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  • 5 years ago

    One detail stood out when West Coast fuzz-pop band Dum Dum Girls played a thunderous set opening for Vampire Weekend at Radio City Music Hall last month: Frankie Rose wasn't there. The hometown noise-pop go-to drummer had apparently quit the band ...

  • 5 years ago

    Here's what happens when a trendy new joint pops up in a traditionally non-trendy neighborhood: People gotta hate. But still, the opening of Greenpoint's somewhat confusingly named Manhattan Inn late last year has caused a particularly histrionic ...

  • 6 years ago

    For most New York City rockers, a glowing write-up on a prominent music blog is something to work toward through a series of grueling gigs in crappy venues with just a few bar staffers as an ersatz audience. Yet the Drums had the honor before they...

  • 6 years ago

    In the fall of 2002, early in his freshman year at Connecticut's Wesleyan University, Simon O'Connor was walking through the quad, "talking to a girl or something," he recalls. "And I just happened to say out loud, 'I wanna rock!' " A stranger ove...

  • 6 years ago

    Matt Friedberger is impressed. "Did we suddenly become hugely famous, and this is what it's like?" he asks, twirling to take in his surroundings, i.e., the bowling alley. He and his sister/bandmate, Eleanor Friedberger, have just enjoyed a private...

  • 6 years ago

    Just a few minutes ago, Regina Spektor was chatting excitedly and laughing between sips of tea. Now, she's shrinking to the far end of a sofa on the rooftop of the Gramercy Park Hotel, squinting her huge eyes and twisting her rotini-like hair. Ine...

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