Author: Liz Pelly

  • Camp Cope Aren’t the Openers Anymore

    On an early summer afternoon in Greenpoint, Georgia Maq and Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich of the Australian rock trio Camp Cope are talking about confidence, or, more specifically, the lack thereof that defined their coming-of-age in punk. “I was involved in music for such a long time, but there were so many things I believed I couldn’t […]

  • Astro Poets Find Meaning in the Stars, One Tweet at a Time

    Dorothea Lasky and Alex Dimitrov only fight about one topic: the moon landing. Whether it actually happened is a topic of frequent debate among the New York poets, also known as the Astro Poets, the duo behind the popular, cult-favorite Twitter account @PoetAstrologers. “As poets, the moon is always this really important thing,” says Lasky, […]

  • Pazz & Jop: Outsiders, Punks, and Poets Raise Their Voices

    This past year — the year of mainstream reckoning with toxic masculinity; the year a racist with a history of sexual assault took office — demanded we pay closer attention to the outsiders, punks, and poets who’ve long been holding a microscope to all sorts of societally empowered men: cops, politicians, bosses, bandmates. In some […]

  • Making Sense Of Restorative Justice, Community Response, And The PWR BTTM Fallout

    Last Thursday, as social media posts began circulating calling PWR BTTM’s Ben Hopkins a “known sexual predator” and accusing the singer and guitarist of alleged sexual assault, the band tried to head off the backlash with a post on Facebook. “To address this matter head on, we have set up an email address through which a survivor […]

  • Brooklyn’s Modern Love Brings Vegan Punk Ethos to the Table

    Isa Chandra Moskowitz describes the menu of Modern Love, her recently opened Williamsburg restaurant, as “swanky vegan comfort food,” but mostly it’s just inspired by the food she ate growing up here in the city. “When people think comfort food, they might think Southern, but I just look at all different types of food that […]

  • Hundred Waters

    Last month, Hundred Waters celebrated the release of their sophomore album The Moon Rang Like a Bell by throwing a tiny three-day festival for fans and friends in Arcosanti, an off-the-grid city in the Arizona desert. The event was perhaps a perfect physical manifestation of Moon, a collection of electronic future-pop songs that are beautiful […]


    The darker subtleties of the most recent album by Beach Fossils – 2013’s Clash The Truth — showed a more tense and post-punk-inspired side to the Brooklyn band’s breezy dream pop, revealing singer/guitarist Dustin Payseur’s roots in punk and hardcore bands. It’s hard to say for sure whether those creative impulses surface in Payseur’s new […]

  • Maria Minerva

    “We’re witnessing the end of Williamsburg right here, right now,” Maria Minerva told 285 Kent last month, at what was rumored to be the Brooklyn art space’s last show ever. So it’s oddly fitting that the 25-year-old Estonian electronic songwriter will play her very next show in Manhattan. Minerva, who lived in London before making […]

  • Haim

    “The Wire” is the most recent single by Haim, a trio of sisters from Los Angeles whose moody power-pop has recently captured the attention of the music world. It follows a string of addictive tracks (“Falling,” “Don’t Save Me”) that have surfaced over the past year, leaving plenty of reason to be excited for Danielle, […]

  • The Julie Ruin

    In 1997, feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill retreated to her bedroom to create an excellent home-recorded solo album titled Julie Ruin. Six years later, this past June, Hanna’s vision for the project expanded into a full-band affair with a fast and fierce punk song “Oh Come On.” It’s from their forthcoming full […]