January, 2011

With Buke and Gass, it’s DIY folk

Music: Take a baritone ukulele (the buke) and a guitar-bass hybrid (the gass) and you have the hottest folk band in the borough. Comment

It’s no ‘Mirage’ — You’ll have a great time at this pop show

Music: The men of Super Mirage are here to entertain you. Comment

December, 2010

Belt out the holiday classics at the Jingle Bell Jamboree on Saturday

Music: “This isn’t the kind of concert where we expect the audience to sit and politely clap.” Comment

Take a chance on the ‘Rock Lottery’ this Saturday

Music: This lottery has nothing to do with scratch-offs. Comment

Check out the Brooklyn Youth Chorus three times this weekend

Music: Brooklyn’s best chorus is three times as nice this holiday season. Comment

November, 2010

A ‘Red Hot’ New Orleans event at BAM

Music: The Big Easy comes to Brooklyn on Dec. 3 and 4. Comments (1)

Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ — live on stage next week

Music: It’s a benefit concert performance of the best-selling Beatles solo album ever — at the Bell House on Nov. 29. Comment

Dan Zanes is back

Music: He’s still the king of kiddie rock — but this time, he’s playing the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Comments (1)

Would you like some music with your Norman Rockwell?

Music: At the Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, a marriage of song and fine art. Comment

A ‘Tosca’ like it oughta be

Music: This “Tosca” is just how Puccini himself envisioned it. Comments (1)

Hoier’s new band, Boom Chick, breaks out

Music: Frank Hoier and Moselle Spiller at the Trash Bar on Sunday. Comment

Who could ask for anything more (than an Ethel Merman tribute)?

Music: And it’s at Kingsborough Community College this Saturday. Comment

The O’Jays bring the ‘Love Train’ to BAM

Music: Tell all the folks in Russia and China, too! Comment

Lift up every voice at this killer gospel show on Friday

Music: It’s no church service, but a concert devoted to one helluva great music form. Comment

DA’s spokesman sings a different tune — bluegrass!

Music: By day, Jonah Bruno is the spokesman for Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes. By night, he plays a banjo and sings bluegrass songs about being the spokesman for Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes. Comments (1)

Annie Keating, Park Slope parent, celebrates her fourth album at Southpaw

Music: The show is next Wednesday at the Fifth Avenue club — her home turf. Comment

Mia Riddle brings her band to Union Pool next week

Music: Where would Carly Simon, Alanis Morissette, and 99 percent of country musicians be without bad breakups? Comments (1)

October, 2010

Atlantic/Pacific is your destination for indie rock

Music: Next stop: Atlantic/Pacific. Comments (3)

A big Brooklyn ‘Stew’ as singer returns to BAM with boro-themed song cycle

Music: Stew and The Negro Problem are back! Comment

The greatest (8-year-old) guitarist ever!

Music: This video is stunning — a must watch! With video … Comments (2)

Dig this! Django fest at Jalopy this weekend

Music: This month, Jalopy gets into the swing of things. Comment

Sharon Van Etten finds a home at the Rock Shop on Saturday

Music: Sharon Van Etten’s best move may have been getting the hell out of Nashville. Comment

The ‘Soul’ returns to the Bell House this weekend

Music: It’s the second-annual Brooklyn Soul Festival. Comment

Tell Tchaikovsky the news!

Music: Great music, no instruments. Comment

September, 2010

Get your ‘Fela’ for free at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Awesome: A concert version of the hit Broadway show — for free! Comments (3)

Tom Chapin’s Sunday folk festival

Music: Catch the singer at the Brooklyn Center. Comment

Get some ‘character’ at Galapagos

Music: A one-night musical revue spotlights our borough’s nuts. Comments (1)

Pavement and Williamsburg — perfect together

Music: The seminal indie rock band will perform on the waterfront on Sept. 19. Comments (8)

Rose without thorns as singer-songwriter takes her show on road

Music: Frankie Rose hates playing live, doesn’t like touring all that much unless it’s more like a vacation, and would be perfectly content to stay in the studio for months on end. And yet, she manages to be one of the most alluring performers around. Comments (2)

There’s a soca (fan) born every minute at the Brass Fest

Music: Part four of our series on why you should stay in town — Friday’s soca concert. Comments (1)

August, 2010

Rockabilly Fest takes over the Boardwalk this weekend

Music: From flame tattoos to fire eaters, the Coney Island Rockabilly Festival heats up the Boardwalk over this weekend. Comments (4)

Sunday Best finale is this Sunday at Brooklyn Fire Proof

Music: Call it Sunday Last. Comment

UPDATE! Tonight’s canceled Kenny Vance show is rescheduled!

Music: It’ll now be on Aug. 30. Comments (1)

Welcome to ‘The Machine’! Pink Floyd cover band lands at Brooklyn Bowl

Music: You can get comfortably numb at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday night. Comment

Thriller! Spike Lee honors the King of Pop again

Music: On Sunday, the filmmaker hosts his second annual “Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson” party. Comments (2)

Music legend Kenny Vance at Coney next week

Music: Kenny Vance still knows how to get them moving. Comment

BKLYN Yard is back (sort of) as nearby lot hosts music and food on Saturday

Music: BKLYN Yard and the Greenpoint Food Market may both be gone, but that’s not stopping Asobi Seksu and the market’s artisans from doing their thing. Comment

Lipton tease! Ethan’s new songs will make you laugh

Music: Ethan Lipton and his Orchestra (OK, there’s only three of them) offer up sardonic wit at Barbes. Comment

‘Fresh’ sounds! Grocery store to add live music

Music: Brooklyn’s next big venue just might be in the produce aisle of a Clinton Hill supermarket. Comments (5)

The Mommyheads are back, which is good news

Music: Never say never. Comment

Aretha speaks! Singer explains sudden mysterious ‘injury’

Music: The Queen of Soul has spoken. Comments (3)

Dead Weather’s Celebrate Brooklyn show had the ‘White’ stuff

Awesome: It was another great night at Prospect Park on Tuesday, as Jack White’s new band, The Dead Weather, put on one of the heaviest rock shows of the summer. Comment

BREAKING! Aretha cancels Brooklyn shows

Music: The Queen of Soul is not Brooklyn-bound after all! Comments (3)

R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Aretha to play Brooklyn twice this month

Music: All hail the Queen of Soul! Comments (1)

‘Celebrate’ Brooklyn’s Queen of Funk this Saturday

Music: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings play the band shell in Prospect Park. Comment

‘Watts’ up at the Bushwick Starr? Innovative comic Reggie Watts

Music: It’s difficult to take your eyes off of Reggie Watts. Comment

July, 2010

Meet Jack Rabid, the godfather of punk rock (journalism)

Checkin’ in with: Jack Rabid can rattle off band names like letters of the alphabet. Comments (2)

Big Takeover, big party

Music: Jack Rabid’s music magazine throws a 30th anniversary show at The Bell House. Comments (1)

Lip service! Human beatbox competition this weekend in Gowanus

Music: In an age where a machine can make any noise imaginable, beatboxing hasn’t lost its novelty. Comment

‘Sonic’ convergence! Youth to play Prospect Park — free

Music: Indie rock gods Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore have been pushing the rock envelope for three decades as the seminal rock band Sonic Youth, delivering arty, experimental sounds to generations of head-bopping teenagers and cool dads alike. Comments (3)

Hear this ‘Swell’ act at the band shell on July 30

Music: The unlikely pairing of Irish rocker Glen Hansard and Czech pianist Markéta Irglová has been charming listeners since the understated 2007 musical “Once” introduced the world to their heart-felt folk rock, even earning them an Oscar for “Falling Slowly.” Comments (1)

Life is a cabaret with the Vagabond Opera on July 31

Music: How many musical genres can one band incorporate into its sound? Comment

Don’t hit snooze! Wakey!Wakey! to play Brooklyn Bowl on Friday

Music: Mike Grubbs grew up under a piano. Comment

B-b-b-b-b-bad! George Thorogood’s movin’ on over on July 29

Music: A true rock legend plays for free in Coney next week. Comment

This slick burlesque show will benefit Gulf oil victims

Music: The Gulf Coast is a mess thanks to BP, but at least there’s a cool show to raise money for the clean-up. Comment

Fun, fun, fun with the Beach Boys

Music: Nothing says summer quite like the music of The Beach Boys. Comments (8)

What’s on tap? Opera

Music: Opera on Tap is known for taking opera out of stuffy opera houses and bringing it where it belongs (in bars) — and now the group is going outdoors. Comment

Another big free concert series on the way!

Music: JellyNYC has announced a new lineup — and venue, just after the East River State Park “pool parties” began. Comments (1)

Hear this ‘Siren’ song on Saturday

Music: The annual rock fest returns to Coney Island. Comments (1)

‘Bridge’ project! New culture series kicks off on Saturday at Pier 1

Bridge ‘Park’: With all that robust lawn space at Brooklyn Bridge Park, a concert series was the logical next step. Comments (1)

Say ‘Ola’ to David Wingo at Littlefield next week

Music: By day, David Wingo is a composer, having left his mark on such films as “All the Real Girls” and “Gentlemen Broncos.” Comment

Even under Obama, Clinton is still the man

Music: Of course, we’re talking about George Clinton. Comment

Cap the World Cup in style with an African music show

Music: It’s OkayAfrica — and it’s Sunday, July 11 at the band shell in Prospect Park. Comment

JellyNYC releases its ‘pool party’ schedule

Music: And it’s a good one. Comment

Head into the wild with Great Elk at Bar 4

Music: Great Elk may be named after an extinct species, but things are starting to pick up for the Brooklyn band. Comment

June, 2010

Ozomatli will make you get up and dance at Celebrate Brooklyn

Music: The biggest summer stage is the Prospect Park band shell — and Ozomatli will need every inch. Comment

This band really enjoyed those free pianos (you can, too)!

Music: Indie band Jukebox the Ghost shows up at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment

Hip-hop festival bigger than ever — and it opens on July 5

Music: The annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is like the genre itself — it’s gotten bigger and more expensive every year. Comments (2)

Rad trad! Irish Music Festival at Floyd Bennett Field this weekend

Music: Irish music isn’t just fiddles and jigs in 2/4 time. The scene is actually much more diverse, with influences of hip-hop, reggae and jazz finding their way into many modern bands. Comment

How to make the most of the Northside Festival

Music: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. Comment

‘Fiery’ talk from Furnaces co-founder

Music: Ten years ago, Eleanor Friedberger didn’t have too many places to play in Greenpoint. Comments (1)

How to make the most of the Northside Festival

Music: Here’s how Greg Sullo of the band Dinosaur Feathers will take advantage of the Northside Festival. Comment

‘Brew’ crew revives Miles Davis’s classic LP at Celebrate Brooklyn

Music: Forty years ago, one of the most seminal jazz albums — Miles Davis’s “Bitches Brew” — was released, a record that changed the course of music history. Hear why on Saturday night. Comment

Dancing in the street

Music: Play that funky music, hipsters. Comments (1)

Free concerts? That’s music to our ears

Music: You know it’s summer when all the best shows are outdoors. Comment

And once again, 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. All concerts are at the bandshell in Prospect Park (entrance at Prospect Park West and Ninth Street) and, with the exception of the benefit concerts, are free ($3 suggested contribution). Comment

Get ‘Hook’ed at annual South Brooklyn music fest this weekend

Music: Experience Red Hook from front to back this month. Comment

May, 2010

Check out this ‘Junk’ at the Knitting Factory on Friday

Music: Not much has changed since Baje One and DJ Snafu were teenagers. Comment

Southpaw’s ‘Hipster Demolition Night’ is music without pretense

Music: Jay Banerjee hates hipsters. Comments (1)

That’s folk, all! Brooklyn fest opens on May 21

Music: And it’s too big for just one venue! Comment

‘Tusk’ tusk! Fleetwood Mac-loving band honors forgotten, but great, album

Music: A long-overdue tribute to Lindsay Buckingham’s seminal work. Comments (1)

Norah — and more! The ‘Celebrate Brooklyn’ sked is out

Music: Your summer is set — the schedule for Celebrate Brooklyn is here. Comments (1)

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). Comments (2)

April, 2010

Call us Roto rooters! We love James Rotondi

Campbell’s Soup: Reliving the filthy old washout in seclusion isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Comments (1)

‘Rodeo’ queen Dawn Landes channels country roots on new album

Music: Dawn Landes is a rodeo queen in a subway town. Comments (2)

Indie rockers La Strada come ‘Home’ to celebrate at the Knitting Factory

Music: It started with an accordion — and now La Strada has a full LP. Comment

It’s a jazz double-header for returning Fishman

Music: Howard Fishman has been in the studio so long, his fans may have feared he put down the guitar for good — but he’s back this month with two shows! Comments (1)

New series promises two great artists that taste great together

Music: What do an award-winning choreographer and a Mississippi bluesman have in common? Comment

Catch Uzimon — a reggae legend in his own smoke-filled mind

Music: Uzimon, Bermuda’s most-ignorant reggae superstar, is coming to Brooklyn to fire the opening salvo in what he calls a nationwide “reggaelution.” Comments (3)

Inlets in midstream! Sebastain Krueger bails on day job to sing full time

Music: Sebastian Krueger likes to jump off of cliffs — figuratively speaking. Comment

Get to the new Issue Project Room on Sunday for a great show in a new space

Music: Suzanne Fiol’s legacy of experimental music lives on — in new Downtown digs. Comment

Aria code! Dyker Heights’ Regina Opera turns 40!

Music: And the fat lady is not even warming up. Comment

Freedy Johnston is back — and better than ever

Music: And he’s singing his own songs again. Finally! Comments (1)

March, 2010

Norah Jones to open Celebrate Brooklyn

Music: Cobble Hill resident Norah Jones will get back to what she does best — performing before adoring audiences instead of irking her window-hating neighbors — and kick off Celebrate Brooklyn with a free concert on June 9. Comments (2)

Library is on Fire is heating things up in Williamsburg

Music: All things considered, you’d think Steve Five would stay in Ohio. Comment

Air apparent! It takes more than hot licks to win the air guitar championships

Music: Sure, it takes talent to wail on an axe in front of a blood-thirsty crowd — but it takes some serious finesse to put on a show with nothing but the music at your back and the wind between your fingertips. Comment

A Sunny Day in Glasgow will shine on the Bell House

Music: Ben Daniels should hate being on tour. Currently on the road for months on end, the frontman of A Sunny Day in Glasgow is thousands of miles from his Sydney, Australia, home, where he left behind his wife. It’s also nearly impossible to get anything done creatively (unless, of course, you call watching old “Simpsons” episodes inspiration). Comment

Ibeam kicks some serious brass with trombone fest next month

Music: It’s not often that trombonists get to toot their own horns in music circles. Typically, they’re one of many in a horn section or the punch line of a joke (see: sad trombone). But next month in Gowanus, they’re front and center. Comments (1)

Hot Dogg! Snoop Dogg’s Bklyn show tix on sale today!

Music: It’ll be a Dogg’s day in Brooklyn next month. Comments (3)

The Brooklyn Winter Hoedown is this weekend

Music: It’s a little bit country. Comments (7)

February, 2010

Soulive brings the funk to Brooklyn Bowl

Music: Everyone needs a reason to groove from time to time — but how about 10 nights of straight funk? Comments (1)

You can learn how to make — and play — this thing!

Music: Yuri Landman makes guitars like this — and you can, too. Comment

It’s a fire sale to save the City Reliquary

Music: The storefront museum that celebrates Brooklyn’s underdog spirit with exacting curatorial detail and a passionate devotion to artifacts large and small may be in danger of closing. Comments (3)

January, 2010

Life in a Blender makes the big time

Checkin’ in with: On the eve of a big BAM gig, front man Don Rauf checks in. Comment

Zanes’s song-and-dance act falls short

Dooley Noted: Is there nowhere that Dan Zanes won’t allow his musical muse to go? Comment

Steven Severin of Siouxsie and the Banshees is back

Music: Steven Severin helped form the seminal post-punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees in 1976 — but now he’s doing something really post-punk: He’s scoring classic experimental films. Comment

Modern ‘Family’! The Trachtenburgs now live in Brooklyn

Music: Call it kitsch for the new decade or our world through cat-eye glasses, but the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players are now, officially, Bushwick-based. Comment

December, 2009

It’s ‘Station’ to station at liquorless music hall

Music: Without a liquor license, the owner of Way Station on Washington Avenue is worried that no one will come to hear his bands. Comments (2)

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