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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.

LIVE REVIEW: The Griswolds @ Warsaw

  Tim John of The Griswolds When Australian indie-pop quartet The Griswolds took the stage to Shania Twain's "Man, I Feel Like A Woman," I knew we'd be in for a fun night. Opening with high-energy tracks like "Down and Out" and "If You Wanna Stay," they set the stage for a high-energy performance. [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:10:24+00:00 May 2nd, 2016|Reviews|

TRACK REVIEW: Kikagaku Moyo “Kogarashi”

Japanese ensemble Kikagaku Moyo have released a new single "Kogarashi" leading up up to their record House In The Tall Grass. In the new track, the band takes a more idyllic approach in production without straying far from their psychotropic sound.  Swirling harmonies soften up the disciplined rhythm.   "Kogarashi" showcases the band's ability to blend the natural wo rld [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:10:27+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Recent, Reviews|

INTERVIEW: Chris Chu of POP ETC

Photo by Will Oliver, weallwantsomeone.org The dimly-lit green room at Music Hall of Williamsburg smells of cigarettes, but in an unassuming way, perhaps because Chris Chu of POP ETC kindly apologizes to my plus one, Caroline, and I in advance.  I hardly noticed what he meant once we got up there, and no one [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:11:03+00:00 February 5th, 2016|FEATURES, Interviews|

ALBUM REVIEW: POP ETC “Souvenirs”

Berkeley-born and Brooklyn-based trio POP ETC are back with Souvenir, a follow up to 2012's eponymous release. In the last three years, the band has traversed in an even poppier direction, almost a little cheesy. But in a time when "pop" is considered an obscenity, a genre to be left for the tweens, POP ETC makes something shimmer [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:11:10+00:00 January 26th, 2016|MUSING, Recent, Reviews|

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Monogold “Pink Lemonade”

The boys of Monogold are in with the perfect fuel for that little dance party we all find ourselves needing this week, a new pop culture-infused music video for "Pink Lemonade." The sugar-sweet single was released this past summer ahead of the September release of their album Good Heavens, which bears little resemblance to the trio's previous synth-infused records. [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:11:37+00:00 December 10th, 2015|EYE CANDY, FEATURES, MUSING, Recent, Video, Video of the Week|

LIVE REVIEW: Honduras @ The Knitting Factory

Minutes before the band gets on stage, I watch the crowd come together. For some reason at Knitting Factory, it's always a mix of people you wouldn't imagine listening to the artists playing that night, trickling in from the bar or stumbling upon a cheap show with nothing else to do. Brooklyn's own Honduras took the stage, only a [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:11:39+00:00 December 4th, 2015|MUSING, OUT & ABOUT, Recent, Reviews, Show Reviews|

LIVE REVIEW: POP ETC @ Terminal 5

POP ETC got the night started right at Terminal 5, opening for The Wombats. The band, formerly known as The Morning Benders, consists of brothers Chris (vocals, guitar), Jon Chu (synth), and Julian Harmon (drums). After playing a new track called "Vice" off their upcoming album, Chris thanked New Yorkers for having a bit more [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:11:39+00:00 December 3rd, 2015|EYE CANDY, MUSING, OUT & ABOUT, Photo Gallery, Recent, Reviews, Show Reviews|

LIVE REVIEW: Lolo, The Griswolds, New Politics, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness @ Terminal 5

  Any show at Terminal 5 is always a big one, so when I came to see the four-artist, co-headlined Wilderness Politics tour, I knew I was in for one hell of a party. First up was LOLO, a young Brooklyn native with a lot of soul. Getting on her knees with passion, it was clear [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:11:42+00:00 November 24th, 2015|MUSING, Recent, Reviews, Show Reviews|

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Cassandra Violet “Lady”

CassandraViolet.com Folk pop singer Cassandra Violet came out with a new music video for the track "Lady" from her upcoming Body & Mind EP, to be released this coming January. Inspired by the infamous cat-calling video documenting the verbal and sexual harassment we femmes in the city know all too well, Violet portrays a young woman [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:11:43+00:00 November 19th, 2015|EYE CANDY, FEATURES, Recent, Reviews, Video, Video of the Week|