Posted on Jun 14 2017 - 4:00am by
Comments Off on LIVE | LCD Soundsystem announces another residency at Brooklyn Steel next week

LCD Soundsystem will make a NYC return at yet another Brooklyn Steel residency running June 16 through June 24. Are we complaining? Absolutely not. Frontman James Murphy posted a statement on Facebook explaining the second round of shows, which you can read here. “Last time we played Brooklyn Steel, we did 5 nights, and the tickets sold out quickly. Everyone...

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Comments Off on LIVE | Northern National are the new age at Irving Plaza

Their set lasted only 35 minutes, but they more than proved their worth. Pop-rock bands of the glossy variety are a dime a dozen. Entrenched in the pursuit of fame and fortune, aspiring and young musicians are willing to sacrifice their identity for appealing to the broadest socio-economical consumer at the lowest common denominator. Northern National are not that...

Posted on Jun 14 2017 - 4:00am by
Comments Off on REVIEW | Kindness comes from the gods in the time-traveling ‘AMERICAN GODS’ Ep. 7

Clever casting takes inspiration from the stage to blend the past with the present. In an episode without a single frame of Ricky Whittle’s Shadow or Ian McShane’s Wednesday, the writers produce another storytelling twist that explores the benevolence of even the hardest Old Gods and history’s favorite trick: repeating itself. (Spoilers below.) Laura...

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Comments Off on Taylor Swift’s music is back on Spotify, but her silence is far from forgotten

[Note: the following opinion is entirely the editor’s own. Read at your own discretion.] Last Friday, the world awoke to news that Taylor Swift’s entire discography had returned to streaming services in celebration of 10 million global sales of 1989. Swift had pulled her music from streaming in 2014, starting a war with Spotify with disputes and claims...

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Comments Off on Why the Shakespeare in the Park controversy sets a terrifying precedent for art

One of New York’s most storied artistic institutions is under attack due to a Trump-inspired production of Julius Caesar As this Sunday’s Tony Awards were celebrating a season of innovative and daring new works, a beloved New York theater institution was under attack. Yesterday saw controversy bombard The Public Theater over their new production of...

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Comments Off on PREMIERE | Taylor Bennett stargazes in new video for “Roof Gone”

His focus is much more on storytelling than simply clever lines and smooth delivery. On Monday, Chicago rapper Taylor Bennett added another layer to the cake of his recent climb to fame, releasing the video for his song “Roof Gone” off his February album Restoration of an American Idol. The video was made in partnership with Urban Outfitters’ Pride...

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Comments Off on PREMIERE | Fly by Midnight reinvent Bonnie & Clyde in “XL” music video

“The ‘XL’ video tells the story of a new age Bonnie and Clyde,” the duo share. One of the most infamous gun-toting pairs in history, Bonnie and Clyde led a bloody and disastrous manhunt up until their death in 1934. Throughout the four years they knew each other, the duo, reportedly killed multiple people and committed various acts of robbery,...

Posted on Jun 11 2017 - 4:00am by
Comments Off on REVIEW | Dirty Projectors perform new album at Northside Fest

Los Angeles acts Jay Som, a chilled-out indie rock band and Kamasi Washington, a funked-up sax player and bandleader, might not seem like the most intuitive picks to accompany Dirty Projectors for the group’s performance of their entire new self-titled album and their first show in four years. Without a doubt, though, they were the perfect choices to kick of...

Posted on Jun 10 2017 - 4:00am by
Comments Off on REVIEW | Phoenix release “Ti Amo” after four years of work

Since 2010, my ringtone has been the introductory chord progression to Phoenix’s 2009 hit song “1901.” The track’s resilience in my life reflects the prominence the überly successful record Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix album as a whole gave the already decade-old French band. It was weird and quirky in its references (the song “Lisztomania”...

Posted on Jun 10 2017 - 4:00am by
Comments Off on LIVE | How RAE SREMMURD unlocked the swag

Music festivals are, unsurprisingly for totems in million-dollar industry, booked months in advance. This makes festivals bookings generally conservative, as the mighty fandoms of Radiohead and Beyoncé aren’t going to go away. On a smaller level, this can mean that acts which were minor big deals six months ago become beloved party-chasing sensations by the...

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