Age: 29 Neighborhood: South Williamsburg Most Likely To: Be Unpredictable Favorite Quote: "Things are what you make of them." Sometimes sparkly agendas emblazoned with “Live Your Truth” or “Too Legit To Quit” are a little bit forced, but Adam J. Kurtz has found the sweet spot of encouraging art that's  inspirational and honest. You might have seen his illustrations as pins, patches, or keychains, trinkets embellished with phrases like “You Tried” or “Feelings” or “At Least You’re...
Because of the internet, and social media, artists have been blessed with the unprecedented power to connect with their audience directly. That power comes with a responsibility. One many artists are learning to wield. One such artist is East Flatbush's own, Adrian Daniel. Since Adrian's first album, Disillusions, came out last year, his momentum in the industry, like his following, has had steady and reliable growth. With over 1 million streams on Spotify, and coverage by The...
THE ONES YOU LEFT BEHIND ARE STILL WITH YOU When you woke up, you said you wanted to plant an orchid inside your skull just to prove you can make something grow too—a skull that works as a construction worker, a botanist planting something that lurks around old hotels and bathroom stalls but inside everyone else's skulls too. Because you know one is never enough. And you don't trust yourself enough to believe in what you see even if it is an internet sensation. I'm sorry for trying to plant...
Photos by Eian Kantor Writer Joanna C. Valente’s work beholds the body, crafting lines like music to produce surreal, cerebral work. The founding editor-in-chief of Yes, Poetry, the managing editor of Luna Luna Mag, and a Brooklyn Poets instructor, Joanna is as much an author as a teacher. We sat down at Postmark Cafe in Park Slope to chat about Joanna’s intimate poetry, love for metal, and the undeniable wonder of Coney Island. “Poetry really speaks...
PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN MIDGLEY MAKEUP MICHAEL PATTERSON HAIR TISH CELESTINE If the mark of a brilliant actor is blurring the boundary between themselves and the characters they play, the mark of an equally intelligent audience is identifying where that boundary begins and ends, so we are not lost in the performance. But because we live in a culture obsessed with the belief that the only boundaries that exist are the ones the mind creates, actors find themselves performing...
PHOTOGRAPHY: Zach Gross  It was 2009 when Kurt Vile played Northside Festival in not one, but two shows—marking the end of his tenure in The War on Drugs and the start of his solo career. Several years later, in 2014, Courtney Barnett played Northside, too. Now, in 2017, the two have joined forces and left Brooklyn. I followed suit.   On October 13, Vile and Barnett released the album Lotta Sea Lice, a generally lauded collection...
“A dud article from Breitbart reaches more people than all the books we've talked about combined,” lamented LA Kauffman, gesturing to the dozens of pulp-and-spine texts recommended to the audience at the morning panel of Sunday's Brooklyn Book Festival. Kauffman unearthed the slinking undercurrent of the day: What do books matter in the age of fake news and impending fascism? It was hardly an auspicious opening to the festival's eleventh annual celebration of the vital...
The History of a Boroughscape — Brooklyn’s architecture has been reactive to the seismic cultural and political shifts of the changing times, from the rapidly modernizing post-industrial landscape of the early-to-mid 20th century all the way to present day issues with gentrification affecting cultural visibility in an increasing number of neighborhoods. This history is profoundly expressed in the photography on display in BRIC’s new “Brooklyn Photographs” exhibition, a collection of works from eleven photographers...
Summertearz — Swedish electronic-pop band Little Dragon have been active since 1996, performing while its three founding members were still in high school no less. They eventually took their bouncy, modal beats in a darker direction, constructing cavernous, driving tracks that carry the soft, idiosyncratic lilt of lead vocalist Yukimi Nagano’s yearning lyrics away into the lightly distorted digital ether that awaits the end of most songs. While they’ve gradually rose in popularity since...

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