July, 2015

Pop shots: Performer takes aim at the history of American music

Music: This costumed chameleon is breathing new life into some threadbare tunes. Comment.

Dawn at dusk: Southern singer Dawn Landes plays evening show in Prospect Park

Music: It is a show to celebrate! Comment.

String theory: String band Bellehouse drops new album

Music: This band isn’t just stringing its audience along. Comment.

The Height stuff: Musicians stream to music fest in Prospect Heights

Music: They are taking this music scene to new Heights! Comment.

L station to station: This music app only plays on the Williamsburg Bridge

Music: It is radio-reactive. Comments (1).

Mix tape: a varied selection from the festival

Music: This whimsical duo creates folksy harmonies with humor. The group has also been known to cover beloved rap songs at past Way Station gigs. Comment.

Making hits: Violent Femmes footage punches up music doc

Music: The movie was missing something, so they had to add it up. Comment.

Touch the Sky: Rapper Skyzoo reaches out to his hometown audience

Music: There is no place like home. Comments (1).

June, 2015

Color coordination: Rock stars and color guards team up

Music: These artists are changing the color guard. Comment.

All that and a bag of chips: Bands we’d rather see at ’90s Fest

Music: Millenial nostalgia is about to hit its nadir with a ’90s-themed festival slated to take place on the Williamsburg waterfront later this year. Comment.

Funk yeah! Chaka Khan kicks off Celebrate Brooklyn

Music: The funk queen drew thounds of fans to the Prospect Park bandshell on Wednesday, with thousands more watching on screens outside. Comment.

May, 2015

Appetite for instruction! Williamsburg school teaches Rock 101

Awesome: The halls are alive with the sound of music at Williamsburg’s Juan Morel Campos Secondary School. Comment.

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Rock, out: Top outdoor concerts in Brooklyn this summer

Music: Punk, jazz, hip-hop, country, dance music — it’s all here. Comments (3).

Giggly world: Comedians pay tribute to Devo

Music: Five comedians, an author, and a member of Devo walk into a bar… Comments (1).

Star of stage and computer screen: Online cabaret reviewer performs his own show

Music: A Park Slope cabaret-show critic will swap his computer keyboard for the musical kind when he gives a cabaret performance of classic Don Mclean ditties at Union Temple in Prospect Heights on May 15. Comment.

The big bang! Massive drum ensemble celebrates three huge years

Music: Talk about a birthday bash! Comment.

Fort Greene’s Afropunk Fest is going global

Branding Brooklyn: The annual festival is branching out to Paris this month. Très bien! Comments (1).

Mexican musicians to play tribute to Morrissey

Music: How soon is ahora? Comments (1).

April, 2015

Rumba in the books! Indie-rock salsa band to play library

Music: They’re ordering hits with a side of salsa! Comments (4).

Classical musicians and boxers to perform in harmony

Music: Get ready for another round of “Strike!,” where classical musicians belt out Bach while boxers just belt each other. Comments (1).

Axe women! Female guitarists to shred at the Knitting Factory

Music: Move over guitar heroes — it is time for some guitar heroines. Comments (2).

March, 2015

Rock ’n’ roll junior high school!

Awesome: Middle school kids in Williamsburg are teaching each other how to play guitar. Comment.

Friends with benefits: W’burg duo White Hills attracts famous fans

Music: Fame is fleeting, but an experimental rock album is forever. Comment.

Cobble Hill couple attempt to record every Carter Family song

Music: This Brooklyn family will not let the circle be broken. Comments (1).

Traditional Japanese drummers to put their backs into it at BAM

Music: It’s the pound of music. Comment.

Blow the house down: Harmonica virtuoso to play Bay Ridge

Music: This guy really harps on. Comments (1).

I want you back! Singer revives Motown shows from classic Brooklyn theaters

Music: You don’t need to hear it through the grapevine — you can hear it in Brooklyn! Comment.

Band book-ers: Teens organize rock concerts at the Carroll Gardens Library

Music: These teens are fighting for their right to party — in the library. Comments (4).

Cult Park Slope trio releases first album in two decades

Music: But don’t call it a comeback. Comment.

Flatbush concert celebrates Woody Guthrie’s Jewish, Coney songs

Music: We all knew Woody Guthrie was a mensch. Comment.

February, 2015

Cash only! Annual Johnny Cash celebration adds kids’ show

Music: The Johnny Cash Birthday Bash is turning 10 — and now 10-year-olds can actually attend. Comments (1).

Chaka Khan to open Celebrate Brooklyn!

Music: The Queen of Funk is coming to the borough of Kings! Comments (1).

Greenpoint duo Young Ejecta shoots for the stars

Music: Young Ejecta is poised to launch into synthpop superstardom — but it would settle for a one-hit wonder. Comments (1).

Off-beat: Drummer Andrew Drury releases two unusual albums in one night

Music: On one album, he plays with a bamboo shish-kabob skewer. Comment.

Shaggy brings romance to Brooklyn for Valentine’s Day

Music: Mr. Boombastic is about to get extra romantic. Comment.

January, 2015

They Might Be Giants has big plans for 2015

Music: It has been 33 years since its first live show, and 25 years since “Birdhouse in Your Soul,” but this will not be the year that They Might Be Giants slows down. Comment.

Tale of the tape: They Might Be Giants vs. Billy Joel

Music: Which residency is better — They Might be Giants at the Music Hall of Williamsburg or Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden? Comment.

Williamsburg bar throws sad dance party

Music: They will bring the music, you bring the tears. Comments (3).

Scrappy music newsletter scraps its print edition

Music: An indie music newsletter is stopping printing after eight years of guiding Bushwick and Williamsburg scenesters to the best, most obscure shows. Comment.

Indie-music newsletter’s greatest hits

Music: Publisher and promoter Todd Patrick walks us through his favorite Showpaper covers as the staple of the scene stops printing. Comment.

The reel thing: Bushwick recording studio releases cassette tape

Music: Bust out your boom box and get your fingers ready for some manual rewinding. Comments (1).

Zlatne Uste brings the Balkan beat back to Park Slope

Music: The folk music fest returns to Grand Prospect Hall. Comment.

’90s Brooklyn rockers Dead Air reuniting for one night only

Music: After 20 years of dead air, they’re making noise again. Comments (3).

December, 2014

Celebrate 2015 again with New Queers Eve

Music: This New Years Eve party is so alternative, it is happening on Jan. 3. Comment.