05/27/16 11:00am
Kristin Kontrol is the new identity of Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls. Photo by Jimmy Fontaine.

Kristin Kontrol is the new identity of Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls. Photo by Jimmy Fontaine.

When I spoke to Kristin Welchez, she was multitasking. She asked me to wait a minute as she buzzed a delivery up to her Crown Heights apartment.

“I ordered a bunch of gear from Guitar Center, basically everything that’s going to allow me to play the new record live,” she said. “It’s a bunch of electronic stuff that I don’t totally understand, but it looks fancy.”

Multitasking is not an unusual thing for Welchez, 33: Under moniker Dee Dee, she made her mark as the ringleader of quintessential New York band The Dum Dum Girls. Recently, she’s been busy with a new project, Kristin Kontrol, and her new album X-Communicate, drops today via Sub Pop Records.

The Dum Dum Girls were known for their unique blend of retro-inspired pop covered in a thick layer of punk scuzz. While the new project shares some DNA with that band, she’s moved on from fuzz to embrace a sound inspired by the bubblegum pop stars she grew up listening to in the 80s.  (more…)

03/08/16 2:47pm
Bulleit is coming to Wedding Crashers on Sunday, to soothe every couple’s nerves. Photo: Bulleit Frontier Whiskey

Bulleit is coming to Wedding Crashers on Sunday, to soothe every couple’s nerves. Photo: Bulleit Frontier Whiskey

Remember when we compiled a list of 17 ways to save money on your Brooklyn wedding? Four of the vendors who offered up those ingenious tips are coming to Wedding Crashers, Brooklyn Based’s annual wedding show, this Sunday. We can’t promise that every vendor you meet at The Green Building and 501 Union on March 13 will fit your budget, but with nearly 80 wedding pros on site — including 14 caterers and food trucks — you will definitely walk away inspired (and full. Seriously, just skip brunch.) And if at any point you start to panic at the running total in your head, just belly up to the Bulleit bar for bourbon and rye cocktails to soothe your nerves. (more…)

02/26/16 12:59pm
Made in NY is trying to ensure the Oscars aren't so white in the future.

Made in NY is trying to ensure the Oscars aren’t so white in the future.

This Sunday is the Oscars, a great time to celebrate cinema, talk about diversity in media and watch the most gorgeously dressed formalized reach-around in modern society. While others are complaining about the diversity issue or calling for a boycott, there’s one Oscar party in town that’s actually seeking to fix the problem of #OscarsSoWhite. Dylan Marron — the creator of the web series Every Single Word, which makes supercuts of  the often-sparse dialog spoken by characters of color in movies — is hosting an Oscars screening party Sunday to raise money for a local charity that helps low-income New Yorkers get involved in the film industry. It’s a joke-along, live commentary style event featuring some of our favorite people, including Sean Rameswaram of WNYC and Broad City writer Naomi Ekperigin. The event came together in just a few weeks in response to the lack of diversity in the nominations, Marron tells Brokelyn.

“The day the Oscar nominations came out, I felt furious,” he said. “We don’t have to boycott he Oscars, we can watch them and help raise money for a cause that will hep make sure Oscars won’t be so white for so long.”  (more…)

02/08/16 7:50am
Have some seriously bon temps with Stumblebum Brass Band (#)

Have some seriously bon temps with Stumblebum Brass Band (#3)

1. Don’t you worry ’bout a thing: Start your week off grooving at Wonder, a Stevie Wonder tribute with performances by more than 20 musicians. (Monday, C’mon Everybody, $10)

2. Or start it off laughing at the two-year anniversary of Comedyology, a comedy show for cinema lovers, with standup, movie debates, and trailer trash-talking from Mark Normand, Blair Socci, Tim Dillon, and Matt Ruby. (Monday, Videology, FREE)

3. Laissez les bon temps rouler! Celebrate Mardi Gras with great brass bands: Stumblebum Brass Band is playing Little Cinema’s immersive party at House of Yes, Hungry March Band will rock The Bell House, and Dirty Water Dogs are coming to Bar Chord. (Tuesday, varies) (more…)

02/04/16 1:17pm
Cecil would like to be your man (#)

Cecil would like to be your man (#3) (pic by Jen Houston)

1. Get in the Black History Month groove with the kickoff of the monthlong Black Artstory series: Meet Me at the Gym, an evening of cultural expression and community building featuring the Ingersoll Youth Drumline, Gospel Group Manifest, Sophia Dawson and her Roller Skating Crew, and more. (Friday, Ingersoll Community Center, FREE)

2. See a new side of the Boys in Blue at To Protect, Serve, and Understand, a series of semi-improvised monologues and scenes performed by a group of both civilians and police officers. (Friday & Saturday, Irondale Center, FREE)

3. Fall goofily in love at Griff & Joe’s Valentine’s Day Lovetacular, with comedy and performances by ventriloquist Carla Rhodes and her paramour Cecil, “how-to” expert Matt Beacon, and musician Andy Shernoff. (Friday, Union Hall, $10) (more…)

01/28/16 3:31pm
Get silly with the Idiots (#) (pic by Alix Piorun)

Have a ridiculous time with the Idiots (#9) (pic by Alix Piorun)

1. See the light at The Lamp Show, a group exhibition where 30+ artists will be showing their illuminated works. (Friday, 99¢ Gallery, FREE)

2. Feel the drama at the One Catches Light festival, featuring three short plays by three solo artists. (Friday & Saturday, Jack, $15)

3. Embrace your inner bohemian at the Title:Point SalON!, with a presentation by photographer Walter Wlodarczyk, tunes from pianist Carter Catchcart, a reading by novelist Kegan Zema and more. (Friday, Silent Barn, FREE) (more…)

12/18/15 1:30pm

gift guide for outdoorsy people

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We’ve been spending our weekends outside and are now way behind on holiday shopping. If you’ve also been taking too much advantage of this warm December weather, fear not! Our (easy) last minute gift guide for your trail buddies and belay partners is below. Amazon Prime not required. (more…)

11/25/15 9:21am
Sound the horns and ax out your date: the No Office Holiday Party is coming soon! Photo by BibiBooth.

Sound the horns and ax out your date: the No Office Holiday Party is coming soon! Photo by BibiBooth.

Some holiday traditions are better than others. For every marathon of Bob’s Burgers Christmas episodes there’s a marathon of blowhards taking issue with what whether there is enough Jesus spice latte in their chain coffee. For every drunken ugly sweater party, there’s a stuffy office party where you can’t quite get totally turnt lest your name get turnt over to HR on Monday. This is why the No Office Holiday Party is our new favorite holiday tradition, with all the celebration of an end-of-year fete, even if you don’t have an office you go to or don’t even get out of your pajamas for your freelance job.

Brokelyn and our friends at the skint are proud to bring you the fifth No Office Holiday Party on Dec. 17 at Littlefield! It’s a five-year anniversary end-of-year-bonus edition, so we’ll have live band karaoke, our killer photo booth, holiday bling, all with special host Jacqueline Novak.(The Late Show with James Cordon, Cakeshop Comedy). And tickets are still just $5 (buy them here now)! (more…)

11/13/15 11:36am

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

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The Old Croton Aqueduct Trail might just be the thinnest state park in the country. The 26.2 mile long spit of flat land, built atop the pipe that was once responsible for getting drinking water to a growing city, stretches from Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx all the way to the Croton Dam in the northern reaches of Westchester County. (more…)

09/03/15 3:16pm
Deals and sales, sales and deals. via Ride Brooklyn

Deals and sales, sales and deals. via Ride Brooklyn

We know it’s probably going to get colder eventually, but right now the summer temperatures just aren’t letting up. And while it might be a sweltering, humid mess outside, that’s no excuse to stop commuting on your bicycle. In that spirit, we think you should get yourself over to Ride Brooklyn for their  nnual Labor Day sale! There are deals aplenty to be had, not the least of which is a 40% discount on carbon-frame road bikes from 2015 or earlier. (more…)