Pre-Order Our Summer Zine

Ahh, it’s crazy y’all. We tried a new printer this time and we are so pleased with the bright colors and glossy pics.

Only did a short run of 30 copies for now but we’ll probably print more for live events as the season kicks off. Keeping our prices under $10 for the youth so head over to Etsy to see the deets on this fun and fresh #blkgrlswurld zine 😘

Your Voice Matters: Register To Vote

This is quick reminder from all of us at #Blkgrlswurld Zine to please register to vote so that you can participate in the November U.S. Presidential election. If you notice ads or billboards telling you its too late or that you may not qualify, IGNORE them – double check with the offices that know for sure like your local DMV or Secretary of State Office.

For NYC folks the deadline to register by mail is October 14, 2016. HeadCount.Org offers voter info for every state if you live elsewhere. New Yorkers can also register to vote online through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Forget about the news, and what your friends are saying or what social media is saying about the presidential race. We don’t have a crystal ball to look ahead and see where all of this lands, but the one valuable thing each of us can do is participate in voting.

The presidential election takes place on November 8th, 2016.

And if you Really want to see some change in your community, spend an afternoon on Google checking out your local representatives who are also on the ballot towards making a more informed decision that will have direct impact on your block. Its more valuable than donating to that cool project you just saw on Kickstarter, we promise…

xoxo

Album of the Week: Mariner

 

How do you deal with an album that presents itself as not likely to ever be performed live?

A musing I heard from Cult of Luna in a Spotify: Metal Talks interview, the long distance collaboration between Cult Of Luna  based in Sweden and Julie Christmas based in Brooklyn is a stellar pairing or ethereal vocals with heavy forward moving riffs.

From afar the album had less than 10 songs but in progressive rock tradition you’re still taking care of in moving songs that drift into the abyss for 7 minutes and longer. (I long for the days when a 2 hour album consisted of 3 songs or movements.)

I highly recommend the song, “The Wreck of S.S. Needle” and if you’re not familiar with the talents of Julie Christmas, check out her performance below. The way she controls her voice is a true skill.

 

As it happens the artists are actually going to do a brief European tour of the album this fall. Check this statement from Cult of Luna below:

“Mariner was never supposed to be played live. It was under this premise that we started working together with Julie over two years ago. 

The goal was to release the album, which was hard enough considering that we live on two sides of the gigantic Atlantic ocean. But if there’s one thing that life has taught me, it’s that you should never say never – however unlikely an event seems to be. 

Usually unlikely events are bad things that happen despite all precautions but in this case… well, let’s just say that the outcome is yet to be decided.

The stars have aligned perfectly and I am going to have take back what I’ve repeated in numerous interviews this past year: that Mariner will not be played live, because it will. 

We have managed to sync our schedules and in November we will do a select few shows in Europe. Note that we will only play Mariner from start to finish. 

There will be five Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas shows in Europe, nothing more and nothing less. There are no plans to perform the album live again.”

Worth a flight to Stockholm? I’m thinking yesssssssss 😀

Album of the Week: THRICE

To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere was released earlier this month by Thrice and here at #Blkgrlswurld we can’t stop playing it.

I’ll be the first to admit, I always mistake Thrice for a heavier grunge band of the early 2000s, rocking the grinding tones similar to that of Chevelle or Staind but they aren’t really like that at all. Now that I’m older I realize their true skill rests in producing amazing rock ballads, the smooth voice of Dustin Kensrue taking us through a soulful alternative sound of release and retribution. I even detect some bluegrass elements that remind me of Kings of Leon….mellow? Yes. Its a nice break in playlist of post-hardcore metal.

My favorite tracks from this new album include, “Black Honey” “Blood on the Sand” and the big ballad, “Hurricane”- 30 minutes of this album and I’m swaying side to side in my car under some sort of post-grunge spell.

Thrice performs in NYC this June 16th at Playstation Theater, Times Square . xoxo

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Architects New Album Out Today for U.S.A.

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I’m so proud of the Architects guys for releasing their latest album ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ today in the States.

blkgrlswurld w/ Architechs masterminds Tom and Dan, Warped Tour 2013

blkgrlswurld w/ Architechs masterminds Tom and Dan, Warped Tour 2013

They are the last band from my college days that I personally supported as a fan and fellow musician. In earlier days of the Midwest metalcore scene, it was common for bands to fall apart in less than 2 years from loss of confidence and personal drama.

To help combat this my little sister and I would do our best to encourage the bands we liked most to keep making music, and stick with tough cross country touring so we could see them again. It became really important to not just support DIY band merch, but to help keep their self confidence up if the audience wasn’t sold yet on their musical style.

blkgrlswurld w/ Architects lead vocalist Sam Carter in NYC, 2014

blkgrlswurld w/ Architects lead vocalist Sam Carter in NYC, 2014

We’d meet up after shows, chatting over what was good about that nights performance and where they could improve; provide them snacks, candy and care packages for the road ;P it was a lot. So when bands like Architects would come back to town a year later saying they were still committed to this music it was a huge deal.

Glad to see how far we’ve all come from a little music community that no one thought would last over a decade or become such an international movement. We’ve all grown so much and their latest work ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ speaks for many of us.
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Architects Tour USA this year and will be in NYC on August 5th, 2016: Architects, Counterparts at The Gramercy Theatre

NYC Summer Metal Line Ups

The Metal this summer season is heavy this year for the East Coast. I’m really bummed at all the great bands coming through like Deftones and Architects that I’ll miss during my August trip abroad, but I will be catching Manson and Slipknot at the beach 🙂 Plus Warped Tour is crazy heavy for 2016 with dozens of #metalcore bands rocking middle America and AFRO PUNK’s lineups are heavenly as well. For even more metal show listings check out Matt’s site nycmetalscene.com

Listen, grab tix early to keep costs down and if you can’t make it later just resell them online. \m/

May 17th, 2016: The Sword, Purson, From Beyond at Brooklyn Bowl

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Alesana at Webster Hall, 2015

May 17th, 2016: Lamb of God at The Paramount 

May 18th, 2016: Filter, Orgy, Vampires Everywhere, Death Valley High at Brooklyn Bowl

May 20, 2016: Apocalyptica, 10 Years, Failure Anthem at Irving Plaza

May 21, 2016: Emo Night at Irving Plaza

May 30, 2016 Discharge, Eyehategod, Toxic Holocost at Webster Hall

June 3, 2016: Gov Ball, The Strokes,The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, Beck, Bloc Party and more.

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Levitate Tour Poster, 2016

June 4, 2016: WAX IDOLS & KING WOMAN: LEVITATE TOUR, w/ Primitive Weapons @ Saint Vitus, Brooklyn.

June 4, 2016: WSOU presents: Hatebreed, Devildriver, Devil You Know, Ashes Of Your Enemy at Starland Ballroom

June 6, 2016: Beartooth, Sylar at Webster Hall

June 8, 2016: PVRIS, North American Headline Tour w/ Lydia, CRUSIR at Webster Hall

June 10, 2016: Sworn Enemy, Maniac Rise at The Studio at Webster Hall

June 11, 2016: Punk Rock Bowling and Music Fest featuring: Descendents, Dag Nasty, Subhumans, H2O etc at Asbury Park

June 15, 2016: Unlocking The Truth (Album Release Show) at the Studio at Webster Hall

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June 16, 2016: The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus “Don’t You Fake It” 10-Year Anniversary at Webster Hall

June 17, 2016: Blue Oyster Cult at B.B. Kings Times Square

June 18, 2016: Rockstar Energy Drink Presents Taste Of Chaos – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY: Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday, Saosin, Motion City Soundtrack, The Early November

June 18, 19, and 20, 2016: The Cure at Madison Square Garden

June 19th, 2016: Punk Island Fest: All Day – All Ages – All Free on Governor’s Island

July 2nd, 2016:  The Iggy Pop Festival at Lucky 13 Saloon *Free event*

July 6th, 2016: Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Of Mice & Men at Jones Beach Theater

July 6th, 2016: letlive., Seahaven, Silver Snakes, Night Verses at Irving Plaza

July 9th, 2016: Vans Warped Tour at Jones Beach Theater  feat. Every Time I Die, Emarosa, Oceans Ate Alaska, Sum 41, The Color Morale, The Word Alive, Whitechapel

July 15th, 2016: Jane’s Addiction – 25 years of Ritual de lo Habitual at The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk

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Afro Punk Fest, Brooklyn 2015

July 22-24: Panorama Fest on Randall’s Island, LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes, FKA Twigs and more…

July 30th, 2016: Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Alter Bridge, Saint Asonia at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

August 5th, 2016: Deftones, Refused at The Amphitheater at Coney Island

August 5th, 2016: Architects, Counterparts at The Gramercy Theatre

August 10th, 2016: Deftones, Refused at Stone Pony Summer Stage

August 13th, 2016: The Go-Go’s Farewell Tour at Central Park Summer Stage

August 27, 28, 2016: AFROPUNK FEST at Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn. Featuring Janelle Monae, Cee-Lo Green, Ice Cube, The Internet, George Clinton, Saul Williams, Trash Talk, Tyler the Creator, TV on the Radio, Living Colour, Bad Brains

xoxo!

A #Blkgrlswurld Guide to NYC Theatres

This month we’re kicking off a 3 part series that offers you a tour of Manhattan’s best venues for live music, theater, dance and more. When you’re going to commit $100 to a Broadway musical or ballet, you don’t want to leave your seating choice to chance. I’ve made it my business to document every NYC theatre I’ve attended towards planning out the best seating options for future shows.  Here are my top tips for choosing the best seat in the house (at any price range).

NASO @ Symphony Space, photo by C.Long, MFA

NASO @ Symphony Space, photo by C.Long, MFA

NYC Theatre Venue Tips:

1. Always sit within mid center stage or to the back right of the stage. Traditionally you’re more likely to see the unpolished backstage cast scrambling and be blocked by props when sitting to the far left side of a stage. (The only exception is an orchestra or chamber recital, in which sitting on the left allows you a good view of the principal violinist.)

2. Partial View seating is usually pretty good, but try not to be up too high in the nosebleeds (and bring binoculars just in case). Especially relevant for Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera, David Koch Hall and David Geffen Hall.

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Met Opera House Balcony Box, photo by C.Long, MFA

 

3. You’ll want some distance for certain productions. For example, sitting in the front row of a ballet doesn’t really provide you with a full view of the stage and larger patterns created among the dancers…you’re just going to hear alot of heavy breathing and stomping.

4. Ticket pricing is affordable if you order early, preferably the 1st week of a production season. Each company (NYCBallet, MetOpera, NY Philharmonic, etc. have different calendar seasons). I’ve been able to spend less than $25 on opera seats that later became $500 seats because I buy them several months in advance.

5. Balcony Boxes are fun and usually cheaper than row seating. Boxes at Lincoln Center usually have a private door and seat 2-4 people. I recommend the far back right boxes that give you most view of the stage.

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Balcony box hallway in the Met Opera House are hidden by large curtains from the rest of the theatre. Photo by C.Long, MFA

 

6. It helps to order by phone or in person. Online ticket orders have certainly improved, but sometimes they have limits like 2-4 seat minimums for your order and other requirements that you wont have to deal with in person at the box office. (Fun fact: I tried to buy online West End London tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and couldn’t find any good seats until I phoned and the box office started listing additional production dates that weren’t even public online!)

7. Bring a snack, you’ll thank me later. When I first began attending Met Opera shows a few years ago, I couldn’t understanding why everyone kept asking me what I’d like to preorder to eat or drink during intermission. It wasn’t until a nearly 4 hour production of La Bohème, where I crawled out of my balcony seats starving for dinner, went up to the bar asking for any food they had left, I didnt care if it was a saltine cracker. Only to hear that all the tea, cakes and sandwhiches were resevred and sold out. Damn.

8. Lateness can be an adventure…if you’re in the mood for it that is. There’s a known fact that come 8:10pm on the Upper West side you’re sure to catch men and women dressed to the nines covered in sweat as they fling their bodies out of cabs and subway platforms as Lincoln Center locks its doors for the start of a production. You’ll be lucky to get in an hour or so later when there’s an intermission. The first time I was 5 minutes late to the opera, I had no clue what to expect. Latecomers were ushered into a smaller theater that live streamed the 1st half of the performance and offered complementary champagne. As I sat in this secondary theater looking bewildered at the warm reception for lateness, other folks weren’t taking it so well. Don’t be late.

 

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Recital room at Carnegie Hall, C.Long, MFA

9. Discounts? Oh yes. Theater companies get all sorts of cultural funding support to help reduce costs and expand community outreach initiatives. It never hurts to ask if an event has a discount for college students or people under 30 years old. Your bank or credit card (like Amex or Citi) may offer special pre-sale seating as an event sponsor. We’ll expand on free high quality events in our next post.

It’s hard to deny that I’ve made it my hobby to attend amazing arts and music events here in NYC on a weekly basis. Like many people I enjoy the free public events offered at Lincoln Center or the free lectures at local universities like The New School or NYU. To be honest though, I still get a thrill out of rocking out a metal show and then 12 hours later dressing up in an evening gown to attend a production at the Metropolitan Theater.(Music is music, ok?)

Have I missed something? Want to share where youve had a great experience? Feel free to comment below.

xoxo #Blkgrlswurld Zine

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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, photo by C.Long, MFA