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Brooklyn Vegan: Reliable Access


I don’t remember when precisely I started reading Brooklyn Vegan (BV), but I know why I did and why I still do: Access. I like how on-top of music happenings the three-quarters music blog and one quarter music news site is—be it of the New York area or the national stage. There have been instances where the blog was my main news source for a specific music interest (such as the time it appeared that nobody knew if Governor’s Ball Music Festival was going to cancel the it’s third day last June). I love their Twitter and Instagram feed for the cheer aspect of access. I can’t go to every concert I want to, but I can count on them to have a gallery or at least one picture from the show that gets me closer to the show. On top of galleries and show reviews, BV often posts the setlist after concerts as well, and I am a sucker for analyzing an setlists. I also love when they break news on tour announcements and sometimes even publish ticket presale codes.

The blog’s general Twitter is particularly useful and helpful—just last week I tweeted at them a question and they responded—in trying to keep up with new music coming out and learning about artists that are in the East Coast and may be announcing a tour or pop-up shows. The blog interacts with people by constantly Tweeting already published posts or updates from a concert. Facebook interactivity isn’t high, let alone comment engagement, however. Neither is the blog’s “comments” section underneath posts. One common and interesting facet of posts is the embedding of Tweets or Instagram posts from the general public. This feature increases the aforementioned interaction.


I think BV can improve its actual appearance website-wise, because it isn’t as attractive compared to other sites such as Pitchfork. Nonetheless, there is something about the current appearance that sort of fits the aesthetic of a music blog—defining it isn’t a big-name, polished site, but reliable nonetheless. Similar to the Allston Pudding in Boston/Allston, but bigger.

Dave Levine, who is often just referred to as Dave or BV or Brooklyn Vegan, founded the blog in 2004, according to the blog’s about page. The blog is focused in the New York music scene, but has expanded—such as the Austin- and Chicago-based Brooklyn Vegan sites and BV’s acquisition of heavy metal blog Invisible Oranges in 2013. Most recently I have noticed more interaction between BV and Invisible Oranges on Twitter. This may be that I am more attentive or that they are actually interacting more. BV is and has been independently owned since it was started; it is also a member of digital marketing company Townsquare Music, alongside and

Web traffic peaked in August, according to a Similar Web analysis, which makes sense due to the amount of festivals that occur in the summer months so there could have been more referrals, galleries or overall coverage of music festival season. Approximately 30 percent of traffic came from a direct search, 21 percent from social media and 42 percent from a search. These numbers sound correct due to the activeness of the blog on social media, and also what appears to be a loyal readership that would seek out information from them specifically.

Nonetheless, BV receives a fraction of the visits that Pitchfork does, according to another Similar Web web traffic analysis. This makes sense, too, because Pitchfork is larger (part of Conde Nast). In a comparison to Allston Pudding, BV is much larger—resembling Pitchfork in relation to BV.,,


I can’t really assess what kind of revenue strategy it is pursuing besides the exclusive content that exposes ads.

Photo Courtesy Incase, Creative Commons


The Orwells release new song and announce tour

The Orwells released a new song yesterday and announced a short fall tour and will play an intimate Cambridge show on Nov. 5 at The Middle East Upstairs, according to Consequence of Sound.

“Buddy,” the new song, is uptempo and features a hollow baseline with brighter, fast guitar parts that are reminiscent of other material such as “Hallway Homicide” and “Southern Comfort.” The song is just under a 1:30 long—one of The Orwells’ shortest songs.

Singer Mario Cuomo adds to his arguably sinister, but certainly blunt lyrical catalog (as Pitchfork pointed out in their 2014 “Disgraceland” review) in the short song, singing “Forgiven, not forgotten/This could be my last day/And in case I don’t see ya/I’m comin’ back in May.”

Here is a list of the band’s upcoming concerts, according to Songkick:

11/1—DC9 Nightclub (Washington D.C.)

11/2—Baby’s All Right (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

11/4—Underground Arts (Philadelphia)

11/5—The Middle East Upstairs (Cambridge, Mass.)

11/15—The Crocodile (Seattle)

11/16—Star Theater (Portland, Ore.)

11/19—Velvet Jones (Santa Barbara, Calif.)

11/20—Resident (Los Angeles)

11/21 –The Smell (Los Angeles)

The Orwells’ last album “Disgraceland” was released in 2014. They most recently played The Sinclair last fall.


Tipling Rock drops new single

Tipling Rock released new song “Campus Fashion” via Spotify overnight.

Singer Ben Andre opens the song with “Yeah this love could kill me, but all my love could make you smile” and an upbeat guitar rhythm with a subtle lead guitar heard dancing around.

The song keeps upbeat jams flowing for approximately two minutes before a brief pause that quickly finds its way back before the song ends a minute later. “Campus Fashion” is at the intersection of pop and indie rock – similar to Tipling Rock’s previous releases.

The four-piece Boston band self released their first EP “Punch Lines and Good Times” last year and most recently topped national and international Spotify charts last spring with “Low Tide Love.”

They played their first sold-out show, co-headlining with singer-songwriter Dylan Rockoff, last week at the Red Room in Cafe 939, according to the band’s Twitter.

Photo is a screenshot of the official video for “Low Tide Love.”