English Reading Practice: Indie Bands in Brooklyn

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Tea Leaf Green Rockin' Brooklyn

Yunhee is from Korea and has been living in New York since 2008. She enjoys checking out live music while pursuing a career in fashion design here in NYC. I’m happy to have her as a guest author for this post and the photo.

One of the exciting things about NYC is that there are a lot of different types of small and big gigs everywhere. Especially, in Brooklyn, there are a lot of indie bands and up and coming bands playing at night; more on the weekends than weekdays. Anyhow, if you are interested in up-and-coming American music, you should go to Brooklyn. There are a variety live bars and places where all different types of bands play. Well, if you still have no idea where to go, Brooklyn Bowl is one of those places where your weekend night can be thrilling.

I went to Brooklyn Bowl a few weeks ago for the first time to see one of my favorite bands, Tea Leaf Green. As I got in, there were a lot of Yuppies, between their early 20s and late 30s. Moreover, not only the people, somehow, who seemed a bit more different than the people in Manhattan, but also there were totally two different types of places, a bowling alley and a bar with a live bar house in the same one- story building. I really enjoyed each of them in the same night.

First of all, the live bar had a bar, a stage where bands played, and some tables where food is served in the middle between the bowling alley and the live bar. So I was in the live bar, I enjoyed everything: food, drinks, and music. Speaking of the music, Tea Leaf Green’s performance that night was crazy awesome! Everyone danced, and some people sang along. After their two and an half hour concert was over, I walked up to the bowling alley to bowl. It was as dark as the live bar, and there was loud music on. At this point, let me tell you about one thing that might be bad or good. Even though those two places were openly right next to each other, I was not able to walk over to the bowling alley from the live bar. However, when I was in the bowling alley, I could see another performance and hear their music as I approached to the low wall in the middle between the live bar and the bowling alley.

So if you can’t get a ticket for a gig in the bar, you should try to go to the bowling alley! You will be able to enjoy bowling and seeing a gig at the same time! Or you should try both those places if you get a ticket for a gig in the live bar.

Here is some of the key vocabulary for this lesson.

  • indie band (n) indie is short for “independent.” An independent band is a music group that doesn’t have a recording contract yet.
  • gig (n) a live music performance in a small club or bar.
  • upandcoming (adj) gaining popularity and prominence; soon to be famous.
  • yuppie (n) yuppie is a slang acronym for Young Urban Professional. Yuppies are successful, young business people generally between their late 20’s  and early 40’s.

Practice Questions Enter your answers in the comment section below!

  1. Do you listen to any indie bands?
  2. Have you been to a gig recently?
  3. Are you a fan of any up-and-coming musician or actor?
  4. Do you know anyone who is a yuppie?

Thanks for studying with with me today, and thanks to Yunhee for her article.


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