December, 2007

’Clef’s palate

Music: Former Fugees legend Wyclef Jean popped into the Alligator Lounge in Williamsburg on Dec. 3. Holy Lauryn Hill, Batman! Comment

King for a day

Music: Kelly King’s debut album is called “Live the Dream,” and the pop singer, hailing from Bedford-Stuyvesant via Nashville, seems to be doing just that. Comment

Santa’s slay

Music: Most everyone whom GO Brooklyn knows is asking for a Nintendo Wii from Santa this year, but if the Tiger Lillies have their way, we’ll all be getting “Suicide for Christmas.” Comment

November, 2007

Robot rock

Music: It is easy to find a place where humans play music. The venues for robots, on the other hand, are few and far between. Luckily, the LEMURplex in Gowanus has just opened its doors, so Brooklyn has a space where the public can play interesting instruments, and the instruments can play right back.   Comments (1)

BAM’s traffic jam

Music: A review of “The BQE,” Sufjan Stevens’s new work, commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Comment

Natural born thriller

Music: It’s been 13 years since Juliette Lewis played Mallory Knox in Oliver Stone’s blockbuster bloodbath “Natural Born Killers,” but the 34-year-old starlet still hasn’t lost her edge. She’s coming with her band, The Licks, to play Williamsburg this week.  Comment

Amazing Ross

Music: The annual Williamsburg Live Songwriter Competition draws hundreds of aspiring crooners from across the country, all vying for the glory as well as a $4,000 prize and free studio time. But for Danny Ross, a self-taught pop rock pianist, the competition is part of a much greater and precisely managed plan.  Comments (1)

Spike’s sounds

Music: Spike Hill, the tavern sitting on the corner of Bedford Avenue and North Seventh Street in Williamsburg, is a neighborhood favorite for a beer or burger, but something new is on the menu: live local bands. Comment

October, 2007

11.6 miles of bad road

Checkin’ in with: The Brooklyn–Queens Expressway has been the backdrop for endless frustration — and plenty of car horn symphonies — but now it’s inspired a legit music composition by indie rock superstar Sufjan Stevens. Comments (1)

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Language arts

Music: Even if you don’t speak Spanish, you shouldn’t have a problem understanding Dani “Macaco” Carbonell. The Barcelona-based pop star is making his first stop in the borough as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s “New Voices from Spain” program on Oct. 27, and according to him, music transcends language. Comments (1)

Lady sings

Music: Brooklyn sigs the blues with second ‘Big Eyed Blues Festival.’ Comment

Music class

Music: The CMJ Music Marathon returns to town this week. Comment

Sizzlin’ siblings

Music: Fiery Furnaces warm up with a new disc. Comments (1)

Tuning in

Music: The Brooklyn Philharmonic announces its new season. Comment

September, 2007

Have your ‘Cake’

Music: A little sweet, a little sour, the Sea and Cake gets ready to rock the Warsaw Comment

Almost famous

Music: Nevermind the adults, here’s the Care Bears on Fire. Comment

I Stole Your Animal

Music: Our review of the Care Bears’ new record. Comment

Reading music

Music: Rockers booked at the library. Comment

A chicken-and-egg thing

Why are Red Hook’s chickens getting a stage at Farm Aid? Comments (2)

All aboard

Music: Opera takes over the Red Hook piers. Comment

Man the Fort

Music: Park it in Fort Greene this weekend for a controversial neighborhood festival. Comment

August, 2007

Battle of the bands

Music: The GO Brooklyn summer concert series smackdown! Comments (2)

School of rock

Music: Forget arts and crafts, local girls rock out at music camp. Comment

Hall’s way

Music: A Brooklyn band lets loose with their bluegrass sound. Comment

Mark of the Beasties

Music: The Beastie Boys play their first show in the borough. Comment

Shoe show

Music: ”Buckle My Shoe,” comes to Prospect Park. Comment

Rock ‘Registry’

Music: Greenpoint record label throws gigantic birthday bash. Comment

Rock of (all) ages

Music: Kiddie music craze has borough smelling like pre-school spirit. Comment

Over the Hill

Music: Former Fugee Lauryn Hill comes to Brooklyn, but is it a come back? Comment

July, 2007

TV’s show

Music: TV on the Radio takes the stage at McCarren Pool this weekend. Comment

Making waves

Music: TV isn’t the only thing on the radio in Brooklyn. Comment

High strung

Music: Meet Jenny Scheinman, Brooklyn’s busiest violinist. Comment

Zanes traffic jam

Music: Tout le monde was at Dan Zanes’s “Celebrate Brooklyn!” concert on Sunday — even Harry Potter. Comment

‘Siren’ song

Music: A new Brooklyn music festival aims to shake up the summer concert establishment. Comments (1)

Doctor’s notes

Music: The Brooklyn Philharmonic’s new music therapy programcould be instrumental to good health. Comment

Soul patrol

Music: Are the McCarren Pool hipsters ready for the ‘Ponderosa Stomp’? Comment

June, 2007

Spree’s squeeze

Music: The Polyphonic Spree barely fits into the will they play a show there? Comment

Bowery buys in

Music: Manhattan nightclub gurus take over Williamsburg’s Northsix space. Comment

No sleep ’til Beasties!

Music: This just in: The Beastie Boys will be playing the McCarren Pool in Williamsburg on Aug. 9! The pioneering hip-hop trio is best known in these parts for the 1987 single “No Sleep ’til Brooklyn” — and Adam Yauch is a borough native who went to Brooklyn Friends school Downtown and Edward R. Murrow High School in Midwood. Comment

Arcade’s fire

Music: Performance artist Penny Arcade and pals say forget LES, Brooklyn is more. Comment

‘Lady’ sings the blues

Music: Flatbush’s Ladybug Transistor buzzes in Brooklyn. Comment

Quite a ‘Prospect’

Music: Slope gears up for another summer of “Celebrate Brooklyn” Comment

Joan Osborne is ‘one of us’

Music: GO Brooklyn chats with the Cobble Hill–based songstress. Comment

Celebrate Brooklyn Calendar

Music: A full calendar of the summer schedule at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Comment

Kids ‘n’ play

Music: ‘Hip-Hop Generation Next’ comes to Red Hook. Comment

Rap session

Music: Third annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop fest bring it all back home. Comment

Gang signs

Music: Gang Gang Dance go ape on experimental new DVD. Comment

Child’s play

Music: Kid bands rock Southpaw to benefit their peers. Comment

May, 2007

Happening beats

Music: Indie rock pioneer Calvin Johnson makes his way to Brooklyn. Comment

Noise of summer

Music: The fourth annual ‘No Fun Fest’ hits Red Hook. Comment

All ages

Music: Canadian indie rockers Shapes and Sizes bring all-ages fun to Park Slope. Comment

Water music

Music: McCarren Park’s pool opens up for another summer of concerts Comment

Killah in Brooklyn

Music: Ghostface comes to the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Comment

April, 2007

Band loses monkey muse

Music: Can you please help four rockers find their missing monkey? Comments (1)


Music: Rhonda Dene’t puts her stamp on the Clinton Hill soul scene. Comment

Get fierce

Music: Toshi Reagon lends her voice. Comment

Space case

Music: The Brooklyn Philharmonic offers you the stars. Comment

Slinging Webb

Music: TK Webb brings the blues back to Brooklyn. Comment

Bishop rocks

Music: After a busy 2006, local rockers Bishop Allen gear up for another big year. Comment

Indie band has a beef with Smith Street

Music: Life in a Blender is wondering ‘What happened to Smith?’ Comment

March, 2007

Brooklyn messes with Texas

Music: GO Brooklyn’s Texas correspondent checks in with the borough’s finest at South by Southwest. Comment

Rock Mecca

Music: The Brooklyn Paramont Theater returns to glory. Comment

The new classic

Music: Composer Nico Muhly brightens the Philharmonic with his rising star. Comment

Tween spirit

Music: Pre-teen rockers Care Bears on Fire take Red Hook. Comment

February, 2007

The next Mozart? Kiddie composer comes to Brooklyn

Music: While most seventh graders are busy composing book reports, Thomas Reeves has been up to something different. The 12-year old Reeves is a classical music composer. Comment

In full bloom

Music: The Violets blossom with a new album and reality TV series. Comment

War stories

Music: VietNam marches home from their U.S. tour with a new record Comment

Cash-ing in

Music: Brooklyn throws a birthday party for the Man in Black Comment

A real dream

Music: Former Supreme Mary Wilson brings her golden voice to Brooklyn Comment

?’s mark

Music: Magnetic Field hosts a benefit for “96 Tears” singer. Comment

January, 2007

‘Four-Scored’: Laurie Anderson joins the Philharmonic at BAM

Music: “Different is what always appeals to me,” Laurie Anderson was saying the other day. “I’d choose [it] over beautiful anytime.”  Comment

Get your ‘Phil’: Brooklyn Philharmonic presents ‘Earth Awakened’

Music: Brooklyn Philharmonic adds a didgeridoo for new season opener. Comments (2)

Take a hike: Experimental music, popular but tough to get to

Music: The clubs may be hard to find, but experimental music still makes noise in Brooklyn. Comments (1)

Catch the ‘Clap’

Music: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s new record, “Some Loud Thunder,” meets loud applause. Comment

Camera Obscura bring their act to the Warsaw

Music: Brooklyn’s “little Poland” will take on a Scottish accent on Jan. 24 when the Glasgow sextet Camera Obscura hit Polish National Home-cum-indie rock venue the Warsaw. This is the only New York stop on the American tour supporting the band’s 2006 release “Let’s Get Out of This Country” — and you won’t be able to catch them across the East River. Comment

Gratuitous violins: BFCM Mozart marathon

Music: And you thought the marathon was only in the fall. Comment

Classically cool

Music: Chiara String Quartet wants to attract a more youthful crowd to their hip, cool chamber music concerts, so they’re taking their set list to a Williamsburg club. Comment

Bridging the divide

Music: The “Brooklyn Jazz Underground Launch Festival” starts Jan. 11 … in Manhattan? Comment