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Downtown Boys Victoria Ruiz of Downtown Boys is not mild-mannered. We don’t want her to be. The frontwoman of Providence, Rhode Island’s politico-punk band assured us there’s always strength in numbers on a heat-adhesive Friday night at St. Vitus.   Ruiz stalked back and forth on the stage, carrying a certain strength and ignition that’s flawlessly mirrored by the band. In a time when it seems half a band’s audience is phones, the sold-out crowd was...
Before the written word, rhyme and rhythm documented the exploits of heroes. Song emerged as a mnemonic medium for Greek storytellers, spinning verse and into narrative choruses and epic poetry. The foibles of vision and memory meant that no two re-tellings ever conveyed the story exactly right. Rather, these sculptors of song expressed the contours of emotion with protean plots—winding tortuous paths to the same destination. This was the Homeric version of “you get the...
Cleo Tucker wanted to know if I was going to the show. “The new Lexie is incredible,” they assured me, “I mean, Greta in general is incredible.” “Greta” is Greta Kline, who performs spacey diaristic songs in minute-long chunks as the wistful Frankie Cosmos. “Lexie” is the new outfit she has put together with members of the punkish Atlanteans in Warehouse. “The show” is tonight's sold-out Northside Festival set at Williamsburg's Polish national home Warsaw...
Miguel thrust his pelvis into the mic stand, which had been cockily adorned with white fringe. The effect was ambivalently sexy and mop-like, and not a bad metaphor for the first half of Saturday evening’s benefit show for the Open Space Alliance of North Brooklyn, presented by Northside Festival in McCarren Park. Miguel performed with great confidence, although perhaps at some points feeling distant from the adoring crowd that had gathered to see him. The...

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