Cardiknox dazzled at SXSW


Cardiknox has been on our radar for quite some time now. They were one of our most anticipated artists to perform during last year’s CMJ. So, it wasn’t strange when we found ourselves standing front-row at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory when they took the stage back in October. Cardiknox serenaded us with all their glossy snythiness, flooding the intimate venue with lights and infectious melodies reminiscent of 80s synth-pop that would make MORE

SXSW Film Review: Fort Tilden

Fort TIlden

I blame Lena Dunham. It all started when Tiny Furniture premiered at SXSW’s 2010 Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature. She took the reigns from the mumblecore pioneers Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha) and Mark and Jay Duplass (The Puffy Chair, Baghead) and sold it to HBO. Movies made by twenty-somethings about twenty-somethings now has corporate money to share its millennial neuroses with the larger culture. Girls MORE

Sir Sly took SXSW by storm!

Sir Sly

Sir Sly was in high demand at this year’s SXSW. If you didn’t catch the LA based band during the interactive portion of the festival they were in Austin all week performing their brand of brooding electro-rock. They played the Dr. Martens & Filter showcase at Bar 96 and Cherrytree Records official showcase. During interactive they performed on the rooftop of the Hangar Lounge for Deloitte, an official sponsor for SXSW. Betty Who opened MORE

Deloitte does SXSW


On Saturday, March 8th Deloitte, one of the largest consulting firms in the world threw one of the biggest parties of the night during the interactive portion of SXSW. Not only is Deloitte featured during panels about redesigning the workplace and how women are leading the way in tech, they are also connecting with festival attendees on the ground floor of the convention center. They are even an official sponsor of SXSW. When they are not MORE

SXSW Film Review: Take Care (with Leslie Bibb)

Take Care / Leslie Bibb

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you got hit by a car in New York City and broke an arm and a leg? Are there people in your life that would take care of you? Well, Liz Tuccillo, writer and director of Take Care has imagined that exact scenario. The charismatic Leslie Bibb stars in the film as Frannie, a single woman who happens to live in a four-story walkup in Manhattan. Yes, Frannie, with two broken limbs declines her sister MORE

Sky Ferreira christens Rough Trade in Brooklyn!

Sky Ferreira

Sky Ferreira has been busy these days. She just wrapped up a small tour to promote her long-awaited (and incredible) debut record Night Time, My Time (iTunes), had a mishap with the law in upstate New York which was completely blown out of proportion according to her (she explains herself rather candidly in an interview with John Norris). After experiencing supposed bouts of laryngitis and bronchitis which have been misdiagnosed by many doctors MORE

Charli XCX does NYC’s Irving Plaza

Charli XCX

After postponing her US tour to open up for Paramore in the the UK, Charli XCX finally returned to NYC to serenade us with her brand of dark electro-pop. On this unseasonably cold autumn night, Irving Plaza filled up with excited teenagers (and a few mom and dads), gay men, and the tastemakers of this city—which include but are not limited to Greg K (of Misshapes fame), Betty Who and of course PopBytes. ;) LIZ, R&B songstress from MORE

Placebo returns to the US for CMJ!


PopBytes decided to kick off the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon at the legendary Terminal 5 on the west side of Manhattan to catch Brit-pop-alt-glam rockers Placebo on Tuesday night (10/15/2013). We know Brian Molko is certainly an acquired taste –– full of androgynous embittered guitar-pop anthems. But here at PopBytes we enjoy that kind of thing. The pseudo-goth appeal of the English trio is our cup of tea (pun intended). Tuesday night's show MORE

Our top five priority acts to see at CMJ 2013

CMJ Music Marathon

Every October CMJ Music Marathon floods the streets, bars and venues of New York City with buzz bands, up and coming artists and the people who love them. CMJ started when college radio was one of the primary ways of discovering new music. If your boyfriend wasn't making you sad mixtapes to soundtrack your make-out sessions in your dorm room or in the backseat of his car, where do you turn to, to find new music? College radio was your own MORE

Icona Pop ARTIST#TALK with Arjan Writes

Icona Pop

Last week Arjan Writes threw another one of his infamous ARTIST#TALK events (sponsored by HP and Windows) at the Hotel on Rivington in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. His guests were the electro-pop duo Icona Pop, who are very dear to PopBytes' heart. We have been following these Swedish ladies since their smash hit "I Love It" graced the web. I calculated how many times I've seen them perform and I reached the number eight. In just over a year MORE

Review: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Don Jon’

Don Jon

"There's only a few things I really care about in life. My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. My porn," Jon Martello tells us in a voiceover in the beginning of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon. It's his version of "GTL," the phrase coined by MTV Jersey Shore star The Situation. For the record, it's Gym, Tan, Laundry for those of you who were fortunate enough to live your lives without ever hearing MORE

Frankmusik brings ‘Between’ to Brooklyn

Frankmusik 'Between'

British electro-synthpop singer-songwriter Frankmusik has been traveling the United States on his first headlining tour. PopBytes was able to catch him during his Brooklyn stop at Union Hall last week. In one of the best music venues in Park Slope, Vincent Frank took the stage with the enthusiasm of twenty pop singers. It was electric. The show was sold out and packed with bodies. It was one of those of those beautiful New York City summer nights MORE

TFF2013 Film Review: Bridegroom


There's a collective fluster among the crowd, who are seated in a theater in Chelsea, waiting for the world premiere of Bridegroom at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The screening is running almost thirty minutes late and nothing is happening. George Takei, who is probably the most famous gay geek on the planet keeps coming in and out of our row and apologizing immensely each time. In typical NY fashion we're all complaining to the ushers and MORE

TFF2013 Film Review: Adult World

Adult World

Scott Coffey loves his screwball comedies. His directorial debut Ellie Parker which starred Naomi Watts was a brilliant little film that was criminally underrated. You also might know him as one of David Lynch's many muses. He has appeared in Mulholland Dr., Lost Highway and was the voice of Jack Rabbit in Inland Empire. Coffey is no stranger to weird, which is why I'm somewhat disappointed by his second feature Adult World. He replaces Ellie MORE