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Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 N. 6th St. Brooklyn, NY 11211 | Brooklyn | 718-486-5400

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The Dirty Projectors' David Longstreth once (possibly sarcastically) proclaimed that "Brooklyn is the center of the universe" onstage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. His declaration is an apt description of the acts that perform here--on-the-rise, Brooklyn-based indie rockers and the freshest blog-anointed buzzbands from wherever. Inside, there are three bars--one in the basement, another upstairs, one more on the Shepard Fairey-decorated second floor--and a low stage. Naturally, bountiful stage-diving follows, allowing you to experience the hype firsthand.


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    "Giddy" doesn't even begin to do justice to Dan Deacon's percolating phalanxes of keyboards and synthesizers. That was true back in 2007, when the bearded Baltimorean broke through with...
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    When Epic refused to release Death Grips' sophomore album, No Love Deep Web, the group took the Frank Ocean route and made it available it for free on their website. Now facing the...
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    Why hold a festival at one venue when you can hold it at six? And why hold it across the city when there are six perfectly good venues only blocks apart? Such are the questions posed by the...
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    In "Is It Honest?," the fourth track of the most recent record from Woods, Bend Beyond, lead singer Jeremy Earl uses his haunting falsetto to ask an aggressive, straightforward question...
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    Although Scottish indie rockers the Twilight Sad are ostensibly touring to support an album of remixes they’re releasing later this year—featuring new takes on the...
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    These days, you can walk into a coffee shop, concert space, or converted warehouse in Greenpoint or Bushwick and, depending on how long you stay, hear seven bands that sound similar to Woods...
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    The newfound gravitas that permeates John Darnielle’s anxious and elegant new Mountain Goats album, Transcendental Youth, arrives courtesy of horns arranger Matthew E. White. The...
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    Josh Tillman is revitalizing SoCal rock. His Knitting Factory gig earlier this year was a provocative tour de force, with the former Fleet Foxes drummer obnoxiously mocking his audience's...
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    This Baltimore duo started out along a nominally folkier path but lately have been at their strongest when they hit harder, since all those drums and guitars can quickly clear a path for a...
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    Devoted goth heads are sure to be planning their weekend around Saturday’s Beacon Theatre concert by the Finnish metal band Nightwish. But lovers of spooky sonics should consider a...
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    The veteran art-rock crew has a new one out, Breakup Song, which drummer Greg Saunier has described—perhaps facetiously—as a “sensational slice of Cuban-flavored...
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    Fang Island call the first song on their new record “Kindergarten,” which tells you a lot about the Brooklyn trio’s sound (if not 
their target demo): Throughout...
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    These days, no one raps about food quite like Rick Ross, the superstar label head who drives his Maybach to Chick-fil-A in one song and wakes up to a bowl of lobster bisque in the next. But...
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    Reports from the road indicate that Williams is playing lots of recent stuff on her current U.S. tour, and that’s A-OK with me: Little Honey, from 2008, country-rocked as hard as she...
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    If there were "none more black" than Spinal Tap, there are none more gray than northwestern gloom metallers Agalloch, whose folk-influenced sturm und drang is so moody it seems like a...
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    Chromatics may play synth-pop, but they always make sure to place their own expressionist stamp on it, whether focusing on darker tones or releasing an entire version of one of their albums...
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    "Energy Flash," the churning, Belgian-influenced masterpiece from Queens’ own Joey Beltram, boasts a riff that made it an instantly recognizable classic, still melting dancefloors two...
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    Although he released his first album as College in 2008, David Grellier gained recognition and serious play at Spotify-DJ’d parties everywhere after contributing soon-to-be hits like...
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    Off and on since 1980, Redd Kross have spanned the divides between power pop, punk, and even hardcore, bashing out art-brut rockers and reaping praise from artists as diverse as Sonic Youth...
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    Amanda Palmer (also known as Amanda Fucking Palmer) made her career as the brash-voiced lead singer and pianist of the self-described “Brechtian punk cabaret” band the Dresden...
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    From the ’60s to the ’80s, soul legend Bobby Womack played guitar for Sam Cooke, wrote what became the Rolling Stones’ first hit and released singles like...
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    Indie rock’s fascination with early ’90s r&b yields appropriately juicy fruit on the new album by Lemonade, three synth-loving San Franciscans who now live in New York. Titled...
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    Too saccharine and classically trained to be grunge, too music-biz by birth to be iconoclast upstarts, too blasted nice—such was that dog.'s curse and perhaps also the reason why the...
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    These big-at-home Brits hit New York near the end of their first U.S. headlining tour, and it’s not hard to see why all three of their local dates have sold out: On their latest, A...
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    The brainy electro-pop duo known as Yacht rarely does anything without some kind of conceptual underpinning, and their current North American tour is no exception. At shows in support of...
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    These bass-slapping prog-punk weirdos just released their first record since the late ’90s, but Green Naugahyde proves that Primus has grown no less goofy with age. (Representative...
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    If there’s anything 2011 taught us, it’s that perfectly serviceable scrap-and-salvage versions of the woozy Boards Of Canada temperament can be constructed with fancy keyboards...
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    Brooklyn-born Nicolas Jaar grew up in Santiago (cue Villalobos comparisons) before matriculating at Brown and finding a home for his sophisticated, organic tech-house on NYC’s own Wolf...
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    Aimee Mann isn’t just good at cleaning the Portlandia crew’s house and putting on a cozy show in their living room—though admittedly, it is precisely her soul-baring sound...
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    Providing yet more evidence of Dashboard Confessional’s continuing influence, this package tour presents the frontmen of several emo bands (including Saves the Day and the Get Up Kids)...
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    Next year might mark the 30th anniversary these storied post-punk troubadours called it quits, but, on a more positive note, this year marks a decade since they decided to re-form. Sparked...
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    Often, big-name DJ sets serve little purpose, allowing the artist behind the boards to boost his or her financial and cultural capital at the expense of a barely shuffling audience. Madlib,...
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    Monster Magnet has never been cool. Frontman Dave Wyndorf has taken his band through heavy psychedelia, down-tuned riff-fests, and balls-out cock rock, but his trips through those styles...
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    Now that gay couples can officially get married in New York—where can they go to plan the wedding of their dreams? Lovesick: A Wedding Expo for the Cool at Heart gathers more than 40...
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    Maybe it’s the weather. What else could account for sunny tracks like “Up Up Up,” the lead single from In Light, the debut LP from Lafayette, Louisiana (where highs are...
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    Recently, the Jewish world shook with the news of Beard-gate, Matisyahu's shocking decision to shear off his trademark facial hair, and his subsequent proclamation, "No more Chassidic reggae...
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    Music Hall of Williamsburg Charles Bradley just got me laid. I had him playing on my laptop, and the next thing I know, I'm on my back finishing a cigarette. Backed by horns, the guy's...
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    It's a sweltering mid-August day in 2006, the sun bouncing off P.S.1's cement courtyard during their Summer Warm Up series. Although "warm" doesn't seem an adequate descriptor for the heat...
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    When it comes to genre, Sondre Lerche is a Renaissance man: Moving from '80s style pop to garage rock and psych folk, he consistently delivers catchy melodies over straightforward guitar...
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    Last month, Holy Ghost! launched their first headlining tour at the Bowery Ballroom, and tonight, the local electro-disco outfit returns home to a sold-out gig at Music Hall of Williamsburg....
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    Earlier this year, the Black Angels closed out the main stage of their hometown’s massive three-day Psych Fest before bringing a stunning set of hypnotic, ultra-reverberated,...
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    Butch Walker admits that the ongoing meltdown of the music business has affected his wallet in a pretty gnarly way. "My living is done through producing records, but that living has dwindled...
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    At home in Sweden, Jens Lekman is accurately referred to as a pop star; in this country, only critics call him that. But love Lekman we do, a cult obsession unlikely to dim with last...
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    On James Blake’s self-titled debut, the follow-up to a series of four well-received EPs, the young British dubstep producer shirks the 808s but goes heavy on the heartbreak, emoting...
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    Does anything say America more than a good ol' Tom Petty song? Of course, the trouble with being a great American troubadour is having to stop all the crazy Republicans from using your...
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    Female guitar players might be the new black, as Marnie Stern coyly suggests about halfway through her latest self-titled album, but this one is the real deal, finger-tapping away on rock's...
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    Arctic Monkeys are out on the road in an appealing retro-greaser guise that goes a long way toward redeeming the lumpy stoner metal of their last two albums. Playing with TV on the radio at...
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    Over the years Stars have gone from layered instrumentation and narrative lyrics to a more electro-pop sound complete with chugging rhythms and jittery synth riffs. Throughout these genre...
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    After 13 years of inactivity, New York's most perverse misery merchants Swans are back and itchier than ever. Announced with doomsday fervor as the "FINAL TOUR UNTIL RELEASE OF NEW STUDIO...
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    On their first album, this Staten Island quartet sounded hungry enough to lead a second wave of post-punk revival, but n their recent follow-up, things have smoothed out quite a bit. Maybe...
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    The Bay Area art-punk crew have been in high-end collaboration mode of late, recording a split seven-inch with Jeff Tweedy (and his sons!) as well as forming a kind of pan-global supergroup...
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    Four years of financial solvency is something to celebrate in today's live-music landscape, and that's exactly what the Music Hall of Williamsburg will do tonight with a fourth-anniversary...
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    Archaic revivalists clash and coalesce when Los Angeles psychedelic savant Cameron Stallone’s Sun Araw joins Brooklyn avant-Hindi sister act Prince Rama during a promised collaborative...
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    In the post-Nirvana moment of 1992, major labels were in a feedback-fucked, Seattle-sniffing feeding frenzy. Sludge-metal surrealists the Melvins were in an especially advantageous position;...

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