As a Music Correspondent I cover the NYC/Brooklyn indie music scene, and interview and review bands – local, national and international.


So here’s what I got …



“Erika’s love for the music culture surpasses some peoples’ love for their own mothers.” – Raye 6, Brooklyn Pop Singer”So aside from answering my emails, which would be awesome, Erika would definitely write you guys some real shit about some real music. Also the bitch pretty much runs New York. And she’s better at social media than me.” – Michelle King, Executive Manager and Director of Publicity @ Noisy Ghost PR, Team Clermont

“If Erika had to be represented by a singular sound it would be “BOOM”.” – Jason Stollsteimer – Michigan frontman

“Erika, impressively, always has a social calendar for all art, music and all scenes of the moment and also, the next.” – Meaghan Lyons, Manager A&R Operations @ Sony BMG – Columbia Records

“Such an epic hypewoman!” – Lacy Kelly, PR/Booking @ Matte Productions

“Be forewarned. Erika Bogner is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Her intelligence and tenacity quite frankly scares me. She’s my favorite secret weapon.” – Kim de Los Angeles, Producer and Artist Management @ Bang the Drum

“Hey, this is Scallywag from scallywagandvagabond and I fully endorse Erika. I find her to be full of savvy, a social spitfire on the prowl for talent and constantly curious about the scene with a wacky free flowing spirit and able to call a spade a spade, which I reckon the readers always love.” – Christopher Koulouris, Editor-in-Chief @ scallywagandvagabond

“I learn more about cool, coming-up bands playing in NYC from Erika than my other friends combined. Supreme recon.” – Greg T. Spielberg, Imagination in Space Founder (pop up events), Journalist




Past Interviews (some lengthy, full interviews – some short, single question):
Adam Franklin
Blake Schwarzenbach
Bob Nastanovich
Computer Magic
Country Mice
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Deer Tracks
Har Mar
The Hounds Below
My Gold Mask
Natural Child
Novelle Vague
Other Lives
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Ringo Deathstarr
Sufjan Stevens
Useless Eaters
The Yellow Dogs
The Welcome Wagon
Western Medication
And more.


Have worked with: 

Kip and Taylor of Tell Your Friends PR
Daniel and Anton at Force Field PR
Scott and Amelia at Ilium Media
Dana at Biz3
Max and Brett at Matte Projects
Shazila at Motormouth Media
Jerry and Zach at Syndicate
Noam at Popgun
Alexandra at High Rise PR
Lyssa at Secretly Canadian
Abe at Dead Oceans
Kate at Warner Brothers Records
Justin at Domino Records
Daron at Black Iris
… off the top of my head.

– Also freelance write band bios and tour releases for mgmt/pr co’s –


• What Turned You On? — asking musicians what album influenced them on their musical journey. I am on my 10th edition of this feature, the idea I came up with while talking to a relatively known musician about a relatively unknown Neil Young album and how it inspired us both. The idea is to offer the reader a potentially new discovery as well as a fun read.
The most recent was one of my favorite, first story is top notch, read it here.

• Three for the Rotation — a piece where I offer the reader 3 albums, recently out or about to come out that place nicely together.
Here’s one for example.

• Ear to the Tracks — a piece where I speak to industry insiders such as promoters, reps, labels and producers about 5 bands they suggest to watch and why (the first if this series is yet to run, though I have already gathered interviews for 2 editions). This simply comes from the fact that I often learn about new bands through favorite labels, reps and promoters. In turn this gives them the opportunity to also promote what they are up to.


“SOUND BITES” – few snippets of my writing

On Destroyer – Live at Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Combining dishevelment with grandeur, the Brooklyn Masonic Temple was perfectly suited for Destroyer’s sonic sprawl. Dan Bejar performs as though only for himself – his presence on stage an air of uncomfortable indifference –  he maintains this weird thousand-yard gaze out over the audience or in the vicinity of the beer at his feet. Bejar didn’t hesitate to begin the packed show with the muted, glowing “Your Blues” –  its alien beauty inviting, yet cold. Still, as the night went on, even he seemed to be won over by the infectious melody and exuberance of his cryptically-narrative songs. 

On Radiohead – Austin Austin City Limits 
Austin City Limits kicked off its 38th season (yes 38th!) with Radiohead.
The progressive rock icons drew almost exclusively from their last three albums: The King of Limbs, In Rainbows & Hail to the Thief, quickly setting abuzz The Moody Theater with “Bloom”,  the first song off Grammy-nominated, TKOL. The energy remains as Thom Yorke moves seamlessly onto piano for heavy and melodic “Daily Mail,” another new song from last year, and into a frenzy of movement to perform “Myxomatosis”.
“Morning Mr. Magpie” made use of the band’s distinct three-guitar tapestry of jittery, flittering rhythms, while a 10-year-old B-side Yorke wrote about the proposed banking industry collapse called, “Orgy”, a song Yorke described as having “disappeared like a wet fart in the wind”, harkened the band’s signature dissonant and ethereal sound as the instrumental parts engage in a tête-à-tête of sorts while Yorke’s high, keening voice trembles over top.
The frantic pace returns with “Staircase”, which was originally released with “Daily Mail” on theTKOL – From the Basement sessions, and transgresses into atmospheric, rhythmic “Identikit”, highlighting dual drummers, Phil Selway and Clive Deamer (Portishead, Roni Size and Robert Plant).  The main set ended with odd, but compelling, “Feral” – a mix of Latin rhythms and dub, followed by a crowd favorite, and Kid A zenith, “Idioteque”.
“Paranoid Android” – a tune you’d be hard pressed to say does not tower as one of modern rock’s greatest accomplishments – climaxed the fiery hour-long set.


On Fiona Apple – Sold Out at Bowery
After years of lying dormant, this lithe waif of a creature emerged from her hibernation this year and set stages afire with her intensity, sincerity and enigmatic nature. Her Bowery Ballroom performance was not an exception.
Accompanied by a full band not shy of Sebastian Steinberg on a stand up bass and the remarkably talented, yet virtually unknown, fret master, Blake Mills, Fiona was engagingly giggly, goofy, and gracious to the audience that had fought to get their hands on one of the golden tickets to this small, sold out show. She was also fierce, and unapologetically so, as her face and body contorted, in tempo, to her inner, personal cathartic outpouring of emotion and sound. Only when singing Criminal, her nearly 15 years old hit, did she seem to be simply performing. In her defense, she didn’t try to hide that either, and was visibly smirking through the lyrics, as if at her younger self.


On Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – “We No Who U R”
Ominous and intensely seductive as only Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds can be, “We No Who U R” – the first track from the band’s forthcoming LP, “Push The Sky Away” – is a brooding exploration in anonymity and paranoia. Cave’s haunting lyrics are offset by video directed by Gaspar Noé (Irreversible, Enter the Void) of a shadowy figure unnaturally moving through woods. “Push The Sky Away” is their fifteenth studio album.


On Foals – Holy Fire
Oxford art rockers, Foals, have recently released their third album, Holy Fire on Transgressive Records, and aside from what the band’s name implies there is nothing green about it. Their confidence apparent, and the album is expansive – it seamlessly moves from dance-punk assault to massively distorted metallic guitar jam outs making it a guilty pleasure you have to indulge.


On Clinic – Free Reign
15 years into their career, Clinic released their self-produced seventh album, Free Reign, in November on Domino Records. Recorded in Liverpool and mixed by Daniel Lopatin akaOneohtrix Point Never, it’s a jarringly delightful juxtaposition of 60?s and 70?s garage psychedelic and eletro-punk.


On Suuns – Images Du Futur
Montréal ensemble Suuns’ sophomore album, Images Du Futur, is a beautiful buzz of tension tinged rhythms sometimes under, sometimes overtaking frontman Ben Shemire’s nonchalant yet trenchant vocals. Inspired in part by the Quebec student protests, he says the album features, “a climate of excitement, hope and frustration.


On Elliott Smith – Lost VH1 ‘Jon Brion Show’ Pilot Performance
The ‘Jon Brion Show’ circa 1999 or 2000 and Directed Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, There Will be Blood, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love), was an informal VH1 variety show that would have starred Jon Brion with various musical collaborators known around the LA club, Largo at the time.  The pilot’s featured guest is none other than late singer-songwriter, Elliott Smith.  Accompanied by Brion (known for his work with Fiona Apple, Kanye West, and others) and jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, Smith sings iconic songs, “Son of Sam,” “Independence Day,” “Bottle Up and Explode,” “Everything Means Nothing to Me,” and “Happiness,” along with covers of The Kinks‘ “Waterloo Sunset,” John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy,” and Big Star’s “Nighttime.”  They also perform Brion’s own, “Trouble,” and he closes out the set with a “classical” improvisation of The Hollies‘ “Bus Stop”.
The show is intimate and playful, and although Smith and Brion’s stage presences are vastly different they compliment one another – Brion’s ease offsetting Smith’s self-consciousness – producing a melancholic, yet richly mellifluous performance that leaves your heart aching as it did the first time you heard Smith’s sad and fatalistic songs.


On El Sportivo & The Blooz – Self-Titled
Came across El Sportivo & The Blooz‘s self-titled 12″ flipping through albums this morning – it was a swag album I picked up during CMJ last year at the White Iris Records Label party in Lower Manhattan where El Sportivo played with The Dirty Palms. El Sportivo (Lewis Pesacov) has also produced tracks for Best Coast, masterminded a 16-bar rap on a Local Natives remix, and played lead guitar in Fool’s Gold – a band that mingles his love of ’80s pop and African music.
Slowdance, Line & Circle and Cuckoo Chaos performed that night too, with DJ sets by Luke Jenner (The Rapture), Telepathe and Computer Magic.


On Nada Surf – Sold Out at Webster Hall
Performing at intimate Webster Hall was a homecoming of sorts for the three main members of Nada Surf – they were accompanied on this tour by Doug Gillard (Guided by Voices) on lead guitar and Martin Wenk (Calexico) on keyboards, guitar, and trumpet, making it the first tour they’ve performed as a quartet – each told their own Webster Hall story, running the gamut of seeing their first show ever there to the loss of one’s virginity in the balcony.
The floor shook fiercely to the rhythmic movement of the crowd who could be seen mouthing along to the lyrics. The band’s energy didn’t stop after the full set and three encores either. The party continued backstage, and onto the after-after-party in Williamsburg.

SXSWtf :: Your “Sound” Guide to SXSW Music 2013 
SXSW is just kicking off  but the clusterfuck is already underway – at least mentally – as we all try to find our way to Austin and figure out how to quite literally hit the ground running. Yes, not shockingly there is an app for that, and while the wonderful people at SXSW offer us some lovely little nuggets like, “you may want to have a change of shoes available”  and, “you should also pack a reusable water bottle” – many of us still have not much more than the fuzziest idea as to wtf is going on.
Well, we’ve got you SO covered. Not only do we have  a healthy smattering of showcase fliers all in one place for you to peruse, but we also have compiled a serious, all-in-one list of bands performing.  Just think of us as your SXSW sherpa … and check back for live coverage, photography and interviews with SXSW bands TEEN, Suuns and more.

Hot This Winter 5 Breaking Brooklyn Bands
Just after the first of the year has proven to be a choice time for live music in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  It seems there is a  can’t miss show nearly every night, and say what you want – you won’t change my mind – NYC’s music scene is, without a doubt, the cream. Here’s a few Brooklyn based bands on the rise, or rising …
… A collaboration from New Yorkers Mikey Jones  (Adam Franklin, The Big Sleep, Snowden), Matt Sumrow (Ambulance LTD, The Comas, Dean and Britta, ) and Ryan Lee Dunlap (Fan-Tan), Heaven is a New York new wave/psychedelic scene supergroup.  After touring with Swervedriver last year, a SXSW Showcase and holding a month residency at Pianos NYC in last November, they are releasing their first full-length on hot indie label Goodnight Records  in April. 

The Live Show Manifesto: An Interview With Austin-Based Band, Ringo Deathstarr
Ringo Deathstarr just wrapped a lengthy North American tour at the end of October supporting their latest album, Mauve.  We spoke with frontman, Elliott Fraiser, and Bassist, Alex Gehring, in an apartment building alcove outside the Lower East Side’s notable Cake Shop NYC, prior to one of  their final shows on the tour.  Here’s a little of what we chatted about…
SO: I grew up in a sense where the music I was listening to basically no longer existed.  All the music my peers were listening to, i.e. top 40s was something they could actually go and buy tickets to but … well, you know Kurt was dead … the Velvet Underground … I suppose there was some Iggy Pop and Lou Reed lingering around still, but … Do you feel like that that was your experience too, growing up listening to music you couldn’t actually have the opportunity to see live?
Elliott: That’s why I started a band.  I’ve been playing drums in bands since I was 13, up until I was 23.  At that point I quit the drums because I never went anywhere.  I was trying to find my identity as a musician and I couldn’t sing, I couldn’t do shouty vocals, I can’t scream.  So when I finally started hearing all these bands from the late 80?s early 90?s where the singers had a deep voice, and were singing like Lou Reed or Jim Reed, I thought, “I could do that”.And I liked the sound and aggressiveness of the music, liked I liked Nirvana, but I could never – when I was playing drums I was like, “I’ve gotta be like Dave Grohl” – but I could never sing like Kurt Cobain.  But I liked the vibe of the guitars, and just the energy and the anger…

Best Of 2012: Twelve Memorable NYC Shows

T.S. Eliot said, “You are the music while the music lasts”, and in New York City the music never stops. Every night is alive with music, and the opportunities to be witness to unparalleled shows abundant. I couldn’t even begin to declare the best shows of the year, but I can share a dozen that were stand out for me. Here they are in chronological order, accompanied with the occasional rough shot vid and/or iphone photo …
… Jarmusch on an electric hollow-body guitar playing minimalistic, and with heavy reverb, and van Wissem alternating between a 13-course swan-neck Baroque lute and what appeared to be an electric saz worked zen-like through their album, Concerning the Entrance Into Eternity to a seated, seemingly sedated crowd. The electric/acoustic noise harkened Baroque sentiment, pastoral folk tomes, and the droning sound of a temple filled with meditating monks, if the meditating monks had been under the influence of acid.


And so, that moves into another facet of what I bring a publication, you may have noticed some of the high numbers in sharing on my articles … I manage all social media platforms, generate band photography and graphics for my current publication, and make site design edits when needed.

When it comes to putting up a post I do all my own formatting, graphics and image edits (including my own photography if apropos), key words, SEO descriptions, social media sharing, and if necessary, inform the band and/or bands’ reps that the article is up.




As far as Social Media, I have a far reach on Facebook, including over 20 pages, many of them being NYC-centric and numbering around 100k followers total.

For example, one entertainment related publication who I’v been an admin on the Facebook page since November I’ve added over 1500 new “likes”, with up to 90 in a day and around 10-20/day as a high average just from my sharing efforts alone.Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 10.29.53 AM-1

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I have also increased their Instagram followers, as well as the followers on every other platform they are active on.



Using OpenEars Music’s Instagram following in conjunction with NYC-based Facebook pages has shown to be a fantastic outlet to share upcoming shows and coverage on both platforms:



Feel free to contact me for more work samples.