People spill out of seats, onto steps and out through the doorframe of the back room of the Manhattan Inn. Lights low, tables topped with candlelight, the dark wooden room is warm and intimate. The gorgeous white baby grand is in its usual position under the chandelier draped with cascading moss. But every Monday night in April, it shares the spotlight with instruments like the saxophone, violin, harp and drums, setting the stage for The Hum. Continue reading
CMJ 2013 is now in the books. I hope you were able to see some music, particularly the spectacular showcase Greenpointers presented Friday 10/18 along with Supercrush Studios and Cara Bella Presents at Matchless. If you weren’t there, you can at least get a taste with this recap. And if you were, you can partially relive it all over again. Continue reading
The CMJ festival is nearly upon us once again. Offering hundreds of bands and a variety of industry panels, it’s one of the city’s biggest annual musical moments.
Looking over the options can be overwhelming. There’s simply too much music happening between October 15th and 19th. However, I choose to see this as a good thing. I’ve pored over the schedule and come up with some recommendations to save you all a little time. My focus is naturally on North Brooklyn, though I’ll acknowledge there will be plenty happening at many venues in the Lower East Side should you feel the need to venture out for some reason. Also, I’m basing this on officially listed showcases, but just know there are going to be plenty of unofficial shows, day parties, after parties, random street performances, etc. Continue reading