April, 2014


Twisted strings: Gowanus fest celebrates genre-bending banjo music

This ain’t your mama’s banjo music. Comment.

Folk talking: A glossary of Americana words and expressions

Blend in at the Brooklyn Folk Festival with this guide to old-timey lingo. Comment.
Prospect Heights

Tuvan and groovin’: Trio puts modern spin on traditional throat singing

Alash Ensemble is more than just a pretty voice. Comment.

Mind over music: Neuroscientist will transform brainwaves into live music

This musical performance will be tripping the light fantastic. Comment.

Tooting their own flute: Flutronix brings a modern sound to the classical instrument

This Crown Heights duo is making the school-band staple cool again. Comment.
Sheepshead Bay

Coney meets Carnival: Funk group celebrates Coney Island with a Big Easy sound

This band is bringing the sounds of the Big Easy to the Big Apple — and taking listeners from the Boardwalk to Bourbon Street. Comments (1).
Manhattan Beach

Back in tune: Rockapella plays Manhattan Beach amidst a capella revival

The former “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?” house band brings Motown classics to Kingsborough College. Comment.

March, 2014


The band played on: The rise and fall and rise of Ditmas Park duo Via Audio

Via Audio has weathered the loss of its management, booking agent, and the lack of a label. But can it overcome a seperation of 2,448 miles? Comment.
Prospect Heights

Still waiting for the man: Bands play birthday tribute to Lou Reed

It sounds like a perfect day. Comment.
Red Hook

Electric dreams: See a 12-piece theremin orchestra in Red Hook

The popularity of the theremin comes in waves. Now it is generating buzz once again, with a history-making concert at Pioneer Works. Comment.
Fort Greene

Big boppers: The New Cookers bring the bop to Brooklyn Jazz Fest

The New Cookers is steeped in the ghosts of jazz past. Comment.

Forever young: Bands play tribute to ’80s-era Bob Dylan

The times, they are a-repeating. Comment.

Purim rocks: This celebration has costumes and hamantashen — but no kids

Why should kids have all the Purim party fun? Comment.

Rock with you: Audience members star in Michael Jackson musical

This one is sure to be a thriller. Comment.
Park Slope

Guitar heroine: Mamie Minch doesn’t just play guitars — she also repairs them

With a name like Mamie, this Park Slope musician was born to play the blues. Comment.

February, 2014


Cowboy karaoke: You are the country music star at Downtown’s Hill Country

This karaoke night has both kinds of music — country and western. Comment.
Park Slope

Sharkmuffin attack! W’burg trio sinks its teeth into the music world

As its name suggests, this garage rock trio is both sweet and fierce. Comment.
Crown Heights

G’point musician has hit song with Aussie group she has never met

Technology is taking singer-songwriter Christine Hoberg in strange new directions. Comment.

Outside the ring box: Find an anti-wedding band for your big day

Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration” is strictly a no-no when celebrating with this bunch. Comment.

Antony and the Johnsons clarinetist creates water-inspired solo album

Bedford-Stuyvesant musician Doug Wieselman is making a splash! Comment.
Park Slope

I wanna hold Japan: All-female Japanese Beatles cover band plays Brooklyn

Talk about a magical mystery tour! Comment.
Park Slope

Slope pianist goes Bach to the future

Simone Dinnerstein is taking New York City Bach to school. Comments (1).

Young Yeller creates big pop sounds from small Greenpoint bedroom

Many musicians give up dreams of pop stardom for sensible day jobs — but Jesse Brickel has done the exact opposite. Comment.

January, 2014

Crown Heights

Strange sounds: Animal-human hybrids perform at experimental music night

A night of weird and wonderful music in Crown Heights will feature a performance group dressed as animal-human hybrids. Comment.
Park Slope

Balkan up: Golden Fest brings Balkan party to Park Slope

New York’s annual celebration of Balkan music and dance turns 30 with a two-day festival at Grand Prospect Hall. Comment.

Bushwick’s Oneida keeps avant-rocking on

The members of Oneida are not fans of downtime. Comment.
Fort Greene

In sync: Fort Greene artists create opera about Milli Vanilli

The story of Milli Vanilli is a drama ripe for operatic treatment — and this month, it will get one. Comment.
Prospect Heights

Pink gorillas put on wild ball at Botanic Garden

Kids can waltz to classical music played by a skunk, a dog, and two pink gorillas at the garden’s midwinter festival. Comment.

Pulling the plug: Guitarist goes off the grid to recharge

As electric as his playing is, guitarist Ryan Ferreira prefers an unplugged life. Comment.
Fort Greene

Marsalis’ druthers: Playing a Fort Greene senior center

A Fort Greene senior center got a dose of Lincoln Center on Friday night when jazz trumpeter and impresario Wynton Marsalis stopped by to play two sold-out shows. Comment.
Prospect Heights

Get up, stand up! Amnesty International concert series coming to Barclays

Finally — a throwback concert for the millenials! Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn get ready: Impressions headlines concert to fight slavery

In many parts of the world, the civil rights movement has never ended, and one band is still singing the soundtrack to freedom and equality. Comment.

Hail to the King: A rockabilly birthday bash for Elvis

New venue Radio Bushwick is hosting a birthday party for Elvis Presley, with live music, and dance, costume, and trivia contests. Comments (1).
Red Hook

Root down: ‘Fiddling poet’ throws roots music showcase

Get back to your roots at the Jalopy Theatre, with a variety show combining Appalachian string-band music with Irish, country, bluegrass, and even some percussive dancing. Comment.


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