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Sophia Bastian Leaves Fans Wanting in NYC- Publisjed by Melodysiac 1/23


On Friday, January 18, I took my mother to see Sophia Bastian at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City’s Lower East Side with specific intentions; I knew she would dig Bastian’s soul-style singing.

Rockwood is a good space for single singers and their guitar players as the intimate atmosphere (AKA tiny quarters) forces everyone to be quiet and listen. However, Bastian didn’t have any issues on that front, as the crowd seemed very familiar with her work and happy to keep their mouths shut. 

Tall, pretty and sweet, Bastian spoke briefly before launching into her classic soulful crooning. The singer’s voice flowed effortlessly, taking on high and low tones with the ease of a far older woman. She definitely struck some major Amy Winehouse tones – and I’m sure she has no problem with that vocal comparison. 
The crowd enjoyed songs like “Oh, Oh Seven,” and cheered for the singer during her pauses.  

My mother and I were both disappointed to not hear Bastian perform her version of the Portishead classic, “Glory Box,” since she’d just released a new video for the track. However, considering the 40ish-minute time constraint, as well as the limitations of singing without a full band, the singer delivered a decent showcase, and a wide range of pieces. 

Bastian surely has a good head on her shoulders and the confidence to continue onward and upward. The show did not knock my socks off, but that isn’t to say that it wasn’t any good. I think the issue stems more from the fact that none of the tracks we heard that night really stood out as memorable singles, and sort of fused into one another, leaving us yearning for something a bit more breakout. 

An afterthought: Bastian’s performance would have been stronger and more memorable with a band behind her. Come next tour, perhaps she’ll choose to enhance her gift with more musical support. That’s probably the only way we’d lock in plans to catch Bastian again.  

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SOUNDCHECK: MC SNEAKAS- Published by BrooklynExposed January 2013



Sound Check is our column delivering tidbits of information about and spotlighting artists from the music scene.

Who: MC Sneakas
Genre: Rap/Hip Hop/R&B
Why He Rocks: Last year this Israeli born/Brooklyn based rapper released a free mixtape calledHebonics 101 that resulted in over 7,000 downloads. MC Sneakas has spent years performing on the underground music circuit around New York, garnering attention in both the Jewish and mainstream music scene.
Interesting tidbit: MC Sneakas just released a track called John Starks off of his new mixtape,There’s a Rapp for That. The song details the gentrification of New York and Brooklyn from a New Yorker’s perspective. Check it out!

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Of Monsters And Men Make Beautiful Noise At Terminal 5- Published by Melodysiac November 27

I had the pleasure of interviewing Of Monsters and Men in April of 2011. It was less than two years ago, but the band was just getting their footing in the United States. A video of them playing a live … Continue reading

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SOUND CHECK: SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS- Published by Brooklyn Exposed November 26

Sound Check is our new column delivering tidbits of information about and spotlighting artists from the music scene. Who: School of Seven Bells Genre: Indie rock – dream pop Why they rock: School of Seven Bells’ members all met while on tour with … Continue reading

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WHERE TO GIFT SHOP FOR EVERY TYPE OF PERSON- Published by Brooklyn Exposed November 29

The holidays are upon us, or at least looming up ahead. This year skip the massive department stores, the online shopping remorse, the overflowing New York City streets, and the inevitable push and shove to that one last super popular … Continue reading

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There are few shopping experiences more rewarding than snagging the perfect vintage item. Whether it’s a flawless jacket, an old school typewriter, or a pair of amazing designer shoes – these are the items that you treasure and brag about … Continue reading

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Mackenzie Street- Published by 219 Magazine November 3

“WE ARE OUT OF SLICED HAM,” my mother says over the phone. “That is our chief concern at the moment.” It is October 29, 2012, at 10 in the morning, and my parents Samantha and Joe and my brother Joshua are … Continue reading

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Halloween is filled with an endless amount of sweet treats and spooky tricks. For some holiday fun, you could go clean and wholesome with your family, gory and twisted with your friends, or sexy and freaky with a room full of masked strangers. No matter what you decide to do, Brooklyn has an option for you.

Get Carving

You can’t celebrate Halloween with a trusty pumpkin to set alight. Learn from the pros at Isa during their Pumpkin Carving Party on Saturday October 27. Bring your own pumpkin, or purchase your own ($10), and they’ll provide the know-how, not to mention the cutlery. 12pm – 3pm, 348 Wythe Ave, 2nd Floor, Williamsburg

Torture Your Dog

Grab a costume for your four-legged friend and head over to Fort Greene where locals are showcasing their finest mutts during the 14th Annual Great PUPkin costume contest and hootenanny. Saturday October 27, Free, Fort Greene Park

Scare Your Inner Child, Or Your Real Child

Halloween is a great excuse to act like a kid, or to act like one with your kid. These family friendly events are sure to delight children big and small.  Coney Island’s own Luna Park has added some extra attractions for the spookiest of seasons, offering the creepy Cudie Farm and Coney Carnival during their Nights of Horror. Now thru October 28, $30, 1000 Surf Ave

While in the neighborhood check out the Ascarium at the New York Aquarium, showcasing a pirate adventure and a haunted safari. October 27-28, $17.95, Surf Ave and West 8th Street, Coney Island

Against a setting of fall foliage, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosts Ghouls & Gourds featuring a costume parade, music, puppets and a kid’s book barn. October 27, $15 adults, Seniors & Kids over 12 $10, Kids 12 and under free, 150 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights

Freak Out Like an Adult

Some of the best scares are those made for us adults. Take on some R rated chills (or at least some PG-13 ones) with these local frights. Throughout the month Coney Island is offering Creep Show at the Freakshow featuring terrifying stories told by a night watchman, a shooting reenactment of the Kennedy assassination and, of course, zombies. Now thru October 31, $10, 1280 Surf Ave

Get Sexy While Getting Spooked

Sure Halloween is a time to get scared, but it’s also time to show some skin. Give yourself all types of goose bumps when you check out Spooky Sexy: Burlesque in the Back Room at the City Reliquary in Williamsburg. Starring Cheeky Lane and Medianoche, this evening is sure to get your blood pumping. Wednesday October 31, 7-10pm, $10 (includes two beers), 370 Metropolitan Ave

Fear for the Eyes

What better way to scare the pants off you and your friends than by taking in a scary movie?Nitehawk Cinema is getting into the spirit by screening some classic horror flicks during the month of October. Halloween III and Cabinet of Doctor Caligari will screen on October 26th, and Nosferatu will be shown on October 27 and 31. Through October 31, $11, 136 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg

Horror Trivia with NY1’s Pat Kiernan

Strike terror into the hearts of your opponents at the Ultimate Halloween Pop Culture Trivia Night. Can you rattle off Freddy Krueger’s body count or know who sang “Monster Mash”? Then this night is for you – try your hand 1 on 1 or against the full room for prizes. October 29, 7pm, The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Gowanus, $26

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CMJ 2012: Neon Gold Showcase Shines- Published by Melodysiac October 25

Thursday, October 18 marked the arrival of the Neon Gold Showcase to Santos Party House. The venue, a two-floor, 8,000-square-foot music and event space, was the ideal fit for a showcase such as this, boasting two stages, as well as … Continue reading

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