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There's a house in Far Rockaway that’s business in the front, party in the back—an unassuming ranch with curb appeal that's worthy of an HGTV revamp. With a stone facade, it’s nestled on a half-acre parcel of fluffy green grass on a quiet bayside street. At night, street lamps spray the asphalt with a non-offensive buzz of incandescence. On a muggy, Saturday evening in July, no one uses the front door. Matting down a path...
Where the best albums are judged as grand, considered statements, we allow the best EPs of any given year to exist as well-executed whims, fascinating documents of artistic transition, or the first signs of budding talent. Those things are all super valid! This year saw an explosion of high-quality mini-masterpieces, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the mid-90s heyday of maxi-CD imports. Maybe that’s an acknowledgment of shrinking modern attention spans? Maybe...
On Saturday Weyes Blood, aka Natalie Mering, and her band looped back to New York City for a show at Baby’s All Right, their last before Mering embarks on a West coast tour with the help of only a harpist. But something about her return must have been bittersweet– she's not exactly the biggest fan of New York City, a place she only recently started calling home. Mering’s career making ethereal and sometimes haunting folk music has been...