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Ysabella Monton

About Ysabella Monton

Music journalist and poet who once had a dream she was the sixth member of The Strokes. Lover of Kaufman films, light wash denim, and perfectly cooked bacon. Marginally serious tweets @YsabellaMonton.

INTERVIEW: Evelyn Frances Plants the Seeds of Her Upcoming Record

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 [...]

By |2019-03-01T16:34:59-04:00March 1st, 2019|FEATURES, Interviews, Show Reviews|

LIVE REVIEW: Sophie Meiers @ Baby’s All Right

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 [...]

By |2019-01-30T23:50:17-04:00January 30th, 2019|OUT & ABOUT, Recent, Show Reviews|

AF 2018 IN REVIEW: How A Wave of Queer Hitmakers Helped Me Assert My Identity

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 [...]

By |2018-12-29T08:47:24-04:00December 28th, 2018|FEATURES|

LIVE REVIEW: DeVotchKa @ Rough Trade

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 [...]

By |2018-08-24T17:27:50-04:00August 24th, 2018|FEATURES, OUT & ABOUT, Reviews, Show Reviews|

LIVE REVIEW: Honduras @ Rough Trade

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 [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:07:07-04:00April 25th, 2017|FEATURES, MUSING, Reviews, Show Reviews|


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 [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:07:18-04:00March 31st, 2017|EXCLUSIVE, FEATURES, Premieres|

ALBUM REVIEW: SKATERS “Rock and Roll Bye Bye”

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 [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:07:29-04:00March 24th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews|

INTERVIEW: Loose Buttons on Sundays EP + Pianos Residency

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 [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:07:47-04:00February 15th, 2017|FEATURES, Interviews|

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