Sol Cat: Worth the Wait

CMJ is in October, I’m aware. I’m also writing this little collection of music reviews and interviews all by my lonesome, so here’s a chat I had with an amazing band from Tennessee outside the doors of Sullivan Hall. In October. Totally overwhelmed when their publicist reached out to me, I listened to about 20…

Brian Suarez On Allies For Everyone

For a guy who doesn’t like to throw parties, Brian Suarez, musical mastermind behind Allies for Everyone, certainly gets invited to a lot. In addition to his work on TV music production, Suarez performs as a DJ at an average of 2-3 parties and gigs per month upon invitation. “I think my favorite part is just playing…

Faulkner Off To A Rocky Start

Before heading out on my holiday vacation last month, I was invited to The Mercury Lounge to feast my ears upon the music of Venice, California-based band, Faulkner. While I was initially intrigued by front man, Lucas Asher’s, eye-catching black wings and what promised to be a legitimate stage show, I unfortunately found myself rather disappointed a…

Rachel Lynn Sings

She also talks to NY Social Status about what it’s like going from writing to recording. Consensus is, it’s crazy. Baltimore native, Rachel Lynn, has been classically trained, relocated to New York to spend all her pennies on music and has been writing up a storm since the release of her first EP, a self-titled,…

The LoveHowl Strikes…Again?

Remember that one band I wrote about last year? The one with the one song and the talent and the “24 reasons” to show some love (and howl..)? Yeah, they’re releasing their first EP, and it’s so awesome that one release party wasn’t enough. So Sunday night at Piano’s in the Lower East Side, The…

Recap: Cherub Improv Gala

What do you get when you combine an improv troupe with a group home full of spunky elderly citizens? Just one of the many reasons behind the third annual Cherub Improv Gala, “Angels Among Us.” Founded roughly eight years ago by a group of three friends including Jonathan Evan Goldberg, Steve Van Ooteghem and Joy Purver, Cherub Improv…

Creative Edge Makes Holidays Easier

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching and Christmas right around the corner, that stressful holiday entertaining time is uncomfortably on our heels…for those who entertain during the holidays. Anyone who has ever thrown a party of any sort, especially of the Christmas variety, knows the trauma that can, and usually does accompany it. Trying to make everyone…

PHA’s First Annual O2 Breathe Gala

Last Thursday, at the back of what seemed to be just a very large parking garage, a group of well-dressed men and women came together to celebrate the life of Dr. Robyn Barst, a known, praised and loved pioneer in the field of Pulmonary Hypertension. Hosted by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) and featuring guests including MSNBC/NBC’s Craig…

Kosha Dillz Debuts Album At Webster

Sometimes I meet awesome artists at CMJ. Sometimes I meet rappers who are having an album release party two weeks later with a guest appearance by Matisyahu. Cue Kosha Dillz. I ran into Kosha Dillz, whose name I’d never even heard before, at a CMJ show at The Delancey. He gave me his new CD and invited…

Wreaking HAVOK at B.B. King’s

As many of you may not know, this writer is a metalhead at heart. Born and raised in the southland, I was bred by rock, and music with that base will always be my first love. Eccentric and slightly off-key as I am, it should be no surprise that from southern rock I drifted seamlessly…

Sleep No More’s The Curse of the Mummy

New York City. Halloween. The possibilities are endless. This year, Sleep No More captured my attention. Following the Halloween performances of this year’s show, the hotel hosted an Egyptian-themed party called The Curse of the Mummy. Equipped with an open bar operated by beautifully toned, golden clad bartenders, The Curse of the Mummy didn’t have…

CMJ Is Gone…But I’m Still Here

Quick rundown of my life. I work for one of New York’s most famous and awesome food trucks, and I’m also a writer and editor for one very amazing, nysocialstatus.com. Working for a food truck is a demanding job, most specifically due to the hours required to keep at the top of the street food…

Get Involved With Scarefest

It’s Halloween time, which is one of my favorite times of year for reasons I can’t really explain. I suppose part of it involves the change of weather, part of it the acceptable nature of eating hoards of chocolate that would otherwise be frowned upon and part of it being the prevalence of horror movies…

Forget CMJ, Here’s Sunny Gang

Marshal, drummer for Newark, New Jersey based band, Sunny Gang, broke his nose jumping around in their guitarist’s basement the night before a festival audition. They were not practicing. He was not drunk. This is a member of Sunny Gang off-stage in everyday life. So imagine what this band brings to its audience, all hyped up…