Hey, remember when we told you about Superchunk shooting a video at Shea Stadium? And you decided not to go because you didn’t want to be part of some shitshow? Well not only did you miss being part of a cool video that makes Shea Stadium look way nicer and brighter than we’ve ever seen it, you also missed the Jons, H. Benjamin and Glaser, in the same place, being Jon buddies. Also you missed a bunch of Brooklyn band cameos, like Becca Kauffman from Ava Luna singing on stage in place of Superchunk themselves. Our only complaint is that the video didn’t give the proper tribute to Shea Stadium’s enormous Mets logo mural, but that just means you’ll have to go there and see it yourself. Man, it’s gonna be such a bummer when this place gets turned into the headquarters for the Brooklyn Republican Party in a few years. (more…)
Ava Luna will be harmonizing at the Onderdonk House. Will you be there? via Facebook
We’re all bummed that it’s August, what with its undercurrent of the death of summer always haunting it. You can either mope about it or you can grab the remaining days of summer and shake the fun out of them. One place to start? The Out in the Streets Festival, a 2-day music festival this weekend that’s going down right in our backyard (well, Ridgewood technically) with some of Brooklyn’s best bands, free beer each day and possibly a kiddie pool. Oh hey, everyone loves pools, kiddie or Olympic-sized. (more…)
Silent Barn was a strange and interesting place. From a 2010 Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt show.
DIY music and arts haven Silent Barn has been mostly … silent … since robbers broke in and trashed the place while stealing some $15,000 worth of sound systems and other equipment. Tonight, the venue is opening a new era to figure out its future by holding the first in a series of public meetings, which is your chance to talk about the future of DIY culture in NYC with scene royalty like Todd P, including a vision for a new Silent Barn. The event doubles as a release party for Ava Luna’s new album, Ice Level (Twin Sister plays too). It’s at Gottscheer Hall in Ridgewood, and entry is a $7-$20 sliding donation. See more event description below. And in bonus DIY style, the Silent Barn folks have been putting their entire manifesto and meeting notes online (including real estate scouting and project ideas) so you can keep up from afar. (more…)
Dreamers of the Ghetto, free at Coco66 on Thursday
As of this writing, it’s a balmy six degrees outside, and the rest of the week’s temperatures don’t look too welcoming either. Use this week’s roundup of free and cheap music in Brooklyn to help keep your ears warm. You can start by heating them frigid hands by the funky fires of The Jam Stampede at the Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday, and follow up with free shows by the buzzy bands Ava Luna and ARMS later in the week. As always, all the shows below are just $5 or less. (more…)