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About Mandy Brownholtz

Writer based in Brooklyn, NY.

INTERVIEW: Mima Good Returns with Light-Hearted New Track “Holly Golightly”

Mima Good is NYC-born and based songwriter Raechel Rosen, whose sound and aesthetic espouses a contemporary pop sensibility with a darker atmosphere of synths, organs and guitars. The result is a moody, soulful sound that somehow calls to mind both Billie Eilish and Billie Holliday simultaneously. We first met her last year with the Good [...]

By |2019-07-19T18:24:44-04:00July 19th, 2019|FEATURES, Interviews|

WOMAN OF INTEREST: The Evolution of Chelsea Handler

photo by Emily Shur While the concept of personal growth has become more and more ubiquitous - NPR reported last year that millennials spent twice as much as boomers on self-care essentials like workout plans, diet regimens, and therapy – the reasons for this welcome shift in focus to mental and physical health [...]

By |2019-06-25T11:56:46-04:00June 25th, 2019|FEATURES, Woman of Interest|

BAND OF THE MONTH: Sammus

Among humanity’s more limiting foibles is our perpetual need to categorize, to label, to place things into boxes. I assume this is some leftover remnant of our evolutionary selves, the need to discern who or what is a threat in order to survive. This persistent obsession with labels survives today, less out of the need [...]

By |2018-09-06T15:34:05-04:00August 31st, 2018|Band of the Month, FEATURES|

AF 2017 IN REVIEW: Opening Elsewhere

Ringing in the New Year at Brooklyn's newest nightclub & indie rock venue, Elsewhere. “What is elsewhere?” I asked. Just a week or two into my internship at PopGun Presents, I had heard Jake, Rami, and Dhruv say this word at least ten dozen times. I sat with Jake and Dhruv at Saint [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:55-04:00January 5th, 2018|FEATURES|

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 |2018-08-09T17:05:32-04:00October 10th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews|

ALBUM REVIEW: Alvvays, Antisocialites

If Alvvays’ eponymous first record articulated a quintessentially modern fear of commitment, then newly released follow-up Antisocialites captures the next logical step, which is an ambivalence about it. The Toronto band gained momentum in 2014 with their self-titled debut, a nine-song batch of whimsical but sharp tracks that bemoaned romance as a twenty-something in the [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:05:48-04:00September 11th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews|

ALBUM REVIEW: Charly Bliss “Guppy”

Photo by Jacqueline Harriet Brooklyn power-pop outfit Charly Bliss deals in the stylings of nineties’ girl-fronted power pop bands: sugary sweet vocals layered over Warped Tour-worthy pop punk riffs. They haven’t escaped comparisons to bands like Veruca Salt or Letters To Cleo, and they won’t here either. But this niche of music - [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:07:06-04:00April 27th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews|

ALBUM REVIEW: Future Islands “The Far Field”

“It’s not easy, just being human, and the lights and the smoke and screens,” sings Sam Herring on Future Islands’ latest record, The Far Field. It isn’t. Our lives are a sloppy amalgamation of highs and lows, love and hate, obsession and apathy. In essence, this record faces this reality head on: it’s a devastatingly [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:07:13-04:00April 12th, 2017|FEATURES, MUSING, Reviews|

ALBUM REVIEW: Sorority Noise “You’re Not As _____ As You Think”

Hartford emo band Sorority Noise released their third full length record, You’re Not As _____ As You Think, this week. It’s so self-aware it’s like the Scream of emo records. It’s formulaic as far as pop punk records go, but the band almost points it out ironically, trying to hedge out a comfortable space in [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:07:21-04:00March 28th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews|

ALBUM REVIEW: Planning For Burial “Below The House”

Below The House is the latest offering of musician Thom Wasluck, who has been recording and performing as Planning For Burial since 2005. Romantic and devastating all at once, the record is about nostalgia and the pain of loss - a prime example of how an artist can meddle with various genres to add emotional nuance [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:07:31-04:00March 20th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews|

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