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To put it lightly, 2016 has been a bummer. Deaths, followed by more deaths (RIP, George Michael!), and even more deaths (RIP, Carrie Fisher!), political hells, closings…  we've been witness to a deluge of the tragic and unpleasant. Lower on that list of bummers are long-loved businesses that, this year, too, have seen their last days (Daddy's! How I shall miss you). Still, those closings sting in their own and very real way. The latest to join this...
This spring, a band from Brooklyn called Past Life set up in the basement of Rudy’s Barber Shop in Williamsburg to play a live set. That night, Tawfiq Mardini, the 26-year-old project manager of a small Brooklyn label called Broken Circles, was in the audience. “That room doesn’t innately sound good, it’s a concrete box,” said Mardini. Over the last four years, Mardini’s close friend Brent Lakes, who runs Broken Circles, had signed about...
Last year was a really, really bad year for beloved scruffy music venues. (If you need a refresher of all the places that we lost, just check out our list.) But this is a new year, a new day! Surely we can try to prevent some of the mistakes of yesteryear? And one of those mistakes would be letting The Cake Shop, that adorable bakery/bar/music venue/record shop that's one of the last best things...
The Teen Age make great music that sounds like it's been piped straight outta Dad's garage and into the grimiest, mosh-pittiest, coolest late night music venue you've ever been into in your life. Which, as it turns out, is exactly why we love them. They make music that sounds familiar—steeped in the tradition of garage rock, reverb-soaked indie bands of yore—and that's also why we, you know, trust them. It's like they're already family. And what...

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