In the first of a series on DIY music venues, XLR8R TV takes you on a tour of the Silent Barn in Ridgewood, Queens, NY. The artist living space/all-ages party spot has played a key role in fostering New York City’s local music scene, and has successfully created a vibrant community around itself by hosting parties both large (Deerhunter) and small (punk rock pillow fight!). Silent Barn resident John Chavez shows us around and lets us in on the pluses and minuses of life in a art-rock warehouse.

Coming Soon: XLR8R TV catches up with noise favorites Black Dice on their current tour.