New York

  • Miss Madeline: “My music is so…extra…”

    Miss Madeline is every pop star you’ve ever wanted to be rolled into one.  She’s decadently raunchy, unapologetically nasty, ineffably gorgeous, and inexpressibly fabulous.  She’s what your parents pray you won’t become and what your boyfriend (or girlfriend) prays you will.  Her “megasuperstarprincess” style is a candy-coated, TRL-inspired take on...
  • Bandits on the Run: “We try to cultivate a sense of community”

    “Recently we were playing a gig in New Jersey and the promoter said Now Is The Time made him feel inspirational, and that’s always our intention, so that was really cool,” says Regina Strayhorn, accordionist, melodica player, glockenspieler, and one-third of Bandits on the Run, a folksy, Brooklyn-based, indie...
  • The Booklights Revisited… Literally!!!

    Today New York-based Americana outfit, The Booklights, release their debut EP, Into a Ball, a release that likely wouldn’t have happened, if it wasn’t for the pandemic.  “It’s so wild to be releasing an EP right now.  We recorded almost everything last summer and, for the most part, it...
  • Typhoid Rosie: “We’re not doing it for the 1/300th of a cent on Spotify”

    “3,000 times a day these commercials are basically calling you ugly.  They have everyone feeling bad about themselves and I don’t think that’s fair… I want people to be able to love themselves,” says Rosie Rebel, frontwoman of Brooklyn punk rockers Typhoid Rosie.  She’s discussing the band’s latest single,...
  • Jenna Kyle: “I’m looking to create a space to let go.”

    Upon seeing Jenna Kyle’s recent video for “Tell Me,” any former goth teen won’t be able to help conjuring comparisons to Depeche Mode’s Anton Corbijn collaborations.  The hyper-moody banger is equally suitable for midnight epiphanies and moderately-irresponsible nightclubbing.  And the accompanying music video, directed by Jay Harwood, has the...
  • Kate Vargas: “Authenticity is something I’m sort of obsessed with.”

    A girl has a strange experience writing a song inspired by Newton’s 1st law on Jackson Browne’s guitar in Kid Rock’s old house…  While that sounds like the plot to a modern psychedelic exploitation film that would play as part of a midnight double-feature with Beyond the Valley of...
  • Mara Connor Talks COVID and Covers

    Last week Southern California singer/songwriter Mara Connor released the Decades EP, a celebration of some of the greatest songs of the second half of the twentieth century and also some of Connor’s best musical friends, with whom she collaborated on the five-song EP.  Connor covers songs by Fats Domino,...
  • BEVERLEE: “I’m not trying to be like a mainstream artist.”

    “My goal is just ‘to be seen,’ and I don’t mean that in some narcissistic way, but ‘to be seen’ just meaning to exist,” says BEVERLEE.  BEVERLEE has been in the music industry for more than a decade now, although until recently, she’s primarily co-written for other artists and...
  • Charming Disaster, Your Last Chance for a Great Halloween Party (Tonight at JB’s, w/ Rasputina)

    Although the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection did host a number of noteworthy shows this actual Halloween, most notably Angel Olsen at Franklin Music Hall and Chelsea Wolfe at Union Transfer, I suspect that the city’s best Halloween celebration of 2019 will take place tonight at Johnny...