December, 2011

This band is not the usual ‘Suspects’

Music: Southern rock ain’t just the Allman Brothers anymore. Comments (4).

The art of noise from Amy X Neuburg

Music: Who says you need instruments to make music? Comments (1).

Want soul? You’ll be going up with OTiS

Music: The Park Slope-based outfit is determined to let the world know that Brooklyn’s got a soul scene — even though you might not know it. Comment.

November, 2011

Burlesque-Dixieland fusion!

Music: Rosie 151, the Red Hook Ramblers and the Way Station — perfect together. Comments (1).

October, 2011

Commie classics! Brooklyn Philharmonic brings Soviet-era cartoons to life

Music: The Brooklyn Philharmonic will perform original soundtracks to six Soviet-era cartoons — while the animated shorts are screened next week. Comments (1).

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Tom Chapin’s food for thought

Music: Learn about the joys and pitfalls of nosh while listening to food-forward music by Tom Chapin at the Brooklyn Food Coalition food fair and concert at PS 58. Comment.

Andy Statman channels his borough for new LP

Music: The klezmer whiz is back with “Old Brooklyn,” a subtle homage his hometown. Comment.

The only CMJ guide you will ever need

Music: The city’s biggest indie music fest begins next week — so let us tell you where to go, what to do, and who to see at this year’s showcase. Comments (3).

Marc Ribot rocks ‘The Kid’ this Saturday at PS 10

Music: Brooklyn-based composer and experimental guitar guru Marc Ribot will perform his original musical score to Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid” live at a screening of the film at PS 10 in the South Slope on Oct. 15. Comment.

Go to Bed-Stuy? Mos Def!

Music: The rapper and actor headlines the Brooklyn Philharmonic’s first show of the season on Oct. 8. Comments (5).

September, 2011

Hair apparent! Jonathan Coulton is the new quirk-rock master

Music: Our interview with the Gowanus-based singer and spiritual godson of They Might Be Giants. Comment.

Jonathan Coulton talks mustaches, beards and ‘The Hitler’

Music: There was a lot of hair at this interview. Comments (1).

What kind of music is this? Use the Algo-rhythm

Music: To fully understand the quirk-rock genius of Jonathan Coulton, you have to pull out the slide rule, and a few old LPs, and use our handy, patent-pending Algorhythm. Comment.

Kid rock! Super Sonic Kindie Music Festival makes waves on Saturday

Music: A children’s music festival featuring Elizabeth Mitchell and Karen K and the Jitterbugs is coming to the Columbia Street Waterfront District. Comment.

Roulette starts spinning! Opening weekend festivities for new arts space

Music: The legendary Lou Reed, string quartets with hip-hop beats and a film-noir guitarist will play Roulette this weekend — ushering in the grand opening of Brooklyn’s newest experimental music hall. Comment.

Our competition sponsors a music festival — and we cover it

Music: Who says old school print newspapers are good for nothing? Comment.

Get your Phil! Brooklyn’s orchestra is back — with some big names

Music: Mos Def, Sufjan Stevens and David T. Little are just some of the talent that will be featured during the orchestra’s new season. Comment.

Swedish band wants to get physical

Music: Peter Bjorn and John — legends of Scandivania — are calling on all fans to rush the stage at Brooklyn Bowl. No, we mean it. Comment.

August, 2011

They’ve got the beat!

Music: Ska legends The English Beat come to Brooklyn on Sept. 2. Get ready to skank. Comment.

You won’t go Austro-hungry at the Vienna Music Film Festival on Monday

Bridge ‘Park’: This event includes opera, music, film and wienerschnitzel. Comment.

Seeing Green! Cee Lo headlines this weekend’s free Afro-Punk Festival

Music: You’d be foolish to pass up this two-day music extravanganza at Commodore Barry Park. Comment.

Our competition sponsors a music festival — and we cover it

Music: Who says old school print newspapers are good for nothing? Comments (4).

Catch a true jazz legend — and his seven-string guitar — on Thursday

Music: Charlie Hunter hits Sycamore. Comment.

Rebel yell! Head to Greenhouse Cafe in Bay Ridge for Southern rock

Music: Catch The Blue Star Band on Aug. 19. Comments (2).

You’ll feel good — at this James Brown tribute show

Music: Zebulon’s got a brand new bag. Comment.

Girl talk: The Bandana Splits are one charming throwback

Music: The trio celebrates the release of its debut album at, naturally, a soda fountain. Comment.

Days after terror tragedy, Norwegian blues band lands in Brooklyn

Checkin’ in with: Chris Gambert of the Fabulous Flea Market Band becomes an ambassador for his battered homeland in this exclusive interview on the eve of the band’s Aug. 6 show. Comments (2).

Get up, stand up at Coney’s Aug. 14 reggae party

Music: Let’s get together and feel all right (in Coney). Comment.

The Brooklyn Philharmonic is back, with some big names

Music: Mos Def, Sufjan Stevens and David T. Little are just some of the talent that will be featured during the orchestra’s new season. Comment.

July, 2011

What you want — baby she got it!

Music: Respect! Aretha Franklin will play Borough President Markowitz’s concert series on Aug. 4, finally rescheduling two cancelled shows from last summer. Comment.

Sufjan Stevens two-times us! Artist adds second ‘Celebrate Brooklyn’ show

Music: You’ve enjoyed a whole summer of free concerts, now here’s a chance to give back — again. Comment.

Catch ‘Dengue Fever’ at Southpaw next week

Music: Sure, some of the songs are in Khmer, but this Cambodian surf-pop band rocks! Comment.

Talking about that old-time tradition

Music: The roots enthusiasts that make up the Union Street Preservation Society were born about 100 years too late. Comments (1).

For hip hop, go to London

Music: The rising MC, Theophilus London, plays a free show at the Weeksville Hertiage Center on July 23. Enough said. Comment.

Your Celebrate Brooklyn Pick of the Week: A ‘West Side Story’ sing-along!

Music: Get your finger snaps ready. Comments (5).

He’s the man! Dan Zanes plays Celebrate Brooklyn on July 16

Music: Leave the stroller at home and dance at this kid-friendly concert. Comments (1).

Shake your groove thing!

Music: Sen. Marty Golden’s concert series includes a night of disco on July 13. If you’ve been following the gay marriage legislation, you’ll know why that’s funny. Comments (4).

Q-Tip headlines hip-hop fest

Music: The influential leader headlines the DUMBO extravaganza this weekend. Comment.

Marty loves rock ‘n’ roll!

Music: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts kick off the Beep’s free summer concert series on July 14. Comments (3).

Rock out at Rock Beach this summer

Music: A hipster concert series is coming to Floyd Bennett Field. You read that right. Comment.

Our Celebrate Brooklyn pick of the week: Los Lobos

Music: This band still has it after more than 30 years on the Chicano rock scene. Comment.

June, 2011

Ladybug Transistor is back

Music: That quirky Ditmas Park-obsessed New Wave band is back at the Knitting Factory on July 6. Comment.

Brooklyn is Justin Townes Earle country

Music: There’s a lot of puns in that headline, but suffice it to say, country star Justin Townes Earle will headline Celebrate Brooklyn on Thursday. Comment.

Brooklyn Philharmonic wants to give you free summer concerts

Music: The New York Philharmonic dropped the baton, so, of course, Brooklyn is going to pick it up. Comments (2).

Don’t stop ‘til you get enough at this Michael Jackson sing-along show

Music: Dancing, music videos, costumes — you can’t beat it. Comment.

Going to the Fort Greene Fest? Mos Def!

Music: In just a few short years, Fort Greene has become home to one of the biggest music events around. Comments (19).

Our Celebrate Brooklyn pick of the week: Ledisi!

Music: New Orleans soul from one of the best. Comments (1).

The Decembrists were awesome last night

Music: the first “Celebrate Brooklyn” benefit concert of the summer was worth the price of admission (and more). Comments (1).

Sing us a song, you’re the piano man

Music: Free pianos hit the streets again starting this Saturday. Comment.

Lawyer-rocker leads 10-day Bococa Arts Festival

Music: Plenty of performers have worked with Lady Gaga and Ice-T — but only one has worked with one on stage and the other in court. Comments (4).

It’s Northside Festival time

Music: Even more culture will flood the streets of Williamsburg and Greenpoint than usual, as the Northside Festival returns for four days of music, film and art this month. Comments (4).

Rock on! Southern Brooklyn is bursting with live music

Music: Williamsburg is great for cutting-edge, but if you want that old time rock and roll, head to Wheeler’s, Peggy O’Neill’s and the Greenhouse Cafe. Comments (3).

Festival picks — from festival players

Music: We asked some of the performers to tell us where to go. Comment.

Celebrate Brooklyn pick of the week: A musical tribute to the Freedom Riders!

Music: Don’t miss Hal Willner’s latest curation at the Prospect Park band shell on June 16. Comment.

Celebrate Brooklyn kicks off with Andrew Bird next Friday night!

Music: The annual outdoor festival begins with the jazzman’s lush sound. Comments (2).

Folkin’ ay! Brooklyn fest is now a three-day stand

Music: The third annual Brooklyn Folk Fest has expanded by one day and one venue. Comment.

The full Brooklyn Folk Festival schedule

Music: Start planning your weekend now. Comment.

May, 2011

New ‘Mizrahi’ duds for Bklyn youth chorus

Music: Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy’s fly new uniforms are something to sing about. Comment.

It’ll be a record night at Pete’s when singer belts out tunes about Guinness Book heroes

Music: Finally, the Guinness Book of World Records has been set to music. Comment.

Here’s the full ‘Celebrate Brooklyn’ schedule

Music: Here it is, folks, the full schedule for “Celebrate Brooklyn,” the summer concert and arts series, produced by BRIC Arts, Media, Bklyn, a badly punctuated name for a great organization. All concerts (except for benefits below) are at the bandshell in Prospect Park (entrance at Prospect Park West and Ninth Street) and are free ($3 suggested contribution). Comment.

Mark your calendars — the Celebrate Brooklyn schedule is out now

Music: We’ve got all you need to know about this year’s festival of free music, film and dance. Comment.

The day the music (sort of) died in Williamsburg

Brooklyn Is Angry: A community board panel votes to trim the number of waterfront concerts. Comments (13).

April, 2011

Death Cab and Sonic Youth top concert sked

Awesome: Death Cab for Cutie and Sonic Youth will headline a nostalgic lineup of paid outdoor concerts on the Williamsburg waterfront this summer — taking you back to those carefree days of 2008. Comment.

Born on the bayou! Cajun music festival hits Jalopy next week

Music: Bring on the gumbo, Creole and Cajun music — the Big Easy is coming to the big borough. Comments (1).

Body talk! Don’t miss Body Language at Southpaw this Friday

Music: With a name like Body Language, you know this band will get you moving. Comment.

Markowitz will sing his bike lane parody at satire showcase

Music: Borough President Markowitz is taking his anti-bike lane stance to the musical stage! Comments (19).

March, 2011

Playing all night — and the music’s all right! Mama’s got a squeezebox, Daddy never sleeps at night

Music: It’ll all make sense on April 4 at Public Assembly. Comments (1).

It’s a Peggy Lee impersonation festival

Music: On April 3, watch men and women compete to be the perfect jazz singer. Comments (2).

Honky tonk man! Jonny Corndawg begins month-long residency at Brooklyn Bowl

Music: Foot-stompin’ country, but hilarous lyrics make this son of Nashville a must-see. Comments (1).

Come on Coney Island, feel the noise at Noisefest

Music: Coney Island is kicking off the spring season the only way it knows how. Comments (6).

All-metal tribute to the Bee Gees at Brooklyn Bowl on April 1

Music: This is no joke — on April Fool’s Day, a Bee Gees all-metal tribute band will rock your socks off. Comments (2).

Drum majors! Soh Daiko troupe takes banging to the next level

Music: Taiko may be the Japanese word for drum, but you can expect more than mere banging from Soh Daiko. Comment.

Diamonds on the souls of their shoes — Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Brooklyn next week

Music: They’ve come a long way from “Graceland.” Comment.

Good golly, Miss Mali! Sway Machinery adds West African singer

Music: Sway Machinery has been a who’s who of the city music scene since forming six years ago, taking in members of Balkan Beat Box, Arcade Fire and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But for its sophomore album, “The House of Friendly Ghosts, Volume 1,” the band journeys to West Africa, recruiting Malian vocalist Khaira Arby to write and perform. Comments (2).

Yum-Yum! Regina Opera does ‘The Mikado’

Music: Let’s face it, everyone loves “The Mikado.” Comments (3).

February, 2011

Sharp benefit for Issue Project Room

Music: Steve Buscemi and his wife, Jo Andres, host benefit for the Issue Project Room on March 4 — and Elliott Sharp will perform. Comments (2).

Songwriters Exchange is on the road again

Music: Now the five-year-old series is at Pete’s Candy Store. Comment.

Duke, Benny and Cole come to life at Brooklyn Center

Music: Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman are being brought back to life for one night only next week. Comments (1).

It’s all in the ‘Family’ as Akron returns to Williamsburg

Music: A big gig for Akron/Family at the Knitting Factory next Thursday. Comments (1).

Brooklyn Youth shows again why it is the ‘It’ choir

Music: They’ve worked with everyone — and now they’ll star in their own DUMBO show. Comment.

We’re grateful ‘Dead’ will be returning to Littlefield

Music: All Conrad Keely wants to do is scare you — make you turn the lights on and pull up the covers. Comments (1).

January, 2011

It’s Regina Opera’s annual ‘Salute to Broadway’

Music: So long, Wagner — hello, Webber! Comment.

The Philharmonic is finally singing a new tune

Music: Back from the brink, Brooklyn’s orchestra has new cash and a new leader. Comment.

Head for the Inner Banks this Friday

Music: A husband-and-wife duo with a rich sound plays Sycamore. Comment.

All’s Phair when rock goddess Liz is in town

Music: Liz Phair will fill the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Jan. 26. Be there. Comments (1).

OTiS will elevate you this Saturday night at Southpaw

Music: It only took 10 years, but Craig Schoenbaum finally has a band. Comment.

Uke can do that! Every Beatles song — on ukulele — this weekend

Music: It’ll be two hard days’ nights of Beatles on ukuleles this weekend at Brooklyn Bowl. Comments (2).

‘Staples’ center! Gospel legend Mavis to play the Bell House next week

Music: If you don’t catch Mavis Staples next Tuesday night, you’re making a big mistake. Comment.

Uke in bloom! Bliss Blood at the Castello Plan

Music: The ukulele vixen will be at the Ditmas Park wine bar on Jan. 13. Comment.

Simone Dinnerstein’s instant ‘classic’ returns on Sunday

Music: Brooklyn has its own certifiable mini-Carnegie Hall, and you have Simone Dinnerstein to thank. Comment.