By Matt T

About Matt T

Matthew A. Taub is a writer, lawyer, and occasional journalist living in Brooklyn, NY. His work has appeared in Absinthe Revival, The Weekenders, Red Ochre LiT’s BLACK&WHITE Magazine, The Squawk Back, Schlock Magazine, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, The Fat City Review, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Medium, and Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn. His first novel, DEATH OF THE DYING CITY, is a panorama of New York City’s rapid gentrification and shifting cultural enclaves in the 1990s. Excerpts appear at www.matthewataub.com

“Jamaican Queens” Rock the House at 285 Kent

Despite their New-York-centric pun of a name, rock duo Jamaican Queens actually hail from Detroit. And on the very night their hometown filed for bankruptcy, the band’s equipment seemed destined for similar failure: time stretched on as they pleaded with the crowd for patience, a drum machine too high, vocals too low. But finally, when everything was in place, frontman Ryan Spencer electrified the crowd with his commanding vocals and an extensive musical arsenal behind him— what could best be described as an electronic-hip-hop-rock fusion— producing catchy, dance-ready glam-pop hits. Continue reading

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