Eve Hyman

Lil Silva and Banks collaboration is money

U.K. artist Lil Silva makes stormy sweet electronica ballads. His EP "Mabel" came out earlier this month on True Panther. Collaborations with Los Angeles artist BANKS are standouts on a record that blends tech into clouds and sun.The artists have also joined forces on production of BANKS’ own debut...

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 4:37 PM

Latin Alternative Music Conference: Where the girls are

The annual Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) is celebrating its fourteenth year bringing artists from throughout the U.S. and Latin America to New York City in a rhythm fiesta like no other in Gotham. Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Argentina are some of the countries representing sounds...

Friday, July 12, 2013, 6:38 PM

Googa Mooga: Great expectations

On many levels, the Great Googa Mooga Festival, taking place this weekend in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, is the source of high expectations. It’s a foodie explosion with pop-up restaurants added to the regular slew of famous chef venues. Last year there was an entire section of the festival grounds...

Friday, May 17, 2013, 6:15 PM

Downtown Music Festival: Street credentials

This weekend Downtown Music Festival in New York City showcases a new crop of street-savvy artists befitting the downtown moniker. Neighboring venues in the Lower East Side make it easy to bounce from show to show, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. While these artists have yet to be courted by Mountain Dew, they...

Friday, May 10, 2013, 5:57 PM

Afrika Bambaataa is hip-hop

On May 4 Afrika Bambaataa is part of United States of Bass, at Santos Party House along with Egyptian Lover, Big Freedia, Drop the Lime, DJ Magic Mike and Scottie B.It is not an understatement to say that without Afrika Bambaataa there would be no hip-hop. The New York City DJ literally coined the...

Monday, April 29, 2013, 7:09 PM

Que Bajo: Global bass is world music

Que Bajo is one of New York City’s finest nightlife fiestas playing global bass music, selected by Uproot Andy and Geko Jones. May is the launch of Que Bajo Records and at Culture Clash the duo faces off against three more of the city’s hottest DJ crews; Fool’s Gold, Federation Sound, and Just...

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 4:20 PM

TOKiMONSTA: Smoothed-out club

When you’re a classically trained female musician and Kool Keith guests on your record rapping about the NYPD, that might be a sign you’ve arrived. But for L.A. producer TOKiMONSTA, it’s a natural progression that the Black Elvis wants to be a part of her program.TOKiMONSTA is Jennifer Lee, who...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 2:58 PM

Hank & Cupcakes: Pounding sugar

Hail the lady drummer, especially the one standing up in heels and sequins. Matt and Kim’s rival team is Hank & Cupcakes, residing in Williamsburg but originally from a small town outside Tel Aviv, Israel. The duo has been touring their Pat Benatar brand of drum and bass around North America...

Friday, March 29, 2013, 3:14 PM

Blitz the Ambassador: Native son

Credit: Blitz.mvmt.comBrooklyn is home to a dense, pan-African presence and the diaspora is turning out hot new music. Blitz the Ambassador is Africa’s native son incorporating hip hop and the music and perspective of Ghana, at home in NYC’s biggest borough.Blitz the Ambassador plays live with the...

Friday, March 15, 2013, 8:33 PM

Kilo Kish: Downtown pretty

Credit: kilokish.comBeing female in NYC it’s natural to gravitate toward girl vocals and beats jumping off a city landscape. Being in the crowd at Maluca Mala shows with Das Racist or getting inspired by Santigold’s performance at Bowery Ballroom is a given. Sweating to MIA at Siren Fest in Coney...

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 4:37 PM

Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers: Concrete forest

Shilpa Ray makes powerful, dark melodies in the spirit of PJ Harvey with a full band. She is homegrown NYC and will floor you with her live show. Shilpa Ray has a singular prowess straddling the stage playing an Indian harmonium and howling sharp lyrics in a gorgeous bluesy moan. She commands a...

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 11:26 PM

Toro Y Moi: Pop cruise

Chaz Bundick straddles both coasts and collaborates with hot ticket friends as music artist Toro Y Moi. Toro Y Moi’s name could be a shout out to Hemingway, sushi, or haters of R&B, it’s an interpretive call. His music is extremely accessible, down-tempo synth, fitting for a coastline drive or...

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 6:56 PM

Caro Emerald: Double Dutch jazz

It's the icy time of year when we conjure up a last-minute February escape to Carnaval in Brazil or make plans for a summer share on Fire Island. Fantasies of warm sun parties on Euro islands make cathartic daydreams. This video from Dutch artist Caro Emerald for example. Let's all duck out on...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 10:33 PM

Ballake Sissoko: Griot for peace

A while ago, in Paris, I lived in a garret and sang the hooks for an Algerian hip hop outfit called Mortel. The music scene in the city was outlandish, with Turks, Brazilians, and Indonesians bringing genres in to blend with electronic music heads and French country revivalists.Musicians I met out...

Friday, January 18, 2013, 4:53 PM

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Pizzica Party

In Salento, a former Greek colony in Southern Italy, legend has it that a spider bite would send a victim into a fit of rapid movement to the point of exhaustion. The only known cure was to play fast music and get the bitten to dance the poison off, on beat. In the Greek town of Taranta the...

Thursday, January 10, 2013, 6:32 PM

Pearl and the Beard: Jovial spiritual

What happens when harmony, strings, and a marching drum meet up with sincere lyrics and wit with a macabre twist? The result is the spirited Americana trio Pearl and the Beard.Brooklyn’s own boy-girl band has spent the past three years on the road, bringing their homegrown version of folk and soul...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 5:17 PM

K’naan: 'Love is harder than war'

K'naan arrived on the scene singing about struggle; his hit "Wavin' Flag" was a timely freedom anthem during the 2010 World Cup. But his new record, "Country, God, or the Girl," looks inward."I went to 22 countries in Africa, back to back, on tour," the Somalia-born artist says. "Seeing Africa to...

Sunday, November 11, 2012, 10:49 PM

MS MR: Stormy single

In the weeks just before Sandy, I started listening to a song called "Hurricane" by local band MS MR. It’s one of those songs that instantly stick, so seeing the band became priority during CMJ last month. Lyrics suggest breaking down walls and letting in love, a relevant theme for hard-boiled city...

Monday, November 5, 2012, 8:32 PM

Flying Lotus: CMJ flight of fancy

The artist Flying Lotus crosses genres and thought patterns in lush symphonic soundscapes. His music is a force that inspires, bringing Los Angeles hip hop into the electric millennium. He sold out Terminal 5 last week and NPR has him front and center at CMJ for their showcase this week.Flying...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 5:25 PM

Wanting Qu: Chinese hits

With all the recent Kpop attention via Gangnam stylings, I got to wondering what hybrid artists are big in Asia. Wanting Qu is a Chinese pianist and singer based in Canada whose first record saw platinum sales in China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia this year. She sings both in Mandarin and in English,...

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 8:14 PM