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In a neighborhood where the average one-bedroom rental has crept up to $1,958 per month, can an alternative, nonprofit gallery and music space keep its head above the water? Yes—and Secret Project Robot is doing more than just surviving in Bushwick. For the past decade, co-founders Eric Zajaceskowski and Rachel Nelson (and friends) have been throwing parties, curating exhibitions, and creating a space for up-and-coming musicians to jam late into the night (like the Yeah...
The premise of the Brooklyn Rock Lottery could be a tagline for a mid-aughts MTV reality show: 25 strangers, grouped into bands at random, have 12 hours to put together a set to play in front of an audience. The Lottery's organizer, Tierney Stout, inspired by a similar event in Denton, Texas, started putting on the show in 2009. All the musicians are volunteers (proceeds from the event this year went to Harmony Program,...
The last time I saw Karen O perform she summoned several thousand festival-goers into a hypnotic chant ("M-aaa-aaa-ps, M-aaa-aaa-ps"), sashayed around stage in a sorceress' silver poncho, kicked inflatable eyeballs into the crowd, stuffed an entire microphone in her mouth, and sang (also yelped) in demonic glee at the helm of New York art-rock icons Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It's a different scene at last night's listening party for her solo debut, and not just the...

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