Oakland’s Halyconaire plays dark country rock that channels both the intensity of the Bay Area and the loneliness of vast desert landscapes
Welcome back to Untapped Cities’ Listenseries. Today, we profile Oakland-based band Halyconaire, one of the most interesting bands performing in the Bay Area scene right now. Writing dark country rock that evokes the solitude and eerie, expansive beauty of the Southwestern deserts, they are a band that is keenly attuned to the natural and manmade influences of their environment.
After recently relocating to Oakland from the San Diego suburb of Escondido, CA, Halcyonaire’s singer and songwriter Chris Damien talked to Untapped Cities about the the song that tells the story of their migration, the outdoor performance space they would love to build, and the taco trucks where you can find a member of their band on any given day.
This is not the most beautiful map we’ve seen (and as we’ve written about, beautiful maps often lie!), but depending on your personal opinion, you might find it more truthful than others.
This “Judgmental Map” of New York City by Joe Larson, has its fare share of sweeping generalizations, and the ethnic ones make us a little uncomfortable, but to the map maker Joe Larson’s credit, he’s equal opportunity about making fun.
With all the hype surrounding Armory Arts Week, we decided to head straight to one of the biggest and most important art fairs: SCOPE. This year, like last year, SCOPE is taking place inside the old Moynihan Station, where we previously attended fashion week and explored abandoned spaces. From now until March 9th, you can go see work by some of the best and brightest artists in New York City and cities around the world. From Parisian street artist Speedy Graphito to Beau Stanton, who did a mural for the Bushwick Collective, here are our picks for must-see art at SCOPE. (more…)
The Writer’s Room, birthplace to more than 1,000 books
E.B. White once said, “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” But what if writers stopped waiting for those conditions and tried renting them instead? We here at Untapped Cities have a thing for co-working spaces: last week we told you about The Oracle Club, the week before it was The Yard. Today we offer five spots dedicated exclusively to writers. (more…)
On the list of things needed to survive in NYC, a go-to barbershop is essential. You never want to be that person who goes to that really buzzed about art event, or that big job interview without a proper haircut. Every neighborhood in the city has barbershops, so they are never hard to find. However, to find the right barbershop for you—professional, convenient and most importantly, affordable—is more of a mission.
Tomcats Barbershop, over on 135 India Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, fits all the criteria, as they specialize in classic styles, without charging you the kind of money you normally see in other high-class barbershops in NYC. (more…)
Analogia – large scale installation by Ben Tritt at Bryant Park
Curators and artists alike have been hard at work with their installations—some in galleries and some in our parks—all with a view toward Armory Arts Week, which will begin on March 5th and end on March 10th.
Much of Armory Arts Week is indoors, but we’ve been enjoying some of our park installations coinciding with the festivities such as last week’s Iván Navarro water tower exhibit in Madison Square Park. This week we are watching Ben Tritt’s installation, Analogia. Ben is no stranger to large scale outdoor projects. This one consists of two towers measuring fifteen by fifteen feet at the base and rising sixty feet above the park. (more…)