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What To Do This Weekend (12-08-10)

In Concerts,What To Do This Weekend on December 9, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bad Rabbits, Gabriel The Marine, Secret Secret Dino Club, Night Fevers & Dussel Has Friends @ Broadway Bar (Amityville, NY)








This Friday night you’re going to have the chance to start off your holiday season with a bang.

Before I tell you why, I just want to clarify that in an effort to avoid any potential labeling as narcissistic, I won’t be talking about the fact that my band Dussel Has Friends is on this bill.  That being said, by now hopefully you know I would never steer you wrong when it comes to how to spent the precious few hours you have over the weekend to enjoy yourself.  So I give you my word, it is with only mild self-interest that I recommend this show to you.

Here’s a little bit about who’s performing:

Bad Rabbits
I saw Bad Rabbits at Maxwell’s in Hoboken last year, and have been itching to see them again since.  They blend Hip Hop, Funk and ridiculous musicianship into one nice little package.  For some reason, they give me the feeling you could have easily switched them for Parliament Funkadelic in the house party scene in PCU and it would have been just as epic. Trust me,  you’ll be hearing a lot about these guys in 2011.

Gabriel The Marine
On the one hand, if I give Gabriel The Marine any more praise on this blog I could probably start charging them PR fees.  On the other hand, I might get accused of having a little bit of an ‘unhealthy’ obsession with them.  So in hopes of not achieving fanboy status before they even sign a record deal, I’m just going to give you a link to a review of them I wrote for

Night Fevers
Still wrestling with the question of  whether or not blow is right for you?  Fear not, this is your answer.  Night Fevers is sonic cocaine.  Even better, they won’t kill you or end up making you dress like 1970s David Bowie.  Be forewarned though, bring your own glo-sticks.  These guys may pass them out at shows, but they packed Arlene’s Grocery so full a couple of weeks ago that the cops had to come shut the place down. Translation, they might run out before you get there.

So come down Friday night; drink, dance and be merry.  I promise you this will be one hell of a shindig, especially if you stick around for the after party.   Because once the rock and hip hop portion of the night wraps up, GRVRBBRS is gonna keep the rager going with a good ol’fashion dance party (Hint: save the glo-sticks from Night Fevers set!).

Lesssss goooo!!!

Happy non-denominational holidays!




What To Do This Weekend (11-25-10)

In What To Do This Weekend on November 25, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , ,

Avoid the mall!



What To Do This Weekend (11-18-10)

In Art,Rich,What To Do This Weekend on November 18, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , ,

The “Free” Exhibit at the New Museum



While my initial inclination was to suggest seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I decided that the majority of the people interested enough in doing so that they would read about it already have tickets for the midnight showing tonight.  Myself included.

Instead I suggest checking out the “Free” Exhibit at the New Museum in the Bowery section of the Lower East Side this weekend.  “Free” uses different artistic mediums to explore how the internet has changed our concept of public spaces as well as how we relate to each other socially.

The project description says it best:

““Free” explores how the internet has fundamentally changed our landscape of information and our notion of public space. Today, our shared space has expanded beyond streets and schools to more distributed forms of collectivity. What constitutes this expanded public is not only greater social connectedness but a highly visual, hybrid commons of information.”

This exhibit is at once a history lesson, art exhibit and prediction for our society’s future.  You can go for a casual afternoon and check out some beautiful work, but you will undoubtedly leave contemplating how life has changed over the past 100 years, and how far it will go in the next 100.

Trust me, I advocate checking out Deathly Hallows, as I said I’m going tonight at midnight.  However, when you return from the Battle of Hogwarts, make the trip into the Bowery to check out this exhibit and get a fascinating dose of realism.

But still, do this as well…

– Rich





What To Do This Weekend (11-11-10)

In Concerts,Rich,What To Do This Weekend on November 11, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , ,


This Condition


This Condition Music Video Shoot @ Crash Mansion (11/14)

When I first met This Condition they were an exceptionally talented, doggedly determined pop punk band with a ton of potential that was opening for my old band Styrofoam Junkies.

They also happened to be very young.

In the four years since, I’ve witnessed them make the transition from promising to professional.  Not just in terms of the rabid fan base and national touring experience they’ve acquired, but also as songwriters.  They always packed the sort of pop punch that was destined to be heard all over MTV, but they’ve added layers of depth and polish to their writing that I always thought they were capable of and hoped I’d get the chance to see one day.

This Sunday they’ll be taking the stage at Crash Mansion on the Lower East Side with another Long Island band that has earned a well deserved cult following, Patent Pending.  They’ll be filming the whole show for This Condition’s first music video, which means I would expect to see their A-game.

It’s been quite some time since the last time I’ve seen them play live, but they were always one of my favorite bands to play with, and if the YouTube videos I’ve seen of their more recent performances are any indicator, this is a can’t miss.

In short, this Sunday will be chock full of pop rock goodness that will leave you feeling a little bit better than you did when you got there…be a part of it!

Here’s the Facebook Event for more info.

– Rich


What To Do This Weekend (11-04-10)

In Concerts,Rich,What To Do This Weekend on November 4, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Gabriel The Marine/ Hotel Of The Laughing Tree/ Republic of Wolves @ Party Expo in Brooklyn *(Friday Nov. 5th [NOT Saturday the 6th!])

If you were to take a quick look at my previous weekend suggestions a few trends would arise in terms of what I find entertaining.  One of the most common would be DIY shows in dungeon-esque basements or seedy warehouses and another would be Gabriel The Marine.

This saturday at Party Expo in Bushwick, you can experience both.  Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect.

The Music – Gabriel The Marine is an indie rock act in the vein of Ra Ra Riot.  I’ve noted several times that I hold them atop my list of bands restoring my faith in the Long Island music scene.  They will be joined by three other awesome bands currently breaking out of Long Island.

The Venue – Party Expo is a Wu Tang approved DIY spot in Bushwick that seems to have as many visits from the cops as it does concert goers.  However, despite having nights occasionally shut down the venue still manages a steady stream of awesome shows. I would most compare Party Expo to Death By Audio in Williamsburg, however DBA does have a major one up on Party Expo; a liquor license.  Don’t let the fact that Party Expo shows are dry for the time being stop you from going Saturday though, Beauty Bar is two doors down, and the venue allows re-entry.  This makes it pretty easy to slip out between bands for a beer and a shot…or two.

Conclusion – If it’s good enough for Raekwon, it’s good enough for me.  Let’s go!

– Rich


What To Do This Weekend (10-28-10)

In Holiday Stuff,Rich,Uncategorized,What To Do This Weekend on October 28, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

New York’s Village Halloween Parade

This Sunday will mark the 38th incarnation of The Village’s annual Halloween parade.  The event started in 1973 as a house to house walk through a small section of Greenwich Village by a local mask-maker in an attempt to entertain his children and neighbors.  It has since evolved into the biggest grassroots event in the country.

The Parade draws its influence from the flamboyant expressionism that has always been the defining characteristic of the Village, but in my opinion feels much more New Orleanian.  The procession of huge puppets and surrounding helter-skelter reminds me of Mardi Gras meeting the graveyard scene in Easy Riders.

This year’s event will feature an eclectic selection of 53 bands, as well as dance troupes, artist’s contributions and a glimpse into the creative minds of tens of thousands of casually participating New Yorkers.  Of special interest will be Haitian Carnival Artist and Painter Didier Civil, who will be making traditional Haitian Parade puppets (including Baron Samedi and Gran Brigitte) and leading a traditional dance to Gede accompanied by Brooklyn-based Haitian roots band Dja-Rara.  As a thank you to Mr. Civil for his participation, the Parade will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the event to rebuilding the Art School in Jacmel, Haiti which was destroyed in the earthquake earlier this year.

This is about as authentic of a Halloween celebration as one is going to come across.  On top of that, you are not likely to come across anything like this anywhere else either.  Even if you’ve been to the parade in past years, each parade is so decidedly unique that another visit will be as fresh to you as your first time.

I recommend visiting the event’s website here sometime between now and Sunday.  If you aren’t 100% sure you want to experience the parade, seeing what the event is all about and learning its history should give you a pretty certain idea of whether or not it’s for you.



What To Do This Weekend (10-21-10)

In Concerts,Rich,What To Do This Weekend on October 21, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2010 CMJ Festival

Every October, the music industry descends on Manhattan and Brooklyn to determine who’s going to be the next big thing.  It’s about that time of the year again, and this weekend’s ‘What To Do’ post will give you a heads up on some performances that will be worth checking out.


  • Me First and the Gimme GimmesA collaboration of pop punk legends covering ridiculous songs in a deceptively appropriate pop-punk fashion. (7 PM – Rocks Off Concert Cruise Series).
  • This ConditionInfectious pop rock in the vein of the All American Rejects.  You’re guaranteed to leave this show with a smile on your face and a slightly more positive outlook then you walked in with. (7:50 PM – The Delancey).
  • Bad RabbitsBoston Hip Hop funksters.  I caught these guys in Hoboken last year and have been spinning their Stick-Up kids EP ever since.  Parliament Funkadelics meets Travie McCoy. (8 Pm – Purevolume House).
  • Atomic Tom – Watch this video.  Enough said. (10 PM – Arlene’s Grocery).
  • Bear Hands – Brooklyn hipsters that are more concerned with writing catchy tunes than being cooler than you (which in turn probably makes them cooler than you).  Been diggin’ on these guys for a couple of years now.  (12 AM – Bowery Electric).
  • Nada Surf – Indie rock royalty that somehow managed to keep their street cred despite how popular they got. (1 AM – Mercury Lounge).  Forgive that pun please…


  • HelmetRemember these guys? (8 PM – Gramercy Theatre).
  • The KickDrums – Rza approved indie kids from B(c)rooklyn.  A lot better than that description makes them out to sound. (9:40 PM – Le Poisson Lounge).
  • The TweesEqual parts The Strokes and The Walkmen.  This is currently one of my favorite bands (mostly because they remind me of sneaking into the city to go see those bands 10 years ago). (10:15 PM – The Charleston).
  • Surfer Blood – Florida low-fi kids make a stop in NY before heading to Europe.  Great way to end your CMJ weekend (1 AM – Bowery Ballroom).

– Rich