/Monthly Mondays

Our rotating Monday columns zero in on rarely-covered angles in music journalism, from drug culture to breakfast with Brooklyn favorites.

HIGH NOTES: Can Music Calm Your Nerves Before Surgery?

I was a week away from getting LASIK to correct my near-sightedness when I caught wind of a recent study on the use of calming music before medical procedures. The University of Pennsylvania researchers found that soothing music was just as effective as sedative medication to reduce patients' anxiety. They studied 157 people about to [...]

By |2019-08-06T11:16:17-04:00August 5th, 2019|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|

PET POLITICS: Chatting with Pittie Parent and Longtime Vegan Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz

Sadie Dupuis is a shredder with a cause. An artist through-and-through, Sadie is a prolific songwriter, poet, and visual artist. She’s the imagination and voice behind the innovative and ever-evolving rock group Speedy Ortiz, who are fresh off a tour with Interpol. Sadie also releases solo work as her alter-ego to SAD13. But Sadie’s voice [...]

By |2019-07-09T09:47:06-04:00July 8th, 2019|COLUMNS, Monthly Mondays, Pet Politics|

HIGH NOTES: 7 Reasons Panic! At the Disco Are Unsung Psychedelic Rock Icons

Having analyzed how LSD influenced The Beatles, my understanding of psychedelic rock music may appear sophisticated. But I have a confession to make: my favorite psychedelic rock band is actually Panic! At the Disco. Yes, you heard me right. I just called Panic! At the Disco a psychedelic rock band.  This discovery started my freshman [...]

By |2019-07-02T03:13:53-04:00July 1st, 2019|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|

PET POLITICS: Eliza Black of Gesserit Talks Turtles, Cats, and Solo Songwriting

Eliza and Lazer (all photos courtesy of Eliza Black unless otherwise noted). Eliza Black has the haunting, resounding voice of a fallen angel. With her low, slow, speaking voice - not quite a drawl but dripping a bit of Texas, her large, melancholy eyes, endearing gap-toothed grin, thick waves, liquid limbs, and flowing [...]

By |2019-06-03T08:07:35-04:00May 27th, 2019|COLUMNS, Monthly Mondays, Pet Politics|

HIGH NOTES: Healing With Sound and Cacao

Two weeks ago, I was checking out a yoga class in Ubud, Bali when the sole other student observed that I kept tripping on steps. "Not a good step day for you, huh?" he asked. We got to talking, and I asked what he did. "I help people find their life purpose." "Sounds like something [...]

By |2019-05-06T14:46:23-04:00May 6th, 2019|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|

HIGH NOTES: The Sound of Iboga

“This life is just a dream. It’ll be over in the blink of an eye. Remember who you are. Remember what you are.” Omkara’s “Remember” filled the dimly lit, sand-colored living room of my Venice Beach apartment. I was on the cusp of a discovery, or perhaps a rediscovery. The following day, I’d hop on [...]

By |2019-04-04T07:50:35-04:00April 1st, 2019|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|

PET POLITICS: Ana Becker gets CATTY with Bruce Kittowitz and a New Band

Ana Asnes Becker has been a staple in the Brooklyn music scene for quite some time now. Like many of our interviewees, Ana is quite Renaissance woman: beauty, brains, a big personality, and loads of talent. A few years ago, she left her job at The Wall Street Journal to pursue her music career full [...]

By |2019-04-01T14:02:53-04:00March 25th, 2019|COLUMNS, Monthly Mondays, Pet Politics|

HIGH NOTES: How to Return to Your Life After a Wild Festival Weekend

A weekend of partying at a music festival may leave you feeling like the human equivalent of these overflowing Glastonbury trash cans. Most people don’t spend music festivals worrying about how they’ll feel after all the shouting, head-banging, and (if you're into that sort of thing) drug use is over. That’s something you [...]

By |2019-03-19T13:39:13-04:00March 4th, 2019|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|

PET POLITICS: Two Lovebirds and a Little Honey Form the Core of Synthpop Band The Values

This month, I got to hear from Evan Zwisler and Mason Taub, founders of Brooklyn’s electro-indie-pop group The Values. Mason and Evan take the forefront as a duo—Mason working her deep and vibrant vocals along with the keys and Evan grooving on guitar and backing vocals—to pay homage to timeless R&B vibes and the dance punch [...]

By |2019-02-19T19:30:36-04:00February 18th, 2019|COLUMNS, Monthly Mondays, Pet Politics|

HIGH NOTES: Why Drug Testing Works — and Why More Festivals Don’t Do It

An at-home drug testing kit available via DanceSafe If you grew up in the US, you probably heard “say no to drugs” in middle school health class, but you probably didn’t learn how to reduce harm if you did use drugs. And, chances are, you didn’t follow DARE’s advice. The majority of American [...]

By |2019-02-25T20:38:50-04:00February 4th, 2019|COLUMNS, High Notes, Monthly Mondays|

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