September 27, 2012
Better than: A cardboard cutout of Twin Shadow.
Sporting a white-sleeved leather jacket, slicked back mohawk, and carrying what appeared to be a wine bottle, George Lewis Jr. wobbled out onto Webster Hall's stage on Thursday a few minutes late. "Thank yo ... More >>
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
Brooklyn Academy of Music
May 3 - May 5
Better than: NBC's Thursday-night comedy, a Friday night in NYC, and Cinco de Mayo, combined.
When covering a festival, you're bound to miss most of the festivities. It's a fact of life, and one that I had to accept when attempting to ... More >>
Ben LozovskyCMJ Day Two: Inc., Twin Shadow, Main Attrakionz
Better than: Being Robert Smith's makeup artist.
As much as CMJ can raise the profile of an unknown or unsigned artist, it must really be an ego boost for more established emerging talent. Bands with a buzzed-about debut and a suc ... More >>
With anguished "scream sing," lyrical sax pyrotechnics, and a 16-piece ensemble engaged in a blustery dissonance, composer Matana Roberts has made one of the most arresting LPs of the yearlocal or otherwise. Her Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres (out now via Constellation) ... More >>