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About Mandy Brownholtz

Writer based in Brooklyn, NY.

PREMIERE: Priestess Debuts Self-Titled EP

Photo by Noelle Duquette 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 her second year of law school. Flanked by a new [...]

By |2019-09-13T02:01:02-05:00September 13th, 2019|FEATURES, Premieres|

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 Light District Collective in Far Rockaway, she has always been a fundamental figurehead in this subculture. [...]

By |2019-09-10T04:06:39-05:00September 10th, 2019|FEATURES, Reviews|

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, but with a more refined finish; still they combine these classic sounds with a punk rock [...]

By |2019-09-05T13:42:06-05:00August 30th, 2019|FEATURES, Reviews|

ALBUM REVIEW: Gold Child Shines on Self-Titled Debut

photo by Aysia Marotta 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 Emmylou Harris as major influences, though her music itself has [...]

By |2019-08-16T16:21:37-05:00August 16th, 2019|FEATURES, Reviews|

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 and British songwriter and producer Cameron McVey, known for his work with prolific artists like Massive [...]

By |2019-08-13T16:03:01-05:00August 13th, 2019|FEATURES, Reviews|

ALBUM REVIEW: The Heartfelt Nostalgia of Tony Molina’s Tapes from San Mateo County

Bay Area indie artist Tony Molina has always had either foot in two worlds, which is perhaps the only obvious observation one might make about him. He maintains deep ties to the punk and hardcore scenes in which he cut his teeth, having played with bands like Healer, Caged Animal, and Bone Sickness in the [...]

By |2019-07-31T00:45:13-05:00July 31st, 2019|FEATURES, Reviews|

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 |2019-07-19T18:24:44-05:00July 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 |2019-06-25T11:56:46-05:00June 25th, 2019|FEATURES, Woman of Interest|


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 |2018-09-06T15:34:05-05:00August 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 |2018-08-09T17:04:55-05:00January 5th, 2018|FEATURES|

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