A Noisy Collective in New York City

In a time of bedroom production and twitter promotion, where bands can be made and broken in the flash of a viral marketing campaign, many might be forgiven for bemoaning the loss of community. Sharing a YouTube link online is, sadly, an experience somewhat removed from the friendly forking over of a self-curated mix tape. […]

Live in New York City: Laura Marling

Twenty years ago, I was lucky enough to watch Jeff Buckley perform solo on countless occasions. I knew he was great–I still remember the goose bumps I felt watching him perform. I couldn’t understand how it was physically possible for people to play one rhythm on their guitar, sing an entirely different vocal melody, and […]

Backstage with Adam Schatz of Landlady, Man Man, Father Figures, Zongo Junction, The Shoe Ins, Those Darlins, and Mrs. Adam Schatz

Not too long back we spontaneously reviewed a concert in New York City when local musician Adam Schatz played with his band Landlady at Pianos. Prior to the show, there were no plans for coverage lined up, but because the gig was so outstanding, we wrote up a quick piece covering the night and Mr. […]

Spitzer Space Telescope Plays One-Off Show in NYC

When Chicago-based musician Spitzer Space Telescope is not fiercely strumming his guitar and belting shanties out his lungs, he’s an enormously devoted painter who is preparing for upcoming graduate school to continue his studies in the fine arts. So New York City was lucky Sunday night when the¬†troubadour¬†played a one-off show at Manhattan’s Living Room […]

Young, Wily, Rugged NYC Hip-Hop Collective: Wiki & co. Ratking

With a pinch-lipped, high-pitched, nasally New York drawl, 19-year-old rapper Wiki, along with his wayside Ratking Crew, are making waves in the weathered streets of New York. Young hip-hop is about collectives right now; strong, tight-knit crews of kids, experimenting and progressing with what their role may be, and can be in the business. With […]