I'll be in NYC from Jan 22 - Jan 24 and am overwhelmed with excitement and also panic about What To Do and What To Eat. Can you tell me what you love to do and eat given my wide range of interests? [more inside]
After 6 years, I'd like to get back into playing drums. I don't currently have a kit and I live in a small walk-up in South Park Slope. Is there anywhere nearby or accessible that I can go to a few times a week to play? Monthly fee would be ideal, but I'd be fine with paying a reasonable hourly rate. [more inside]
I have a date with my visiting from out of town stepsister this Sunday and she wants to go see some live jazz but nothing too avant guard. Please help me look cool by recommending somewhere we could go. She's a music teacher and plays a couple instruments so unlike me she probably knows good from bad. Nice cocktails would be a plus and ideally not to far out as she's staying at a hotel in Times Square.
Who is the guy being interviewed by Fuse in Washington Square Park last week? I *think* I know, but would like some outside opinions...
What are your favorite quiet (on a Saturday or Sunday night!) Manhattan bars or lounges that play ambient music, and are good for hanging out? [more inside]
I want to take my friend on a tour of a recording studio in the NYC area to take a friend on for his birthday. Google has come up surprisingly short. I'd prefer a recording studio that has come kind of historical importance, though I know that most of the legendary studios in NYC have moved or closed. If a historically significant studio isn't a possibility, I was hoping to find one that has recorded interesting artists in the alt/indie rock, power pop, or soul genres. [more inside]
My career as a high end photo retoucher for magazines seems to be winding down, mostly because of the shift from print to digital/ipad consumption of content. Seems that my options are to gear up my portfolio to work for ad agencies, or learn to be a decent illustrator if I stay with it. Even so, I'm not confident that there will be enough work as things move forward. [more inside]
My friend's parents are going to be in town from June 14-17, and they want to see some Blues. Anyplace with Jazz is apparently a no-go; has be be Blues exclusively. [more inside]
How can I get reasonably-priced tickets for a Tom Petty show at the Beacon in NYC May 20-26? [more inside]
I am seeking a truly excellent luthier/guitar tech in New York City, preferably Manhattan, specializing in acoustic instruments and capable of doing advanced woodwork. [more inside]
Where can I sell a couple hundred CDs in New York City? (Assuming that it's even worth selling them nowadays....) [more inside]
Can anyone explain the relative paucity of New York rappers from the Bronx, particularly since the form was more or less born in that borough? [more inside]
Please help me identify this sort-of-instrumental club song with a Latin flavor that was huge on NYC radio in the mid-to-late nineties. More details inside. [more inside]
The perfect NYC cross-country road trip mix? [more inside]
What should I see/eat/do in New York City this week? [more inside]
We need to hire an affordable NYC musician to play at our wedding. Ideally it would be a banjo player but I will settle for something traditional like a violinist. We're on a shoestring budget. DJ recommendations are fine, too. [more inside]
Do traveling musicians in the US need to have commercial vehicle liability insurance? If so, what should we expect to pay and where should we get it? [more inside]
Concert Advice: Yann Tiersen (previously) will be playing two nights in NYC in February. The first show will be an "unplugged set with orchestra," while the second will be with the "regular band." I can only attend one of these shows. Help me decide which. [more inside]
I want to enjoy clubbing- help me find an NYC club that suits my taste? [more inside]
Which showtunes should I try to memorize to improve my [already awesome] experience at a singalong piano bar? [more inside]
Music should be experienced first-hand and without instruments. Where in New York City can I go and participate in music? Choral groups, drum circles, singing circles - where do I find them? [more inside]
NYC Travel filter: Please tell me where to find out about any of the following: (1) live music of the broadly indie rock variety, (2) unpretentious dance nights, and (3) karaoke. [more inside]
Looking for a good place for CD duplication and packaging in NYC (or by mail?)... [more inside]
Let's pretend it's 1989 and I'm putting together a playlist of classic NYC Limelight-style club anthems. I want piano drops, I want (not-too-cheezy) diva vocals, I want sweet (read: UNmonotonous) House Music. [more inside]
What music videos feature people standing on, driving across, or (preferably) walking across either the Brooklyn Bridge or the Manhattan Bridge? [more inside]
Nervous mandolinist looking for the friendliest old-time session in NYC. [more inside]
I sing. I don't read music. I don't know musicians who play my kind of music. But I want to be in a band. What do I do? [more inside]
NYC music filter: How can I find musicians who would be willing to let my kid hang with them? [more inside]
I'm traveling to NYC soon and I'm looking for locations of where iconic album covers were shot. [more inside]
I'm a classical music ignorant who wants to see my first good concert in NYC after many years. There isn't any shortage of concerts here, but its difficult for someone like me to know what to try and mistakes are expensive. I'd like to go sometime in January or February and don't have strong preferences regarding genre or era.
Where can I procure a copy of the rendition of Carol of the Bells that Saks Fifth Ave (NYC) has used at their flagship store over the past few years? [more inside]
Where can I get relatively unknown ska/reggae music in New York City (or online)? [more inside]
Is there any chance of a 19 year old male getting in to a club in NYC next Friday? [more inside]
How can an older-than-he-looks 20 year-old guy get into a 21+ music event in Studio B? [more inside]
I'm looking for a recording studio in Manhattan or Brooklyn that can record Drums, Standup Bass, and Ukulele (at the same time, not overdubbed), in Logic Studio. I'd then like to have the Logic Project files given to me, so I can work on the rest of the arrangement in my bedroom. [more inside]
Where can I hear live grime in NYC? [more inside]
The 17-year-old son of a friend from Austria is into hip-hop. He'll be visiting NYC on 7-10 December and wants to know how to find out about concerts, venues, etc. Can anybody tell me the relevant websites to send him to?
What should I do with 3 days to kill in New York City? [more inside]
I own a 50s reissue Stratocaster that I need to get some work done on. It's been in storage (not in a storage locker but someone's house, and not in a garage) for a couple of years, since I moved away from my hometown. Next month I'll be retrieving it. (Yay!) However, I'm not quite sure where to go in NYC to get that work done properly. I don't want my baby screwed up. Details inside. [more inside]
Looking for quality goth clubs in NYC, or clubs in NYC with a quality goth night.
I was in a Steve and Barry's store today, and saw pretty cool music video, and now I can't remember who is artist is. It was a dark-haired female vocalist, whose first name I believe was Kaern or Kaeren or Karyn. In the video, she was in a snowy park in what appeared to be NYC. Any ideas?
I just watched the Scorsese-directed, 17-minute video for Michael Jackson's Bad, released on 1987, and I'm trying to figure out which subway station it was shot in. Most stations looked different back then, of course - there's been a lot of fixing up and adding of art since then. It looks like maybe it could be the 2nd Ave F stop, but it could also be the Broadway/Roosevelt/74th St multi-train express stop in Jackson Heights, Queens. Or.... where? Does anyone know? I haven't been successful finding anything about it via web searching.
How do I find live music by up-and-coming bands in my area (NYC)? [more inside]
My question is pretty specific. I'm a freelance writer. I have zero clips. I'm trying like hell to get noticed, but it's tough. I like to write about a wide variety of things (which may be part of the problem), but one in particular is music. There's a small band coming through NYC soon, and I want nothing more than to break them in print or web. They're playing a well-known and respected venue next month. [more inside]
Where can I rent a room and a drum set by the hour in Manhattan? [more inside]
Anyone go to CMJ? I'm curious what the best (and worst) things you saw were. In addition, any good place online to read reviews and whatnot?