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October, 2009

Raise a glass to — and of! — the Newtown Creek

Smash or Trash: A Clinton Hill brewery has released a new beer named for a fetid Brooklyn waterway. The good news is you can drink it. With video … Comment.

The Gaslight Anthem is a smash!

Smash or Trash: But you knew that, given Señor Editor Vince DiMiceli’s inclusion in the “Smash or Trash” team this week. With video … Comments (4).

August, 2009

The New Up is a downer!

Smash or Trash: The band has a new album out, but the Smash or Trash team trashed it. Sorry. With video … Comment.

Catch Mugison at Pete’s Candy Store tonight

Smash or Trash: The Icelandic rocker is doing all five boroughs in one day — and Brooklyn is his last stop. With video … Comment.

Catch In Cadeo — tonight!

Smash or Trash: The “Smash or Trash” team loved this band’s new song, “Communist Lecture.” See In Cadeo tonight or on Aug. 20. With video … Comments (4).

July, 2009

Our team puts a hit on the new ‘Sopranos’ wine

Smash or Trash: They gave us an offer we could not refuse: drink this bottle of red wine. Now! With video … Comment.

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We smash Cobalt and the Hired Guns

Smash or Trash: Cobalt and the Hired Guns is playing Saturday night at Union Hall — that’s tomorrow! July 25! — so the Smash or Trash team gives them the shot in the arm that they so badly need. This band is a smash! With video … Comments (4).

A freaky three-way for the Smash or Trash team!

Smash or Trash: With a big music weekend upon us, the Smash or Trash team reviews three new songs. With video … Comment.

June, 2009

This ‘Honeymoon’ is over!

Smash or Trash: The Smash or Trash team hated the husband-and-wife band, Post Honeymoon. With video … Comment.

May, 2009

Just four more days to win Wilco tickets!

Smash or Trash: Our contest to win two free tickets to Wilco’s July 13 show at Coney Island ends on May 31. Enter today! With video … Comments (5).

Title Tracks is a smash!

Smash or Trash: On the eve of two weekend shows, Title Tracks gets a rave from The Brooklyn Paper’s “Smash or Trash” team. With video … Comment.

This Frontier Needs Heroes lives up to its name!

Smash or Trash: The Smash or Trash team loves this Williamsburg-based band. With video … Comment.

Dan Deacon gets smashed — and trashed!

Smash or Trash: Electronica legend Dan Deacon sent us his new CD and asked The Brooklyn Paper’s Smash or Trash team to do what it does best in reviewing the hit “Getting Old.” With video … Comments (1).

April, 2009

Pontiak joins the “Smash or Trash” dishonor roll

Smash or Trash: The Smash or Trash team sees this Virginia band as no better than a GM car. With video … Comments (1).

Speck Mountain joins the “Smash or Trash” honor roll

Smash or Trash: They wanted our review before their show next Sunday — but then cancelled the show. Too bad, because the Smash or Trash team actually liked their song. With video … Comments (1).

The Suckers get the “Smash or Trash” treatment

Smash or Trash: The Suckers wanted The Brooklyn Paper’s “Smash or Trash” team to review their new single before their April 23 show at Glasslands. We’re happy to oblige, though we doubt the band will agree with our conclusions. With video … Comments (2).

Smash! Trash! Inevitable Backlash!

Smash or Trash: The heavy metal band, The Inevitable Backlash, asked The Brooklyn Paper’s “Smash or Trash” team to review its song “My Two Brookes” in advance of the band’s April 26 show at Cameo in Williamsburg. Sorry, but when your name is The Inevitable Backlash, our Smash or Trash team had a pretty easy time helping you live up to it. With video … Comment.

March, 2009

Smash or Trash!

Smash or Trash: The New Haven techno band, Eula, asked The Brooklyn Paper’s “Smash or Trash” team to review one of its songs in advance of the show’s April 4 show at Death by Audio. The results were mixed: Gersh hated it, but Ben and Mike loved the song. Watch all the action as Gersh over-rules the team! With video … Comments (2).

Smash or Trash!

Smash or Trash: Sarah Lentz asks the “Smash or Trash” team to review her song. How did it turn out? Not so well! With video … Comments (1).

Smash or Trash!

Smash or Trash: Sarah Lee Guthrie — Arlo’s little girl — invited The Brooklyn Paper’s Smash or Trash team to “review” her latest hit single, “Dr. King,” in advance of her performance at Jalopy on Thursday, March 12. Good news for her — it’s a smash! With video … Comment.

February, 2009

Smash or Trash!

Smash or Trash: The Brooklyn Paper’s Smash or Trash team is back — this time “reviewing” Brooklyn-based quartet Cholo and the band’s new song, Just Aks. This one is a classic. With video … Comment.

Smash or Trash!

Smash or Trash: A band makes the dangerous decision to be reviewed by our “Smash or Trash” team. How did it turn out? Click above! With video … Comment.

January, 2009

Smash or Trash!

Smash or Trash: The Brooklyn Paper’s Smash or Trash team is back — this time “reviewing” Brooklyn singer-songwriter Jessie Killguss’s new hit, “Gristmill,” in advance of her Jan. 17 show at Rose Live Music [345 Grand St., between Havemeyer Street and the BQE in Williamsburg, (718) 599-0069]. Brooklyn Paper poohbah Gersh Kuntzman executes a coup over the rest of the team in this very special “Smash or Trash.” With video … Comments (1).

Smash or Trash!

Smash or Trash: The Brooklyn Paper’s Smash or Trash team is back — this time “reviewing” Russia’s hottest rock band’s new single, “Queen of Rock.” It’s in Russian, but that doesn’t faze this team of rock monsters. With video … Comment.

December, 2008

This week’s Smash or Trash: Padre Pio

Smash or Trash: This week, Bushwick band Padre Pio is in the hot seat. With video … Comments (1).