A collection of writing/photos I have used for my work as a Staff Writer for The Torch and my own publication, UK NYC.
Chairlift’s farewell tour hits Brooklyn
With their final show at new venue Brooklyn Steel on April 22, indie pop duo Chairlift announced an intimate homecoming show at Baby’s All Right. While their Brooklyn Steel show features Kristin Kontrol (fka Dee Dee of the band Dum Dum Girls), the Baby’s show saw a bevy of the bands’ different collaborators over their many years as a group doing karaoke on stage.
Portraits of Pulse: 1 Year Later (Photo Essay and Op-Ed)
My experience one year ago was similar to many of the speakers at Huizenga Park on Sunday, June 11 who recalled that fateful day. Waking up to many of my friends in Orlando checking in as “safe” on Facebook was a heart wrenching thing to live through. Gradually, more and more information broke through about Pulse, a gay nightclub in the area. My heart sank knowing that I had queer friends in the area and I held my breath waiting for them to respond with a “safe” check-in. The idea of “safe” in these spaces I hold onto dearly for a sense of community was attacked that day.
Julie Ruin reunites with NYC
Launching into “I Decide” off their latest record, The Julie Ruin made their hometown return with open arms from the sold out crowd. The latest from vocalist Kathleen Hanna, The Julie Ruin combine both the electropop sensibilities of Le Tigre with the political lyricism of Bikini Kill. On “I’m Done” the singer decries the bevy of internet commentators who hide behind the computer keys to spout hateful comments on the internet.
Indie Pop Prom 5 Brings Back The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 02.25.17
With the first incarnation of Indie Pop Prom occurring in both Philly and Brooklyn, the two sold-out shows doubled as a birthday party for curator Maria Sherman. As she revealed in a personal Time Magazine piece, the proceed from the event went to directly benefit The Pink Fund as her mother had been stricken with cancer last Halloween.
The Meadows leaves NYC disappointed
With the success of Governors Ball over the past few years, Founders Entertainment tried to catch lightning in a bottle once again with The Meadows NYC. Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio initially denied permits for a music festival to be held at Flushing Meadows Park during discussions to have Coachella team AEG/Goldenvoice bring their inaugural Panorama fest to Flushing Meadows the same week as Governors Ball, prompting the Founders team to host the fest only feet away in the parking lot of Citi Field.
Electrifying displays at EZOO
In its eighth year on Randall’s Island, Electric Zoo returned to New York City for three days of pulsating EDM. Taking place during Labor Day weekend, the festival holds its own as summer’s last stand.