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Commissary, the penal-themed EP that Casanova released in June, is a symphony of chaos and verbal brawling. The songs are punishingly corporal, intimidatingly minimalist, rough around the edges and loud as cicadas in mating season. Casanova is one of New York City’s best-liked rappers, but he scares just as many people as inspires. His music is not for the faint of heart - or sensitive of hearing. “WUT U SAID,” Casanova’s collaboration with the legendary...
Photography by: Leef Parks   Brooklyn Magazine recently sat down with WMN/N/SND, a collective based in Brooklyn creating intimate, acoustic performances from some of the best emerging women in music. Anastasia Wright (Creator & Founder), Liana Banks (Creative Director) and Tangina Stone (Artist Relations) shared their inspiration and vision for this concert platform and the community they are building.   1) How did you end up starting WMN/N/SND events and building this community?  Anastasia: I’m a marketer first and it’s...
For several years now, Brooklyn-based organist Jared Lamenzo has been researching an 1826 opera performance which was given at the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral where he serves as Music Director and Organist. The 1826 event featured the first Italian opera company to visit the United States, the Garcia Company.  Their mezzo soprano was the 17-year-old Maria Garcia Malibran, soon to become the greatest operatic diva of her time. Lamenzo was fascinated by the...
For over 33 years, SummerStage has brought live music and performances to parks across all five boroughs, and thanks to CityParks' dedication to the program, this year's lineup is one of the best yet. Three hometown bands will take the stage this weekend: Brooklyn Mag/Northside Fest favorites Porches, Sunflower Bean, and Crumb. We've briefly profiled each below, so check them out this Saturday! Porches Brooklyn Magazine spoke with Aaron Maine, the brainchild behind synth-pop band Porches, right...

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