Thursday, February 19, 2015

ZeroFest 2: Infernal Equinox — Profile #2: Fri., March 6 @ Nola, Darling

Each Thursday until March 5, Square Zeros will profile one night of ZeroFest 2: Infernal Equinox, our four-day, twenty-plus-band festival running from March 5–8 across Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Performance at Nola, Darling. Photo credit: Rafael Grafals.

The venue: 
Let's face it: 2014 left a lot of musicians and music lovers eulogizing the Brooklyn scene. A number of iconic venues announced that they'd be closing their doors last year, and the list of options for putting on a show — especially in North Brooklyn — took a major hit. But as Death By Audio, 285 Kent, and the rest of them were hosting farewell shows, Win Scarlett (SZ #18), host of the slackgaze project, pushed back against the tide and landed a vibrant new DIY art and music space across the river in Chelsea, of all places.

At 161 W. 22nd Street (at 7th Avenue), Nola, Darling is the new home base for slackgaze's many operations, from artist's residencies and installations to independent research and publishing to DJ sets and rock and roll shows. That creative, experimental attitude toward programming ensures that a trip to Nola is never a boring experience. At Square Zeros, we're longtime fans of Win's curatorial ideas and attitudes toward music and the arts, not to mention his band Chimes, who are playing night four of the festival.

So before you decide to give up the ghost on the whole New York City music scene, remember: it's 2015, and you belong with us at Nola, Darling on Friday, March 6.

The bands:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Square Zeros Show Listings, Weds–Sun, February 18–22

Square Zeros Show Listings, Wednesday–Sunday, February 18–22

This is Josh from The Mad Doctors and The Rizzos. He's really excited.

My my, look at that. It's already Wednesday (how?). The sun is shining, and it feels almost balmy out (or at least balmy as compared to the bone chill we've been experiencing, but let's try to put that behind us). 

But enough about the weather! Please, please no more. More about the music. This weekend is stacked (which, clearly, every week seems to be), but that shouldn't stop you from getting off your bum and heading on out to catch something tasty. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

ZeroFest 2: Infernal Equinox — Profile #1: Thurs., March 5 @ Cake Shop

Each Thursday until March 5, Square Zeros will profile one night of ZeroFest 2: Infernal Equinox, our four-day, twenty-plus-band festival running from March 5–8 across Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The venue:
If you know
Cake Shop owner Andy Bodor, you know that Cake Shop is perhaps Manhattan's least-likely music institution. In 2005, Andy opened the venue to house all kinds of fun, scrappy, lo-fi rock and roll in his combination bar/coffee and pastry shop/record store. When more and more of those fledgling bands started making it big, Andy found himself in the position of unlikely tastemaker, to the point that — now, ten years later — Cake Shop is typically known as the last great venue in the Lower East Side, and to be a musician in New York City is to have the address 152 Ludlow Street (between Stanton and Rivington) ingrained on the softest tissue in your brain. Cake Shop supports NYC musicians by carrying their records and hosts bands from across the globe. What starts in the ears and mouths of the underground rarely makes it into the tour books, but Cake Shop has done it without compromise, and we're particularly pleased to kick off the festival at one of our favorite venues.

The bands:

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Square Zeros Show Listings, Thurs–Sat, February 12–14

Square Zeros Show Listings, Thursday–Saturday, February 12–14

These faces (Big Huge) say love to me.

The way I see it, there are two ways to look at this weekend.

Option 1: It's a weekend to celebrate love or the lack of it. The time to hold someone (or a whiskey bottle) close and profess your love (not mutually exclusive — the human/whiskey bottle thing — Pro Tip: you've got two hands). It can be one of those where we celebrate fake holiday with real people and chocolate (please).
Option 2: It's going to be fucking cold.
Don't let PDA and the freeze disturb you! There's some cool shit happening.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Picture Dump 2.10.2015: Paper Fleet, Best Behavior, Sic Tic, Jupiter Boys

The Show: Paper Fleet (Jon Mann, SZ #10) and Best Behavior (Alex Gruenberg and Alex Heigl, SZ #17) w/ Sic Tic, Jupiter Boys at Gutter — Friday, February 6, 2015

Depicted below: Paper Fleet, Sic Tic, Best Behavior, Jupiter Boys


— DJH, BW, + JM

Paper Fleet. Photo credit: Chris Jimenez

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Picture Dump: A One-Year Anniversary Recap

Here at Square Zeros, we're celebrating a full year of documenting, participating in, and — we sincerely hope — supporting the music scene in Brooklyn and beyond. 

Though we didn't start dumping pictures on the site until August, we've been actively photographing shows since the site began. Jon Mann, who takes most of the photographs that make it into the Picture Dump, got out to eighty-six shows that he can document (read: triple digits), and we don't always go to the exact same shows as a team every time. Add Derek and Bettina's known show calendar to that, and it gets pretty out of control.

So to commemorate our first year in the business of interviewing musicians, listing shows, publishing articles, and posting pictures, we've dredged the archives for some of our favorite shots from the past year. They're not always perfect, but they document the music we love. We hope you'll enjoy looking at them as much as we enjoyed getting up in people's faces to take them.

— DJH, BW, + JM

WE'D LIKE TO PROPOSE A TOAST. Crazy Pills, Don Pedro, 9.26.2014

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Square Zeros Show Listings, Weds–Sat February 4–7

Square Zeros Show Listings, Wednesday–Saturday, February 4–7

Here are our buddies Kerbivore playing a show last weekend, fronted by Jamie Frey.

This is a short month, right? This isn't a leap year or anything? It could be. I haven't Googled. HOWEVER, let's go with the theory that this month is, in fact, one of the short ones. Let's say that there is, in fact, a quota of attending awesome shows on has to fill per month in order to maintain their basic level of happiness. OK, so we need to see X amount of shows, and February only has Y amount of days. Using the math I don't know and the sense this isn't making, you gotta pack 'em in there! Start with these...

Monday, February 2, 2015

Picture Dump 2.03.2015: Sunset Guns, Shelter Dogs, Polyon, Bad New Ones, Immaculate Corpses, OxenFree, Kerbivore

The Shows: 

Sunset Guns (Derek Hawkins and Jon Mann, SZ #10), Shelter Dogs (Brian LaRue, SZ #30) w/ Bad New Ones, Immaculate Corpses at Cake Shop — Friday, January 30, 2015

El Goodo #2 presents Polyon (Ryan McLaughlin, SZ #7) w/ Nightscreams, OxenFree, Kerbivore, Beach Craft Bonanza, Bad Look at Muchmore's — Saturday, January 31, 2015

Depicted below: Immaculate Corpses, Shelter Dogs, Bad New Ones, Sunset Guns, OxenFree, Kerbivore, Polyon


— DJH, BW, + JM