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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Okay Kaya “Dance Like U”

I was familiar with Kaya Wilkins' Instagram before I was even aware of her musical career under the moniker Okay Kaya. The Norwegian model/musician/actress captivated me with her online persona, a collage of moments she turns into engaging imagery. The world she shares through her social media was similar to anyone’s, but her honest depiction of [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:04:35+00:00 March 9th, 2018|FEATURES, Reviews, Video of the Week|

VIDEO REVIEW: Alice Phoebe Lou “She”

Alice Phoebe Lou had me at “She.” She caught my ear at the end of last summer, and was quickly anchored into my permanent collection of artists whom I play on endless loops to make long bike rides through the city a little more enjoyable, her light and fierce vocals scattered over my summer memories. I [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:04:42+00:00 March 6th, 2018|FEATURES, Reviews, Video|

VIDEO REVIEW: Kat Cunning “Wild Poppies”

“There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home...” These words bring us back to the childhood story we know so well - they conjure an image of Dorothy deciding to leave the magical place she's just discovered, tapping her ruby red slippers in the hope of returning over the rainbow to rejoin the [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:04:44+00:00 February 27th, 2018|FEATURES, Reviews|

REVIEW: How to Be a Rock Critic

All Lester Bangs wants to do is listen to his favorite record: Van Morrison’s 1968 masterpiece, Astral Weeks. If only he could find his copy. It’s got to be around here somewhere, beneath the splayed magazines, take-out containers, and just a few thousand other LPs. Such is the inciting dilemma of Jessica Blank and Erik [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:04:52+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Editorial, FEATURES, OUT & ABOUT, Reviews|

TRACK REVIEW: Von Sell “Hell No”

Photo courtesy of Andrew Segreti Von Sell is an electro-pop artist who has the genre of "bedroom pop" on lockdown. Born in New York, raised in Germany, and schooled at Berklee, Von Sell eventually moved to Brooklyn in 2012 to pursue his music career in earnest. A degree in Contemporary Writing and Production [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:05:01+00:00 December 8th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews|

ALBUM REVIEW: Willow “The 1st”

Willow Smith isn't afraid of discourse. Over the last five years, Willow has made the internet rounds again and again, for waxing poetic about prana energy, extolling the virtues of underground quantum mechanics classes, and calling herself a "light worker." All of which could induce eye-rolling, until you listen to those themes play out on her newest [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:05:12+00:00 November 7th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews|

PLAYING COLUMBUS: Devin Xo Comes of Age on New EP

“Living like a man that was born without a soul / on paper I’m young / yet I feel so old” raps Columbus artist Philippe Laroque – who goes by Devin Xo onstage – at the beginning of his latest EP, Coming of Age. He continues: “If you don’t understand what you’re going through / [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:05:26+00:00 October 19th, 2017|COLUMNS, Playing Columbus, Reviews|

LIVE REVIEW: Chelsea Wolfe @ Irving Plaza

If in the past Chelsea Wolfe has been called a “siren” and a “goddess,” atop the stage at Irving Plaza on Tuesday she was a towering banshee. Swathed in lengths of white cotton – with matching, armpit-high gauntlets, might I add – Wolfe commanded the sold-out crowd with pointed intensity. Wolfe's tour comes hot on [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:05:26+00:00 October 19th, 2017|FEATURES, OUT & ABOUT, Reviews, Show Reviews|

LIVE REVIEW: Sean Nicholas Savage & Dinner @ Baby’s All Right

The disco balls were in full force at Baby’s All Right last Saturday, where the night’s festivities could have easily marched under one banner: Night of the Weirdos. That is of course, the highest order of compliments coming from my fingers, and while I knew from firsthand experience what a bizarro Canadian crooner Sean Nicholas [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:05:27+00:00 October 17th, 2017|FEATURES, OUT & ABOUT, Reviews, Show Reviews|

LIVE REVIEW: Dead Leaf Echo @ Knitting Factory

There is no doubt about it – Brooklyn band Dead Leaf Echo’s brand new LP Beyond Desire is a fabulous stew of shoegaze, ’77 punk, pedals and reverb. Released late last week by PaperCup Music, the band’s sophomore album is expertly produced and mixed, resulting in a sonic meal you can really chew on. It [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:05:28+00:00 October 17th, 2017|FEATURES, OUT & ABOUT, Reviews, Show Reviews|