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

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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

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(Photo: Allhiphop.com)

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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FIVE REASONS TO ATTEND THE BROOKLYN VINTAGE CRAWL- Published by Brooklyn Exposed 11/8

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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