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Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
Often dubbed a modern-day Woodstock, this four-day festival on a 700-acre farm maintains a laid-back vibe while boasting over nine stages and 200 bands—this year's headliners include Radiohead, The Beach Boys and Ludacris.

Camp Bisco
What began as a small festival for the Disco Biscuits' closest friends and fans has since grown into one of the country's best small music festivals, drawing nearly 10,000 people to an upstate campground.

Pitchfork Music Festival
Since 2006, influential music site Pitchfork has used its status and connections to throw a killer festival with consistently stellar bands. This season's lineup includes Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors and Feist.

Outside Lands
Though relatively young (five years this summer), Outside Lands has drawn such big names as Pearl Jam and Tom Petty. What differentiates this festival from others is the nearly 100 restaurants and wineries that set up shop in Golden Gate Park.

Named after the British term for umbrella, a nod to Seattle's penchant for rain, this 41-year-old festival features theater, film, dance and music—from Bob Dylan to Beck—drawing upwards of 100,000 fans each year.

Williamsburg Waterfront
With probably the highest concentration of bands per square foot, it makes sense that Williamsburg has its own outdoor music festival. Attended by hipsters and celebs alike—even Jay-Z and Beyoncé have been known to drop by for a show. This year, the concerts move to the new Williamsburg Park.

As we sat down to create our second issue of the Denim & Supply magazine, our workmates were busy planning the first Denim & Supply store in Europe, at Kalverstraat 55 in Amsterdam. In honor of their hard work and our love for this bohemian city, we asked travelers and locals to share their favorite spots:
Sanderijnstraat 21
Billed as a “proeflokaal” (“tasting room” in Dutch), Kulter is an intimate artist-run gallery space/collective nestled in the increasingly arty Bos en Lommer neighborhood. Kulter's focus is on the collaborative creative process, with an emphasis on bridging the gap between art, performance, music and text. Established artists are shown next to emerging artists, local artists next to international artists. Refreshingly laid-back, guests are encouraged to interact with artists, and free homemade bread and soup are served.
Wibautstraat 127
This restaurant-nightclub-art space is located in the former headquarters of Trouw, a daily Dutch newspaper. Old printing presses and other odds-and-ends now serve as décor, but the breaking news is the menu, which features Mediterranean inspired dishes that truly represent the diversity of the region—from Greek and Turkish to North African and Middle Eastern. Adjacent is one of Amsterdam's liveliest music venues, which hosts cutting-edge electronic musicians and boasts its own record label.
Firma Pekelhaaring
Van Woustraat 127-129
This Italian café run by the van der Nagel brothers is an essential modern dining experience: a cozy atmosphere with creative cuisine. Dishes prepared on the grill (like the delicious rib-eye steak) may be more difficult to translate than penne al ragu and lasagna van spinazie, but just ask your server—most are fluent in English. And make sure to leave room for dessert! Pekelhaaring¹s chocolate cheesecake, crème brulee and chocolate tart with pralines and toffee crème are all excellent encores to enjoy after your dinner.
Café Latei
Zeedijk 143
This two-story café puts the shop in coffee shop. Latei's eclectic collection of vintage goodies (posters, toys, bags, knickknacks) as well as its décor (from porcelain chandeliers to mismatched cutlery to retro chairs) are all for sale. Locals and tourists alike can be found in the café's various nooks and crannies, sipping on koffie verkeerd (milky coffee) and enjoying Latei's pastries, sandwiches, soups, vegetarian Indian cuisine and signature apple pie—considered the best in the city.
Smart Project Space
Arie Biemondstraat 111
It's fitting that this multidisciplinary arts venue is housed in a former Pathological Anatomical Laboratory, as it possesses a decidedly experimental quality. Founded in 1994 by Una Henry and located in Amsterdam's Oud West neighborhood, the impressive building is a one-stop shop for the creatively curious. The space contains a movie theater, an auditorium, a lecture hall, a gallery (often artist-curated), studios, an art bookshop and a café that features dissection tables.
Culinaire Werkplaats
Fannius Scholtenstraat 10 HS
Looking at art on an empty stomach is never good. Luckily, the folks at Culinaire Werkplaats describe their workshop as “the intersection of food and art.” The menu is light and basic, and food is pay-as-you-wish. The wine list (which does come with prices) offers three options: wine, posh wine and super-posh wine. And if you're still hungry, you can purchase a garment from CW's line of tasty and fashionable edible clothing.
The true story of leaving it all behind to find more
How a road trip can change the direction of your life
Star-crossed love across the great pond
A honeymoon spent solo and an adventure through Central America
Homer's "The Odyssey" played out in the South during the 1930s
A bittersweet and crazy trip around the world
Europe, a train and a romantic evening in Vienna
Hitchhiking through Ecuador to find oneself
An iconic look at counterculture in America
A spiritual and incidentally humorous journey through India
Rebels, rockers and the right to leave Iran
Since bursting onto the scene in 2008 with chart-topping hits like “That's Not My Name” and “Shut Up and Let Me Go,” the British dance-pop duo The Ting Tings have been performing to sold-out crowds coast-to-coast, shore-to-shore. While much of the past several years are a blur of rigorous itineraries, singer Katie White says that she and her co-Ting Ting Jules De Martino get to do some exploring from time to time. “When we get to each city, if at all possible, we try and escape and do our own thing,” she says. “I really like to spend a day before each show in a new city getting to know it.”

A good way to do that, Katie's found, is on two wheels. “Recently, I rented a bike in Paris, and a group of us were riding around one night. We rode through the Arc de Triomphe and got to the Eiffel Tower at midnight—exactly when they turned the lights on. It was quite amazing.” When it comes to the most excitable fans, Katie singles out the French. “In Paris, when you get people crowd surfing, the guys will come on stage, kiss me on both cheeks and then run off. As for the cutest men, she says, “In Norway, everyone is just beautiful!” When it comes to nightlife, Katie says that Ibiza (where The Ting Tings rehearsed before their current tour in support of their highly anticipated follow-up “Sounds From Nowheresville”) can't be beat. “When we're working, we're not out partying so much,” she explains. “But when we were here about a year ago, we had a crazy time—there was absolutely no sleep on that trip. We went to clubs, and then barbecues at 6 a.m. After three days we just collapsed.”

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We had Sui He dig deep into the past for the most inspiring movies you might not have seen*. Now, here are her favorite flicks from more recent days:

Cyber-punk mystery thriller

Enthralling yet terrifying story set
in the ballet

Action meets comedy in 1920s Sichuan

Woody Allen's love letter to Paris

OK, I haven't seen it yet—comes out in 2012—but I loved the musical!
It's not every day you find a model who lives and breathes the rugged, downtown spirit of a brand, or who puts on something new but feels like he's in an old vintage favorite. Originally from Seattle, Washington (even Brooklyn tips its cap to this city's claim on the "grunge" look), Ben is just at home skiing, hiking and surfing as he is expressing his artistic side or hanging out in Brooklyn where he says, "people are laid back and it's always a fun time." With a personal style that ranges from "around the house wear" to "preppy chic" for going out, Ben told us this about his time in Denim Supply: "The layering was probably my favorite part of the wardrobe. The clothes are well made and already have that worn-in feeling we all want."
Jean-Michel Basquiat in post-punk NYC
Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson's antihero
Fantasy…comedy…dystopic satire
of the future
Jim Jarmusch does minimalist black & white
Authentic reggae at its roots
Teen angst in a 1970s California suburb
Surrealist masterpiece based on the
Who's rock opera
The artful story of young legendary poet
Allen Ginsberg
Banksy art hoax or documentary…you decide
Hysterical and socio-political in 1980s London
Writers rage against the status quo
It was only last summer that lo-fi trio Widowspeak started practicing together on the roof of Molly Hamilton's Bushwick apartment building. A year later, with Hamilton as lead singer, Robert Thomas on guitar and Michael Stasiak on drums, the band already has a debut album on the way.

Due this fall, Lighting Out was recorded at nearby Hidden House studios with producer Jarvis Taveniere of fellow Bushwick band, Woods. "I still can't believe we recorded an album so quickly," Hamilton says, citing the good fortune of living amid tons of established musicians like Taveniere. "There's something weird about Brooklyn that really makes things happen."

But there's more to Widowspeak than merely being in the right borough at the right time. The band's psychedelic, yet crisply minimalist sound is the perfect backdrop for Hamilton's smoldering coo. Often compared to altrockers Mazzy Star, Hamilton describes '90s music as highly influential: "That era of pop was really clean production-wise and amazingly melody conscious."

Chris Isaak (the band does a ghostly rendition of his classic song "Wicked Game") is also a favorite. "There's that scene in David Lynch's Wild at Heart, where Nicolas Cage is driving through the desert at night and 'Wicked Game' is in the background," Hamilton says. "The guitar is just so nostalgic and haunting—Iknew we had to cover it." She's since made Isaak fans of her bandmates. "They were pretty skeptical at first," Hamilton admits. "But now they love it."
From singer-songwriters and aerial artists to illusionists to comedians, Brooklyn is lucky to be home to a vibrant community of under-the-radar creative types of every ilk and expertise. See them do their thing, or get in on the action yourself, at some of the borough's most popular open mics and variety shows.

Pete's Candy Store Open Mic
A Williamsburg open mic with some rules -- you must be a singer-songwriter performing original material (no covers), and sets should be two songs each -- short and sweet.

Floating Kabarette at Galapagos
Galapagos' Floating Kabaratte is a nod to the huge indoor reflecting pool at the DUMBO performance space, but it could also apply to the gravity-defying aerial act frequently involved in this weekly spectacular, which also includes cabaret, burlesque and variety.

Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen at Littlefield
Comedians Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal host this bubbly mix of music, comedy and general strangeness, where celebrity guest performers aren't uncommon. On a recent night, Schaal dressed up as a Whoopee Cushion and Braunholer sat on her; an audience member was tasked with hitting a moving dancer on stage with a ball and Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari did a surprise comedy set.

The Moth's StorySLAM at Southpaw
Everyone's a raconteur at this monthly storytelling series at Park Slope's Southpaw. It's open to the public -- just show up early, stick to the evening's theme, and the mic is yours.

The Talent Show Brand Variety Show at Littlefield
This monthly grab-bag of music, comedy, storytelling and oddities from a rotating cast of characters is produced by writer Anaheed Alani. Recent guests have included This American Life's Ira Glass (who happens to be married to Alani), illusionist Alex Stone and the band They Might Be Giants.

The Brooklyn Country Hoedown at Freddys
Brooklyn's transported to Nashville at this monthly country-western night. The first part of the evening features country artists performing twangy ballads of all kinds (something tells us song topics include whiskey and jail time), and the second features “An All-Star Jam” that is open to all musical cowboys and cowgirls.

Peter Shapiro earned his New York nightlife chops as owner of the much-loved, politically progressive music venue Wetlands. After the TriBeCa club closed in the early aughts, Shapiro, who is also a filmmaker, set his sights on creating a similarly easygoing concert venue. And this time... there'd be bowling.

In 2007, Shapiro stumbled upon an abandoned 1880s-era ironworks foundry in a then-mostly industrial section of Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg. Two painstaking years were spent making the 130-year-old space LEED certified. This included adding green touches like cork floors in the bowling area and cutting down on waste by refusing to sell bottled beers. Throw in an outpost of Blue Ribbon (featuring its out-of-control-delicious fried chicken), an enormous 35-foot-wide stage that features bands seven nights a week, and Brooklyn Bowl has found itself a key player on the city's nightlife scene.

Click through for Shapiro's chat about the bowling alley and the blossoming of Williamsburg, which he likens to “an urban ski town.”

How would you describe Brooklyn Bowl?
People always ask: “Is it a music venue, or a bowling alley?” It's three things: it's a restaurant, it's a bowling alley and it's a full concert venue.

You've had everyone from MIA to Kanye West to Bob Weir play Brooklyn Bowl. What attracts major acts to your space?
We tried to make the stage really big so bands felt like they were a priority and not an afterthought. Bands feel comfortable here. Plus, after they do their soundcheck, they can bowl or eat at Blue Ribbon. They're not stuck upstairs in some room.

How do you incorporate Williamsburg into what you're doing at Brooklyn Bowl?
We really try to make it have a neighborhood vibe. We do a series of shows called Local X Local at Brooklyn Brewery once a month. It's free, and we feature bands from Brooklyn, exclusively. And we only serve beer from Brooklyn. For so long Carroll Gardens, Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights were the neighborhoods associated with the best shops and restaurants. But walk on North 5th or North 11th and you're surrounded by art galleries, restaurants and little independent boutiques. It's like an urban ski town. I'd say Williamsburg is responsible for 70 percent of the interesting things that are happening in Brooklyn now.

What can someone expect when they visit Brooklyn Bowl for the first time?
They can expect to have fun in a lot of different ways. It's multi-sensory. It was important for me to incorporate a visual element, which is why I have 100-foot-wide screens at the end of the bowling lanes. The combination of the bands, the visuals on the screens, the bowling, the food, the old warehouse you're hanging out in – having all of those things together can't happen elsewhere. It's like we put it all in a pot and created this hodgepodge experience. And that feels very Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Bowl is located at 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (718) 963-3369.

Once known as:
Half of brother-sister indie rock duo Fiery Furnaces.

Now known as:
A solo artist, who released her debut album Last Summer -- a collection of intimate, nostalgia-drenched pop gems -- in late July.

Where Friedberger envisions people listening to her album:
“‘Roosevelt Island' is the subway song, ‘One-Month Marathon' is the bedroom song, ‘Heaven' is the beach song, ‘My Mistakes' is the jogging song, ‘Glitter Gold Year' is the getting-drunk-alone song, and ‘I Won't Fall Apart On You Tonight' is the getting-dressed-before-a-date song. Ideally the album works from start to finish for whatever your mood may be.”

On playing alone for the first time:
“Only having to answer to yourself is simultaneously terrifying and liberating.”

When in Brooklyn…
“I love The Commodore: great food, cheap drinks, outdoor patio and good friends are
always found.”

When you hear the words “Brooklyn Band,” we'll wager the first image that pops into your head is of some scruffy shoegazing trio with a flannel-clad, heavily bearded lead singer. No disrespect to the guys, but New York's fairer borough is also filled with a sizeable number of female-fronted bands that will rock your socks off. Here are three of our favorites.

Amanda Warner

You first heard her:
As the female vocalist on Mark Ronson's insanely catchy 2010 hit song, “Bang Bang Bang.”

You're about to hear a whole lot more from her:
On the electro-pop phenom's upcoming full-length, which she's currently finishing up alongside co-producer and writer Peter Wade. “It sounds like heartbreak, first love, anarchy, politics, and string theory. It sounds like everything and like nothing, but all songs and all pop.”

Most nutty fan moment?

“I once had a fan ask me to be their surrogate during a performance.”

When in Brooklyn…
“I am a huge fan of Tandem Bar in Bushwick. It's my neighborhood watering hole where I can go to a full-on goth-wedding-themed dance party on a Sunday night.”

Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard, aka The Laurens.

Why we're creeping on them:
This production-DJ duo create dark, electro-tinged, eerie jams that make us want to don all black, some heavy eyeliner, and give dirty looks to cheerleaders in the Dairy Queen parking lot.

So which Lauren does what?
Since the band formed about a year ago, Flax tells us, “Our roles have become a bit clearer.” She adds: “Dillard is excellent at finding obscure, unique sounds that couple up perfectly with the classical ones that I like to use. Strings are my forte, so when we write together, its classical and contemporary combined. I think we have a unique partnership with this.”

For the girl who has everything.
For Flax's birthday this year, she says, “My mother sent me my Docs from high school, my varsity jacket and my class ring, which, by the way, has a yin-yang on it. Score.”

When in Brooklyn…
“I like getting happy hour margaritas at Vera Cruz on Bedford Avenue because of their backyard with the fountain,” Dillard says. “Also there's a great new bar called The Drink off of the L train Lorimer Street stop -- they've got amazing punch bowls. Really there are so many great places, but none of them can beat a good friend's roof at sunset.”

You've probably heard that Brooklyn is a pretty groovy place to be these days—not just because it was one of Ralph Lauren's inspirations for Denim & Supply. Here we've picked a handful of our favorite Brooklyn spots for eating, drinking, shopping and just hanging out.

Journal Gallery
Housed in a former garage that is as effortlessly cool as it is a rough around the edges, Williamsburg's Journal Gallery has showcased a stylish bunch of emerging, young artists-about-town as well as fashion designers like Helmut Lang (whose exhibit featured a fallen disco ball).
168 N. 1st St., Williamsburg; (718) 218-7148

Greenlight Bookstore
Fort Greene's cozy Greenlight Bookstore was an instant local hit when it opened in 2009—despite the economy and emergence of Kindles—thanks in a part to its discerning collection of new fiction and frequent readings from lit heavyweights.
686 Fulton St., Fort Greene; (718) 246-0200
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Thanks to the Red Hook Lobster Pound, Red Hook can now add “culinary destination” to its resume. RHLP sells buttery lobster rolls and prepared-to-order servings of shellfish fresh from Maine, and their food truck can be found most weekends at the Brooklyn Flea's new market, Smorgasburg, on Williamsburg's Waterfront.
284 Van Brunt St., Red Hook; (646) 326 7650
Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain
A recently restored classic malt shop, Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain offers ice cream as well as fizzy odes to staples like egg creams, malteds, cherry lime rickeys and sparkling sodas. Bring a sweetheart, or just your sweet tooth, and ask for two straws.
513 Henry St., Carroll Gardens; (718) 522-6260
Tucked away in Bushwick, Roberta's has quickly become one of New York's most heralded pizza spots. A real wood-fired oven from Italy creates their much-loved crisp and fluffy crust. A huge backyard greenhouse provides the restaurant with fresh produce, making Roberta's one of the shepherds of Brooklyn's new localvore movement.
261 Moore St., Bushwick; (718) 417-1118
Purveyors of simple, sweet jewelry for women as well as classic cufflinks and men's wedding bands, Catbird has emerged as a go-to for basic baubles of the non-gaudy variety. The Bedford Avenue boutique also sells lovely little trinkets and home goods.
219 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg; (718) 599-3457
just over the bridge…THE BOWERY BOYS
If you feel like taking a bike trip across the Brooklyn or Williamsburg bridge, our friends at Bowery Lane Bicycles (their unique bikes are handmade right in NYC!) tell us their favorite place to ride is through the streets. “We love the people and the traffic. It makes the ride fun, but if you want something tranquil and relaxing, you can just hop over to the bike paths around the island and enjoy yourself.”
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