Music

Former B-52s member takes his act to TV
Former B-52s member takes his act to TV
Arts & Music Alexa Altman 11/29/2012 at 4:47PM

“I heard the first Beatles record and I was lost forever,” said Pat Irwin. The Long Island City based musician, once christened “a mercurial presence on the New York rock scene in the early 80s,” by the New York Time’s Robert Palmer, graced some of the forefront acts of the No Wave movement – a [...]

Astoria musician is a jack of all trades
Astoria musician is a jack of all trades
Entertainment Queens Courier Staff 7/16/2012 at 2:36PM

BY ALEX DIBLASI For singer/songwriter John Presnell, no matter how many projects he has going on, it’s still not enough. The Astoria resident is perpetually on the move, whether he is in the studio, premiering his first music video, scoring indie films or performing on stage. Most recently, he gave his first full concert in [...]

Hey mister DJ: Queens’ Elijah Strauss keeps people dancing
Hey mister DJ: Queens’ Elijah Strauss keeps people dancing
Arts & Music Alexa Altman 3/28/2012 at 4:37PM

Elijah Strauss hovered over piles of equipment stacked behind the DJ booth in the lightless back room of the UC Lounge, a nondescript bar on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Pressing his headphones to one ear, Strauss twisted a shiny, silver knob, bringing Rihanna’s voice slowly into focus. The crowd is minimal — a group of [...]

Bringing an icon to life
Bringing an icon to life
North Shore Towers Melissa Chan 1/19/2012 at 5:04PM

College professor by day and entertainer by night, Diane Cypkin brings nostalgia, harmony and history with her to every performance. Born in a displaced persons camp in Munich, Germany after the war, Cypkin grew up in a Yiddish-speaking home. Now inBrightonBeach, Brooklyn, her shtick is making sure the story of well-loved entertainer Molly Picon — [...]

The music scene in Queens
Opinion Queens Courier Staff 1/19/2012 at 12:56PM

By Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. So why was a councilmember asked to write about the music scene inQueens? Little-known fact — upon graduating college, I had to make the tough decision between going to law school and signing a record contract and touring with my band. After a (short) conversation with my father, I [...]

Luxe penthouse up in smoke
Luxe penthouse up in smoke
News Jay Lane 1/08/2012 at 9:54AM

Luxe penthouse up in smoke A raging fire destroyed a luxurious, multimillion-dollar penthouse on the Upper East Side last night, authorities said. The blaze started at 7:50 p.m. at 2 East End Ave., quickly engulfing the three-floor penthouse in flames. It took firefighters more than an hour to get the inferno under control, the FDNY [...]

What’s Happening This Weekend
What’s Happening This Weekend
News Toni Cimino 10/14/2011 at 10:38AM

Friday, October 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Flushing Town Hall: The Collage Aesthetic of Louis Armstrong – In the Cause of Happiness; EDITOR’S PICKS Friday, October 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Flushing Town Hall: The Collage Aesthetic of Louis Armstrong – In the Cause of Happiness; made for an exhibition at Lincoln Center, the Louis Armstrong Collage [...]

Astoria Boulevard: Voices in Motion
Astoria Boulevard: Voices in Motion
Arts & Music Bob Doda 10/10/2011 at 10:59AM

Astoria Boulevard – one the most popular indie folk/pop acts in the New York City circuit – was never meant to be a band. It happened by chance. Founding members Dan Scott and Phillip Drennen, who met while on the national tour of Altar Boyz – a mockumentary musical of sorts – passed the time [...]