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TRACK REVIEW: Von Sell “Hell No”

Photo courtesy of Andrew Segreti Von Sell is an electro-pop artist who has the genre of "bedroom pop" on lockdown. Born in New York, raised in Germany, and schooled at Berklee, Von Sell eventually moved to Brooklyn in 2012 to pursue his music career in earnest. A degree in Contemporary Writing and Production [...]

By | 2017-12-11T14:58:30+00:00 December 8th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews|0 Comments

ALBUM REVIEW: Willow “The 1st”

Willow Smith isn't afraid of discourse. Over the last five years, Willow has made the internet rounds again and again, for waxing poetic about prana energy, extolling the virtues of underground quantum mechanics classes, and calling herself a "light worker." All of which could induce eye-rolling, until you listen to those themes play out on her newest [...]

By | 2017-11-11T14:27:01+00:00 November 7th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews|0 Comments

PLAYING COLUMBUS: Devin Xo Comes of Age on New EP

“Living like a man that was born without a soul / on paper I’m young / yet I feel so old” raps Columbus artist Philippe Laroque – who goes by Devin Xo onstage – at the beginning of his latest EP, Coming of Age. He continues: “If you don’t understand what you’re going through / [...]

By | 2017-10-19T20:27:47+00:00 October 19th, 2017|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus, Reviews|0 Comments

LIVE REVIEW: Chelsea Wolfe @ Irving Plaza

If in the past Chelsea Wolfe has been called a “siren” and a “goddess,” atop the stage at Irving Plaza on Tuesday she was a towering banshee. Swathed in lengths of white cotton – with matching, armpit-high gauntlets, might I add – Wolfe commanded the sold-out crowd with pointed intensity. Wolfe's tour comes hot on [...]

By | 2017-10-19T19:34:06+00:00 October 19th, 2017|FEATURES, OUT & ABOUT, Reviews, Show Reviews|0 Comments

LIVE REVIEW: Sean Nicholas Savage & Dinner @ Baby’s All Right

The disco balls were in full force at Baby’s All Right last Saturday, where the night’s festivities could have easily marched under one banner: Night of the Weirdos. That is of course, the highest order of compliments coming from my fingers, and while I knew from firsthand experience what a bizarro Canadian crooner Sean Nicholas [...]

By | 2017-10-17T17:09:20+00:00 October 17th, 2017|FEATURES, OUT & ABOUT, Reviews, Show Reviews|0 Comments

LIVE REVIEW: Dead Leaf Echo @ Knitting Factory

There is no doubt about it – Brooklyn band Dead Leaf Echo’s brand new LP Beyond Desire is a fabulous stew of shoegaze, ’77 punk, pedals and reverb. Released late last week by PaperCup Music, the band’s sophomore album is expertly produced and mixed, resulting in a sonic meal you can really chew on. It [...]

By | 2017-10-17T15:37:12+00:00 October 17th, 2017|FEATURES, OUT & ABOUT, Reviews, Show Reviews|0 Comments

ALBUM REVIEW: Yumi Zouma “Willowbank”

Yumi Zouma photo by Aaron Lee It's only been a year since New Zealand’s Yumi Zouma debuted with Yoncalla, a polished batch of ten disco-infused indie pop tracks. But the Kiwi quartet have already returned with follow-up Willowbank, a subdued collection of dreamy songs that explore the fundamentally modern confusion between perception and reality. [...]

By | 2017-10-12T02:29:09+00:00 October 10th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews|0 Comments

ALBUM REVIEW: Common Holly “Playing House”

photo by Sean Mundy Playing house is one of the earliest and most innate forms of childhood emulation. It is how we pantomime maturity, and begin to learn self-preservation, domestic upkeep, and the treatment of others. From pretending to prepare a meal, to sweeping the tree house, this form of child’s play is [...]

By | 2017-10-26T16:05:38+00:00 September 26th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews|0 Comments

ALBUM REVIEW: Shilpa Ray Triumphs Over NYC With ‘Door Girl’

New York, the city that never sleeps, takes an especially hard toll on those who make its endless nights possible: the waiters, the bartenders, the ticket takers who silently put up with endless shit from drunken idiots. The service industry is favored by artists who need to pay their bills, but at what cost? Shilpa [...]

By | 2017-10-04T01:32:47+00:00 September 24th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews, Show Reviews|0 Comments

LIVE REVIEW: Basilica Soundscape 2017

Blanck Mass at Basilica Soundscape 2017. Photo by Samantha Marble/The Creative Independent Day 1: I knew this would happen. My one-person tent is sagging like ruined soufflé. Its support beams are in all the wrong holes, and the whole thing is yet to be staked in the ground. The bus for Basilica Soundscape [...]

By | 2017-10-04T01:33:17+00:00 September 19th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews, Show Reviews|0 Comments