The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival


The Thermals performed at the Bell House last week.

Last Friday The Thermals played The Bell House with openers Big Troubles and EULA. EULA, from New Haven, CT, started off the show by powering through a set of their energetic post-punk garage rock. The mellower Big Troubles from New Jersey was on second. The Thermals came out around 11pm, opening their set with “Time to Lose” off their debut record, More Parts Per Million. They thundered through a 20-song set that covered their entire catalog, including their new album “Personal Life.” They closed the main show with the always-crowd-pleasing and mosh-inspiring song “Pillar of Salt,” off their 2006 record The Body, The Blood, The Machine.They came back for a three-song encore that included “Everything Thermals” and “Goddamn the Light.”

The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival starts next Monday, with the Show and Prove competition at Brooklyn Bowl with headliners The Artifacts, Camp Lo and J-Live. The festival will continue all week with events and shows around Brooklyn. Artists that will be performing include Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, M.O.P., Random Axe and more. Tickets are still available for the events, which run until July 16. More info and tickets are available over at the festival’s website.

Upcoming music events:
July 5: The J. Period Live Mixtape ft. Black Thought, Brooklyn Bowl, 7 p.m., $10-15
July 6: Permanent Wave Benefit at Shea Stadium with Supercute!/Le Boum/Troubled Sleep/Plushies, 8:30 pm, $7
July 7: City Lights presents Chambers/The Greenery/Desensitized/Trenchfoot, The Acheron, 8 p.m., all ages
July 8: Born Loose/Pioneers of Seduction/Patrick Salt Ryan, Bell House, 9 p.m., $5
July 9: Summer Thunder Outdoor Series, bands TBA, Union Pool, 4 p.m., 21+, free
July 10: White Wives, Xpo 929
July 11: Brooklyn Star Presents Two Tears/Des Roar/Outtacontrolers/Peacekillers/D.J Bats, Knitting Factory, 8:30 p.m., all ages, $10-15

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