Photo by Chloé Jarnac Tucked away on Orchard Street among eclectic restaurants (and the karaoke spot where I’ve put on a few shows of my own) sits the modest entrance to Rockwood Music Hall’s Stage 3. It’s a basement lounge filled with candlelit two-person tables and a trapezoidal stage that looks made for [...]
In the bar prior to the start of the show, I notice a girl behind me by her soft laugh that contrasted the sad clown makeup dripping down her eyes. Heavy BDSM-inspired leather jewelry, fishnet fingerless gloves, and torn-up knee-high socks weigh down her 5'3" stature. Commanding attention in the most unassuming way, this girl [...]
illustration and words by Ysabella Monton Drunk on $2 strawberry margaritas during my very first visit to Cubbyhole, my 19-year-old self and a friend struck up a conversation with two women who led with, “Aww, how cute, two straight girls at the gay bar!” We looked at each other, confused. She was quick [...]
Four-piece ensemble DeVotchKa returned to a packed house to premiere a handful of new songs at their album release show at Rough Trade. I found myself surrounded by fans of all ages in the dimly lit venue, though not too dark to notice a few people around me clad in the band’s tees. Chatter of [...]
Honduras at Rough Trade. Photo by Ysabella Monton When I make it to Rough Trade well past 9, people are still lingering around for the end of the shop’s day-long event full of performances and DJ sets. At the end of this year’s Record Store Day, Honduras closed out their tour with a [...]
Photo by Felix Chan. New York-by-way-of-Maine-based duo Mizuna invite you to escape your hectic week in their new music video for the single "And I Do" off of their debut album, From Away, From Here. Despite spending their childhood together in Maine, Genviève Beaudoin and Mackenzie Leighton aptly became friends in a poetry class at New York [...]
Following their departure from Warner Brothers, New York-based SKATERS are back with the release of Rock and Roll Bye Bye, out on March 24 via their very own Yonks Records. Undeniably, tracks from 2014’s debut, Manhattan, have held up their refreshing vibrancy three years later, but this supernal sophomore release deviates from their characteristic high-energy [...]
Photo by Spencer Kohn. Eric Nizgretsky, frontman of Loose Buttons, oozes satire. The quartet's Facebook bio proclaims they're "New York's very first indie band," and he jokes about Loose Buttons' formation when we meet at the first night of their Pianos residency. "It was a Sunday night," he quips, "and there was an incredible [...]
From "Young Folks" to "Domino", Peter Bjorn and John have cultivated the indie pop landscape with a sound that is unapologetically theirs.
Peter Bjorn and John, three revered names in indie music, get the crowd moving at Webster Hall.