04/06/17 11:21am
LCD Soundsystem (photo provided by Rubenstein)

LCD Soundsystem launches Brooklyn Steel with five sold-out shows.

In this age of gentrification and booming luxury real estate, you’re more likely to hear about beloved venues closing than new ones opening–RIP Glasslands, Cake Shop and Cameo Gallery. The latest Brooklyn casualty is Shea Stadium, which recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to reopen after shutting down last month, allegedly because of pressure from local authorities.

The exception is Brooklyn Steel, which opens its doors for the first time tonight with the first of five sold-out shows from LCD Soundsystem, the would-be J.D. Salingers of the NYC music scene.

It’s a welcome addition to the Brooklyn venue roster–we’re short on indoor spots that are large enough to attract big names like PJ Harvey and The Pixies, but that are more intimate than say, the Barclays Center. Despite its recycled metal exterior and industrial functionality (speakers inside are suspended from a fully functional gantry crane, allowing the venue to adjust their height to the size of the show), Brooklyn Steel is a reflection of Brooklyn’s future, not a throwback to the scrappily wonderful sweaty rooms of its recent past. Clocking in at a massive 20,000 square feet, it’s the latest member of the Bowery Presents family, which oversees the Bowery Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Mercury Lounge, Rough Trade NYC and Terminal 5. (more…)

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11/11/13 2:00pm
Fri November 15, 2013
Cut Copy photo courtesy of Emilia Leroy

The musical stylings of LCD Soundsystem and Cut Copy will compete for your attention at a championship bout dance party for the ages this Friday at The Bell House. Photo Emilia Leroy

In a musical cage fight between hometown heroes LCD Soundsystem and Aussie EDM powerhouses Cut Copy, it’s hard to say who would be the stand-alone victors. Sure, LCD is responsible for one of the most hauntingly beautiful hymns to New York of the present century, but Cut Copy also put the Big Apple center stage to create one of the best album covers of 2011. And while James Murphy and Co. are admittedly beloved by everyone from the Muppets to South Park (seriously—think about it), Cut Copy has been picking up some serious slack since LCD disbanded, even going so far as to enlist the services of a creepy hot, imaginary basketball-playing Alexander Skarsgård as their personal cult leader. One point however, remains clear: the real winners will be  all the attendees at this Friday’s edition of Head On at the The Bell House, where DJs Brian Blackout and Spoolwork will pit the two against each other in a championship bout dance party for the ages.