Author: Karen Gardiner

  • Sámi Rapper SlinCraze Aims to Be an ‘Arctic Superstar’

    Rapper Nils Rune Utsi, a/k/a SlinCraze, hails from Máze, a near-abandoned village in the Norwegian Arctic. Despite the “nonexistent” hip-hop scene there, he’s trying to make it as a rapper. Utsi is also Sámi, part of the group of indigenous Scandinavians who, throughout the twentieth century, were subject to forced assimilation at the hands of […]

  • Elliphant Pulls the Crowd (and Tove Lo!) Onstage to Rage in NYC

    Over the past few years, Ellinor Olovsdotter, who performs under the name Elliphant, has released a string of EPs that have dipped into a number of different genres, from her dancehall-spiked debut EP, Elliphant, to last year’s Diplo- and Skrillex-starring Look Like You Love It and the more subdued One More. While her free-spirited embrace of varying […]

  • Tove Lo Confessed Her Bad ‘Habits’ While Undressing the Highline Ballroom

    Tove Nilsson — better known as Tove Lo — started her music career penning hits for the likes of Girls Aloud and fellow Swedes Icona Pop. Given that history, it’s hardly surprising that she knows how to craft a killer chorus. But what’s really special about the tunes she has kept for herself is her […]

  • Laura Marling Mesmerizes With the Live Debut of Short Movie at Warsaw

    On March 23, English folk singer-songwriter Laura Marling released her fifth album, the partially plugged-in and deeply American-inspired Short Movie. At a sold-out show at Brooklyn’s Warsaw the same night, she displayed the more determined turn her music has taken on the new record. Irish act Villagers, made up of Conor O’Brien and a harpist, […]

  • Swans Deafen Williamsburg and Reveal Plans for New Music

    Since their 2010 reboot, Swans have quickly become one of the most absorbing live acts touring today. And so it came to pass on March 22, not even a month since they last played in Brooklyn, that a near-capacity, generation-spanning crowd assembled in the Music Hall of Williamsburg with ears plugged and braced for what […]

  • Alice Boman’s Warm Ballads Shooed Winter Out of Williamsburg

    Last night, in a cold, wet, and sludgy Williamsburg, singer-songwriter Alice Boman, who hails from Malmö, Sweden, brought heartfelt ballads to Rough Trade NYC. A hushed acoustic set from Buffalo’s Julie Byrne and a collection of atmospheric and haunting country-tinged ballads from Cassandra Jenkins preceded Boman’s low-key headline set, setting the tone for a night […]

  • Bjork’s Ten Boldest Collaborations

    Björk, one of the most singular artists of our time, continuously hurtles forward with her experimental solo work and adventurous collaborations in film, art and fashion, and especially music. Her seven-date New York City residency and the opening of her career-spanning retrospective at the MoMA take place this weekend, with the residency commencing at Carnegie […]

  • The Vaselines Bring Catchy Hooks and Saucy Innuendo to the Bell House

    Better Than: Listening to any other couple bicker for an hour straight. On Friday night at a packed Bell House (149 7th Street) in Gowanus, Scottish indie royalty the Vaselines crashed through more than twenty songs in an hour and a half — impressive for a band with only three full albums to its name, […]

  • Iceage

    On their just-released third album, Plowing Into the Field of Love, Danish punks Iceage have caught fans off guard by eschewing their signature post-punk noise for something a little darker; more country-tinged and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds sounding — complete with strings and a horn section. Frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s vocals still brim […]

  • Tove Lo

    Swedish singer-songwriter, Tove Lo is entering legit pop star territory with her chart-storming “Habits.” It’s a cathartic tale of nursing a broken heart by binging, going to sex clubs and throwing up in the tub with an infectiously anthemic power pop chorus. Though her songs are in the dark, unpolished vein not so often present […]