06/16/14 2:00pm
Sat June 21, 2014
Brooklyn bhangra party band Red Baraat will premiere new work commissioned by NPR during Make Music New York, on June 21. Photo: Red Baraat

Brooklyn Bhangra party band Red Baraat will premiere new work commissioned by NPR during Make Music New York, on June 21. Photo: Red Baraat

More than 1,300 free concerts will take place all over the city as part of Make Music New York this Saturday. The massive, live music celebration coincides with the longest day of the year and turns unexpected spaces, like streets and sidewalks, into stages for a single day. Among the performances happening here in Brooklyn are a live jazz concert in the Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden inside Brooklyn Museum, which is free with museum admission; and a music crawl along Myrtle Avenue, from Fort Greene Park to Bed-Stuy, featuring over 30 musicians spanning several genres including soul, Latin, R&B, folk, bluegrass, jazz, pop and neo-soul. Possibly the most anticipated performance taking place on Saturday will happen on the central library plaza of BPL: the world premiere of Red Baraat’s 100+ BPM. A performance by the critically acclaimed Bhangra party band, founded by Clinton Hill resident Sunny Jain, is always a good time, and this Saturday, when the group premieres a special interactive work commissioned by NPR Music, should be no exception. Any local musician with a mobile instrument is invited to download the score and participate in the performance, which includes a parade through Prospect Heights that begins and ends on Grand Army Plaza, starting at 4:30pm. This is really a can’t-miss event, but if for some reason you can’t make it, all is not lost–NPR plans to document the performance and put it up online. 

11/14/13 9:27am
Laura Leebove (left) and Tracy Candido create dinners with menus inspired by local indie bands who they then invite to come perform as part of the party. Photo: Deidre Schoo

Laura Leebove (left) and Tracy Candido create dinners with menus inspired by local indie bands they invite to perform as part of the party. Photo: Deidre Schoo

A mutual love of music and food making brought Tracy Candido and Laura Leebove together last February after a friend thought their identical interests warranted an introduction. The two hit it off and turned their shared passions into a side project called Supper Studio, a seasonal dinner party for which they create a menu inspired by the music of an indie band they invite to perform live while everyone is eating.

It’s a multi-sensory experience from start to finish, and the women will be hosting their second dinner this Sunday at The Center for Social Innovation in Chelsea. They’ll be serving up a meal inspired by the Brooklyn psych-pop band Teen, which we featured on BB last fall.

Candido came up with the idea for Supper Studio while looking for a way to reconnect with New York’s indie music scene where she produced music shows before stepping away to focus on food and art-related events and programming.

“I wanted to pair something that was higher up on the senses’ hierarchy, like hearing with food,” Candido says. “I find that just to eat or drink something is never enough for me, but when I bring taste and smell and touch into an experience, it kind of elevates the whole situation.”

Making music-inspired recipes was something Leebove was already familiar with, as she’d been creating them on her own for her blog Eating the Beats. Candido says she and Leebove typically come up with the menus for their parties over afternoons spent holed up together listening to music and dissecting elements of songs they feel can translate well to food.

“Sometimes we take out a few songs to focus on or we just talk about musical elements that are present throughout a lot of the band’s catalog,” adds Leebove. “But we talk about what makes up the band’s music, and then we talk about the different qualities of it, and then we figure out what foods can kind of embody those qualities. We want people to hear the music and think about what they’re eating and how they relate to each other.”

For Teen’s music, this meant creating dishes that mirrored the psychedelic elements of its songs, as well as the familial bonds of its members, says Leebove. The Lieberson sisters–Katherine, Lizzie and Teeny (who was formerly part of the band, Here We Go Magic)–formed the band with longtime friend Jane Herships in 2010.

“One theme that is going through this menu is the balance of the artificial and natural, because they have kind of an East Coast/West Coast vibe,” Leebove says. “They’re based in Brooklyn, but their music reminds us of California. And in California, everything is natural and whatever and here it sometimes can be more processed and whatnot. So a lot of the dishes have some element of something that is natural, something that is processed.”

With this in mind, Candido and Leebove have created a menu that includes Doritos popcorn, curried pumpkin and mushroom soup, lamb tacos, blue potato hash and rose marshmallows and Lambrusco rose chocolate truffles. Vegan substitutes are available and the whole meal, which comes with two drinks and a concert, costs $65.

Sunday’s event will be the first time Teen has played this kind of setting, if you don’t count the times Teeny says her mom would have her sing for her supper as a child.

“This will be our first dinner party,” she said in an email to Brooklyn Based, “except for the ones growing up when my mother would make me sing. We have a different vibe planned for the evening.”

She says the band plans on performing a Justin Timberlake cover in addition to its own original songs, which they’ve reworked specifically for Supper Studio.

“We’ll also be reworking old music for just synth and voice (maybe some drum machine), so it’ll be an interesting and new take on our material. Probably the only time we’ll play it this way.”

Tickets for Supper Studio are available here. For upcoming, music-inspired meals, sign up for their mailing list.

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08/06/13 2:00pm
Wed August 7, 2013
New Orleans funk band Galactic kicks off their four-day residency at Brooklyn Bowl this Wednesday. Photo credit: Zach Smith

New Orleans funk band Galactic kicks off its four-day residency at Brooklyn Bowl this Wednesday. Photo credit: Zach Smith

Calling New Orleans jazz-funk band Galactic energetic is like saying Quentin Tarantino films are a tad violent. The band has been performing in Louisiana’s party capital since 1996, and their tunes are as bright and lively as a Mardi Gras float, with sizzling vocals, thunderous drum lines and a rumbling brass section. Their latest album, 2012’s Carnivale Electricos is full of tightly-packed sonic jewels and world-beat infusions, and pays tuneful homage to New Orleans’ Mardi Gras festivals as well as the epic carnivals in Brazil and Trinidad, where one day isn’t a lengthy enough celebration. The same can be said about Galactic’s stint at Brooklyn Bowl: the band begins its four-day stay at the venue this Wednesday, Aug. 7. You can grab tickets for individual shows at $15 each, but get ’em quick–four-day passes are sold out. If you can’t get tickets before they’re all gone, here’s some of the week’s best concerts you can still check out.

07/31/13 1:40pm

It’s a happy accident that this week’s show recommendations begin with a mellow evening at one of my favorite more intimate venues and grow in literal and auditory dimensions, culminating with three big, stadium-sized, stiletto-heeled kicks in the pants (if you can swing Beyoncé’s steep ticket prices), with boisterous pop rock, legendary soul swagger and dance-ready arrangements along the way.

BEST 1990s THROWBACK
Beth Orton
Wednesday, July 31
8:30pm
Tickets $30
The Bell House (149 7th St.)

Folk music mingles with electronica in the hands of English singer-songwriter and 1990s mainstay Beth Orton. The often moody electronic elements combined with Orton’s haunting, signature vocal lilt made her tunes ideal for early aughts film and television soundtracks like Vanilla Sky and Roswell. Orton’s recent releases rest more heavily on her folk inclinations, which we hear with rich and poignant precision on her latest album, 2012′s Sugaring Season. Her voice still bears the influences of Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, but with a maturity and plainspoken honesty earned after almost 20 years in the biz.
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07/29/13 4:00pm
Wed July 31, 2013

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Catch British songstress Beth Orton at the Bell House this Wednesday.


Folk music mingles with electronica in the hands of English singer-songwriter and 1990s mainstay Beth Orton, who plays The Bell House Wednesday, July 31. The often moody electronic elements combined with Orton’s haunting, signature vocal lilt made her tunes ideal for early aughts film and television soundtracks such as Vanilla Sky and Roswell. Orton’s recent releases rest more heavily on her folk inclinations, which we hear with rich and poignant precision on her latest album, 2012’s Sugaring Season. Her voice still bears the influences of Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, but with a maturity and plainspoken honesty earned after almost 20 years in the biz. I can only imagine that Orton herself has inspired the next wave of female singer-songwriters, most notably fellow Brit Laura Marling, whose smart, conversational lyrics and emotionally inflective singing seem to borrow more than a little from Orton. Grab tickets for $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Check out this week’s other concert picks here.–GA

07/23/13 8:09am
Wed July 24, 2013
British band New Order plays Williamsburg Park this Wednesday. Photo: Glenn A Baker / Redferns

British band New Order plays Williamsburg Park this Wednesday. Photo: Glenn A Baker/Redferns

British new wave band New Order has spent much of the past 23 years breaking up and making up, but the group is on-again this summer with a North American tour that stops at Williamsburg Park on Wednesday, July 24. Comprised of the remaining members of iconic post-punk band Joy Division, following the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis, New Order recorded some of the catchiest synth-based dance classics of the 1980s, including Blue Monday and Shellshock, and its latest album, this year’s Lost Sirens, retains some of that frenetic, dance-floor pace while leaning more heavily on guitar riffs and chord progressions. Tickets are $62, and if you’re looking for a pre-concert flick, bone up on some New Order history and watch Control, an exquisite biopic about Curtis, based on the biography Touching from a Distance, by his wife, Deborah. For more concerts this week, check out our picks here.

07/21/13 12:42pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Nicholas Kallincos’ short film Re-Collection won Best Original Design at last year’s Animation Block Party.

If sitting through Pacific Rim at the neighborhood multiplex sounds as enticing as a $7 bucket of artificially-flavored popcorn, here’s a film festival for anyone whose attention span is in short supply. The 10th annual Animation Block Party kicks off this Thursday, July 25, at Music Hall of Williamsburg, with an opening-night concert featuring Adam Green and Binki Shapiro, as well as exclusive animation from Nickelodeon, Pixar and Cartoon Network. On Friday, July 26, head to the lawn at Greenpoint High School for Engineering and Automotive Technology (50 Bedford Ave.), where a $13 ticket gets you access to more than a dozen animated short films from independent, professional and student filmmakers. With film run-times at 10 minutes or less, moviegoers needn’t doze off mid-film or monitor RunPee (yes, there’s an app for that) for bathroom break-worthy scenes. This year’s films feature cosmonauts and wormholes, circuses and freak shows, as well as a unicorn with an umbrella for a horn. And if the films don’t entertain, then the after-party at Bar Matchless might make up for it.

07/16/13 3:20pm
Fri July 19, 2013
Bay Ridge 2012 - Summer Stroll on 3rd

Brooklynites take to the streets at the second-annual Summer Stroll in Bay Ridge. Photo: Inna Trinidad

Let’s be honest: We all wish our neighborhood streets were less jammed with cars and buses so we could cross the road as calmly as that chicken we’ve all heard of. Well, this Friday, June 19, our wishes have been granted, for at least a few hours. Friday marks the first of four installments of the second-annual Summer Stroll on 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge, where from 6pm to 10pm pedestrians have free reign of the asphalt (from 80th St. to 90th St.). Featuring performances from singer-songwriter Dani Mari and classic rock cover band Secretly Famous, as well as a Bay Ridge-centric art project through Bay Ridge Arts and Cultural Alliance, Summer Stroll is sure to be a festive family affair. Modeled after the New York City Department of Transportation’s Summer Streets program and presented by the DOT, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and other city agencies, the best of 3rd Avenue comes out for this event, including Italian pastry experts Monaco’s Bakery, playtime afficionados Kaleidoscope Toy Store and Uncle Louis G‘s ice cream. With more than 100 participants, there’s sure to be something for even the most persnickety Brooklynite.