
Sonic Youth, The Eternal
MV/EE, Barn Nova
Hush Arbors, Yankee Reality
Pink Mountaintops, Outside Love
Built to Spill, There is No Enemy
In February and March, the band will play shows in Spain and Australia. Those dates and recent interview clips (including more of J's record picks) are below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
After an opening set by the Ivan Milev Band (I missed them, but Kyle didn't), Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings tore the roof off of Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday night (12/30) (the night before New Years Eve when they played the 9:30 Club in DC). Crowd participation was at an all time high with various men joining Sharon on stage throughout the show and a stage full of women for one song. MC and guitarist Binky Griptite was absent that night. And though missed, the other eight members of the band did a fine job holding things down with him gone. After one encore, the sold out show ended around midnight (enough time for me to run to Europa and still catch Coalesce, though I was tempted to just stick around and bowl).
Last night I went and saw Jason Reitman's movie Up in the Air (good movie) and was pleasantly surprised to hear Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings again. Their version of "This Land is Your Land" (most, if not all of it) plays during the movie's opening credits. It's also the first song on the soundtrack CD.
More pictures from Brooklyn Bowl below...
DOWNLOAD: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Aint No Chimneys In the Projects (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Binky Griptite - Holiday Breakdown (MP3)
Christmas? Soul? Christmas Soul! Here you go, kids: Sharon Jones' debut holiday song! In this self-penned little jingle-jangler, Sharon takes us back to her childhood, where as a young girl in the projects of Brooklyn she wondered how Santa was ever going to bring her any toys when clearly, "There Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects." As she soon finds out, the true miracle of Christmas was no fat man shimmying down heating ducts, but rather the love with which her own mother had been secretly tucking those presents under that tree. Awww. With a little help from Sharon's backup singers and some tasty violin runs offered up by the Bushwick Philharmonic, the Dap-Kings lock into their usual nasty little pocket and the groove blossoms like a soulful red pointsettia beneath Sharon's story. The flip gives Daptone mouth-man Binky Griptite an instrumental taste overwhich he lays down a heartfelt holiday message of tolerance and togetherness. Right on, Santa!That description describes one of the best holiday gifts that I received this holiday season so far, and that is the new Daptone Records holiday single! Purchase the 45 on their website, or get it free when you order $30 of other stuff, and/or download the songs for free above!
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings have added a Brooklyn show. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL: That Brooklyn show is just a week away, in 2009, and in a bowling alley. It'll probably put all the New Years Eve events happening one night later to shame, and it's only $20 (translation: Sharon Jones is playing Brooklyn Bowl on December 30th!) (get tickets) (they play New Years Eve also, but in DC.)
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings recently played a private and super fancy Urbandaddy holiday party, and not long before that they played a show at Starland Ballroom in NJ. A couple of videos from the Jersey show with all tour dates below...
Blue Night Events is hosting a New Years Eve party at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W 18th St) with DJ Mel DeBarge and a short, post-ball-drop set from Talib Kweli. You can even see who's going... Tickets are on sale.
As previously noted, Talib also performs even sooner with his Blacksmith imprint at Highline Ballroom on Wednesday (12/23) with Jean Grae, Strong Arm Steady and Pete Rock. There are still tickets left.
Jean Grae also appears on a bill with a "special guest" at Southpaw tonight (12/22)
Highline Ballroom also hosts a hip hop show tonight, but with Jadakiss and Clipse.
Q-Tip is DJing Brooklyn Bowl on New Years Eve.
photos by Ryan Muir
Unlike Dr. Dog who literally made it snow inside the Brooklyn bowling alley during their concert on December 11th, Class Actress and Phantogram played their show at the venue (Saturday night, 12/19) while the first big actual snowstorm of the winter was happening outside...
"Phantogram's Sarah Barthel is so adorable and very charismatic and the electro-rock duo had everyone dancing their asses off and wanting more when they finished their set. I'm not really sure what to say beyond that they put on a great show. Their music is unique and yet can appeal to many different types of people, and the eclectic audience loved them. Not only is it great dancing music, it's also great driving music. Definitely worth the snowy trek." [guilt free pleasures]More pictures from the show/snow, below...
DOWNLOAD: Real Estate - Beach Comber (MP3)
Real Estate @ Brooklyn Bowl (more by Oren Loloi)
Real Estate (whose Martin Courtney answered our holiday questionnaire) are set to tour with Woods this March. The launching pad for that jaunt happens Friday, March 12th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Also on the bill are the great Fucked Up-related project Bitters (guitarist Young Governor and Aerin Fogel). Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Before that, Real Estate are lined up for a tour of Europe, and a few US show too - including a free January 5th show at Brooklyn Bowl as part of their Fader Bowl series.
Also there will be Cass McCombs, whose Catacombs came out last June on Domino.
All dates are below...
Q-Tip spinning at Nokia Theatre in August (more by Jaecyne Howell)
Brooklyn Bowl's New Year's Eve festivities will includeQ-Tip the Abstract (his DJ name), retro-synth wiz Dam-Funk, reggae/soul/funk band Pimps of Joytime and DJ Concerned. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, December 16th at noon (with the price going up on December 19th).
The Brooklyn Bowl's lineup was previously "secret" - another NYC club with a secret (though not one we would count on making the price worth it - relatively speaking) is (Le) Poisson Rouge, who promises "a celebrity DJ...spinning pulsating sets of hip hop, rock, dance and 80's on a state of the art sound system all night long," as well as a "live Performance - Artist TBA." Tickets range from $75 general admission to the $175 Platinum VIP tix where you can "Enjoy reserved nightclub seating while GA ticket holders stand."
Add those to the list of this year's NYE events that also include Passion Pit DJing at Pianos and MSTRKRFT at Webster Hall.
More info on the LPR event is below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Dr. Dog brought holiday spirit (and real snow) (and a cigarette-filled piñata) to their sold out "July in Christmas" show at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday night (12/11). They wore holiday-themed outfits and the setlist included such hits as "'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Merry Christmas Charlie Brown".
In 2010 the band will be touring with Deer Tick (who also played a themed show at Brooklyn Bowl once). The NYC date of that tour was already announced for Terminal 5 (tickets on sale). More pictures from the bowling alley, below...
Ted Leo @ CMJ 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Butch Walker @ Joe's Pub
* Rebecca Schiffman @ Zebulon
* Jimmy Gnecco (Of Ours) @ Maxwell's
* Twisted Sister Christmas @ Nokia Theatre
* David Gray, Pete Yorn @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* The Beatles Complete On Ukulele @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Skeletons Big Band, Capillary Action @ The Stone
* Outernational, Japanther, R-Tronika @ Highline Ballroom
* The Besties, Bunnygrunt, The Specific Heats @ Bruar Falls
* Free Blood, Preacher & The Knife, Esque, Deleted Scenes @ Mercury Lounge
* Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, JEFF The Brotherhood, Stupid Party @ Bowery Ballroom
Today is the Bust Holiday Craftacular.
Deadly Squire is having a sale at Bird in Williamsburg.
We announced the Blip Festival schedule on Friday.
Check out the full schedule of who is playing at The Stone this month.
Check out the full schedule of today's 12-hour Beatles Ukulele Festival at Brooklyn Bowl, below...
Eli Paperboy Reed @ The Bell House (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Soul man Eli "Paperboy" Reed is playing a show at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday night (11/21). Tickets are on sale for that too. Eli, who also plays in Salem, Massachusetts tonight (11/20), was supposed to hit DC on the 22nd, but that's been cancelled "due to some logistical problems".
Jacob Blickenstaff took the picture of Eli you see above. If you happen to be in Memphis, check out his pictures on display at the Stax Museum of Ameican Soul Music.
Other shows coming up at Brooklyn Bowl with tickets on sale include Julian Plenti, Dr. Dog, and Dangerous (All Metal Tribute to Michael Jackson). Dangerous also opened for Deer Tick there on Halloween.
It's been a year since Eli performed on Jools Holland. The video from that performance is below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli
Art Brut's most recent tour brought them into the NYC-area three times with three different sets of openers. Last Friday (11/13), the show was at Brooklyn Bowl with Surfer Blood and Midnight Masses. More pictures from that one, with the setlist, below...
Vega @ McCarren Pool (more by Bao Nguyen)
Pitchfork: Favorite City to Play?That quote is from a newly-posted Pitchfork interview with "Neon Indian" though to be specific, it was with Alan Palomo who also plays as Vega, and it was Vega who actually played in all of those NYC venues. Neon Indian (currently residing in Texas) (despite their claim on MySpace that they are from "Brooklyn/Austin") has only played in a random warehouse so far (and maybe The Living Room if you count the kids show they/he played the next afternoon). Actually, that interview even happened before those CMJ-time Neon Indian shows (as evidenced by Alan's answer to the last live show he saw) (Phoenix at the Monolith Festival in September) (not that it matters).
Neon Indian: I think I'd probably have to do a little more touring to draw that conclusion. And although it's cliché, I think that the most fun that the band will consistently have is in New York City. We played at Cameo, Studio B, even McCarren Park; there's such a wide variety of venues that each have their own appeal and charm, and every show we've played has never been the same crowd twice, there's always been a slight variation. But I feel like I'm preaching to the choir, considering the band is relocating in December.
Also, Neon Indian is not actually moving to NY in December. They had planned to and still want to, and still may in February, but no definite plans at the moment.
Neon Indian will be back to visit in December though. First they play at two sold out shows at Mercury Lounge and then a show they just added at Brooklyn Bowl on December 17th. Tigercity is opening. $5.00 tickets will go on sale this Friday.
Meanwhile Vega is rumored to have signed to Fool's Gold (not to be confused with the band that is playing MHOW tonight). It's the A-Trak-co-owned label that put the new Kid Sister record "Ultraviolet" this week. Kid Sister has a NYC show coming up at Webster Hall on Friday 11/27 with Flosstradamus.
All tour dates below...
photos by Bryan Bruchman
After an exhausting CMJ full of shows including the BV party at Pianos on Thursday (10/22), Surfer Blood are back as part a tour that keeps them on the road for the next month. They open shows for both Art Brut and Japandroids along the way. The Florida band is one of two openers for Art Brut at Brooklyn Bowl tonight (11/13). The other is Midnight Masses.
Right before CMJ it was announced that Surfer Blood signed to Kanine Records. The Brooklyn label will release their album Astro Coast on January 19, 2010. Art Brut also plays Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (11/15), but the openers on that show are Jeffrey Lewis and Murder Mystery.
All Surfer Blood dates and more pictures from Pianos below...
photos by Sayard Egan
Deer Tick's John Joseph McCauley III as Johnny Rotten...
At Brooklyn Bowl's Halloween party, Deer Tick ditched their other costume ideas for a night as the Sex Pistols. The night's semi-surprise opener was Dead Confederate, who covered Sonic Youth. Dangerous: All Metal Tribute to Michael Jackson played from that artist's body of work. All this while down the street at a different show, an (unhappy) Titus Andronicus sped through a set of Weezer covers (while the actual Weezer played Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan).
If those tribute acts weren't enough - you can see Rotten himself with PiL if you're in the UK this December; Sonic Youth will play three pre-Thanksgiving shows in NYC; and Michael Jackson's This Is It is in theaters now.
More pics, videos (including "Sid" singing "My Way") and all upcoming Deer Tick tour dates are posted below...
Mastodon @ MHOW in May (more by Zach Dilgard)
today in NYC
* Goes Cube @ Southpaw
* John Roderick @ Union Hall
* Justice (DJ) @ Webster Hall
* Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show @ MSG
* Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Sound Fix Records
* Das Racist, The Tony Castles @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Snake Sustaine, Wizardry, Hull, Wet Nurse @ Cake Shop
* Dethklok, Mastodon, Converge, High on Fire @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Snoop Dogg, Devin the Dude, Method Man, Redman & Snoop Dogg @ Nokia
* A Place to Bury Strangers, Dead Confederate, All The Saints @ Bowery Ballroom
The show at Brooklyn Bowl is free.
A Place to Bury Strangers end a month-long tour, but first stop home for a show at Bowery Ballroom with Dead Confederate and All the Saints tonight.
Tonight is the first of two shows for Dethklok, Mastodon, Converge, and High on Fire at Hammerstein Ballroom.
Tonight is the second night of the World Series at Yankees Stadium. Jay-Z and Alicia Keys will be performing a song right before the game.
photos by Benjamin Lozovsky
...I then made my way across the water via the L in search of the Brooklyn Bowl to check super-duper Portland buzz group YACHT. While it would be easy to toss YACHT under the burgeoning umbrella of electro dance-pop, Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans take the genre to a whole different level with a visual presence that channels David Byrne, Annie Lennox and Odelay-era Beck. Behind massive hooks that might be best described as Young Marble Giants as the Delta 5 having a fistfight on steroids and speed, YACHT revved the 300-plus audience to a fever pitch with robotic gyrations and moon-walking grace. [Jake Sprecher]Yacht was the only live act on the Thursday night DFA CMJ show at Brooklyn Bowl. The DJ sets were by Special Disco Version (James Murphy and Pat Mahoney), Still Going, Holy Ghost!, and Shit Robot. More pictures and a video interview someone did with Yacht at the show, below...