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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...
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...
"WHO ARE THEY?" a thirty–something year old woman slurred at me, as I stood outside of Blue Collar Burger at 10 p.m. on a Sunday night. The "they" she was referring to is Brooklyn psych-punk trio Sunflower Bean, who were leaned up against a white van on Havemeyer Street having their photo taken. They are, to say the least, noticeable. The woman from the street proceeded to follow us inside, stroking the fur coat of...
It's that time of the year again when the population of gentrified Brooklyn temporarily migrates to Chicago to unceremoniously celebrate beards and flowered headdresses at Pitchfork Festival. And while the Best New Music proprietors do a damn fine job at curating an event, your backpack was made in Brooklyn, your pickles are locally sourced... why not your music festivals too? 1.21 Gigawatts Fest (July 17-20) offers an alternative for homebodies, spreading more than 50 local...

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