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  • Sound of the City: Interviews
    When Shilpa Ray and her new label, Northern Spy, came up with a mock newspaper titled Savage Times as a promotion for her new record, Last Year's Savage, they created a realistic-looking...
  • Sound of the City: Interviews
    "The guitar becomes a paintbrush," says guitar virtuoso Kaki King about her new live venture, The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body. "I play a note and a film plays, or the color changes and...
  • Sound of the City: Interviews
    Sister Sparrow — the nom du stage of Arleigh Kincheloe — wears the pants in the band. Literally. It wasn't until the singer donned a pair of jeans that she came into full...
  • Sound of the City: Tanlines
    In the opening lines of "Slipping Away," the first single from Tanlines' forthcoming sophomore record, Highlights, Eric Emm's plaintive vocal rings out over an exuberant bassline akin to the...
  • Sound of the City: Eleanor Friedberger
    In the merch booth hung a white T-shirt adorned with bright letters spelling out a collection of cryptic two-word phrases: REAL ONE, LONE EAR, LEAN ROE, descending to a singular name,...
  • Sound of the City: Interviews
    For some bands, making the bigger-label jump might not look the way you'd expect. Take the case of the Philadelphia-based Hop Along: Last month, singer and guitarist Frances Quinlan released...
  • Voice Choices:
    For many in the business, and for even more civilian enthusiasts, indie record stores were our first teachers. Whether your town's outlet provided you with alphabetized stacks, shelves...
  • Sound of the City: Indie Rock
    For music fans, spring officially kicks off somewhere between the taco-strewn wake of South by Southwest and the glitter-tat-clad, Hula-Hooping revelry that hits the Indio polo fields over...
  • Sound of the City: Film and TV
    Empire Records, the 1995 film about the teen employees of a record store struggling to stay afloat, holds a measly 24 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Created to cash in on the...
  • Sound of the City: Brooklyn
    Ethereal electronic outfit GABI is the brainchild of composer/singer/multi-instrumentalist Gabrielle Herbst, a woman who surely deserves the long-winded title. Her musical journey started...
  • Sound of the City: Hip-Hop
    Two thousand Kendrick Lamar fans can't be wrong, but 30 degrees and icy snowfall was definitely an insult. Regardless of the less-than-stellar conditions during the wait outside, fans of...
  • Sound of the City: Hip-Hop
    Hooray for playing hooky. Kendrick Lamar, on the heels of the (surprise!) release of this new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, will offer a special signing for the first 2,000 records sold at...
  • Sound of the City: Concert Reviews
    Last night, in a cold, wet, and sludgy Williamsburg, singer-songwriter Alice Boman, who hails from Malmö, Sweden, brought heartfelt ballads to Rough Trade NYC. A hushed acoustic set from...
  • Sound of the City: Rock 'n' Roll
    The highways that snake inward from the East Coast to the Midwest and beyond are littered with potentially lethal distractions. Big rigs, suicidal deer, and intimidating curves are fixtures...
  • Sound of the City: Labels
    Natalie Prass's first full-length record has been out for a week, and two words have been repeatedly thrown her way now that her songs are out there for the world to hear: "Disney" and...
  • Voice Choices:
    The women of Alvvays are living the dream: forming a band with your childhood best friend. Frontwoman Molly Rankin and keyboardist Kerry MacLellan go way back; maybe that’s why all of...
  • Voice Choices:
    Unfortunately if you slept on buying your tickets to Nada Surf's show, then you've missed out—the show is sold out. However, if you did buy your tickets early like a true stan, then...
  • Voice Choices:
    Over the course of her long career, photographer Deborah Feingold has often had to improvise: Her darkrooms have included a Boston prison cell and her apartment’s shower stall. The...
  • Voice Choices:
    With a gift for infectious melodies and solid rock'n'roll sensibility, it's hard not to like The Whigs, at least a little bit—which probably explains their frequent appearances on late...
  • Voice Choices:
    Frontier Ruckus performs with a fresh-faced, thrilled-to-be-there glow, though they’re hardly a rookie act: the Detroit folk group has released three studio albums since 2008, and is...
  • Voice Choices:
    It was probably inevitable that some bright experimentalist would appropriate the rich and colorful-sounding metallophones and gongs of Indonesia to gnarlier ends. Which is precisely the...
  • Sound of the City: Princess Superstar
    Hip-hop is a youth culture, but Saturdays in June at Brooklyn's Rough Trade are seeing hip-hop culture inform the youth. Indie hip-hop favorite Princess Superstar is spending her Saturday...
  • Voice Choices:
    Is there anything Sweden can’t do? Folk duo First Aid Kit have been around for almost a decade now and in that time have only released two full-length records. Basically their art is...
  • Sound of the City: Weekend
    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Friday, 5/16: Chromeo Terminal 5 Friday & Saturday, 9:00 p.m., $25/$30 Perhaps one of...
  • Voice Choices:
    Talib Kweli is nothing if not prolific. Six months after releasing Prisoner of Conscious, he returned with Gravitas, which as the name would imply, had some lyrical ballast. The socially...
  • Music:
    "I feel angry that people don't use the format of pop music for more," says Merrill Garbus more than halfway through an hour-long chat in the offices of her management. She's sweet,...
  • Voice Choices:
    With his post-everything power trio Ceramic Dog, the downtown scene's most versatile classically trained shredder champions an intellectualized brand of rock that straddles primal scream and...
  • Voice Choices:
    tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus is back with a new album that is, among other fantastically genre-subverting things, more grammatically off the grid than 2009’s BiRd-BrAiNs and w h o...
  • Sound of the City: Concert Reviews
    Better Than: ALL THE '90s NOSTALGIA YOU CAN MUSTER. Every time Tori Amos returns to music, it feels as if she's been gone forever. The reality is she only breaks between album cycles for...
  • Sound of the City: Weekend
    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Friday, 4/25: EMA The Mercury Lounge 10:30 p.m., $15 Erika M. Anderson, better known as...
  • Voice Choices:
    The impeachable Steve Gunn has been involved with Kurt Vile and The Violators in the past, but more recently, he has recently focused on his own material and solo career. A guitarist in the...
  • Sound of the City: Weekend
    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Friday, 4/4: Kelela + Venus X + Shayne HBA Rough Trade NYC 9:00 p.m., $12/$15 There's a...
  • Sound of the City: Weekend
    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Friday, 3/28: Lady Gaga Roseland Ballroom Friday through Saturday, 8:00 p.m. daily,...
  • Voice Choices:
    There’s a long, fondly cherished tradition of R&B divas pushing against the trends with their producers, and Kelela’s lucky enough to hang with an entire crowd of them: the Night...
  • Voice Choices:
    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is a pretty perfect name for a band that sounds like a fuzzier version of The Smiths, and let's hope they further that sound on their upcoming album. At the...
  • Sound of the City: Concerts
    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Monday, 2/3: Sunny Ozell + Jim Campilongo Trio + Jussi Reijonen Rockwood Music Hall 8:00...
  • Voice Choices:
    The nomadic Tuareg tribesmen, who sport robes and headscarves onstage, recorded their forthcoming album in the California desert town of Joshua Tree rather than in the politically imploding...
  • Sound of the City: Interviews
    "It's kind of like coming full-circle, starting with the Subterranean Pop radio show in 1979 and finally doing this book signing at the Rough Trade Records store in Brooklyn," says Sub Pop...
  • Voice Choices:
    After a few early complications with the loud sound at Rough Trade (I'm sure we can thank the venue/record store's condo location for that one) the shows must go on, and tonight’s...
  • Sound of the City: Labels
    Last Thursday Williamsburg's new and impressive home of overpriced vinyl, Rough Trade, announced that all scheduled shows taking place in the 250-capacity concert venue in the store's back...
  • Sound of the City: Weekend
    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Friday, 12/6: A$AP Ferg + Joey Fatts+ Aston Matthews+Overdoz+100s Irving Plaza 7:00...
  • Voice Choices:
    The members of NYC's DIIV named themselves after the Nirvana track "Dive," but there's hardly anything grungy about their dreamy, fuzzy take on indie rock. It's a seductive sound that swirls...
  • Sound of the City: Concerts
    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Monday, 12/2: Cheyenne Jackson Birdland 9:15 p.m., $45 Birdland is billing Jackson as a...
  • Sound of the City: Weekend
    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Friday, 11/29: Brian McKnight + Musiq Soulchild + Avant Beacon Theatre 8:00 p.m.,...
  • Voice Choices:
    With global billionaires plopping their assets into New York City condos and Ibiza superclubs like Pacha and Sankeys opening Manhattan outposts in the West 30s and 40s, it’s almost...
  • Voice Choices:
    Matthew Houck — the man behind Phosphorescent — has been making music for over a decade, yet his 2013 Muchacho still manages to feel like a fresh variety of Houck's signature...

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