Captured live at Brooklyn Bowl: The Drums

I went and caught The Drums over at Brooklyn Bowl lastnight. Thank you Spin Magazine and Diet Coke for a great night of music. I wasn’t in a drinking mood so I definitely drank atleast 4 of those free sodas being passed out. I’ve always thought The Drums studio stuff was good but I must say they’re about 2X’s better live. Outstanding set! Enjoy!

Interview and Ticket Giveaway: Christine Hoberg, Brooklyn’s Own Pop Up Live Finalist

On November 1st, we introduced you to Christine Hoberg — the energetic songstress who serenaded a boat load of people on the East River Ferry, qualifying her as New York’s finalist for Pop Up Live presented by SPIN Magazine and popchips. Well, now it’s time to get to know Christine a little better…

We got to chat with the Midwest-gone-Brooklyn broad about her upcoming EP release, “junky instruments” and where you can find her slinging the best Bloody Marys in the ‘hood. So check out the interview below and be sure to cast your votes before Monday, Nov. 14th to get Christine to the SPIN Stage in Austin, TX! And find out how to win tickets to Miss Hoberg’s Record Release show for her newest EP, Moonlight Never Shined So Bright, TOMORROW night at 10pm at Rockwood Music Hall after the jump…

How would you describe your sound to, let’s say, somebody’s grandma?

I describe my music as indie rock meets indie jazz, which maybe doesn’t make sense to a grandma. I think the stuff I have out now is mainly rock meets throwback motown or jazz.  I love those old chanteuse-y and sassy songstress types and have embodied that into a lot of my songs, but I also write and love really messed up noise music and love creating new sounds–I’m in love with artists like fever ray and radiohead–and more and more of that kind of stuff is coming out in my songs, especially my new album I’m releasing this Friday!  Lots of layered vocal chanty stuff, can’t wait to put it out! [Read more…]

Pop Up Live Finalists Announced: Vote For Brooklyn’s Own Christine Hoberg

After sifting through 250 emerging bands, your votes and the expertise tastes of some of your favorite tastemakers, Spin Magazine and popchips are proud to announce New York City’s Pop Up Live finalist — Christine Hoberg!

With an infectious energy reminiscent of St. Vincent, Christine caught our attention by performing “Plain Faced Jane” on our new favorite mode of transportation, the East River Ferry.

Now the rest is up to you! Head on over to to the popchips Facebook page and vote for Christine, or one of the other contestants from Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago or Los Angeles… if you dare.  Remember, at stake for the grand prize is a performance on the Spin stage in Austin, TX. So show your fellow Brooklyn girl some love & vote!

Popchips and Spin Mag Present: Pop Up Live, Vote To Bring NYC Band To Austin’s Premier Festival

Our friends over at popchips have teamed up with Spin Magazine to bring us Pop Up Live — a fan driven competition designed to expose new music in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle featuring 250 up-and-coming bands!

Exclusive tracks from each are artist can be found over on the popchips Facebook page, so head on over to cast your vote by downloading your favorite song by Sept. 12th to enter the band of your choice to win $500 plus the opportunity to play at one of Spin Magazine’s always awesome parties in Austin… but only if they impress some of the industry’s most influential folks first!

Not to toot our own horns, but we’re excited to announce that yours truly will be sitting on a panel along with Tom Windish of, you know, Windish Agency, David Marches, Senior Editor of Spin, and Jesse “The Devil” Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal to help decide which band makes it to Austin.

On Halloween this year, the five finalists from each city will be announced and go on to the final voting round where the fans will be invited to vote again on popchips facebook page for the grand prize winner. The winning band will be announced November 16th and will be Austin bound come March 2012.

So do your part and vote ensuring that when your favorite new band is all over the blogosphere you can totally pick up that hottie on the other end of the bar by saying something like “You know that band [enter Pop Up Live contestant here]? I totally discovered them…”

PHOTO GALLERY: FREEwilliamsburg + Spin Magazine Holiday Party @ Death By Audio

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