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…

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…

X Ambassadors Only Getting Better

I took my mom to see X Ambassadors. On her last night in New York. And she’s not really into concerts. Are you getting how awesome these dudes are? Flashback to October, when I first laid eyes on Sam Harris on the Arlene’s Grocery stage at CMJ. I can’t remember ever seeing a performer so…

An Interview With SoftSpot: From MACRoCk To BBQ Joynts

The dynamic trio that is SoftSpot hails from Bushwick and is made up of Sarah Kinlaw (bass, keys, vocals), Bryan Keller (guitar, keys, drums), and Blaze Bateh (drums). Along with many other NYC area bands, SoftSpot headed down to Harrisonburg, Virginia for MACRoCk this past weekend. I was able to get a quick interview with…

NYSS: Practically SXSW

Not for lack of trying, NY Social Status couldn’t quite make it to South by Southwest this year. Don’t let that fool you into thinking we weren’t privy to all that delicious music, though. In addition to all the great bands from Brooklyn and NYC that we’ve added to our “Listen  To” list, several of…

The Peeps: Salsapunk. Not Your Mama’s Nachos

The Peeps, a garage punk band turned “tropical party western” consists of Byron Gray (bass), Teddy Kohlmann (guitar), Adrian Lopera (guitar) and Jonny Mehr (drums) originally hailing from Newburgh, NY and for the past few years, taking over Brooklyn.  They’ve also been known to add some pals to the stage to expand their sound, including Sebastian…

So A Lebanese And A Texan Walk Into A Bar…

POOF! Starnes&Shah was born. Well not quite, but it’s not often you come across a duo with members from opposite ends of the Earth. Starnes&Shah is made up of Dania Abu-Shaheen and Zilpha Starnes, who met in college almost seven years ago and have been recording and touring since. The duo has produced one EP…

Tiger Blanket’s Emmy Wildwood Oozes Passion

Emmy Wildwood: Tiger Blanket Records founder or multi-faceted rocker chick? Answer: Both. Front-woman for Brooklyn band, Velta, Wildwood boasts a wide variety of talents, skills and current projects. Plus, she’s kind of an interesting person. For starters, she’s in about 6,000 different bands. More accurately three, but two of them are Velta and an all…

Newbs For Your Listening Pleasure

Holidays are coming up, and I love you all very much, but I don’t have any damn money to buy you gifts. Plus you bastards are greedy. Instead, I’m giving you a list of bands I’ve heard but haven’t covered this year who are worth a listen. First up: Silas Fermoy Brooklyn born in band…