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"Our first speaker received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She probably received the last one ever, thanks to Trump." Those were moderator Michael Reynolds’s opening remarks at NYC's New Literature from Europe Festival on December 7, 2016. He chuckled at his own joke, but none of the artists in the audience laughed. Because of Donald Trump, the Republican Congress, and the very real possibility of a Republican Supreme Court, Brooklyn's arts...
On Tuesday, Brooklyn said goodbye to OG DIY art space and music venue Secret Project Robot—for now. The final show of the weeklong “Doomsday Celebration: One Long Goodbye Until We Meet Again” featured Blob Dylan, King Pussy Face, and Call of the Wild, plus about 100 longtime friends and supporters there to see the space one last time before its doors closed forever. “But I don’t want this to be the same story all the...
Jordan Lee’s music possesses a glimmering gentleness that we identify most readily in the natural world, sounds that feel like they are blooming innocence. His style incorporates field recording-style expanses, and evoke spaciousness in looped harps, wind chimes, and open-hearted lyrics. Lee’s 2013 breakout album Love’s Crushing Diamond far outstripped his tiny label Soft Eyes Record’s expectations, and was almost immediately reissued by the larger label Other Music. After touring for almost a year...
With this year’s Northside Festival fast approaching (June 6-12), we figured it was a good time to check in on the local music scene, to get more in tune with the community we’ll be celebrating come June. We’ll be rolling out lots of great music-related content this week, including our picks for the 9 NYC bands you need to hear, a look at Brooklyn's best recording studios, and much, much more. Check out the Northside...

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