Rock the f*ck out with There Are Four Lights (#2) (pic by Sarah Wilmer)
1. Increase your literary stock for the cold winter ahead at the BYO Book Swap Party, which also features a discussion on diversity in literature and a raffle of self-published works by local woman of color. (Friday, New Women Space, $5 + a book)
2. Start pining for summer at the Punk Island Winter Benefit, with Deadname, MALLRAT, Trashy, Ex. by V., and There Are Four Lights. (Friday, Hank’s Saloon, $10)
4. Creep yourself out at the monthly horror series Fright Fridays, tonight screening The Eyes of My Mother, which combines “an especially bloody strain of slasher pic” with “high-art sensibilities.” (Friday, Videology, $10) (more…)
Bend some genders with drag king Goldie Peacock (#5) (pic by Michael Wakefield)
1. Spook yourself silly at Are You Afraid of the Dark?, a scary storytelling show with chilling tales and then an open mic for you to add your own. (Monday, Precious Metal, FREE)
2. Cast some spells at the Samhain Ritual + Celebration, with live music from Espejismo, Mandy & The Mandys, and Coven of Mima Good, plus interactive art, cursed cocktails, and more. (Monday, Catland, $15)
Celebrate an entire decade of Jalopy with Karen Poliski (#8)
1. Join some of Brooklyn’s best boozy bakers, Butter & Scotch, at the launch of their cookbook — expect free desserts and Jell-O shots, plus discounted cocktails including Honeychile Rider, made with Brooklyn-distilled Dorothy Parker Gin. (Monday, New York Distilling Co., FREE)
2. Hear comedians make tough choices at Would You Rather, where hosts Andre Medrano and JR Strauss dole out stumpers to Chris Pappas, Jana Leigh Heaton, Maya Sharma, Luis Leon, and Ryan Douglass. (Monday, The Experiment Comedy Gallery, $5)
3. Mellow out at Soft Rock Tuesday, with DJ Mara Schwartz Kuge spinning the most relaxed tunes from the ’70s and ’80s, from Boz Scaggs to Kenny Rogers to Olivia Newton-John. (Tuesday, Baby’s All Right, FREE) (more…)
1. Hear some tough but hilarious decisions get made at Would You Rather?, with funny people Sandy Chansamone, Christian Polanco, Jiji Lee, Ryan T. Bennett, and Yoshi Obayashi. (Monday, The Experiment Comedy Gallery, $8)
2. Rock against the patriarchy at F*ck RapeCulture, presented by Gvrlcvlt and featuring Amber Tamblyn and Rose McGowan, plus music from Madame Gandhi, The Skins, The New Tarot, and Edith Pop. (Monday, Baby’s All Right, $25)
3. Harken back to your summercamp days at the New York Transit Museum’s Camp Wanna-Catcha-Train, an evening of scavenger hunts, ghost stories, arts & crafts, and bug juice — plus explorations of the amazing decommissioned subway station the museum inhabits. (Tuesday, NY Transit Museum, $15) (more…)
take part in the fight to recall Judge Aaron Persky by attending Grlcvlt’s fundraiser at Baby’s All Right.
Back in June, we spoke with the leaders of the New York chapter of Grlcvlt, the national feminist secret society that has been campaigning to recall Judge Aaron Persky since he sentenced Brock Turner, the Stanford rapist, to a mere six months in jail. The semi-secret group — they have a private Facebook group, which is invite-only and is listed under changing monikers — puts on events and fundraisers to galvanize support and raise money to unseat Persky.
And hush-hush as they may be, they’re certainly not lacking in support: the local NYC chapter has more than 3,000 members, and 1.4k people RSVP’d on Facebook to an event they held at Holyrad Studio on June 15.
Heliotropes has gone through several lineup changes, always with Jessica Numsuwankijkul at the helm. Apparently this one involves a lizard. Photo by Matthew Cylinder via Facebook.
Inspiration can come from anywhere. For Jessica Numsuwankijkul, 33, of Bushwick’s Heliotropes, it came in the form of the WWI and WWII documentaries she found herself watching during the winter of 2014, a time when she felt too depressed to do much else. This resulted in a softer, gentler Heliotropes than we’ve maybe seen before on their last album, 2013’s A Constant Sea. The record is really rad, and features some snippets of bizarre, forgotten history, plucked from those documentaries and hidden in the guise of a sweet duet.
“I took inspiration from pieces that are not musical,”Numsuwankijkul said. “I think that’s really important, because it means you’re not rehashing all these tropes that are used in songs all the time.”
Plus, I know from personal experience that Heliotropes also does a mean Weezer cover set, and they’re preparing to take their music on the road (quite literally) as the travelling band for a Record Store Crawl, a bus tour of NYC record shops. So basically, Heliotropes is very Brooklyn, and their new album Over There That Way drops today. (more…)
1. Upset about this fraught election season? Check out Killing Republicans, a rock opera presented by Funhouse Philosophers. (Friday through Sunday, Shooting Gallery Arts Annex, $15)
2. Grab your wand and head to the Harry Potter Marathon part 2, screening Order of the Phoenix and Half Blood Prince in a fancy underground loft. (Friday, $10 suggested, Gemini & Scorpio)
3. Get philosophical at Persona Non Grata, an experimental music and dance theater piece inspired by William Burroughs’ song “Spare Ass Anny.” (Friday through Sunday, Cloud City, $5–10 suggested) (more…)
Edith Pop plays punky dance pop thanks to a meetcute in Coney Island. Lead singer Laura Hajek photo via Facebook.
Edith Pop sounds like it might be Iggy’s eccentric aunt, but it’s actually the name of a band. Formed in 2014 and based in Bushwick, Edith Pop is “more of a wrestling team than a band,” according to frontwoman and resident babe Laura Hajek, who is backed by a squadron of dudes/best pals. They’ve been able to play at some of Brooklyn’s best spots, like Baby’s All Right and Shea Stadium, and as result of their gigs, Hajek says they’ve gotten “cash, chicken, wine, whiskey, women, tapes, friends, fights and genuinely interesting nights.”
I got to sit down with Hajek to talk about important things, like vetting bandmates based on their hair, and that weird smell emanating from every microphone ever. (more…)
Acid Dad will make a phone call with your actual dad into a trippy experience.
This week’s New Music Tuesday is an especially exciting one for me. The album we’re covering, Acid Dad’s new EP Let’s Plan A Robbery, came out Feb. 26, the day before my birthday. I had wanted a pony, but I suppose this rad debut EP from the East Williamsburg based psych punk quartet will do. Happy birthday to me!
I met the boys of Acid Dad (Kevin Walker, Vaughn Hunt, Danny Gomez, Sean Fahey) at their secret headquarters, i.e. an office attached to Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, to get down to brass tacks. I had a list of hard hitting journalist questions, like, where did the name Acid Dad come from? What exactly is “psych punk?” Is there beer in that fridge over there? Why is there a taco suit in the corner? Is that the very same taco suit I saw in that viral skateboarding taco video? Plus, halfway through the interview I ended up having a “trippy” experience with my own dad. All this and more after the jump. (more…)