Lili Roquelin & Bruce Sudano At The Bitter End

I wrote about Lili Roquelin before and am happy to have been able to keep in touch with her and follow her career as she is a very talented singer/song-writer. She reached out to me to help promote a huge show for her on May 2nd here in New York City. Lili is the opening…

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…

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…

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…

Norway, Send Us Some Music

New York City draws the best talent from all over the world, luring them here with its bright lights, tall buildings and flourishing art world. Then it spits its harsh truth in their faces and sets about separating those who have it from those who don’t. Annie Woodward doesn’t seem too worried. Woodward doesn’t have…

Taylored For Success

The rhythm guitarist and bassist are practically an old married couple, the guitarist is allergic to the world and the drummer serves second duties as the group’s wise man. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Taylored. Together as a complete band for a little over a year, the guys from Taylored are mid-upswing in their careers thanks in…

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 Goes for a Midnight Spin

The combination of the words “Midnight” and “Spin” to form a band name has a colorful collection of backstories ranging from a late night game of Russian roulette to vocalist Mike Corbett’s starring role as a timely spinning circus carnie. I’m inclined to believe either all or none, but either way I’m damn glad these…

J’Adore Savoir Adore

It seems both odd and endearing that Paul Hammer, one half of the primary duo that is Savoir Adore, is more excited about the presence of his parents at his show than about the fact that he and partner in crime, Deidre Muro, are currently in the middle of a nationwide tour. Onstage, Savoir Adore…

A Band With High Hopes?

Aside from a compilation CD my mom bought me once at Romancing the Stone, I’ve never really considered myself to be a reggae fan. With the introduction to several bands since moving to New York, it now seems that I wasn’t just obsessed with that one song on the CD (a REAL CD!). I’m actually…

MAD: They So…Crazy..and Talented

Not surprisingly, every New York musical act has a different story about coming together. For MAD members, Davon Vernon and Marcos Antonio, this story has a little more meat to it. Antonio and Vernon, or as they are commonly known, Marcos and Davon, met through a Brooklyn-based non-profit organization called El Puente, where both were…

Actors and Entertainment Party on 5/2

Do you like music? Acting? Comedy? Are you yourself an aspiring actor or actress? Then you have to attend The Actors and Entertainment Party on Thursday, May 2nd at 7pm. It’s a great place for up and coming actors and actresses to network with industry insiders and the event is being produced by The Set NYC.…

Some Insight into Audio Insight

It seems lately there is an unspoken assumption that being creative and being formally educated are two roads diverged in a wood, and we must choose one. I’ve got news for ole Bobby Frost, Audio Insight is breaking that rule and flippin’ the metaphorical bird to all the big wigs who seem to think it’s…

Recap: Saturday Night in The Gutter

If any of you follow me on twitter, you know I’ve developed quite a flirty relationship with local band The Dazzling Dooms. I stumbled across these guys through the ever-popular social network and was quite impressed with their album work. One thing led to another, and last Saturday guess who sported a press pass for…