Upon meeting Alex Cameron for the first time, it’s difficult to know what to expect. The Australian performer is as much an actor as he is a musician, inhabiting a swath of characters when he sings; the man behind the songs can be a mystery. For his debut record Jumping the Shark, he adopted the persona of an aging, struggling entertainer, wearing fake wrinkles on the cover art and singing ballads about failure. Now...
The landscape of the world of music festivals is always volatile, especially in recent years. In a time where many festivals are unable to continue functioning and some have been forced to drop their curtains for good, the Cayuga Sound Festival—which will be held for the first time this year just a few hours away in upstate New York—is aiming to overcome this hurdle and emerge as a safe and sturdy outdoor weekend. The festival...
It wouldn’t exactly be going out on a limb to make the claim that The Meadows—in only its second year—is already New York City’s marquee fall festival. While the summer season is certainly ripe with competition, the options are a whole lot thinner as the temperatures begin to drop. And when one of those few options has a lineup that looks like this...well, there’s not much of a debate. Last year’s inaugural lineup, which featured...
Entering the arena at Madison Square Garden last night, the members of Arcade Fire, led by band leaders and alternating vocalists Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, approached the stage to a rising swell of cheers from the stadium. Except there was no stage—just a platform with a ring. As they reached it one by one, a Jim Ross-type announcer read out statistics about the band, much like before a boxing match. Once every member...
Looking to bring a virtual experience into the real world? That's always the case with Gorillaz, and this week our borough gets the chance to take that even further: the band/project/group/collective is opening a pop-up shop this week in Williamsburg, offering fans a chance to get some exclusive new merch ahead of their headlining performance at The Meadows festival in Queens on Saturday night. The shop will be open both Thursday and Friday, on Grand...
Nestled in an industrial enclave on the East Williamsburg/Queens border lies the sprawling outdoor event space The Brooklyn Mirage. Part of the larger complex known as Avant Gardner, The Brooklyn Mirage rises like a phoenix from the surrounding cement factory ashes. Filled with palm trees, wide open space and clean white walls, it is a welcome oasis in an area that at first glance seems to have nothing much there. The 80,000 square foot...

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