The number of people populating NYC who claim to be an artist would sink the moon. While most often you may find yourself trapped by one of these leather fedora wearing artist types who hop from opening to opening, pulling Hot Topic inspired sketches from their portfolio in an effort to impress girls, or whoever will listen, the other hand will have to hunt to find an artist who's quickly producing a body of work that shines out from the pile, and who seems to do ... Read More
Molly Crabapple is popping up all over the place these days. Just in these past few months the artist has started a column about sex, politics, travel, and art for vice.com, and publications like Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, and Wired (just to name a few) are tripping over themselves trying to get a word with her. Last Friday night, at Smart Clothes Gallery in NYC, the artist hosted a very special VIP showing of her latest work of art, “Shell ... Read More
CMJ is over and now I can stop telling everyone about how I talked to more people in these past five days than I have in the past two months. I also feel like I’m going to have a hangover for the rest of my life, but I guess that’s just a price to pay.  Aside from the fun there is to be had in seeing a crap ton of new and exciting bands back to back to back, my favorite thing about CMJ is all the free stuff. And don’t try to lie, because I ... Read More
Tasseomancy is a band based out of Canada that's quickly bubbling to the top of the collective consciousness of this whole spooky, witchy, mystical thing that's going on. If you haven't noticed, forming musical projects that wax poetic about drafty castles, stagnant bogs, and cobwebs is trending in a big way (Check out Callie's Witch House article in the newest issue of Bust for further examples.) Sari and Romy Lightman, the twin sisters who formed this ethereal ... Read More
The first thing I noticed about the movie Some Days Are Better Than Others, is that no one's  seemed to have heard of it. When I brought the screener disc over to a friend's house for movie night it was met with, "huh?" and "ohhhh, I think I remember hearing about that" but no one had any idea what the movie was about, and you know what, we kind of still don't. But that's okay! Carrie Brownstein is in it and she could star in a two hour movie ... Read More
Guess what I've been listening to non-stop for the past 24 hours? Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and Julie Ruin. Guess why? Because I was one of the lucky few to score entry into the Kathleen Hanna tribute show and documentary taping that took place at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn the other night. The in-progress documentary is called  The Kathleen Hanna Project a.k.a Who Told You Christmas Wasn't Cool, and if Saturday was any indication, it's going to be ... Read More
I am stressed to the bone, trying to organize a cross-country move while balancing two jobs and a million projects. It's freezing outside, AND I'm running late with turning in the music section for the next issue (hehe, sorry, Lisa) and yet I folded all of this up and shoved it to the back of my brain wagon the other night to see Austra perform an early show at Mercury Lounge.  Austra is a Canadian based band fronted and fed by Katie Stelmanis, who I've more ... Read More
For the past two days, I've been walking around singing "when you're an Addams/Bababababababababa." Which is half real song, and half nonsense because I can never remember the lyrics to anything. This little tune has been stuck in my head ever since I was lucky enough to be able to see The Addams Family: A New Musical the other night.   Having lived in New York for two years now, I've only been to two Broadway shows, and they've both been been musicals; which ... Read More
It is a true fact that 2009 sucked for many many people. Last year marked the beginning of some pretty major changes in a lot of lives due to loss of jobs, re-location, failed relationships, etc., and Brooklyn based artist Lilly McElroy is providing an outlet to share them (or vent them) with her 2009 was a rough year project.  Anyone who wishes to become a part of this community based project is encouraged to do so by submitting a photograph representing ... Read More
I love taking someone who has never previously had the pleasure to their first Sufjan Stevens show. Naturally, one would assume that his performances are pretty much all about emotional banjo songs and tender moments, and while there were a few of those at his show at the Beacon Theatre the other night, there were also projection screens, light up costumes, balloon drops, beach balls, and dancing. Dancing? Yup, boy's got some moves. Sufjan opened with a plugged-in ... Read More
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