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Mandy Brownholtz

WOMAN OF INTEREST: Just Let Ottessa Moshfegh Live!

I first read the novelist Ottessa Moshfegh’s work during the pandemic summer of 2020. I had seen the hot pink spine of My Year of Rest and Relaxation on the subway, sitting on a bench in Maria Hernandez Park....

PREMIERE: Nisa Meets Anxiety With Understanding on “Turn Me Down”

To call a sound merely indie rock at this point leaves much to be imagined. For New York City born and bred singer-songwriter Nisa, who releases her forthcoming debut EP Guilt Trip on March 26, that sound more specifically...

Kinlaw Builds a Monument to Movement and Change with The Tipping Scale

I stumbled upon the expansive world of prolific multidisciplinary artist Kinlaw many years ago, when I promoted a show with her then-band SoftSpot at the now-shuttered Brooklyn DIY space Shea Stadium. This goes to show how deeply ingrained they...

Vákoum Unpack an Anxious Mind to Become One with the Body in “Airotic” Video Premiere

On their debut full-length LP Linchpin, experimental duo Vákoum offer up an expansive array of rhythmic, textural, and tonal complexity, utilizing unexpected transitions between effected guitars, a blend of acoustic and electronic drum beats, and ethereal Bulgarian-inspired vocals to...

My Top Album of 2020 was Room on Fire by The Strokes

Whose culture is this and does anybody know?/I wait and tell myself, life ain’t chess/But no one comes in and yes, you’re alone/You don’t miss me, I know The date was March 16, 2020. I got a text from...

Mima Good Sows Resilience with Hydra LP

NYC-based songwriter Raechel Rosen has resurrected her anti-pop alter-ego Mima Good for her latest LP, Hydra. We premiered the lead single “Sad Club Night” earlier this year, back when COVID was new and we were only beginning to feel...

PREMIERE: Mima Good Teases Debut LP With “Sad Club Night” Single

We’ve been following Mima Good, the alter-ego of NYC-based anti-pop songwriter Raechel Rosen, from the start, covering her debut Good Girl EP and last year’s one-off track “Holly Golightly.” She returns to the ever-evolving project with single “Sad Club...

PREMIERE: Priestess Debuts Self-Titled EP

Priestess is the haunting doom incarnation of Brooklyn-based songwriter Jackie Green. Green straddles worlds as divergent as day and night with a grace that understates her inimitable work ethic, playing music in what little spare time she has entering...

ALBUM REVIEW: Pharmakon Leaves Us Unsettled with ‘Devour’

Pharmakon is Margaret Chardiet, a native New Yorker who sprang onto the local underground experimental scene at the tender age of seventeen. That, however, is the only tender thing about this noise project. A founding member of the Red...

ALBUM REVIEW: Sheer Mag Grows Into Their Sound on ‘A Distant Call’

Philly four-piece Sheer Mag has returned with their highly anticipated sophomore record, A Distant Call. On it they double down on their infectious take on ’70s arena rock and power pop that they brought to us on previous releases,...

ALBUM REVIEW: Gold Child Shines on Self-Titled Debut

Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Emily Fehler released her debut record as Gold Child last week, a moniker she adopted upon moving to New York City in 2012. A “self-proclaimed student of country music’s golden age,” she names legends Patsy Cline and...

ALBUM REVIEW: Mabel Falls Flat With High Expectations

Like many, I sat down to listen to emerging UK pop artist Mabel’s debut full-length High Expectations with just that, high expectations. The songstress comes from remarkable music industry stock, the daughter of Swedish singer-songwriter and rapper Neneh Cherry...

WOMAN OF INTEREST: The Evolution of Chelsea Handler

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...

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...

AF 2017 IN REVIEW: Opening Elsewhere

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ALBUM REVIEW: Yumi Zouma “Willowbank”

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