Author: Brittany Spanos

  • The Comfort in Being Sad: How Nicki, Taylor, Sia, and Lana Transcended Melancholy in 2014

    Five minutes in to The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj has already alluded to her broken romance, the murder of a cousin, and abortion. It’s a bold move for the rapper who broke through the pop mainstream thanks to songs like the bright-pink “Super Bass” and the neon “Starships.” But it’s also the kind of move that […]


    What’s a better holiday present to yourself than a pre-Thanksgiving show from one of New York’s most beloved bands, Interpol? This year has been big for a band credited with redefining NYC’s rock sound in the early millennium. They returned to the festival scene, playing the likes of Gov Ball and Lollapalooza, and brought back […]

  • Prince Royce – Theater at Madison Square Garden – 11/15/14

    Better Than: Choosing Hardwell At Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, music fans had quite the choice. They could either enter the arena and experience the neon grandiosity of Dutch house DJ Hardwell or enter the theater for the tender affection of Bronx-born bachata star Prince Royce. To go with the latter was to find […]


    Though they’ve been shaking up the alt-rock scene since the early aughts, TV on the Radio really hit their breakthrough in 2006 with the release of the universally acclaimed Return to Cookie Mountain. Led by the epic single “Wolf Like Me,” the album ushered in a new era of NYC indie. Prior to this year’s […]

  • Psychic Queen’s Delilah Brooks Is a Work in Progress

    Delilah Brooks and I are sitting near the stage at Barracuda, a Chelsea club where she will perform later in the evening, and suddenly she pauses. She’s repeating a series of four numbers to me, and it takes a moment before I realize they’re part of the address of the house where I grew up. […]

  • Mötley Crüe – Madison Square Garden – 10/28/14

    Better Than: Seeing them on most of their other tours from the past 15 years. “If this didn’t work out, I don’t know where you guys would be,” said Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx in the middle of his band’s final NYC show. “Maybe you’d be at a Mumford and Sons concert.” Sixx’s quote and […]


    The fuzzy, funny singer-songwriter-guitarist Mac DeMarco has had a meaty year thanks to his recent LP, Salad Days. The spring release came out to mass acclaim, helping indie darling DeMarco set out on a busy, tour-heavy year that included a stop at our own 4Knots in July. Six months after the album came out, the […]


    Emo prince and former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way is in the midst of a reinvention, but that doesn’t mean he’s totally forgotten the days of Sweet Revenge or The Black Parade. Way has taken his signature voice and darkly romantic lyrics to new, extraterrestrial heights with his solo debut, Hesitant Alien, exploring glam, […]


    It’s hard to believe that famed record label Def Jam Recordings was founded just 30 years ago in producer Rick Rubin’s NYU dorm room. The label simultaneously feels as if it has existed forever and is completely brand-new. That’s a testament to the type of talent it has continued to attract since the mid ’80s, […]

  • Jordan Knight and Nick Carter: The Ultimate Boy Band Bromance

    It’s not every day a couple of boy band-ers join forces to start a man band, but New Kids on the Block’s Jordan Knight and the Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter are a couple of above average boys from the bands. After rising to international stardom as teens in their respective groups and in their respective […]

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