October, 2014


Raise the roof! Bluegrass musicians hold concert to save church ceiling

Call it a blue-grass-roots effort. Comment.
Park Slope

Six-string star spends down-time playing Park Slope

Smokey Hormel’s guitar playing is one of the worst kept secrets in rock. Comment.
Prospect Heights

Bands from mysterious island to rock Brooklyn venue

Four bands from bucolic Staten Island (pronounced stat-NUY-lin) will perform their people’s traditional music at a Brooklyn bar. Comment.
Fort Greene

Breakout Tabernacle Choir singer launches debut solo album

It is about time Alicia Olatuja took another solo. Comment.
Ditmas Park

Musician will perfom live to ‘Phantom of the Opera’ in Ditmas Park church

This phantom of the opera is always keeping score. Comment.

Blue notes: The Big Eyed Blues Fest blows into Brooklyn

Brooklyn has got the blues. Comment.

W’burg club owner in dance battle with the city

The owner of a Williamsburg nightclub cannot take much more of the city’s cabaret law. Comment.

Ghost buskers: Spooky musical show haunts Bushwick Starr

Forget ghost stories this Halloween — listen to some ghost songs instead. Comment.
Manhattan Beach

Renowned Russian sax player swings into Manhattan Beach

This performance will begin on a high note. Comment.

Thrive-in Saturday! W’burg glam rock party celebrates 10 years

They love to boogie on a Saturday night! Comment.

September, 2014

Fort Greene

Green Monster Big Band plays tribute to G’point legend Fred Ho

They are blowing his horn. Comment.

Brooklyn musicians play tribute to Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson

Break out the rhinestones and herbal refreshment. Comment.

Lefferts Gardens rocker juggles three bands, six albums

Emil Amos is a master multi-instrumentalist and multi-tasker. Comment.

Nursery crimes! MC Frontalot has a twisted take on fairy tales

And they all lived rap-pily ever after. Comment.
Fort Greene

Ladies’ night! Young and old-school female emcees to perform free BAM show

The beat will drop — but the pitch will not. Comment.

Dad Halen! Van Halen tribute band reunites for G’point show

Get ready to Roth! Comment.
Bay Ridge

Ridgite to play 9-11 tribute with songs about New York City

Martin McQuade will croon through three hours of songs about the city. Comment.

August, 2014


Roots’ rapper pal promises his musical variety show will change your life

“Old New York Live” will be a throwback to the days when artists and audiences from all walks of life rubbed shoulders, according to creator Dice Raw. Comment.

Un-Rapture-d! G’point musician trades dance-punk stardom for soul

Dance-punk’s not dead — it is just playing R&B in Bushwick. Comment.
Prospect Heights

I was (re)born a unicorn: Cult band reforms to play Barclays

There is a legendary indie rock band coming to Barclays Center Aug. 22–24 — and it is not Arcade Fire. Comment.
Fort Greene

Sene and heard: Brooklyn duo Denitia and Sene hits Afropunk Fest

Rising R&B stars will play alongside Sharon Jones and Bad Brains at massive Fort Greene fest. Comment.

Gotta have that Afropunk: What to see at the fest

You already know you’re going to see Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and Bad Brains. But what about all those other acts? Our music guru names five to look out for. Comment.
Fort Greene

String and tonic! Slopers teach boozy music lessons

Always wanted to learn a musical instrument, but held back by stage fright? Try a little liquid courage. Comment.

July, 2014


Guitar heroes: Play ‘Rock Band’ for a good cause

And your mom told you video games were a waste of time. Comment.

Surf’s up! Brooklyn band to open for surf rock legend Dick Dale

Dust off those huaraches and break out the Sex Wax! Comment.

Tubular tunes: A Brooklyn surf rock roundup

We have braved rip currents an sandy trunks to bring you the best in the borough’s surf music scene. Comment.
Marine Park

Babs-olutely fabulous! Famed Streisand impersonator to play Marine Park

The Marine Park Alliance finally found someone. Someone to share the Carmine Carro Community Center stage. They finally found the one. To be with every night (but mostly the night of July 27). Comments (1).

Space jammers! Alien bluegrass band finds fame on the big screen

It is life imitating art imitating alien life. Comment.

This guy is putting Brooklyn songs on the map

Okay, he acknowledges the rest of the city, too. Comment.

Country road: G’point musician has love, will travel

Melaena Cadiz just can’t wait to get on the road again. Comment.
Park Slope

From Russia, with love! Band pays tribute to iconic Soviet rock group

Beat the summer heat with a taste of the Cold War. Comment.
Red Hook

A showcase of Americana music — minus the America

The musicians at this show might hail from abroad, but their tastes are strictly down home. Comment.

Flying high: Rapper CJ Fly is ready for take-off

The Bedford-Stuyvesant artist will share a stage with Jay Electronica and Raekwon at this year’s Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Comment.

Highlights from 10 years of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Founder Wes Jackson looks back his favorite moments from the festival’s first decade. Comment.

June, 2014

Prospect Heights

White noise: Ben Folds will play to crowd dressed all in white

A picnic party fund-raiser at Prospect Park will be be a colorfree affair. Comment.
Prospect Heights

Grand Army blaster: Hundreds of musicians will perform on library steps

Prepare your drums — and your eardrums! Comment.

Riffin’ cousins: Greenpoint band Dead Stars is a family affair

These bandmates share musical DNA. And regular DNA. Comment.

Guitar heroes: Musicians to hold fund-raiser for Haitian guitar school

It will be a thin line between love and Haiti at this Downtown classical guitar concert. Comment.

Northern high-lights: Five under-the-radar acts to see at Northside

It is the best of the rest of the fest! Comment.
Park Slope

Fiddling around: Slope songster brings a new sound to old-timey styles

This genre-bending multi-instrumentalist has more than one string to his fiddle. Comment.

May, 2014

Park Slope

Electric lady lands: Celebrate Brooklyn! blasts off with Janelle Monae

The mothership is landing in Prospect Park. Comment.
Prospect Heights

Zimmer-men and women to play whole Bob Dylan album for his birthday

A group of musicians will bring it all back home and revisit “Highway 61 Revisited” as they celebrate Bob Dylan’s 73rd birthday with a tribute show in Prospect Heights on May 30. Comment.

Cheap polish: Synth-pop trio does it themselves, well

The synth-pop practitioners who make up Young Heel do it themselves, but you wouldn’t know it to listen to them. Comment.
Manhattan Beach

Caught in a Babs romance

An accomplished singer is tackling Barbra Streisand’s intimidating songbook in Manhattan Beach. Comment.

Pop goes the festival! Brooklynites to celebrate power pop

These musicians are on a mission to prove that pop can most definitely rock. Comment.

Out of the nightclub and into the street

This band plays in the most unexpected places, or at least mostly outside of the standard venues. Comment.

Sheik your booty: Mid-East meets Dancehall at Brooklyn Bridge Park dance party

Balkan Beat Box is coming home to Brooklyn — and bringing the sounds of the world with it. Comment.

Electric dreamer: Connan Mockasin is psyched to play Williamsburg

Call him a dream-pop star. Comment.

April, 2014


Ch-check it out: Beastie Boys fans honor Adam Yauch with MCA Day

It’s just you, your posse, and MCA. Comment.
Fort Greene

Synth secrets: All-star lineup plays tribute to a mysterious Nigerian musician

Musicians including David Byrne and Money Mark play tribute to synth composer William Onyeabor — but they don’t know anything about him. Comment.

Pop’s pop: ‘Dad Jams’ DJs spin tracks only a father could love

You just wait until your father hears about this! 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.

Twisted strings: Gowanus fest celebrates genre-bending banjo music

This ain’t your mama’s banjo music. 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.
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.
Prospect Heights

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

It sounds like a perfect day. 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.

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.
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.
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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