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There’s No Place Like Home.

Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.  

We must have been somewhere far over the rainbow to be lucky enough to get our favorite local bands together for an evening covering their favorite artists both past and present. Now if this is a dream Auntie Em, please don’t wake me up! 

Shadow Monster got the evening started with a hauntingly beautiful set covering Elliott Smith. I know this performance was especially near and dear to her heart. So I speak for us all when I say thank you for setting the bar for evening so high. We may have even had a few uninvited guests from the world beyond. Just check out the photos below. 

“My cowbells, are they upstairs?” I mean where else would they be? Just a few things overheard before Toyzanne took the stage as the B-52’s. 

“A chicken and an egg are lying in bed. What does the egg say? I guess we know who came first.”

And they’ve got jokes too! There wasn’t a dull moment to be had during this set. At one point they asked everyone to get on the ground and lay as flat as a pancake. If there was ever a doubt in your mind, when the B-52’s speak, we listen. I mean how could you not! You know it’s a party when you look around and everyone is lying on your living room floor.  We all did it for Rock Lobster! They really had everybody moving and everybody grooving.

“Right now I’m Cindy Wilson and then I’ll be transitioning to Cyndi Lauper.” 

I just don’t know how Paige Johnson of Toyzanne and Irrevery did it but she managed to pull it off flawlessly. Two wigs, one night! How could we be so lucky! Bravo! Time after time, you didn’t fail to impress! 

Next up, Wolf Diamond covering Daniel Johnston. Did you know that Daniel Johnston was a Mountain Dew enthusiast! I myself had no idea. Apparently he loved the soft drink so much he dreamed of being the spokesperson for the brand. He even wrote his very own theme song for tasty drink. While the brand may not have favored the notion, I’m so happy Luke included the song about the beverage into his set.

Noods, dressed as Rocket Power took us all straight down memory lane. Their set was dedicated to all with all the millennials in the house as they brought the theme songs of yesteryear to life. Ah yes, a simpler time. 

Are you Gwen Stefani? You are? Perfect! Now get your people up here! I honestly thought No Doubt somehow got an invitation to the party. Shhh Don’t Speak. Shadow Year, you’re really lovely underneath it all.  How could you not sing along? I sure know I was. But I’m just a girl.

In an interview with King Khan and BBQ show asking their take on Halloween and performing around the holiday, they said: “I love Halloween and it’s always been more important than any other celebration when I was a kid, so the more costumes and the weirder the people are the more we have fun.” 

Now ain’t that the truth! And who would have guessed that Rich from Darkwing would look so good in a dress? Don’t believe me? Check out the photos below. Gillian from Shadow Monster even made a guest appearance during the set. “Now who ordered a pizza? It’s called banter, folks.” 

As the evening grew darker and the hours ticked past, Thee Suburbia took the stage as Grace Jones. I looked around the room and not a soul dared look away. It felt as though Grace Jones was actually in the building. Grace Jones is a character well known for her controversial moments. Did you know that she was banned from Walt Disney World? Who would have known. If you liked what you saw please be sure to check out Thee Suburbia at Bizarre Bar for the whole experience. 

Then members of Thick/ Nice Knife/ Gustaf teamed up to cover Blink 182. Wait a second, I mustache you a question. How’d you get those to stay on all night? Impressive! Nikki from Thick was also crowned the winner of our Costume Contest. A huge thank you to everyone who participated and dressed up! The costumes truly were out of this world. 

Your Mystery Guest covered Rae Sremmurd.  Your Mystery Guest always brings so much energy to every performance.  Did you know the hip hop duo originally started as a three man group? Oh, and they love Taco Bell. You see celebrities are not that different after all.

Styles Upon Styles kept the party going into the wee hours of the night, and just like I dreamed, everyone was out on the dance floor. 

Now what did the mummy say to the detective? Let’s wrap this case up.

And with that boys and ghouls, I give you Halloween at Hartstop.

From the very bottom of our hart(stop), we thank you! We can’t wait to see everyone at our next event and we’d just hate for you to have to wait! So please be sure to join us Thursday, November 8th. We’ll be back at Rubulad as Hartstop Presents: The Britanys and so much more! We can’t wait to see you there! xo Paris


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Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun!

Oh my gourd!

Ghouls just want to have fun, am I right?

Honesty, I’m just here for the BOOS.

When witches go riding and black cats are seen. The moon laughs and whispers. ‘Tis near Halloween.

To celebrate this time of year when witches fly and the dead arise. The zombies moan cover sets with glowing eyes. We gather round the pumpkin light and party long into the night.

So mark your calendar my pretty for a spooktacular soiree. We’re calling all goblins and ghosts and creatures of night to don their best costume this SATURDAY NIGHT.

Join us if you dare! For an evening that’s sure to be a fright.

Shadow Monster will begin the evening covering Elliot Smith. Noods will perform your favorite TV Land show tunes. While Wolf Diamond will make an appearance as Daniel Johnston. For all you  Rock Lobstahs! We welcome Toyzanne to our love shack as the B-52s and Irrevery shows us time after time just how much we adore Cyndi Lauper.

Gwen Stefani famously once said “Being in a band you can wear whatever you want its an excuse for Halloween everyday”. Well girlfriend, you sure were right! We’ll have Shadow Year covering No Doubt. Suburbia will be performing as the fabulous Grace Jones. Darkwing will take the stage late in the night as King Khan and the BBQ Show.

Get ready for a collaboration that just can’t be missed, Thick/ Nice Knife/ Gustaf will be here to belt out your favorite Blink 182 jams. We’ll have Your Mystery Guest performs as Rae Sremmurd and Styles Upon Styles will close out the night. 

Now how did the skeleton know it was going to be a great all Hallows Eve? He could feel it in his bones, and so can I.

So conjure up your best costume and join us for Hartstop’s first ever MONSTER MASH, it’s sure to be a graveyard smash. $5 at the door and we’ll provide all the tricks and treats you need. They’ll be a costume contest and face painting. So creep, float or crawl on over SATURDAY October 27th. Please DM for the ADDRESS. Everyone is just dying to see you.

Happy Haunting! xoxo Paris.




Another Fall Shindig at Rubulad

The evening felt as though I unexpectedly entered a dream. Not one that is frightening or dark. But beautiful, iridescent, glowing. Inspired by magic and wonder. The walls were covered in sequins. Feather crowns hung from the ceiling. A robot stood in the garden beside the love shack in a wondrous Shangri-La. Hey folks, you can’t make this stuff up. If you were able to join us Thursday evening at Rubulad you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Despite the gloomy and overly aggressive humidity the evening started with the Common Ancestors. Hardened on the mean streets of Bedstuy they are known as the intergalactic motorcycle sex pirates of folktronic rock. This do or die trio has been melting faces for over a year and they certainly did not disappoint.

Frank Malloy IV kicked things off on the garden stage and really sought to get everyone involved. He taught us the history of the. Everything and everyone has a story to tell. We learned that if you can speak it, you can play it. I also learned I may or may not know how to keep a beat. I guess you can’t win em all!

We moved things back in doors for ADH where they introduced some music they’ve been working on with Bittersweet. Shake Body, Make Money, am I right? Abby Rock took the stage and debuted something I’ve never seen before, the toe synth. I think she may have found in on a barstool following Jesus Christ. I don’t know about you, but with a voice like hers, I want to stay while all is lost.

Everyone was out on the dance floor moving and grooving during Patafunk accompanied by Gamma Vibes. Surprise! Would you have guessed it? He’s an Elvis fan.

To close out the night Hartstop’s very own New York Knick played back to back with Frank Malloy, who made 3 appearances throughout the night. Nick’s been busy working on some new tracks. Be sure to check them out! By the end of the night I found myself alone on the dance floor. Next time, I hope to see you all out there with me!

It truly was an incredible evening! A huge thank you to all the talented artists who took the stage. I’m always blown away by those who are not afraid to use their voice. It’s so powerful, inspiring and important. Especially when times are tough, to say the least.

A huge thank you to Alex, for doing the audio throughout the night. It certainly wouldn’t have been the same without you. I know I can’t wait to wear that red jumpsuit I was able to purchase. I think Lily and I are going to share custody. We’ll be sure to make you proud. Also best wishes for your adventures abroad! We know you’ll have a blast. Please be sure to keep us posted.

Thank you Grace! For joining us once again to give everyone the stick n poke they’ve always desired! You really dumped them out, um pun ever so intended. I can’t wait to hear all the stories you have. I’m thinking we should start a book of tales over heard at the stick n poke table. What are ya thoughts?

Dear Duke, thanks for holding down the fort at the door! We truly appreciate all you do. So, thank you!

Nicey and The Brooklyn Kitchen Beast for feeding us all with such delicious food! Your fries kept me going, and that’s no lie! We just can’t wait to continue to work with you at future Hartstop dates, so stay tuned! I overheard some talk of soul inspired ramen. WHAT?! Dreams really do come true.

Thank you Rubulad for allowing us to utilize such a magical space. We thank our lucky stars everyday we found you!

Oh yes, that’s right! I saved the best for last. A huge, and I mean gigantic thank you to all of you who came out and made the evening what it was! It really is all of you that keep us going! We can’t wait to see you all in just a few short weeks back at our home. Raise your hand if you’re ready for an evening of cover sets at a night that is most certain sure to be a fright. October 27th Hartstop Presents HALLOWEEN! I better see everyone in costume. Alright kittens, that’s all I got. I’ll talk to you soon! xoxox Paris


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events · upcoming shows

who’s ready for fall?!

we certainly are!

as a special thank you to all of our hartstop family, we’re putting together a special event and we hope to see you there!

rsvp on facebook here, and join our mailing list or contact us at for the address.

• 𝕋𝕙𝕦𝕣𝕤𝕕𝕒𝕪, 𝕆𝕔𝕥𝕠𝕓𝕖𝕣 𝟜𝕥𝕙 •
8ᴘᴍ ‘ᴛɪʟ ʟᴀᴛᴇ
Rᴜʙᴜʟᴀᴅ (DM 4 address – right off the Jefferson L stop)

come spend a beautiful fall evening at a bushwick wonderland before the clocks turn back!

we’re ᴘSʏCʜEᴅ to bring you live music, DJ sets, solo sets, hip hop, rock n roll, n more from these incredible artists, which include some of our very own hartstop fam!



Adh Alpha

Abby Rock

Common Ancestors

Frank Malloy IV

New York Knick

and m0re !!
ᴘʟᴜs, rubulad’s weekly figure drawing group (with a model) will be in full effect, and the amazing Grace will be back with the dope sᴛɪᴄᴋ ɴ ᴘᴏᴋᴇs!

$5 𝚌𝚊𝚜𝚑 𝚘𝚛 𝚟𝚎𝚗𝚖𝚘 @hartstopbk – 𝚜𝚞𝚙𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚜!




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