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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Don't Conform: An Interview With Atypical Organist Cameron Carpenter

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM

HEIKO LASCHITZKI
  • Heiko Laschitzki
Thirty-four-year-old organist Cameron Carpenter has made a name for himself in the classical music world by flaunting the rules and shirking the norms. And, while he’s received much criticism from the establishment, who resent his nouveau arrangements, elaborate costumes, and less-than-typical hairstyles, he has also gained an immense following. In fact, half the fun of attending a Carpenter show is not knowing what he's going to play because that’s the other thing about him: He performs sans music charts and rarely divulges a show's program in advance. 

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Meet Brooklyn's Up-And-Coming Queer Punk Band, PWR BTTM

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 10:49 AM

Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins. - ANDREW PICCONE
  • Andrew Piccone
  • Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins.

While band names aren't the most important part of a musical act — the music is, duhhhh — they do have some weight. That's why when we heard about the New York duo PWR BTTM we were so intrigued. From talking with the band, who is playing a show at Rickshaw Stop tonight, I learned that their name is more than apropos. Like the musicians themselves, it's funny and risque and hints at the artists' queer leanings, while at the same time empowering the underdog (no pun intended). 

The pair formed their punk band in 2013 while attending Bard College in upstate New York and have since continued the project after graduating and relocating to the hipster mecca of Brooklyn. They dropped their first full-length album, Ugly Cherries, last September and are now achieving another first — visiting the state of California. (i.e. The best state, lez be honest.)

Because gay and queer artists are becoming more prominent in the music industry, I chatted with them about their sexualities, preferred pronouns, and how being in a "non-hetero band" has impacted their lives. Read the interview to find out more. 

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

This Is What Going To A Sold Out Kelela Show Is Like

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 11:14 AM

"...and I'd do anything for the high..." - CREDIT: CHRISTOPHER CASEY
  • Credit: Christopher Casey
  • "...and I'd do anything for the high..."

The last (and only) time Kelela performed at The Independent was in 2012 when she opened for Solange. Back then, she was but a burgeoning low-fi R&B singer, and, as she confessed during Monday night's performance, was so green that she felt like she was "going to barf" for the entire performance. But things have changed a lot for the 31-year-old crooner from D.C. Since then, she's released a mixtape and an EP (Cut 4 Me and Hallucinogen, respectively) and collaborated with a slew of artists, ranging from 20-year-old Chicago singer/rapper Tink to electronic duo Teengirl Fantasy. Heck, even Bjork is a fan of hers. 

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