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Maps take us places. They bring us home, lure us to cities we’ve never been to before, remind us how to return to corners we’ve seen once, but couldn’t revisit without directions. Of course, in many ways, music does the same thing. Through song, we’re able to return to our childhoods, remember our first crush, an era we miss, spend time with a person we’ve lost or people we still love. This collection of...
Rejoice, music fans: National Sawdust, which established itself as one of the city's most innovative venues after opening last fall, announced an initial schedule for a second season, which will include a variety of musical acts, guest programmers, and more. Named for the century-old Williamsburg sawdust factory it once was, National Sawdust's opening came after a $16 Million renovation allowed for the installation of a 350-person musical hall, a recording studio, and an upscale restaurant from...
A couple of weeks ago I sat inside a small room wearing a virtual reality headset at the ARUP SoundLab in lower Manhattan. The room was capable of simulating any environment through sound. In this case, that environment was outer space—specifically, the inside of one of the better-known and most visible interstellar clouds of gas and dust, the Orion Nebula. “This is a five minute exploration through the cosmos, alongside the Hubble Telescope, as you’re...
Williamsburg has already redefined the dinner and a show concept with Federal Bar, a booze and food-fueled pit stop for ticket holders at its sister spot, The Knitting Factory, along with the nearby, more-than-a-movie theater Nitehawk, where film-themed cocktails and edibles can be ordered and enjoyed from the comfort of one’s seat. And now there’s Rider, carved from a bi-level corner of the National Sawdust venue—which, in addition to providing top-tier concessions to concertgoers...

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