So Once Again I Swim in REVERIE

What would happen if Good Old War, Oasis, and Billy Joel had a threesome? Well, you’d probably end up with Reverie.  But seriously, you know the guy at the party trying to pick up chicks by playing Wonderwall? Well, I guarantee Reverie would be a better wingman. Hailing from England, this indie-folk band is a…

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…

Earthling: Redefining What It Means To Shred

Alright ladies and gents, practice your headbanging this week because Virginia’s very own Earthling is coming to Brooklyn this Saturday, April 27th. Who is this headbanging worthy band you ask? Earthling is the crusty heaviness that defines classic black metal but with a healthy mix of doom and thrash. Your mother would definitely not approve…

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…

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…

Re-imagining Old Folk Music With The Looking

The Looking, led by Todd Carter and backed by talented musicians from all over New York City produces astounding folk-rock tunes that make your ears smile. The vocals are so powerful that it’s not really a surprise to find out that Carter was professionally trained by opera singer Edna Lind, yeah you heard me correctly;…

Elikeh: Afropop That Will Make You Shake Your Ass

When I was originally asked to interview Massama Dogo, lead singer of Elikeh, I had no idea what to expect. Personally, I’ve never really listened to African-funk-jazz-rock but I also never hated it; so the first step was to do some research about Elikeh and obviously, to take a listen. HOLY SHITSNACKS BATMAN. I immediately…

Jazz/Blues Greats Take Over LES Venue Culture Project on 1/26

This Saturday, New York City’s Culture Project will feature Australian trumpeter/composer Nadje Noordhuis and singer/songwriter, Jo Lawry. Nadje Noordhuis spent her youth studying classical music in Australia before heading to New York. Her talent was recognized when she became one of ten semi-finalists in the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and was selected as a Carnegie Hall…

Anna Gourari Mesmerizes NYC’s German Consulate

I’ve been to my fair share of Thursday night music events–it’s so close to the weekend I’m not worried about sleep. Last Thursday’s show of choice was a trip to the German Consulate to see famed Russian pianist Anna Gourari perform a collection of pieces including the likes of Johann Sebastian Bach and Frederyk Chopin among others. Getting into the consulate…