Aaron Stern

Caitlin Rose is Blessed

April 1, 2013

Caitlin Rose first heard London calling in the form of a simple MySpace message. “At first I thought, MySpace,” she says, laughing. “Who does that?”

J. Cole’s Tales Out of School

February 4, 2013

On a weekday evening in January, J. Cole, the 27-year-old rapper from North Carolina whose first album hit number one and who is about to put out his second album, is at the American Museum of Natural History.

Eddi Front is an Acrobat

January 24, 2013

For the better part of a decade, Ivana Carrescia, aka Eddi Front quietly made the rounds in various Brooklyn bars and open mics, all while holding down day jobs to finance her ultimate goal as a successful recording artist. Eventually, Carrescia found enthusiastic support in the form of Ryan Adams (“He’s, like, glowing”) and Sharon Van Etten, the latter of whom she would go on to share stages with.

Thymaya Payne’s Seascape

January 18, 2013

With machine guns and speedboats replacing swords and swashbuckling, the world of Somali pirates is deconstructed by director Thymaya Payne in his new documentary Stolen Seas.

Capture: We Can See Your Tanlines

November 30, 2012

Eric Emm, of Tanlines, plays for a packed house at Webster Hall last night.

Putting the Team in Milo Greene

October 15, 2012

“We wanted lots of vocals and wanted it to be really dreamy and kind of haunting,” Marlana Sheetz of Milo Greene tells us over drinks on the Lower East Side. “Simplicity was key.”

Exclusive Song Premiere and Interview: ’86,’ Dawn Richard

September 25, 2012

Dawn Richard, formerly of Danity Kane and Diddy-Dirty Money, has released a mixtape and EP on her own, without any major label assistance, to rave reviews and an inspired fanbase—yet it’s her upcoming debut solo effort, Goldenheart, that’s set to get the mainstream talking once it’s released next month.

Christopher Abbott’s Comings and Goings

September 7, 2012

26-year-old Christopher Abbott—familiar from a slew of theater roles (including The House of Blue Leaves, alongside Ben Stiller, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Edie Falco), last year’s cult drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, and, most notably, as nice-guy Charlie on HBO’s Girls—brings an adept, nuanced presence to his second feature film, Hello I Must Be Going.

Ira Sachs: Everything is Illuminated

September 7, 2012

When the two characters at the center of Ira Sachs’s quiet, stirring new film, Keep the Lights On, first meet, their relationship isn’t supposed to last beyond a few hours. “I have a girlfriend, so don’t get your hopes up,” the angelic Paul (Zachary Booth), a closeted lawyer, tells Erik (Thure Lindhart), the Danish documentary filmmaker he’s invited to his apartment for a quick, anonymous hookup after connecting on a gay chat line.

TEEN: Out of Limbo

September 4, 2012

There are no teenagers in TEEN; rather, the name comes from key-board player and singer Kristina’s nickname, “Teeny.” Composed of three sisters from Halifax—Teeny, Katherine, and Lizzy Lieberson—and a friend, Jane Herships, from New Jersey, the New York-based band released their debut album, In Limbo, last week.

Teengirl Fantasy’s Dream Boat

August 20, 2012

In their final semester at Oberlin College last year, Teengirl Fantasy’s Logan Takahashi and Nick Weiss just had to go on tour with Animal Collective. And since then, the Brooklyn-based, degree-holding duo’s electronic dance music has taken them across Europe and the US.