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  • FINAL GRADES

    published July 16, 2008

    Well, no one’s exactly Making The Wire anymore, are they? This Museum of the Moving Image–sponsored panel discussion... More >>

  • LOUDEN UP NOW

    published July 16, 2008

    There’s no denying what happens when this band gets on a stage—the insipid lyrics drop away, the thin gimmicks (Magnetic Fields covers,... More >>

  • HIT THE HEARTBRAKES

    published July 16, 2008

    You may find yourself in the middle of a Moment here. On the one hand, Jacksonville’s Black Kids, the CMJ-hysteria-surviving,... More >>

  • Datarock

    published July 9, 2008

    These guys could afford to be slightly less enamored with their own good ideas: a spectacularly gay and bouncy post–post-punk disco debut,... More >>

  • THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA

    published July 9, 2008

    Philadelphia takes over Central Park. Diplo, the elder here, cleared the way for the rest of this bill—without his ubiquitous... More >>

  • CONEY ISLAND, BABY

    published July 9, 2008

    The eighth annual (and, ahem, Village Voice–sponsored) Siren Music Festival returns to Coney Island in Year 1 of the Thor... More >>

  • RITES OF SUMMER

    published July 9, 2008

    At first glance, this Celebrate Brooklyn event appeared to feature avant San Francisco weirdos Deerhoof playing Stravinsky’s The... More >>

  • Bobby Digital's Digi-Snacks

    published July 2, 2008

    The pinnacle of one of the all-time-great Wu-Tang publicity tours, for last year's 8 Diagrams, was a 12-minute YouTube video in which a... More >>

  • SON OF A SON OF A GUN

    published July 2, 2008

    This Sub Pop Records 20th Anniversary Music Festival is sure waking the dead: proto-grunge guys Green River, onetime Nirvana collaborators the... More >>

  • GOODBYE 21ST CENTURY

    published July 2, 2008

    Add an extra increment of homecoming here for Sonic Youth, whose Murray Street studio sat for years just a few blocks north of Battery... More >>

  • EVIL EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

    published July 2, 2008

    The rivalry feels a bit muted this year. The Red Sox, otherwise engaged in trading poorly aimed punches with a resurgent Tampa Bay team,... More >>

  • ENDLESS SUMMER

    published July 2, 2008

    The choice of Christian Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto as part of a summer concert series is bizarre and unlikely enough to be... More >>

  • HEAVY ROCKS

    published July 2, 2008

    The Japanese rock trio Boris released Smile, their 15th-or-so full- length, in May. Fitting for such a schizophrenic outfit—on the... More >>

  • EDEN AND AFTER

    published July 2, 2008

    Fitting for an artist whose most enduring contribution to history is the nouveau romain, even the title of this BAM... More >>

  • Constructive Summer

    published June 24, 2008

    Onetime disaffected Twin Cities hardcore kid Craig Finn came to New York in 2000, after the dissolution of Lifter Puller, his old beloved rock... More >>

  • Live Earth

    published June 24, 2008

    It’s not totally easy to figure out what the annual Citysol festival is all about—the words “clean energy,” “solar... More >>

  • The Truth About De-Evolution

    published June 24, 2008

    Those put off by the sybaritic, fleshy look of your average McCarren Park Pool show—bikinis, bandannas, slip ’n’ slides—might... More >>

  • LIVING WITH THE LIVING

    published June 17, 2008

    Soon-to-be-heritage-act Pearl Jam are firmly in the summer of their career, which is to say that these days, they tend to take the other... More >>

  • THE GREAT NORTH AMERICAN TRICKSTERS

    published June 17, 2008

    Take the name of this Alan and Richard Bishop tour—“The Brothers... More >>

  • CELEBRATE THE NEW DARK AGE

    published June 17, 2008

    North Carolina’s Polvo get their reformation on “I’d like to think I play more... More >>

  • Rivka Galchen's Twisty Mistaken Identities

    published June 10, 2008

    "Last December," begins the first, electric sentence of Rivka Galchen's Atmospheric Disturbances, "a woman entered my apartment who... More >>

  • ONE MILLION CUSTOMERS SERVED

    published June 3, 2008

    Bonnaroo, Sonar by Night, Hovefestival, Roskilde, Arvika, Heineken Opener, Montreux Jazz, Exit, Splash, Summercase, Latitude—is it... More >>

  • RAP TO THE FUTURE

    published June 3, 2008

    Unabashed ’88 rap obsessives The Cool Kids dropped The Bake Sale on iTunes this month, finally anteing up on a couple... More >>

  • THE WELL-TEMPERED PIANOLA

    published June 3, 2008

    The New Jersey–born composer George Antheil found acceptance in the salons of post–World War I Paris; he called Stravinsky, Joyce, and... More >>

  • THIS IS NOT A PHOTOGRAPH

    published June 3, 2008

    One likes to imagine that it might even be fun for Mission of Burma to tour their two hoary post-punk classics, Signals, Calls & Marches... More >>

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