Name: Sara McDonald Age: 26 Neighborhood: Kensington Most Likely To: Get sick to my stomach during something important, but in high school I was voted most likely to host my own talk show. Favorite Quote: "Don’t try." (meaning, do it) As a young kid, Sara McDonald would canvass her neighborhood asking for donations to fund her latest musical endeavor. By the time Sara graduated high school, she had been in 30 musicals and was the lead soloist of her high...
Age: 29 Pronouns: She/Her Neighborhood: Flatbush Most Likely to: Takeover the planet, then vacation Favorite Quote: “My job is to somehow make them curious enough, or persuade them, by hook or crook, to get them more aware of themselves and where they came from and what they are into and what is already there, and just bring it out.” - Nina Simone If you were a teenager of color, who thought they were grown in the early-mid 2000s, you've been...
Name: Harry Portnof Age: 29 Neighborhood: Prospect Heights Most Likely to: Crowd surf Favorite Quote: “Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.” – David Bowie Accountant turned record label owner isn’t a phrase you’d normally have a reason to utter, but that’s exactly what Harry Portnof is. As a teen, Harry discovered his father’s record collection in his grandmother’s attic and quickly became enthralled with having physical, aesthetically and aurally pleasing vinyl. After amassing his own impressive...
Because of the internet, and social media, artists have been blessed with the unprecedented power to connect with their audience directly. That power comes with a responsibility. One many artists are learning to wield. One such artist is East Flatbush's own, Adrian Daniel. Since Adrian's first album, Disillusions, came out last year, his momentum in the industry, like his following, has had steady and reliable growth. With over 1 million streams on Spotify, and coverage by The...
It’s nearly impossible to find a Scott Devendorf interview where his glasses aren’t mentioned. The National’s bassist—also a member of LNZNDRF and collaborator on Grateful Dead charity tribute album Day of the Dead—always wears orange aviators. But why? He laughs when asked. “I’ve been wearing them for years,” Devendorf says. “They’re sunglasses that faded.” Though the glasses aren’t “a good way to judge color of anything,” they’re nearly inextricable from his look—try to find...
Andrew Savage

One-On-One

Photographs by Nicole Fara Silver Just around the corner from his home in the heart of Bed-Stuy, Andrew Savage, best known as the frontman of Brooklyn-via-Texas indie darlings Parquet Courts, launches a long, high-arching shot toward a net on his local basketball court. His form doesn’t exactly resemble that of Steph Curry, but nonetheless, the ball swishes through the net. (Swish takes on a very liberal meaning in this scenario.) The multi-instrumentalist sees me jotting...
On a recent evening, celebrity performance artist Marina Abramović – she of the Jay-Z video, the upstate performance art boot camp, and blockbuster piece The Artist is Present – was excitedly milling around in front of Bushwick bar Alphaville with a few young friends. She was there to see electronic band Sound of Ceres; the artist is a fan. Featuring former members of The Drums and Apples in Stereo, Sound of Ceres makes emotional, otherworldly...
On the cover of the latest Liars record, TFCF, Angus Andrew sits alone in a wedding dress, looking like he left himself at the altar, and just in the nick of time. The sort of silly, semi-sinister image makes fine thematic sense. It fronts the first record in the band’s 17-year art-pop career made without the help of founding member Aaron Hemphill, or anyone other than Angus. Wanderlust—sonic, geographic, personal—has come to define Andrew’s...
Just over an hour into a set that lasted nearly three, Paul McCartney acknowledged the city in which he was performing. “How many people here are actually from Brooklyn?” he asked, as many in the sold-out Barclays Center crowd greeted him with loud applause. He continued to gauge the crowd’s geographical roots, asking next who wasn’t from Brooklyn, but New York City, then asking who came from out of town. This crowd-hyping exercise, which...

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