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RAISE YOUR GLASS

If you’ve spent any significant amount of time in Williamsburg, chances are you’ve been drunk and stumbling down Kent, lost on an avenue of decrepit warehouses and abandoned factories, when you suddenly saw a light. No, it wasn’t coming from a luxury apartment high-rise. It was coming from Glasslands, where the music was always raging, someone was always thrashing in a nonviolent way, and the skies were always cloudy. It’s hard not to be sentimental about yet another New York music venue closing its doors on a neighborhood flash-gentrified beyond recognition. (Anyone noted the souvenir shop on Bedford selling not-at-all-ironic “Brooklyn” magnets? It’s where the Williamsburg tour guides meet their groups.) But hell, let’s see the place off right at tonight’s New Year’s Eve party, sadly hashtagged “lastlands.” The goodbye-Glasslands/hello-2015 party-to-literally-end-all-parties promises to bring back four surprise musical guests, each with a storied history at the venue. Take advantage of an hour-long open vodka bar to get the tears flowing. For tomorrow you’ll wake up in Taylor Swift’s New York, so don’t even think about puking on the street.

Wed., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., 2014

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Glasslands Farewell Continues with San Diego Rock Duo Crocodiles

Another highlight during Glasslands’ end-of-an-era show run is Crocodiles, the San Diego duo of Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell. Few bands can mesh the fuzzy, feedback-drenched sonics à la the Jesus and Mary Chain with such slick pop hooks — a trick Crocodiles all but mastered on the group’s fourth album, Crimes of Passion. Live, the group’s garage rock sensibilities get kicked up several notches. For a night of pure rock ‘n’ roll fun, look no further. 18+.

Sun., Dec. 14, 7 p.m., 2014

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THAT GUM YOU LIKE

One cryptic tweet and one not-so-cryptic Showtime promo later, we’re all drawn back into Lynch’s world of teenage murder, biker gangs, Canadian whorehouses, omniscient logs, sweaters, and damn good coffee. The 1990 series Twin Peaks certainly raised the spooky bar to chilling new heights: Nothing on television, let alone network television, has ever scared us as much as that dancing dwarf or BOB lurking at the foot of Laura’s bed. Creepy references and costume options abound for Halloween in the Black Lodge, Glassland’s Twin Peaks–themed Halloween party. Dress as your favorite character to win prizes, and enjoy a cup of “good hot black coffee” and doughnuts as you sway to the “Welcome to Twin Peaks” DJ set of dark electronic pop. Arrive at midnight for a performance of Keys Open Doors: The Hidden Life of Laura Palmer by A Place Both Wonderful and Strange.

Fri., Oct. 31, 11:30 p.m., 2014

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Big Freeida

We should thank Big Freedia for bringing the very spirited New Orleans style of hip-hop — bounce music — to the masses. Every Big Freedia show is an energized, raucous party with a lot of twerking. In fact, you probably won’t catch one of his shows without audience members twerking onstage to his playful rhythms. And even better than that, in 2013, Freedia set a world record for twerking by inviting 358 dancers to twerk for two straight minutes in Herald Square. And the whole thing was recorded on his reality show, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce.

Sat., Oct. 4, 11:30 p.m., 2014

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The Young

Pioneering vets of the thriving Austin, TX music scene, flannel-clad rock ‘n’ roll geekoids The Young are Matador Records’ latest discovery and its just-dropped Chrome Cactus bleeds teeth-sharp and moody, fuzz-drenched earworm-worthy desert jams. Led by hook-centric, moping savant Han Zimmerman, The Young lay on the infectiously coiled stoner highway driving songs thick on its sophomore effort, recalling ZZ Top, Television, Meat Puppets and Dead Moon on a hallucinogenic bender. Weed clouded, psych anthems for sulking indie rockers never felt so good.

Thu., Sept. 11, 8:30 p.m., 2014

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Omar Souleyman

You may not know his name, but Omar Souleyman is, by far, the coolest man alive. The musician hails from Ra’s al-‘Ayn, Syria, and with his 2013 record Wenu Wenu, he broke out of his standard audience and into the worlds of those who subscribe to The Fader. On stage, he floats around stoically, sporting sunglasses and a smile. He claps along to his songs, of which he’ll play roughly four or five for an entire set given the typical length of around 15 minutes. The music, despite being a bit different for those of us used to listening to guitar rock, is bouncy and strange and bizarrely infectious and positive. Omar makes everyone experiencing Omar feel great—so you need to experience Omar yourself.

Wed., Aug. 6, 8:30 p.m., 2014

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A CUT ABOVE THE REST

Sashaying back onto the Brooklyn scene after a five-continent world tour, tonight House of Diehl kicks off a brand new session of its epic Style Wars. Like a furiously sped-up Project Runway, local gorilla designers go head to head in a cutthroat, ripped seam battle, given only minutes to transform recycled material and everyday objects into haute couture before it’s modeled on the runway. Think tearing and tacking more than sewing and measuring. With the mantra “F*ck Ready-to-Wear! Get Ready to Rumble!,” the contest is adamant about its mission to provide opportunities to the creative grassroots fashionistas who most deserve a stage but rarely have the funds to promote their designs within a hyper-exclusive industry. The audience selects a winner, many of whom have gone on to land major deals after winning this democratic battle.

Wed., Aug. 13, 8:30 p.m., 2014

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Hundred Waters

Last month, Hundred Waters celebrated the release of their sophomore album The Moon Rang Like a Bell by throwing a tiny three-day festival for fans and friends in Arcosanti, an off-the-grid city in the Arizona desert. The event was perhaps a perfect physical manifestation of Moon, a collection of electronic future-pop songs that are beautiful and spacious, somehow both a little alien-sounding and also very grounding. On Saturday night, the Los Angeles-via-Florida 4-piece (who are signed to Skrillex’s label OWSLA, and have toured with Grimes, Julia Holter, and the XX) bring their show to a more conventional setting, Brooklyn’s Glasslands, but the sonic pilgrimage will likely be no less awe-inspiring.

Sat., July 5, 8:30 p.m., 2014

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LACED

The darker subtleties of the most recent album by Beach Fossils – 2013’s Clash The Truth — showed a more tense and post-punk-inspired side to the Brooklyn band’s breezy dream pop, revealing singer/guitarist Dustin Payseur’s roots in punk and hardcore bands. It’s hard to say for sure whether those creative impulses surface in Payseur’s new band Laced (who played their first show in March and have no recordings just yet), but the line-up of Ian Judd (of Couple Skate Records) on bass and vocals, and Ryan Naideau (of Nude Beach) on drums seems very promising regardless. Find out for yourself on Monday, when the trio plays Glasslands with Friend, EZTV, Greenfield, DJs Katie Garcia & Pam Garavano of Captured Tracks, and a comedy set by Matt Kallman of Real Estate.

Mon., July 7, 8:30 p.m., 2014

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Gavin Russom+Traxx+Mr. BlackLauren

Gavin Russom isn’t just a former touring member of LCD Soundsystem and a synthesizer fetishist renowned for his technical acumen. He’s also a DJ. capable of marrying multifarious avant-garde inclinations with the functionality required to really tear up a dance floor, from Albert Ayler to Nguzunguzu. Russom takes a break from his ongoing Crystal Ark band project to headline this night, also featuring the hardboiled styles of Traxx.

Fri., June 20, 11:30 p.m., 2014