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The Lemon Twigs Take Root

The Lemon Twigs
Hicksville natives Brian and Michael D’Addario of The Lemon Twigs have music in their blood. (Photo by Autumn de Wilde)

Suburban teenage boredom has been stifling to many, but it’s proved an ideal muse for brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario of Hicksville, also known as the breakout indie pop darlings The Lemon Twigs.

The acclaimed multi-talented duo, age 20 and 18, have made a name for themselves in the alternative music scene with an eccentric musical style that has an almost timeless feel to it.

“When were younger there wasn’t really anything else to do except for our music,” Michael said jokingly over lunch at the Empire Diner near where they grew up.

Their newest EP, “Brothers of Destruction,” released Sept. 22, features work originally written for their debut, “Do Hollywood,” which is coming close to the first anniversary of its release. Many of the songs featured on the new EP are ones that didn’t make the cut for “Hollywood” but circulated through their live sets.

The newer songs on the EP, such as “Why Didn’t You Say That?” and “The Night Song,” as well as songs from their debut album, “I Wanna Prove to You” and “These Words,” all of which were recorded in their home studio, have an unconventional, yet structured feel that integrate smooth harmonies and effortless guitar riffs that can connect to generations new and old.

Their work pulls the obvious influence from The Beatles and other staple rock acts like Big Star and Television. A huge influence on their style, Todd Rundrgen, came out at their Coachella set this year to play their cover of his hit song, “Couldn’t I Just Tell You.”

The multi-instrumentalists first gained the attention of Foxygen frontman and producer Johnathan Rado and were given the opportunity to open for the band at The Bowery Ballroom in October 2014.

The brothers have been submersed in music and arts since birth: Their father, Ronnie D’Addario, had a solo career in the 1970s and ’80s, while their mother is a former
vocalist and actress.

“They weren’t too pushy with it,” Brian said. “They’re pretty laid back when it comes to their ideas, so they wouldn’t have said, ‘You have to do this or you shouldn’t do that.’”

Although they set their minds to music early on, playing covers and posting them on YouTube and performing at places like the Hicksville Street Fair, they had to face the reality of what that meant.

Michael, still attending Hicksville High School when The Lemon Twigs began gaining traction, had to take day and night courses in order to graduate early. Brian deferred from Queens College for two weeks before an audition last year.

Setting their lives to music for the foreseeable future, they toured almost nonstop in early 2017, but are now scaling back a bit to record.

In the live setting, Michael and Brian trade positions between playing guitar and drums halfway through the sets, swapping out the lead on songs they wrote separately. Hoping to share the front of the stage on their next tour, and do more co-writing, they are currently looking for a drummer via YouTube video send-ins.

Nearing the end of the “Do Hollywood” era for The Lemon Twigs, they’ve been looking back on the music that has come from it. In some ways, they’re critical of the music they made when they were younger, but appreciate what it’s done and how they can learn from it.

“It’s kind of hard to look forward without criticizing our back catalog,” said Brian. “I know in the heart of hearts that I’m happy with it. I was definitely younger then.”

With touring slowing down, The Lemon Twigs are looking at recording not only their next release, but music for future albums as well.

“The newest songs are the ones we’re most into, and the newest songs are going to be old by the time we get to recording them, so we really want to get a lot recorded for these sessions,” said Brian. “We’re toying with the idea of doing this one and the one after that before going out on the road again.”


Paul McCartney Wows Nassau Coliseum With Polished Set

Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney plays Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 (Photo by Tim Seeberger/Long Island Press)

As the lights dimmed and the famous crescendo of “A Day in the Life” drowned out the music in Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, so began a massive trip down memory lane for thousands of Paul McCartney and Beatles fans.

The polished set on Tuesday night was the first of two nights of his Long Island stop on the One on One tour. Sir Paul started strong with early classics like “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “All my Loving.” As a 20-year-old, these songs are close to home as they were some of the first Beatle songs introduced to me by my father on 1, the compilation that album that largely began my generation’s fandom.

As I pulled through the catalog of my memories old and new of his work, Paul too brought an eclectic palette of his work to the tour set list, digging back as a far back The Quarrymen years that pre-dated the Beatles. To have the daunting task of selecting 39 songs from a seemingly endless back catalog looked easy as he ran through songs like “Lovely Valentine” and “You Won’t See Me.”

Along with bringing a vast arrangement of tracks, McCartney also gave historical briefs between songs about certain parts of his career such as his early recording days with The Beatles. At times the stellar stage set up would reflect parts of his career, such as the stage model setup like the location where he originally recorded demos with the Quarrymen.

As Paul played “Maybe I’m Amazed,” I looked to the left to see to my father silently teeming with joy as McCartney famously sang his many screams on the track. I watched a past generation give a standing ovation to the famed Beatle nearly every time he breathed on stage, through some cheesy banter and sincerely witty jokes. It showed how much the memories made around his music resonated with fans.

In the coming songs, I would have my own moment with this when McCartney sang “Eleanor Rigby.” The vivid memories such as pouring over the moodiness of the song as a tween or figuring out the difference between mono and stereo by ear because of the recording shot back to me as I watched that same man perform the song on stage as he did when it was originally recorded in 1966.

Standing in the crowd, it seemed as if there was a large love affair between the crowd and McCartney, as my father put it. The rocker encapsulated the crowd through the psychedelia of “The Benefit of Mr. Kite,” the heartfelt rendition of “Something” and the compilation of “A Day in the Life” and “Give Peace a Chance.”

As the set wound down to its final songs, McCartney showed he can play songs such as “Back in the USSR,” “Band on the Run” and “Let it Be” with the same passion he always has. The fiery nature of “Live and Let Die” literally showed through a grand pyrotechnic display throughout the song.

And a high-caliber concert at the coliseum wouldn’t be complete without none other than Billy Joel, who McCartney brought out to play “Get Back” and “Birthday” on stage during the encore. The concert ended beautiful, respectfully ending with “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry That Weight” and, of course, “The End.”

As Rob Sheffield puts it in his book, “Dreaming the Beatles,” the music of The Beatles, and the music of Paul McCartney as well, is contextualized in very different ways between different fans. No two people experience their catalog differently. I have vivid memories of singing early Beatles songs like “Boys” with my father and purposely messing up the lyrics to “Hey Jude” every time we sang it.

On this Tuesday night, my story with The Beatles came full circle, as it did with thousands of other fans in the stadium. A One on One, you might say.

Paul McCartney will play NYCB Live at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale. nycblive.com $179-$367. 8 p.m. Sept 27.

Frank’s Place: Lloyd Wright’s Solo Long Island Project Remains at Ease With Itself

Frank Lloyd Wright
The lone Frank Lloyd Wright-designed residence on Long Island: The Rebhuhn House in Great Neck Estates (Photo by Dami Lee).

The Rebhuhn House, as it’s known, is Frank Lloyd Wright’s sole Long Island project, but singularity is not its only charm.

It was a comeback project for Wright, the first after a dry spell of more than 20 years, an attempt to move past his earlier prairie stylings into a design that was at once modern and utilitarian and suited for the newly evolving life of suburbia. Usonian, he called it, after an idealized vision of America that celebrated individuality and oneness with nature.

“People thought he was dead,” said Caroline Rob Zaleski, author of Long Island Modernism: 1930-1980. “He was forgotten. He didn’t work all through the 1920s and 1930s. If you were a modern architect coming up in architecture school in the 1930s, you were hardly taught Frank Lloyd Wright.”

The house, on a pie slice-shaped parcel in Great Neck Estates, was begun in 1937 for Benjamin and Anne Rebhuhn, publishers of what was then considered “morally progressive” content, including articles on birth control, for which Benjamin was once jailed.

Wealthy and intellectual, they were the perfect clients for Wright, who sought to make the design and building experience as much metaphysical as physical, guiding customers through a “spiritual and intellectual transformation,” according to Zaleski.

“It’s really not about designing a building,” added Timothy Totten, an expert on Wright design. “It’s about designing a place that people live and work in. Architecture is about designing a way of life.”

Built as a cruciform, the $35,000 house features a two-story living room and library with floor-to-ceiling windows on either side, plus a dining room, servants quarters, two bedrooms and an open kitchen, which Wright referred to as a “work room.” A 28-foot couch is built into the wall of the living room; the room itself was built around an oak tree, although it later died.

Red cypress board is used inside and out, complementing the structure’s brick and red roofing tiles. The kitchen was remodeled in the 1970s after a fire that might have claimed the entire residence save for the heroic efforts of the local volunteer fire department. Wright acolyte Morton Delson supervised the restoration.

Subsequent owners of the house have said they set out to find a home that met their needs but, having encountered Wright’s design, quickly succumbed to its visual impact.

“The minute we walked in the door, all those requirement went out the window,” one owner told The New York Times. “Aesthetically, the house was in a class by itself. Nothing else in Great Neck could compare.”

He has spent the “cost of a college education” repairing the roof.

“But it’s like living in a work of art,” he added. “We would never give it up.”
The Rebhuhn House is one of the few modern movement homes on Long Island that has been neither renovated to the point of desecration nor completely demolished. Sadly, Wright did not continue to build on Long Island, but took his Usonian ideals north to Westchester and a 95-acre planned community near Pleasantville.

“We could only imagine what he would have done with a site mid-Long Island, like the Hempstead Plains,” Zaleski said. “He would have liked Long Island. It was a place ripe for development.” 

The lone Frank Lloyd Wright-designed residence on Long Island: The Rebhuhn House in Great Neck Estates (Photo by Dami Lee).

11 Questions With Pixies Guitarist Joey Santiago

The legendary alternative rock band Pixies are coming to The Space at Westbury Theatre Sept. 22 while touring to promote their 2016 album, Head Carrier. The career of the band spans almost 30 years and have inspired the likes of Nirvana, the Strokes and Arcade Fire. Ahead of their show in Westbury, the Press caught up with guitarist Joey Santiago to talk about touring, the addition of bassist Paz Lenchantin and his personal career endeavors in his off time.

Long Island Press: Have you played any memorable Long Island shows before?

Joey Santiago: Oh yeah we’ve played Long Island before! We’ve played this venue before. I remember when we had it when the bus driver kept getting lost on the way out of the gig on Long Island. I felt a U-turn coming at it’s like “Aw shit, we’re making another U-turn.”

LIP: How’s the tour been going so far?

JS: Great! Really, really good. People are out there, a new generation of fans, it feels good and we’re having a lot of fans. We do what a lot of fans do: we’re tired, and then we’re not, and when we are we play better. It’s a win-win situation every time.

LIP: Is the new generation of fans different in any way?

JS: No, it’s like a time capsule. They’re avid, they still sing along to the songs.

LIP: It’s been almost a year since the release of Head Carrier. How has the album grown on you? What’s it like bringing it to the live setting?

JS: It’s great! I’ll put it on occasionally. In fact, I just texted Tom Dalegty, the producer, and I just noticed something on “Baal’s Back.” It sounds like there’s a jet engine going for 10 seconds. You hear all these little nuances and it’s just magical. The album – I’m really, really, really proud of it. It’s so well put together. And we noticed the younger fans singing to it like it’s the regular shit. It seamlessly goes to the live setting. It’s part of the vernacular. It’s like playing the old stuff.

LIP: What’s it like to perform early songs that have so much energy like “Debaser” almost 30 years after their release? Do you still bring that same energy?

JS: Yeah! It’s what they want to hear. Very few times in my head, I’m saying to myself “Oh my god, this is so fucking easy, why are people even liking this shit?” But you gotta get out of yourself. You gotta do it because people are there.

LIP: Did you ever think so many bands would cite the Pixies as an influence after the temporary breakup in ’93?

JS: I’m just glad they do. I’m glad that we’re one of the bands that inspires people to make music, just like any other thing that inspired me to do music, from Foghat and Mose Allison.

LIP: What was it like to find out how well-liked you were as a band when you reunited in 2004?

JS: Initially, it wasn’t going to be a surprise when we were going to reunite because one of the shows that we were going to do was Coachella. I didn’t know what Coachella was actually. When we got on there and there was a sea of people, I knew it was kind of going to be big. It was on CNN on the ticker tape. It was like ‘at this time of year, 9/11….and the Pixies are reuniting!’ It was like ‘what the fuck? This is going to be pretty big.’

LIP: I know that you’ve also added Paz Lenchantin as a permanent band member. How has that been going so far as a band and for you personally?

JS: As a band, obviously we love her. We wouldn’t have asked to join the band if not. She’s perfect in the studio, perfect in the live setting, perfect when we’re not doing any of those things –hanging out backstage, hanging out waiting, etc. She’s perfect. Everything about it is perfect. For me, I couldn’t be any happier. This is my wheelhouse. This is what I do. This is the best thing for me.

LIP: So I’ve heard you’ve started a separate career in scoring. What inspired you to do that and what’s the experience been like?

JS: It came very organically. I was in this state of depression, and then I met this guy Joe Reineke from the Meices and Alien Crime Syndicate. He showed me his home recording studio that you could do in your computer. I had no fucking idea that you could do that. You could actually work at home. I had cassette records, but I just wanted to know what the fuck this thing does. I got a computer, got a program, and all of a sudden my meds kicked and I started writing shit and then I had all this stuff and I said ‘Oh what the hell am I going to do with this?’ and then said ‘Oh wait a second! I could actually compose?’ Because people have been telling me ‘your stuff has been atmospheric and it tells a story,’ so I went along with it. I got lucky and got a film right away, a TV show right away and that’s how it came about.

LIP: Are you doing anything special for the tour?

JS: The playlist changes day to day. We do not have a setlist, but as far as playlist of the songs, we have been adding like some stuff we haven’t played in a while. We have 70 songs in the back of our pocket, so it changes night to night and we could always do 35 of them.

LIP: Any future recording plans for the Pixies?

JS: Yep! Nothing’s been written as far as I know of, but the juices have been flowing. The think tank is starting to simmer.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Dustin Johnson Takes Northern Trust Win in Old Westbury

Dustin Johnson won The Northern Trust Open at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 (Photo by Kevin Kane/Long Island Press)

After a tense back nine and a playoff on the 18th hole, Dustin Johnson clinched the win Sunday over runner-up Jordan Spieth at The Northern Trust Open at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury.

After trailing Spieth by five strokes at the beginning of Saturday, Johnson sank a key putt on the 18th during normal play to send the match into a playoff. A risky, but successful opening drive over the lake on the hole set up Johnson for a smooth wedge drive and an effortless putt to take the win in Old Westbury.

“Yeah, it was a lot of fun,” Johnson said when asked about the day. “Jordan is a great player. It was a tough day but I feel like even on the front nine, I hit the ball really, really well. “

The turning point of the day was on the sixth hole, where Johnson shot par and Spieth sank a double bogey after shooting his ball in the water due to the constantly-shifting winds.

Johnson, who won the tournament in 2011, now holds the lead on the FedExCup standings at 4,466 while Spieth trails behind near at 3,871 points going into the Dell Technologies Championship on Sept. 1-4. Johnson, who was fourth in the FedExCup rankings going into The Northern Trust Open, will now have a sizable competitive edge over Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama, the former leader who was cut from the tournament after the second round.

After suffering a back injury from a fall before the Masters in April, Johnson is feeling well going into future playoff tournaments after this win.

“I’m expecting to play very well,” Johnson said. “I feel like the game is finally back in form like it was leading into the Masters. I feel like I’m swinging everything really well. Got a lot of control over the golf ball. I’m feeling really good. Obviously getting the win here today gives me a lot of confidence going into next week and the rest of the Playoffs.”

This tournament marks the first time that a major tournament has ever been held at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury. The course recently underwent a major renovation by club superintendent Craig Currier in 2014. A conglomerate of 27 different holes over three courses on the club ground, the course presented an invigorating challenge to both Johnson and Spieth going into the final day.

“We had a really tough time trying to figure out what the ball is going to do on the green,” said Spieth. “Some greens were landing really soft and then others were just taking one massive hop.”

While golf was the main focus at The Northern Trust, fashion and food also took center stage over the weekend. Different golf fashion vendors, such as Trendygolf and Kendra Scott had vendor booths set up for fans, while players wore scripted outfits each day to celebrate fashion as an integral part in the sport. There was no shortage of good food onsite, as Taste NY had a marketplace set up for fans to try local favorites such as Blue Point Brewery and Fuku by Momofuku.


9 Acts We Loved at Billboard Hot 100 Fest

Major Lazer
Major Lazer performs at the Billboard Hot 100 Fest at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater (Photo by Tim Seeberger/Long Island Press)

Over the weekend, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater hosted the third edition of the two-day Billboard Hot 100 Fest, drawing massive crowds of fans and selling out the festival on the second day.

Spanning four stages and dozens of artists, there was no shortage of seasoned headliners and many other up-and-coming artists on their way to do just the same in the years to come.

Take a look through the this photo gallery to see our favorites:

Ben Alessi

Ben Alessi
Ben Alessi performs at the Billboard Hot 100 Fest at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater (Photo by Tim Seeberger/Long Island Press)

Releasing his new EP titled PRSSR (pressure) on the first day of the festival, Electro-pop artist Ben Alessi opened up Hot 100 Fest on the Heatseekers Stage by performing tracks off the EP such as “U” and “Blood.”


T-Pain performs at the Billboard Hot 100 Fest at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater (Photo by Tim Seeberger/Long Island Press)

The artist with arguably the most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, T-Pain drew in a huge crowd with classics like “Buy U a Drank” and “Booty Wurl.” As the sun set at the sun stage on Sunday night, he pulled from his expansive catalog of songs that goes back more than 10 years to deliver a set that could only be devised by the man himself.

We the Kings

We the Kings performs at the Billboard Hot 100 Fest at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater (Photo by Tim Seeberger/Long Island Press)

Embarking on their 10-year tour, classic pop punk band We the Kings brought life to the Sun Stage on Saturday afternoon as they opened up with their hit “Check Yes Juliet.” With an extremely dedicated fan base, lead singer and guitarist Travis Clark had fans practically screaming the words of their songs back to him and the rest of the band.

Lil Yachty

Lil Yachty
Lil Yachty performs at the Billboard Hot 100 Fest at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater (Photo by Tim Seeberger/Long Island Press)

The crowd at the Sun Stage on Sunday grew bigger as the night went on, peaking when 19-year-old rapper Lil Yachty took the stage to perform to a crowd that was full of energy as they awaited to hear the eclectic artist perform. Bringing out songs like “I Spy,” “Minnesota” and “Broccoli,” the set was one of the wildest ones at the festival that day.

DJ Khaled

DJ Khaled performs at the Billboard Hot 100 Fest at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater (Photo by Tim Seeberger/Long Island Press)

One of the most interesting and wide-ranging producers and DJs today, DJ Khaled brought out his son and star in his own right Asahd to start out the set, rolling through hit after hit across his nine albums such as “Wild Thoughts” and “All I do is Win.”


Marshmello performs at the Billboard Hot 100 Fest at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater (Photo by Tim Seeberger/Long Island Press)

Making the jump from the Beach Stage last year to the main stage this year, the popular EDM artist has proved himself as a force to be reckoned with as an artist rather than just a gimmick DJ with a marshmallow for a head.


The artist known as pronoun performs at the Billboard Hot 100 Fest at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater (Photo by Tim Seeberger/Long Island Press)

Amidst technical difficulties, Brooklyn indie dream pop artist pronoun (yes, the P is lowercase) delivered a set of honest lyrics about love and loss and her way of navigating them. Check out out interview with her here.

Rick Ross

Rick Ross
Rick Ross performs at the Billboard Hot 100 Fest at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater (Photo by Tim Seeberger/Long Island Press)

Owner of Maybach Music Record Group, the legendary rapper performed on Saturday night and ran through hits such as “The Boss” and “All I do is Win.”

Phoebe Ryan

Phoebe Ryan
Phoebe Ryan performs at the Billboard Hot 100 Fest at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater (Photo by Tim Seeberger/Long Island Press)

Hailed by critics like Nylon and The Fader as a singer/songwriter lots of potential, New Jersey native Phoebe Ryan performed songs off her debut EP “Mine” as well songs that feature The Chainsmokers hit “All We Know.”

Rosé Flows for Charity at Garden City Hotel

Wine flowed freely Friday at the Garden City Hotel’s Patio Bar as the venue hosted a Rosé Soiree to benefit the nonprofit Long Island’s Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Estandon and VieVite Rosé, two Rosé makers from France, battled it out to be crowned the fan favorite while supporting the noble cause.

“I’m so honored to be here for the Rosé Soiree that’s honoring and raising awareness for the Long Island Alzheimer’s foundation, which I’m really passionate about,” said Chanel Omari, 106.1 BLI radio host and former reality star on Bravo’s Princesses of Long Island. “The most upsetting thing about this disease is that there’s no cure and today at the Garden City Hotel pink event, we are raising money for an amazing cause and raising awareness, which is key to finding the cure and putting an end to this awful disease.”

VieVite offered their signature 2015 Rosé for guests to sample, while Estandon showcased their 2016 Rosé. Beyond the trendy, The Patio Bar served up small plates, The Red Door Salon & Spa offered free hand massages and oxygen blow outs, and Dolce and Gelato Catering offered free samples for dessert.

The Garden City Hotel is a part of the Long Island Elite, an organization dedicated to fostering business development and their leaders on Long Island. This year, the organization selected LIAF as its 2017 charity partner of the year and hosted events throughout the year, such as the Rosé Soiree, to raise money for the charity in efforts to help those with Alzheimer’s from the earliest to latest stages of the disease.

Long Island Elite’s 15th annual Charity Masquerade, their main annual nonprofit fundraiser, is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 26 at Oheka Castle in Huntington.

Alyse Vellturo, AKA pronoun, Stands Out at Billboard Fest


Amidst the rush of festivalgoers entering the Northwell Health Jones Beach Theater and the stream of tropical EDM from a nearby stage, an honest and humble voice broke through on Sunday afternoon on a small stage at the Billboard Hot 100 Fest.

The indie-dream pop stylings of Brooklyn singer-songwriter Alyse Vellturo, better known as pronoun, felt like an oasis in the 90-degree sun on the heatseekers stage on this day. After her set, which music from her 2016 EP There’s no one new around you, she spoke candidly about her set.

“I was getting shocked by the microphone the whole time so I cried twice,” Vellturo, originally from Boston, said with a laugh. “But it’s always fun to play.”

The honesty is somewhat expected after listening to the rawness of Vellturo’s lyrics through pronoun. The soft-toned sonic style, pulling influence from artists like Japanese House and Julien, matches perfectly with the soft colors displayed everywhere from her EP cover all the way down to her hi-top vans and guitar. It all meshes perfectly with her in-depth and frontal lyrics about her love life, or lackthereof.

“I was an emo kid when I was younger, so I felt like there’s a lot of melodic guitar in there,” Vellturo said, speaking about her musical style. “I feel like it draws from a ton of influences.”

Labeling herself as indie-guitar-bedroom-pop, the word “bedroom” stands out as a starting point for Vellturo on her work with pronoun.

“I started working on the music and just made that my thing,” she said. “I started on my socials way before I figured anything out, so I’ll put something out there.”

“I was kind of drunk too, probably,” she added. “I thought it was funny.”

Although her start came out of a love lost, other songs, such as “Snowed in,” pull inspiration from Vellturo’s adventures in Tinder, she told the crowd before performing it in her set at the festival.

The arrival of the Trump administration was also in her mind while songwriting and in her social media accounts. Scrolling through her Twitter feed, she criticized the administration and has also called on other stars to do the same.

When asked about the thought about the possibility of Trump being impeached, she thought Vice President Pence as the next president could possibly be worse.

“I think Trump’s an idiot – I think Pence is evil,” said Vellturo. “I don’t think Trump can get anything done, Pence might be able to. Right now it’s just checks and balances and he’s not really able to do much of the ridiculous things he wants to do, but I find it scary of thinking what that can bring.”

Beyond her own musical work with pronoun, Vellturo also has a past of managing other artists and now runs her own label, Sleep Well Records.

The experience of doing so has been awesome as she said.

“It’s just moving a lot quicker than I thought it was going to,” she said.

Northern Trust Open Kicks Off PGA Tour Playoffs in Old Westbury

Steve Strickler practices at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury this week (Photo by Kevin Kane/Long Island Press)

Tensions are high as the top golfers on the PGA Tour teed off Thursday at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury for the first day of the Northern Trust Open, the first stop of the FedExCup Playoffs Tour.

Tournament favorite and current FedExCup point leader Hideki Matsuyama will be battling it out against other top contenders Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Ricke Folwer for 2,000 points and a purse of $8.75 million, with $1.17 million awarded to the winner.

“It has been a really good season, great season for me,” Matsuyama told reporters this week. “But it really just begins now because unless I play well in the next four events, I’m not going to be the FedExCup Champion. This is the time that all of us really need to up our games because you need to win one of those tournaments to even have a chance.”

Despite a narrow loss to Thomas at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, Matsuyama said his focus is ultimately shifting toward a FedExCup win. Coming off three wins at Bridgestone and HSBC in the World Golf Championships and a win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, he is looking to solidify his spot for the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga.

“Unfortunately Justin Thomas played better than I did, and it was a bitter defeat for me,” he said. “I was really hoping and praying and doing my best to win the PGA. But hopefully I can take that experience, what I learned there, to play better in majors to come, and hopefully someday, that first major will show itself.”

The course at Glen Oaks, renovated in 2014 by club superintendent Craig Currier and Joel Weiman, had received praise by a majority of players in press conferences this week. Despite rain in the beginning of the week, the weather forecast calls for temperatures around 75 degrees and winds around 10 mph on Saturday and Sunday.

Beyond golf, the Northern Trust Open will also highlight the intersection of fashion, food and golf at the club with kiosks from TrendyGolf and Kendra Scott onsite as well as Taste NY marketplace for fans to try the best food that New York has to offer like Junior’s and Momofuku.

“We’re proud to bring this world-renowned golf tournament back to the Empire State and we are using this opportunity to expose more people from New York and beyond to the great products grown and produced in every corner of this great state,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said of the Taste NY Marketplace spotlighting local businesses at the event.

Northern Trust Open concludes Sunday.

5 East End Boutique Hotels Perfect for Staycations

The Surf Lodge in Montauk

As the summer season winding down and Islanders are starting to think about the slow transition to fall, it can become difficult to go on one last summer vacation as kids head back to school and life starting back up for many families.

With all the East End has to offer, a weekend staycation in a boutique hotel is a better option for parents and families. These hotels offer cozy amenities and usually discount prices in the fall.

Whether you want a late family vacation that’s close to home or a change of pace for you and a significant other, this guide serves as your starting point to your next weekend getaway.

Baron’s Cove
Voted the best hotel in New York on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2016 Hot 100 list, Baron’s Cove is boutique luxury hotel that faces both the harbor and downtown Village of Sag Harbor. They offer a multitude of amenities such as saltwater-heated pools, tennis courts and beach transportation. The on-site dining experience showcases the cuisine of chef Matty Brodeau. Diners can enjoy stunning views of the harbor on their outdoor terrace and second floor dining level. 31 W Water St, Sag Harbor. baronscove.com

The Chequit
The rustic chic hotel sends guests back in time to the days of a quieter Shelter Island community, offering country-vintage stylized rooms, complimentary breakfast with an ever-changing menu. On top of this, it has a New American restaurant, Red Maple and White Hill Café, a coffee shop that uses Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee, on its grounds. Exclusive for the season, guests can stay in The Summer House, a new addition to The Chequit which surrounds guests in the summer comfort of a whitewashed wood, cozy, country-style home. 23 Grand Ave., Shelter Island Heights. thechequit.com

Jedidiah Hawkins Inn
The five guest rooms and one suite on the premises and the Jedidiah Hawkins Inn creates a sense of closeness in a contemporary space. Originally built in 1863 as a home for the sailor, it was saved from demolition in 2004 and opened in September 2005. Today, the inn is a warm and welcoming place for guests to unwind, surrounded by all that the North Fork has to offer. The BBQs held at the inn on Thursdays and Lobster Bakes on Sundays shouldn’t be missed. 400 South Jamesport Ave., Riverhead. jedediahhawkinsinn.com

The Quogue Club at Hallock House
What was once a disheveled town landmark, The Quogue Club opened its doors in 2012 after 50 families from the community came together to renovate the historic house. The 14 guest rooms, including two multi-bedroom cottages, provide a backdrop to the intimate, friendly setting at the hotel. The in-house restaurant, with former 1770 House chef Matt Birnstill in the kitchen, is exclusively reserved for members and hotel guests only. 47 Quogue St., Quogue. quogueclub.com

Surf Lodge
Built in 1967, The Surf Lodge sits on Lake Montauk and is a staple example of modern coolness. Each room and community space is stylized in a chic beach houses style, with whitewashed walls and private sun decks in each room. On top of the architecture, the Surf Lodge holds concerts every week that feature popular up-and-coming artists. The restaurant at the lodge crafts organic, market-driven dishes created by Executive Chef Robert Sieber. 183 Edgemere St., Montauk. thesurflodge.com