Commissary, the penal-themed EP that Casanova released in June, is a symphony of chaos and verbal brawling. The songs are punishingly corporal, intimidatingly minimalist, rough around the edges and loud as cicadas in mating season. Casanova is one of New York City’s best-liked rappers, but he scares just as many people as inspires. His music is not for the faint of heart - or sensitive of hearing. “WUT U SAID,” Casanova’s collaboration with the legendary...
Kelly Zutrau, frontwoman of dreampop darling Wet, bumped into filmmaker Alfred Marroquin on a side street near his house in Williamsburg last spring. It wasn’t exactly an accident. I saw Kelly in the street a couple of times and I kind of just swooned,” he told Brooklyn Magazine. “Kelly’s writing, her vocals, the melody are so honest. I think it’s hard for an artist to be so genuine and personal in music, and that...
In uncertain times, art often finds a way to prevail. For the Sante Fe arts collective Meow Wolf, the past decade has been driven by forging their own definition of art and reinventing the immersive landscape in the process. Founded on shared principles of "radical inclusivity, maximalism, and narrative interactive art”, the collective has gained International acclaim for their events, which border on organized chaos. The group also the eye of George R.R. Martin, who...
Phoebe Robinson of 2 Dope Queens Sits with Brooklyn Magazine Photos by Jesse Dittmar Hair by Naivasha Johnson Make-up by Delina Medhin Shot at Loosie Rouge Phoebe Robinson enters stage left. Author (Yas). Writer (Yas). Producer (Yas). Actress (Yas). Brooklyn (Yas). Dope Queens (Yas). Stand-up comic (yep you guessed it, YAS). How to properly introduce a queen you ask? Well of course by acquainting you to her accolades. It was a sweltering August when I got to sit down with Phoebe Robinson at Loosie’s Kitchen & Café...
Cornelius Minor thinks that the fuel behind inequality in the U.S. isn’t just the people making the decisions. It’s the systems set in place to keep people divided, immobile, and illiterate. So, what exactly does a modern hero look like?   First off, how long have you been in New York? Over 30 years! Could you tell us a bit about your family and their experience emigrating from Liberia? Oh my gosh, my family is amazing....
For several years now, Brooklyn-based organist Jared Lamenzo has been researching an 1826 opera performance which was given at the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral where he serves as Music Director and Organist. The 1826 event featured the first Italian opera company to visit the United States, the Garcia Company.  Their mezzo soprano was the 17-year-old Maria Garcia Malibran, soon to become the greatest operatic diva of her time. Lamenzo was fascinated by the...