Courier Life’s


December, 2013


Blaze of glory: Meet Brooklyn’s new musical superhero

Call him the Light Knight. Comment

Marching music: Brooklyn parades break out boom boxes and bike bells

Get ready to make some noise! Comment

November, 2013


Mercury rising: Heavy metal legends play tribute to Queen on World AIDS Day

There will be several little silhouetteos of a man at Saint Vitus on Dec. 1. Comment

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October, 2013


New album from horny horn player

Smoota has no problem with making his audience uncomfortable. Comment

They’re darn tootin’! Street music fests puts saxophone-playing rabbits center stage

Honk if you love flugelhorn solos. Comment

September, 2013

Brooklyn Heights

Hoodie harmony

The Brooklyn Philharmonic has teamed up with a rapper to perform “Blues For Black Hoodies,” an original song about the perils of being young and black. Comments (2)

I spy music

This band has the power of avant garde. Comment

August, 2013

Fort Greene

New kids on the rock

The band members might all be in their teens, but between them, they have several decades of musical knowledge. Comments (2)
Park Slope

Like a prayer

She kissed a girl — and got in trouble for it. Comments (1)
Bay Ridge Courier

Sampling Shuggie

The Paper checks in with cult-legend and guitarist. Comment

Motive to dance

They sound like they’re crying, but really they’re loving life. Comment

July, 2013

Park Slope

Jamming in your boots

She’s a songstress bringing pizzazz to a pizza parlor in Park Slope. Comment

Checking in with Dan Deacon

The wildly creative musician chats with the paper. Comment

Video game rock stars

Bet you’ve never heard a sick Gameboy solo. Comment

Busking in the lime light

Some of the best of the streets and the subways are coming to the stage. Comment

Vampire movie at twilight

Classic “Dracula” gets live soundtrack at outdoor screening under the Prospect Park band shell. Comment

Sardines and jazz

Check out a free concert this summer at Kingsborough featuring the fantastic Hot Sardines. Comment

Shot through the art

Brooklyn rock musician and perfromance artist of Japanther checks in with the paper. Comment

June, 2013


Celebrate South Africa

Ladysmith Black Mambazo returns to the Bandshell. Comment

Calexico to play Prospect Park bandshell

Prospect Park is far from the desert, but for one night this summer, the sounds of the arid southwest will pulse through Brooklyn. Comment

May, 2013


Men of longing

They’re men and they love Leonard Cohen. Comment
Columbia St Waterfront

Fiddle me this: New Orleans music festival invites you to jam

It’s the music festival that asks its audience to join the band. Comment

Brooklyn calling: Karaoke night is for punk rock lovers

Celine Dion is not welcome at this karaoke night. Comment

April, 2013


Kronos kids

A requiem for youth never sounded so good. Comment
Park Slope

Zen concert

Get your “om” on! Comment

Feelin’ all right: Reggae act returns to its roots

The night before April 20 is a celebration all on its own. Comment

Cramping their style

It takes a fan to start a fire. Comment

Here’s your chance to throw a banjo into the Gowanus Canal!

The Gowanus Canal is polluted with heavy metals — but for one day only it’s going acoustic. Comment

March, 2013

Prospect Heights

Find a photo, write a song: Musicians take inspiration from random pictures

Who’s that girl? Comment

Three-piece groove: Trio bring Afrobeat and hip hop to classical

This one time at band camp, we listened to some R. Kelly. Comment

Musical pieces: Musician makes his own modular instruments

Matthew Regula is a real live wire. Comment

Striking a chord: Boxing and chamber music duke it out at Gleason’s

It’s a battle of the band. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

How Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ stopped being about sex

Before it was used in every sad movie montage ever, before it was an anthem for cancer survivors and natural disaster recovery, “Hallelujah” was just a song — a weird, sexy song. Comments (1)

Music to time travel to

Some songs are perfect for the car stereo — but this Brooklyn band performs music meant to be blasted in a time machine. Comments (1)

February, 2013

Fort Greene

Cantor can’t stop, won’t stop

Cantor Helfgot is bringing Jewish music to the Barclays Center — and he’s rolling deep with violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman. Comment

Man Man overboard: Pop goes the experimental rock group

Man Man leader Ryan Kattner swears that he’s just trying to write the next great pop song, yet he boasts about how the band’s sound is completely different compared to anything else in contemporary music. Comment

Brooklyn now has two all-female Guns N’ Roses cover bands

The battle between Brooklyn’s all-female Guns N’ Roses cover bands is turning into an all-out civil war that’s pitting musical prowess against a---less chaps. Comment

Morrissey fans get what they want

If you’re planning on spending Valentine’s Day locked inside your bedroom crying and listening to Morrissey croon, remember — misery loves company. Comment
Ditmas Park

Valentine’s nay: Ditmas musician’s concert of heartbreak

For every romantic Valentine’s Day, there’s the day after. Comment

January, 2013


King’s County fair

Roosevelt Dime to headline country music festival. Comment

Motor City musicians with Queens-influenced name arrive in Brooklyn

Fear is a great motivator — for dance music. Comment
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