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    October 1, 2014

    Ethan Hawke (!) Leads Off the Best Comedy Shows in NYC This Week

    This week in Cheap Laughs, we have movie stars, trashy bars, improv legends, characters with edges, comic-book hits, tasseled tits, retired cops and exhilarated immigrants. It's like a Scorsese film, but funnier. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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    September 3, 2014

    Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy This Week, 9/3 - 9/9

    This week in Cheap Laughs, we have childless joy, Flan-man's "ya boy," BuzzFeed GIFs, Underbelly whiffs, a 10 year anniversary, a fitting tribute, and a show designed to get discerning college students in flagrante. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

  • Voice Choices

    August 21, 2013


    Kurt Braunohler launches his debut album

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    May 3, 2013

    The Best Food Events This Weekend

    Friday, May 3 The Food Book Fair The Food Book Fair started on Thursday, but its events will run all weekend. Some highlights include a book signing and Q&A with Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen, a foraging panel with Fredrik Berselius of Aska, and a farming panel at the Wythe Hotel. See all the eve ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    5 Great Ideas for New York City Singles on Valentine's Day

    Being single on Valentine's Day is secretly awesome. You have to spend exactly $0 on someone else. You can buy a crappy box of chocolates without wondering if it's good enough for a significant other -- it's good enough for you! And you don't even have to think about sky-high prix-fixe menus for two ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    The Rub Turns 10: Memories From A Decade-Long Party

    The Brooklyn collective of DJ Ayres, DJ Eleven, and Cosmo Baker celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their now-legendary rap party The Rub this weekend. While their monthly rager moved from the now-shuttered Park Slope club Southpaw to Gowanus' much larger Bell House, the party remains a house-party ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 11, 2012

    HEY, MR. DJ

    Put the needle on the record 
at the Bell House

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    June 27, 2012


    The land of the free and the home of burlesque

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    April 30, 2012

    Live: The Feelies Keep The Beat At The Bell House

    The Feelies The Bell House Friday, April 27 Better than: Talking. Even 35 years later, the Feelies aren't terribly loquacious. Watching them on stage, in fact, can make one feel like a positive extrovert. "We're going to play a few more songs, and take a break," was the most compelling thing any ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Nine Questions For Kim Fowley, MC Of This Weekend's Norton Records Anniversary Spectacular

    ​While it goes without saying that the main attraction of this weekend's Norton Records 25th Anniversary All-Star Spectacular is the fine garage/punk/R&B sounds that will be blaring from The Bell House, the chance to see the mind-blowing music industry subversive Kim Fowley playing master of c ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 19, 2011


    A Halloween party for those tragically hideous

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    October 5, 2011
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    October 4, 2011

    Live: Shellac Mixes Jokes, Questions, And Baseball Talk With Songs Like "I Came In You" At The Bell House

    Shellac w/Helen Money The Bell House Monday, October 3 Better than: Bawling indie-rock wuss tears as Jeff Mangum sings a Neutral Milk Hotel weeper. For the second year in a row, Chicago post-punk veteran goliaths Shellac graced The Bell House stage for two post-All Tomorrow's Parties hangover show ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    Live: Boubacar Traore Brings His Brand Of The Blues To Brooklyn

    Antoine Pratt​ Boubacar Traore w/Zongo Junction The Bell House Tuesday, September 27 Better than: Eric Clapton's probably inevitable African blues record. Sly Stone offers one possible method for dealing with celebrity: get famous, sell your royalties and squander your money, drop out of sig ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Bastille Day, Good Beer

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Bastille Day Bouchon Bakery Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. Thomas Keller invites you to celebrate Bastille Day with his take on French-boulangerie fare and music by ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Live: Undead Jazzfest Shows Off Its Rock-Solid Vital Signs

    Brian Chase (l) and Alan Licht (r) perform at Kenny's Castaways on June 23.​ Second Annual Undead Jazzfest Kenny's Castaways, Sullivan Hall, (le) poisson rouge, The Bell House, Littlefield, CrossFit Gym, Homage Skateboard Training Facility Thursday, June 23 through Saturday, June 25 Better ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 27, 2011


    It's a race to the Mint Julep line

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    March 23, 2011


    Filmmakers battle to the death

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    February 16, 2011

    List: Five Key Songs For Tonight's Flight Of The Conchords Sing-Along At Bell House

    ​If you desire relentlessly goofy, profoundly surreal live entertainment this fine Wednesday evening, might I suggest you follow your nose to the banks of the Gowanus Canal and avail yourself of, yes, the Bell House's Flight of the Conchords Sing-Along, which will focus on season one (no "Caro ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    On March 6, The Brooklyn Booze Experiment Will Tie One On

    In March, glass bottles and shameless hussies will collide.​Before Nick Suarez and Theo Peck take their show on the road, they'll raise a glass - or a few hundred - to the Food Experiment's upcoming national tour with the Brooklyn Booze Experiment.

  • Voice Choices

    January 12, 2011


    Enjoy all-you-can-eat dry meat

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    January 5, 2011


    Honoring the best canceled TV shows

  • Voice Choices

    December 15, 2010


    We wish you a merry ping-pong

  • Voice Choices

    October 6, 2010


    Pork is the cure

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    October 6, 2010

    DRAPER & CO.

    It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad finale party.

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    June 29, 2010
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    May 20, 2010

    The Great New York Lost Finale Party Guide

    LolLost The fated day is almost upon us: This Sunday is the series finale of ABC's beloved tropical clusterfuck, Lost. If you've yet to find your ideal finale viewing party bar, now is probably the time to figure it out. Do you prefer island-appropriate mixed drinks? Or perhaps a city-wide scavenge ... More >>

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    May 10, 2010

    Tonight! Phosphorescent, Strange Powers, Softspot, And Unsolved Mysteries

    Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck, a/k/a the bro who sat for Da Vinci one time. ​Tonight, Phosphorescent, the only country warblers ever to dedicate a song to Coney Island's fleshy Mermaid Parade, celebrate the release of their new album at Other Music. In last week's Yes in My Backyard installme ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 27, 2010


    Let your Southern side come out to play

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    March 24, 2010

    Tonight! Oh No Ono, Black Lips, Julian Casablancas, And Clogs

    ​Never pass up the opportunity to see a self-proclaimed group of Danish "Internet Warriors" who have specifically branded themselves as human-headed "Lion Fish." That'd be Oh No Ono (to your left), performing their springy, game-show post-punk at Mercury Lounge tonight. Meanwhile, at Bowery Ba ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Live: The National Debut Most of High Violet at a "Secret" Bell House Show

    The National The Bell House Thursday, March 11 "We're gonna play a couple of new songs...flawlessly," National frontman Matt Berninger laughed, standing onstage at the Bell House last night for the first of two short-notice, "secret" shows in Brooklyn this week. Which they did. The kicker, of co ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Tonight! Binary Marketing Show, Her Vanished Grace, and Boogie Boarder

    ​For those who set their alarms at the crack of dawn last Friday to buy Animal Collective/Guggenheim tickets but were still denied, quit moping and stop by Zebulon, where Binary Marketing Show (above), with their droning brass and radioactive vocals bathed in Brooklyn industrial waste, can ser ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 5, 2010


    Bring an apple for Professor Byrne

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    December 3, 2009

    Download the Mountain Goats' December 1 Webster Hall Set

    ​In what has become a happy ritual for local Mountain Goats fans, the urban bootlegger and all-around live-show ninja nyctaper has posted a high quality version of the band's Webster Hall show on Tuesday, the first of the trio-cum-quartet's two shows in town. (Last night was the Bell House; ex ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    Tonight! Phoenix/Passion Pit, DJ Spooky, Phish, And Jaguar Love

    SOTC-beloved French pop doggs Phoenix and hyperactive aggro-twee synth-bashers Passion Pit love each other so much they can't stop playing shows together -- fresh off a stint at Central Park a couple months back, they reunite this evening at Hammerstein Ballroom for 101.9 RXP DJ Matt Pinfield's Ho ... More >>

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    November 30, 2009

    Tonight! Pelican, Queen Ifrica, In C, and Sloan

    ​It is true that not everyone here in the metaphorical Voice compound is totally in love with wordless, perpetually crescendoing art-metal dudes Pelican. That wordy naysayer will probably not be at their Highline Ballroom show tonight, though, which is a good thing, 'cause he'd have totally ki ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    Tonight! Cave In, The Reigning Sound, Dylan (Last Time), And Miles Benjamin Etc.

    ​Massachusetts metalheads Cave In have had quite a varied career, vacillating from screamy hardcore to what Spin once dubbed "emo-metal Radiohead" (2000's Jupiter is indeed pretty righteous to not-quite-ascendant major-label hopefuls to... whatever they are now. They'll be it, whatever it is, ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    Cuckoo for Cocoa at the Brooklyn Chocolate Experiment

    Eric Harvey BrownProfessional pastry chefs Catherine Carlisle and Diana Holland's miniature chocolate cakes.​ Brooklyn was awash in sugar-shocked hipsters yesterday, some 350 of them packing the Bell House for its first-ever Brooklyn Chocolate Experiment. The consensus among some at Sunday's e ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    After Takedowns Lamb, Tofu & Bacon, Chili Returns

    serenejournal/flickr​ Following the success of his first Chili Takedown five years ago, Matt Timms dabbled in lamb, toyed with tofu, and is even taking his Takedown show on the road for mac 'n' cheese in Massachusetts. But, come November 22, he's going back to his roots for The Brooklyn Chili ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    Make Vegetarian Beet Borscht with Brooklyn's Au Revoir Simone

    One of my favorite bands, Au Revoir Simone, shows us how to make vegetarian roasted beet borscht in this clip from Nylon TV. Note their comments on factory farms and their use of cage-free eggs. The band was formed in 2003 in Williamsburg, and features three gals on synths: Erika Forster (vocals/k ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    This Weekend! Saint Vitus, Echo and the Bunnymen, Glenn Branca, and David Bazan

    "Basically, I think right now, the world's in shit," Scott "Wino" Weinrich told the Voice's own Phil Freeman recently, by way of explaining the decision to revive the finest iteration of doom-metal giants Saint Vitus for a brief tour. "There's a lot of despair, a lot of economic problems. People h ... More >>

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    September 18, 2009

    News Roundup: New Yorker Festival, Brooklyn Country Festival, Phil Spector's Prison Papers

    ​--Tickets for the October 16-18 New Yorker Festival, which will feature plenty of musicians--Neko Case, Bon Iver, Loudon Wainwright III, Ian Hunter, Jace Clayton, and Melvin Gibbs, to name a few----and a really ace concert at the Bell House with Liturgy and Dirty Projectors, are on sale now. ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    Tonight! Cam'ron, Marc Ribot, and Explosions in the Sky

    In the event you're hoping for a love connection at Harlem megastar Cam'ron's show tonight, know that the guy's idea of foreplay is "Get in the car, and don't touch nothin'/Either we lovin' or I'll see you tomorrow." He's at B.B. King's. Marc Ribot is best known for the shambling licks he contrib ... More >>

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    June 2, 2009

    Tonight They're Gonna Rock You Tonight: Phish!

    Props to Zach for intentionally running the words "Phish in a barrel" on this website. Starting today, the legendary jam band wanks three nights away at Jones Beach. Isis do metaphysics by way of doom metal at Irving Plaza, plus a set by sludgy post-rockers Pelican. Sweden is weathering the rece ... More >>

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    May 20, 2009
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    May 7, 2009

    The Governor Bans Bottled Water; Guactacular Winners Announced

    Bagless vacuum cleaner inventor James Dyson has filed a US patent application for "cubist" kitchen appliances, designed to take up less space than round, jug-shaped ones. [New Scientist] Governor Paterson has signed an executive order to phase out the purchase and use of all bottled water at govern ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 29, 2009


    Then see it in another life, brotha. Or not till next January.

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    March 30, 2009

    Coney: New Dig, Times Dis, Cyclone Opens Sunday

    Kinetic Carnival looks at Joe Sitt's big dig at Stillwell Avenue and the Boardwalk at Coney Island and wonders what's up. Captain Nemo's readers speculate: new supports for the Boardwalk? Tents? A "Dream Land Amusement Park" is announced by lamppost sign for part of the blighted property. Gowanus' B ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    SWXS 2009: A Biased Top-Five Recap, and How The Artists Therein Will Soon Tangibly Impact Your Life

    Well that's over with. To complete my spiritual journey, I will now both provide my top-five greatest moments (Metallica excluded) and explore how non-SXSW revelers might enjoy their music, immediately or in the immediate future. 1. Ms. Janelle MonĂ¡e, of course. Her deeply, defiantly weird dystop ... More >>

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    October 28, 2008

    Brooklyn Nightlife Increasingly Resembles Kansas, 1911

    Brooklyn Based runs through some of the Quizzo-style entertainments available in the hipper precincts. Union Hall in Park Slope has a "lawyer-by-day/comedian-by-night" who delivers comic lectures such as "The Firing of My High School Physics Teacher." The Bell House has Name That Tune with pop music ... More >>

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