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Brooklyn Block Party — The annual “Brooklyn Comes Alive” music festival takes place this weekend, a two-day concert extravaganza offering a plethora of acts, local or otherwise, performing at multiple locations around Williamsburg. From Chance The Rapper-collaborator ProbCause to electronica veterans The Crystal Method, it’s a comprehensive lineup of up-and-comers as well as established performers, ample opportunity to be introduced to new acts as likely as it is to reacquaint with fan favorites. As...
A few weeks ago, a new partnership with American Express found Kendrick Lamar, winner of many Grammys and mastermind of brilliant records To Pimp a Butterfly and Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, performing an intimate show in Miami. This week, Kendrick teased us with another stop on his AmEx tour: Brooklyn. https://twitter.com/kendricklamar/status/809132616674721792 Excitement quickly grew, and before long, word got out that Lamar's show would be held at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, an intimate venue by his standards. I saw him headline Bonnaroo in...
Sunflower Bean, by hook or by crook, has seen a meteoric rise in profile over the past few years. Beginning as friends jamming in a basement, the Brooklyn trio eventually released a sampling of music that caught a lot of attention, and led to opening spots for popular outfits like Best Coast and Diiv. Earlier this year, the band released its first full-length, titled Human Ceremony, which has seen widespread acclaim and far-ranging appeal. Sunflower Bean—who named one...
Last year I came across Jekyll/Hyde, an EP by someone called Your Friend and I spent a month blasting it daily, swept up in its epic intimacy, the feeling that a friend had made it for me, real friend, the sort of friend who could withstand a significant amount of physical or emotional on my behalf and for whom I would do the same. Luckily I didn't have to wait long before Your Friend, aka...

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