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It’s already a little hard to remember, but as late as 2012 in Greenpoint—before Transmitter Park opened at the end of Greenpoint Avenue, before construction of ten waterfront towers began along West Street, and certainly before Northern Territory invited scores of loud drinkers to a rooftop above Franklin Street—the neighborhood still felt mysteriously forgotten. Photographers, graphic designers, artists, small fashion labels, jewelers, woodworkers, and many more took advantage of relatively cheap rents inside converted...
The first time I heard Veronica Torres I thought she sings like there's an emergency. It wasn't until later, on my third or so listen through Pill's debut album Convenience that I realized--there is. If you're paying attention to the state of things in American culture right now, emergency--or crisis--is an apt descriptor. From the ascendance of a bigoted xenophobe as a viable political candidate, the struggle for women's access to birth control and...
“5 Questions With” is a series spotlighting some of Brooklyn’s most exciting and influential creatives. (You can explore our archive of picks here.) You may recognize Peter Matthew Bauer from his time behind the guitar in The Walkmen, but he's now stepped confidently out into the spotlight. His solo debut — the aptly-titled Liberation! —  just came out by way of Mexican Summer, winning him both critical acclaim and a spot headlining the Music Hall of Williamsburg...
Need To Know is a  series spotlighting Brooklyn-based record labels. Today we meet Mexican Summer. When Mexican Summer records first started, it's founders modestly expected it to be a boutique imprint specializing in small-batch, hand-numbered records. Easy, right? Then they started releasing singles by the likes of soon-to-be-greats Kurt Vile and Best Coast, and the rest is indie rock history. Mexican Summer now dominates a field crowded with wannabe tastemakers, releasing consistently great and consistently...

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