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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...
Back in June we listed out some of the best albums of the year so far. But these lists always tend to include a handful of superstars, who, due to their higher profiles, extensive resources, or tabloid narratives sometimes just eclipse local performers. Those local musicians deserve some shine too, though, so here is a list of 20 of the best records to come out of our fair borough so far this year. Hopefully you'll...
It’s finally here! Thursday marks the kick off of Northside Festival’s music portion, and thanks to the hard work of everyone involved with the festival, there are so many excellent shows to attend that I’ve separated previews out by genre to help Brooklynites parse the extensive schedules. For those who associate Northside Fest mostly with indie rock, yes, that has traditionally been the bedrock of the booking. But, hey, Kacey Musgraves is one of...
“I’m 20, washed up already,” Greta Kline sings on a track midway through her band Frankie Cosmos’ second official studio album, Next Thing. It’s a short, tongue-in-cheek song simply titled “I’m 20,” one of the many barely-a-minute- long tracks on the record, but it neatly juxtaposes the enormity of Kline’s teenaged output with her more recent, streamlined studio records. Initially, she would upload fresh demos to Bandcamp without a second thought, reveling in the...

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