It’s Easy to Love The Rubens

I’m starting a trend of kicking off my birthday with an awesome show. Last year I saw one of my local favorites, Push Method, at the beginning of my birthday week. This year, the night before the big day, I took my hot little date to see Australian boys, The Rubens, kick it at Bowery Ballroom.…

Afropunk: Through the Ears of a Musician

By Robert Sanders III With another summer winding down, the time has come to start penciling in a last hurrah here, a last hurrah there (…a last hurrah everywhere), but the hurrah to end all hurrahs took place this past weekend in Brooklyn. What started out as a group of black people getting together to share…

Recap: AFROPUNK FEST

This past weekend marked the yearly performance of a plethora of artists at the annual Afropunk Fest in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. For nearly a decade, producers of the festival have been working their assess off to bring the best of the afro punk world to New York (someone this year said they started in Webster…

AFROPUNK IS COMING

Remember last year, when I first slipped into my music writing shoes? Remember a little two day festival we called Afropunk, where I met Bad Rabbits and Telly from Ninjasonik and almost peed my pants at the surprise appearance of one Yasiin Bey? It’s that time again, and I have no doubt this year’s Afropunk…

THE SHIVERING BRIGADE: PUNK IS NOT DEAD

“The shape of punk to come, never came.” Sorry, United Nations but The Shivering Brigade begs to differ. These dudettes and dudes are keeping lady-fronted punk alive in Brooklyn. So much so that the singer, Nikola Nonesuch even broke her neck stage diving at a show. “All we want to do is have a really…

2013 Electric Zoo Festival

The time has come again for Labor Day weekend and while many might be flocking to the beaches for the last time or taking speedy getaway trips, thousands will be rushing to Randall’s Island Park for one of the city’s most notorious summer musical events: The Electric Zoo Festival. First conceived in 2009, Electric Zoo…

Kershaw’s Medicine Needs No Sugar

Until last Wednesday, I had never seen a performer “take a hit” of an inhaler on stage. I guess there is a first time for everything, because west coast singer/songwriter, Lily Kershaw, did exactly that at her Wednesday night performance at Rockwood Music Hall. In New York for her NYC debut, Kershaw woke up earlier…

Mighty Mystic Keeps Reggae Alive

Jamaican born, Mystic, and his group of fellow musicians, The Strings of Thunder Band, may have released their most recent single, “Concrete World,” a few months ago, but with scorching heat like this year’s, the band’s rock and reggae mashup couldn’t be more perfect for the summer season. With influences like Bob Marley as well…

The Frail Gains Strength With MTV Debut

As much as I hate to say MTV still has an impact on real music, it would seem that is the case, based on the effect the musical media giant has had on west coast band, The Frail. The band’s new music video, You Just Wanna Leave, made an appearance on MTV’s Buzzworthy and soon…