Written By: Dania Curvy It’s one thing to be a singer, another to write your own music, and almost unheard of to also release your own novel. The multifaceted artist Skela, however, takes DIY to the next level. Born and raised in New York City, the songstress-turned-novelist recently released Project 10–an ambitious visual album of 10 songs and music videos filmed throughout her hometown–as a countdown to the announcement of her first original novel, Building...
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...
                        Three years ago, Bed-Stuy native, VenetaTracey wrote her first single "Astral." A smooth-sultry ballad that's as sweet as it seductive. The single was released earlier this year, and is catching the ear of the local music underground. VenetaTracey is continuing to build momentum with the release of the the video for "Astral," which can be watched below! Though there's no confirmed date about when listeners can expect more music, we've been told that Tracey is working to deliver...
Photos Zach Gross Benjamin Lazar Davis’ music has done something that most music is not able to do: It’s gotten me to sit down and write. That’s the best compliment I can give to an artist. Ben has managed to create a record, Nothing Matters, that truly captures the essence of being alone in the best way possible. Recording the entire record without any external distractions, Ben maps and treks through internal abyss and offers...
The Brooklyn Museum's "David Bowie Is” exhibition —closing out the global 5-year tour of Bowie’s personal archives and work— has been a welcome pilgrimage for many in NYC this spring. Befitting of the exhibits tribute, the museum also featured a 4-part evening event series created by Brooklyn-based immersive theater collective, Little Cinema, which recent featured a party for the glittered masses called the “Night of 1000 Bowies” in May. With unprecedented access to Bowie’s work and screenings...
Photos by Rog Walker Styled by Shanice Gray Clothing courtesy of Jeffrey New York and The Webster Space Leon & Rusty Studio Earlier this year, the self-proclaimed New Kings of the Underground return with their sophomore album Vacation in Hell. When I think about Greatness in music, what it takes for an artist to make their everlasting mark on the culture—Kendrick, Jay Z, Trina, Missy Elliot—each of these titans, and many more, are diligent students as well as diligent...

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