When someone tells you they live in East Williamsburg or Bushwick there’s a good chance you picture them livin’ it up in a loft. You may imagine big open windows, rustic wood floors or beds in da sky. Renee Ligtvoet and I scoped a bunch of different lofts and met the people behind them. Check out what this life means for them in this first installment of BUSHWICK CRIBZ.
Every good gallery crawl in Brooklyn starts with a copy of WAGMAG in hand. WAGMAG, founded in 2001 by Daniel Aycock from Front Room Gallery and Jill McDermid from Grace Exhibition Space, is a monthly mag that lists current art exhibitions in Brooklyn, including Bushwick, of course! The mag and the listings within the mag are all free of charge. WAGMAG relies on the generosity and support of the art community to organize an annual benefit to keep them afloat. “It is truly a labor of love,” Kathleen Vance from WAGMAG emailed us.
By Adam Cecil
there is a light switch in my bathroom that does not connect to anything.
i would like to think
that instead of being a dead switch,
it connects by a mile-long wire to a lightbulb in a woman’s apartment,
maybe in brooklyn. (more…)
Last weekend, we discovered a brand new band, quintet Stone Cold Fox. Stone Cold Fox has a young American indie rock sound that’s more than about just partying. Lyrically, every song was crafted beautifully, showing their mature songwriting capabilities. Their set was vibrant, young, nostalgic and reminiscent of the perfect summer NYC night. To my surprise, this Bushwick Music Crush put some much-needed spring fever into my heart. (more…)
If you’re one of the 200,000 people to descend upon Austin’s city limits to partake in SXSW (and you know how to do it right now), and you want to see some of your favorite Brooklyn/Bushwick bands, you can do so at one of two places – at an official showcase (where festival badges/wristbands ARE required) or at one of the many free shows they will be playing next week. We’ve picked one free show per artist but all bands are likely to be playing different days and venues as well. Hint: if the bands have an official show, they’re doing pretttty well for themselves.
Su Friedrich made a film about gentrification of Williamsburg [The L Magazine]
What to see during the Armory Week [The L Magazine]
10 Etsy finds of the week are cool [PaperMag]
Earlier this month, Brooklyn Aputumpu, a traveling party and music showcase, put on a show at Shea Stadium featuring SoftSpot, Field Mouse, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards and The Micks. It was a chilly Thursday evening but folks made their way to industrial Meadow Street for an evening of melodic variety and good company. A really nice crowd of longtime friends of Aputumpu and of the bands came to support them. The Micks started off the show with foot-tapping, blues inspired, punk rock and garage undertones.