Brooklyn Bands Rock the Map Room at Bowery Electric!

Review by Robert Prichard. Brooklyn’s own Castle Black and I Am The Polish Army delivered intensely searing sets at East Village rock-n-roll mecca Bowery Electric on Sunday, August 4. Both bands are fronted by strong women—two guitar-shredding protagonists who feature their own unique takes on the rock canon. Leigh Celent’s Castle Black features a tsunamic blend of grunge, punk, and metal that is felt as much as it is heard. Every song is a potential youth culture anthem delivering raw emotion, searing guitar riffs, melodic bass lines and thunderous rhythm. Joey Russo was full of savage glee and merciless mayhem at the drums, while Scott Brown’s bass anchored the maelstrom with hooks and melody. Rising above the fray, Leigh Celent’s vocals and guitar were the band’s pull star. This band is a force of nature. Emma DeCorsey’s I Am The Polish Army delivered brand-new material—songs so new they were as yet untitled—and so were referred to as classic rock acts from the 70s, such as: “Ozzy,” “Stooges,” “The Who,” etc. While inspired by those exemplary acts, these songs had their own timeless signatures. It was like listening to a rock show from an alternative 1970s where blues-based rock never surrendered

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RFB New Show Interview: “What’s The Biz” with Monica Grant

RFB Editorial Volunteer Emily Scott spent a few minutes with “What’s The Biz” host Monica Grant getting, well, the biz—and learning why you should all take a listen! ES: Welcome to Radio Free Brooklyn, Monica! Your new show “What’s the Biz” is now airing every Wednesday at 2pm. How would you describe it for listeners? MG: It’s an urban business talk show. I want to have a fun conversation about making money, starting a business and entrepreneurship. We’re used to seeing business only being talked about in a very corporate, business-y, white male, rich way and I’m bringing it down to earth that everybody needs to make money. And, you know, New York is a place where you got to do a lot of things to survive. So, just having that fun conversation and being real with entrepreneurs that come on and tell us about what they do and how they get by. ES: You have a super-interesting background as a community organizer, artist and entrepreneur. Do you feel these things influence your show? MG: I think activism, entrepreneurship and being an artist are three rivers in my life, and they met up in the ocean with my company Young

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