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Swapstravaganza! Jersey Songwriters Celebrate a Decade of Sweet Saturdays

If you created a genealogical map of New Jersey musicians, that family tree would criss-cross throughout the Garden State and beyond. Singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists shift and re-shift into a myriad of musical permutations and combinations. So it's no surprise that the Saturday Afternoon Song Swap is about to celebrate a decade-long tradition. Founded by Rebecca … Continue reading Swapstravaganza! Jersey Songwriters Celebrate a Decade of Sweet Saturdays

Curious Jane

Powered by Girls: Curious Jane Students Take on Theater, Technology with a Camera Obscura

Curious Jane Camera Obscura / Theatrical Workshop: Insta from The Vanderbilt Republic on Vimeo. Four upside down figures appear behind a soft, white curtain. At times, one grows in size and dimension only to quickly disappear into the background of a churning 3rd Avenue in the Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn. The silhouette of a tow … Continue reading Powered by Girls: Curious Jane Students Take on Theater, Technology with a Camera Obscura

Wimps

INTERVIEW: Seattle’s Wimps to Give NYC a Double Dose of Coy Punk on August 10 and 11

Punk. Cynical. Infectiously danceable. Wimps. If Kafka could craft air-tight punk songs and write with a sense of humor, he would have formed a band called Wimps. This punk trio is having one hell of a time finding a strange joy in the mundane. New York is about to get two chances to witness some … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Seattle’s Wimps to Give NYC a Double Dose of Coy Punk on August 10 and 11

Ample Hills Creamery

Ample Hills Creamery Unfurls Sweet and Colossal Ice Cream Factory and Museum in Red Hook

By now, many New Yorkers are familiar with the-little-ice-cream-shop-that-could fairy tale. In 2011, Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna (partners in ice cream crime and married in real life) opened up their fledgling Ample Hills Creamery in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. On that opening day, the fairy tale took on somewhat of a nightmarish quality. After … Continue reading Ample Hills Creamery Unfurls Sweet and Colossal Ice Cream Factory and Museum in Red Hook

Children’s Book Review: ‘Jack B. Ninja’ Boldly and Nimbly Reimagines a Classic

In the world of the ninja, reaching the level of Jōnin signifies the most elite, wise, and stealthy of warriors. While we can't confirm that author Tim McCanna and illustrator Stephen Savage are experts in kaginawa or shuriken, the duo has collaborated on a new children's book which displays the finest of storytelling and visual skills. Written by Tim McCanna … Continue reading Children’s Book Review: ‘Jack B. Ninja’ Boldly and Nimbly Reimagines a Classic

Yes 50

INTERVIEW: Yes Brings 50th Anniversary Tour to Wellmont Theater on July 7

The late 1960s was a pivotal and provocative time for rock 'n' roll. Bob Dylan went electric. The Beatles were poised to break up. Psychedelic rock pushed counterculture boundaries. Musicians began to reconfigure the more traditional sounds of their instruments with the use of new technology. Rock 'n' roll borrowed from classical and jazz music. … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Yes Brings 50th Anniversary Tour to Wellmont Theater on July 7

Lithics

INTERVIEW: Post-Punk Quartet Lithics Hit Brooklyn with Stunning New Album ‘Mating Surfaces’

Normally, you'd be forgiven for missing an opening act on a midweek evening during a particularly packed month of live music. However, if you have tickets to one of the two highly anticipated -- and sold-out -- shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks this week, we strongly recommended that … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Post-Punk Quartet Lithics Hit Brooklyn with Stunning New Album ‘Mating Surfaces’