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…

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…

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…

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…

NYC Area Bands Invade MACRoCk!

Spring is in the air and that can only mean one thing on the East Coast: it’s MACRoCk time! The Mid-Atlantic College Radio Conference is celebrating its sweet 16 this year on the weekend of April 5th. What is MACRoCk, you ask? It’s a music festival held in Harrisonburg, Virginia that includes bands from all…

Music: Proof that 2012 Didn’t Totally Suck

Some parts of 2012 definitely weren’t awesome. Hurricane Sandy blew. Literally. Recent school shootings have the entire nation up in arms about whether we should be up in arms. On a personal level, I almost died in New Jersey via sun poisoning, and I learned the hard way that OKCupid isn’t the greatest idea. But…

Ambassadors Make Music Their Bitch

In love, and in music, some things were just meant to be. I’m not even sure I believe that about love, but Ambassadors have eliminated any doubt regarding the phrase’s relevance to music. This team of friends and family armed with passionate vibes and ferocious talent had me at…well let’s be honest I can’t remember the…

Khaled Dajani: NYC’s Music Melting Pot

Alternative world fusion. That’s right, it’s a genre. And Palestinian musician Khaled Dajani fits right into, if not defines it entirely. With his first guitar around age 11, Dajani popped his songwriter cherry with the obligatory Nirvana-esque songs characteristic of a teen metalhead planting his roots in the music soil. Years later, he has created a perfect blend of…

Alex Kelly: From B&E to CMJ

“When I was younger I was really obsessed with Prince. That is the one short man who I don’t care how old he is, he can get it any day of the week.” This isn’t even the best statement musician Alex Kelly provided during our interview at Saint’s Alp Teahouse.  When she isn’t fantasizing about giving Prince that kiss…

Talia Billig Is Always Talia (Which Isn’t Jazz)

New York native, Tallia Billig is many things: diehard vintage collector, DJ on-the-fly, self-proclaimed “bad kid,” singer-songwriter, hardcore feminist, bookworm, travel aficionado, LES resident, the list goes on and on. Most importantly for Billig, though, is what she learned about herself during creation of her most recent album, The Ripple Effect. “No matter where you are,…

Black Bird White Sky Rediscovers Music

Music is and always has been an ever-changing form of artistic expression. Musical instruments as well as taste have constantly evolved over time, consistently bringing a new definition to the term “musically talented.” Ronnie Shingelo, front man for Black Bird White Sky, has seen this evolution for himself over his years in New Jersey and…