News

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Returns to BAM April 25 - 27

A new indie music and film festival was welcomed to the NYC scene last spring at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) called Crossing Brooklyn Ferry. Curated by Bryce and Aaron Dessner of the Brooklyn band The National, the three-day event brought together many like-minded fans who could easily crisscross between sets within three interior spaces of the Peter J. Sharp building. While waiting for the announcement about this year's lineup, The National seemed to appear on the bill of so many other festivals through the summer, even a date at the nearby Barclays Center June 5. With a new album on the way, the Dessner brothers have been even busier than usual (and Bryce Dessner will be performing "The Planetarium" at BAM March 21 - 24) but still it took until last week to release the details.

So the second annual Crossing Brooklyn Ferry will take place April 25 - 27, with headliners The Roots, Solange, and TV on the Radio. Other noteworthy acts include Eleanor Friedberger, Here We Go Magic and Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, which is a side project of TV on the Radio's singer Tunde Adebimpe. The Brooklyn Youth Chorus will make repeat appearance, perhaps with a new piece written by Bryce Dessner, who accompanied them on guitar last year. The BAM café will again be serving up sustenance in the form of snacks and drinks throughout the night, as well as the opportunity for chance encounters with performers. To cap things off, there's also plans for another late night dance party on Saturday night from midnight to 3 am. Tickets are a very reasonable $50 per night or a full festival pass for $120. For further info and tickets visit BAM's dedicated website crossingbrooklynferry.com.

Music


Books


Film


Recent
Music

12 Essential Performances from New Orleans' Piano "Professors"

New Orleans music is renowned for its piano players. Here's a dozen jams from great Crescent City keyboardists, past and present, and a little something extra.

Music

Jess Williamson Reimagines the Occult As Source Power on 'Sorceress'

Folk singer-songwriter, Jess Williamson wants listeners to know magic is not found in tarot cards or mass-produced smudge sticks. Rather, transformative power is deeply personal, thereby locating Sorceress as an indelible conveyor of strength and wisdom.

By the Book

Flight and Return: Kendra Atleework's Memoir, 'Miracle Country'

Although inconsistent as a memoir, Miracle Country is a breathtaking environmental history. Atleework is a shrewd observer and her writing is a gratifying contribution to the desert-literature genre.

Music

Mark Olson and Ingunn Ringvold Celebrate New Album With Performance Video (premiere)

Mark Olson (The Jayhawks) and Ingunn Ringvold share a 20-minute performance video that highlights their new album, Magdalen Accepts the Invitation. "This was an opportunity to perform the new songs and pretend in a way that we were still going on tour because we had been so looking forward to that."

Music

David Grubbs and Taku Unami Collaborate on the Downright Riveting 'Comet Meta'

Comet Meta is a brilliant record full of compositions and moments worthy of their own accord, but what's really enticing is that it's not only by David Grubbs but of him. It's perhaps the most emotive, dream-like, and accomplished piece of Grubbsian experimental post-rock.

Music

On Their 2003 Self-Titled Album, Buzzcocks Donned a Harder Sound and Wore it With Style and Taste

Buzzcocks, the band's fourth album since their return to touring in 1989, changed their sound but retained what made them great in the first place

Reading Pandemics

Chaucer's Plague Tales

In 18 months, the "Great Pestilence" of 1348-49 killed half of England's population, and by 1351 half the population of the world. Chaucer's plague tales reveal the conservative edges of an astonishingly innovative medieval poet.

Music

Country's Jaime Wyatt Gets in Touch With Herself on 'Neon Cross'

Neon Cross is country artist Jaime Wyatt's way of getting in touch with all the emotions she's been going through. But more specifically, it's about accepting both the past and the present and moving on with pride.

Music

Counterbalance 17: Public Enemy - 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back'

Hip-hop makes its debut on the Big List with Public Enemy’s meaty, beaty manifesto, and all the jealous punks can’t stop the dunk. Counterbalance’s Klinger and Mendelsohn give it a listen.

Music

Sondre Lerche and the Art of Radical Sincerity

"It feels strange to say it", says Norwegian pop artist Sondre Lerche about his ninth studio album, "but this is the perfect time for Patience. I wanted this to be something meaningful in the middle of all that's going on."

Books

How the Template for Modern Combat Journalism Developed

The superbly researched Journalism and the Russo-Japanese War tells readers how Japan pioneered modern techniques of propaganda and censorship in the Russo-Japanese War.

Film

From Horrifying Comedy to Darkly Funny Horror: Bob Clark Films

What if I told you that the director of one of the most heartwarming and beloved Christmas movies of all time is the same director as probably the most terrifying and disturbing yuletide horror films of all time?

Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews

Features
Collapse Expand Features
PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.