Belle and Sebastian have been capturing the hearts of indie rockers all over the world with their wistful pop since the late 90s.
Touring for much of 2010 to promote the October 11 release of their new album Belle & Sebastian Write About Love, the Glasgow natives stopped at the Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn just before the cold snap of fall hits the city.
Check out the video and photo slideshow from the event!
All photos and videos by Hayley Hastings
"Great music + inspired creativity equals a happy crowd." That's the motto behind DJ Mick Boogie, a New York-based artist that is climbing the ladder and has become one of the most sought-after deejays in the world, playing in dozens of different countries. On top of being a mixtape artists, Mick has also performed for events hosted by people and companies from Jay-Z to to Nike. Check out the exclusive interview below.
5. Jimi Hendrix
No one will ever completely replace Jimi Hendrix, but you can be him for one night. This one is simple (even if you're white): An afro wig plopped on your head, a ton of random jewelry on your fingers and slung around your neck, a colorfully random jacket and button-up shirt, and bell bottoms of any sort. Throw an inflatable guitar around your neck and boom, you're the best guitar player to ever live.
4. Elvis Presley
If you are a good dancer (or good at hiding that you are terrible), than this may be the outfit for you. Not only has dressing up like Elvis been a hilarious constant for the past few decades, but it's also incredibly noticeable and fun at the same time. Who wouldn't want to glue mutton chops to their cheeks, squeeze into a glittered-out one-piece leather suit, fluff their hair, wear gaudy gold sunglasses and shake their hips all night?
The Beastie Boys first hit national success with their 1986 album Licensed To Ill. Fueled by "Fight For Your Right," "No Sleep Til Brooklyn," "Brass Monkey" and more it remained at #1 for seven weeks and simultaneously reached #2 on the urban chart, becoming the fastest selling debut to date for Columbia and the first hip hop record to break 5 million sales.
Since then, the hip-hop supergroup has released six studio albums, including the instant classics Check Your Head and Ill Communications, which were staples in the 90s. They won a Grammy for their 2007 release The Mix Up, and are on the cusp of releasing their newest album, The Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 1.
Fat Baby, a gem in the heart of the Lower East Side, is a dimly lit, cozy, tri-level bar, lounge and live music venue. It packs its ground-level, Los Angeles-inspired, 35-foot, purple heart bar and bi-level lounge area with booth-style seating chock-full of young, energetic New Yorkers. There is also an overhanging DJ-booth, where music is spun Thursday-Saturday.
The real kicker of Fat Baby hides under the bar: a low-lit, highly intimate rocker den featuring live music nearly seven days a week. A zebra-wood bar and walls lined with the crude, original stone lends this room the feel of a downtown speakeasy. An eclectic mix of indie, pop and dance/electronica bands perform for this downtown crowd, and tickets are a flat fee of only $7. They also will be hosting bands during CMJ the week of October 18.
A row of 18-year-old girls lined shoulder to shoulder four feet from the stage at the Bowery Electric on September 23, a low-lit, high-class-college-party-style basement venue with an elevated bar and rugged brick walls as the four members of Canadian pop-punk supergroup Mariana's Trench took the stage, all wearing slim-fitting button-up dress shirts and ties, lead singer Josh Ramsay dropping his guitar strap over the back of his head, the guitar falling to his knees, just below the rips in his jeans, and as he approached the microphone, the blue streaks in his gelled hair glistened in the spotlight of the East Village stage, beginning their first-ever New York City performance.
The Edgewater neighborhood in Chicago cranks it up for the third annual, all-ages street festival in the heart of Chicago's north end, as a part of the 2010 World Music Festival. There will also be, in addition to live music, beer, food, educational tents that support environmental awareness and kids corners with child-related activities.
So come out to Chicago's north side and enjoy one of the last temperate weekends and one of the most impressive bands to come out of the midwest before the grip of fall and winter clenches the the Windy City.
"It's my family down here," said Talib Kweli, who made a surprise appearance and was seated beyond the rot-iron gate and hexagonal bar, under the vibrant stain-glassed portraits of naked women in the dark, swanky, dropped-down VIP lounge at Deity in Brooklyn on Friday September 17, where DJ Pete Rock and Q-Tip performed for I Love Chocolate, a hip-hop fueled night dedicated to high-class drinks, a lively crowd, and even more enthusiastic music.
It's no wonder why over 300 people packed into the acclaimed downtown Brooklyn venue, a central spot for neighborhoods like Bed-Stuy, DUMBO, Fort Greene, Boerum Hill, and Cobble Hill. DJ Pete Rock has been a driving force in the New York hip-hop scene since the early 1990s, with heavy collaborations with The Wu-Tang Clan, gaining acclaim with his innovative integration of jazz and funk influences into the gritty, street hip-hop of the day.
Standing over six feet tall with her fingers wrapped around glowing neon-pink drumsticks; a faded, black, three-sizes-too-big Slayer shirt with rolled up sleeves tucked into acid-washed high-rise jean shorts; and long, shapely, muscular legs stuffed into black and white speckled high-heel boots, Danish electro-pop singer Oh Land floated on stage with her arms spread out like a set of wings, shaking her head back and forth, singing the chorus to her newest single, "Sun of a Gun" at the Littlefield in Brooklyn on Friday, September 17, her simple, blonde hair grazing her cheeks and falling graciously on the tops of her shoulders. "For me it's about the beat," Oh Land said about her music. "The feeling. The physical feeling and the emotional feeling. It's about something hard and something feminine and organic coming together."
The Bad Plus, a revolutionary trio in the world of modern jazz, played their second show in the United States since the start of their fall tour, and the first show since the September 14th release of their new album Never Stop.
Embracing diversity as their strong point, and although Never Stop consists entirely of original tracks, Bad Plus has gained critical acclaim from their renditions of well-known rock songs just as Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
With a jaw-dropping, incredibly in-sync stage presence, the band wow-ed the Lower East Side crowd at the Bowery Ballroom this past weekend, following their solo opener Sam Newsome, whose flawless circular breathing techniques and slow, modest conversations with the crowd made him just as impressive as the feature act.