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April 26

The Localist: How to Write an Album, Part 2 – The Standards of Novelty and Substantiality

In Part 1, we looked at the general posture of releasing an album, and specifically the idea of intending to present the album for public consumption, which involves presenting something that you have to say, to the public, with the intention that the public will listen to it, and get some kind of benefit from […]

April 22

The Localist: How to Write an Album, Part 1 – Writing for Public Consumption

As I’m in the process of putting together and thinking through a fourth record, I figured it might be good to put together some guidance on album-writing, while the thoughts are still fresh. I’m not going to pretend that what I’m drafting here is a definitive guide on how to write a good album. There […]

March 15

Interview: Ammar Farooki

Big City Folk founder Niall Connolly chats with Pakistani songwriter and former Fulbright Scholar, Ammar Farooki about quitting his day job, his first six months in NYC, Islamabad’s best spots for kayaking and much more. Ammar’s music can be found HERE. ///**// Niall: Tell me about your Fulbright scholarship? How did that come about? What […]

February 25

The Localist: The Basic Standard of Quality for Hitmaking

I was looking for a different article but ran into a study done on how music trends develop. A number of years ago, a Princeton professor ran randomized trials on 30,000 teenagers, exposing them to the music of 48 emerging artists, to learn about how musical trends develop. His conclusion from the study is essentially […]

February 20

The Localist: Developing Vision as a Writer

One way to get at the concept of vision is to think about how you would describe your music to someone if they asked you what kind of music you play. I know the question is a cliché. But suppose that the person asking you isn’t a co-worker asking the question to just be polite. […]

February 03

BCF Select Shows – Week of 2.3.20

A selection of shows from the infinite sea of events in NYC this week: Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 @ 8:30pm – Kate Prascher and Chris Q. Murphy @ Pete’s Candy Store. Prascher and Murphy will each be doing solo sets in Brooklyn’s favorite candy store followed by karakoke. (Event) — Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 @ […]

January 27

BCF Select Shows – Week of 1.27.20

A selection of shows from the infinite sea of events in NYC this week: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 @ 8pm – Chris Q. Murphy & The Coolest Ranch @ Lizzie King’s Parlor. Brooklyn singer/songwriter Murphy brings his band back to 5th Ave for a night of songs and stories. (Event) — Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 […]

January 20

BCF Select Shows – Week of 1.20.20

A selection of shows from the infinite sea of events in NYC this week: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 @ 8pm – Butch Phelps & the Elevators @ 11th St. Bar. Phelps’ high-energy swamp-folk goes to the East Village for a night of great music that will also feature Fawn Segerson. (Event) — Tuesday, Jan. 21, […]

January 13

BCF Select Shows – Week of 1.13.20

A selection of shows from the infinite sea of events in NYC this week: Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 @ 9pm – Bad Faces @ Mercury Lounge. The psychedelic Americana rock band shares a bill with The New Administration in one of the Lower East Side’s prestigious venues. (Tickets) — Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 @ 7pm […]

January 11

The Localist: Don’t Compete Locally, Compete Nationally

One of the fundamental mistakes of musicians trying to grow a music career is that they try to compete locally instead of competing nationally. Under the local competition mindset, gaining success on a larger level is a matter of winning at the local level, where winning at the local level helps you to “get to […]