Drake w/ J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, French Montana Nikon Theater at Jones Beach Saturday, June 16 Better than: That other suburban rap mega-show. Well over halfway through his set, having already given the crowd a festival's worth of openers and played everything but his bigg ... More >>
The Black Keys w/Arctic Monkeys Madison Square Garden Thursday, March 22 Better than: A Nickelback concert. For Black Keys guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach, less is moreor at least it was last night. At the second of two Madison Square Garden gigs this month, he addressed the foaming-at-the ... More >>
Akron/Family w/Bad Weather California, Dustin Wong 285 Kent Saturday, January 21 Better than: A rock show. The fourth wall was breached long before Akron/Family hit the stage at 285 Kent on Saturday, the frothing, all-ages, sellout inventing polyrhythmic clap-alongs to opening acts Bad Weather C ... More >>
Burnham, circa 1960, at the telescope Clyde Tombaugh used to find Pluto 30 years earlier Today, June 16, 2011, would have been Robert Burnham Jr.'s 80th birthday. Burnham was an Arizona astronomer who produced one of the most unusual, and most beloved, set of books of science, his Burnham's ... More >>
Yesterday was fun, huh? The afternoon games produced four gems that will be cherished by their school's old, lonely alumni while on their deathbeds. First, Matt Howard helped Butler, last year's runners-up, beat Old Dominion (which we think is a decommissioned vessel from the War of 1812) 60-58 on ... More >>
Meandering rockers pull inspiration from the East
According to a recent AP-Petside.com poll, given the choice of "pet or paramour," most Americans who own pets would choose their "spouse or significant other," but there is an actual a percentage of people -- 14 to be exact -- who would pick their dog or cat or goldfish or ferret instead. Whe ... More >>
This time with real drag queens. As I recently told you, the Cher/Christina Aguilera movie musical Burlesque inspired a drag spoof called Boylesque at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, and there was actually not much difference.
A pre-Burlesque parody
"It's like every brewer has to make a pumpkin ale now," said the bearded fellow at Whole Foods' beer shop. "But if you don't like any of these," he continued, gesturing to my shopping bag, "I think you should probably just give up on pumpkin ales." Pumpkin ales start popping up everywhere i ... More >>
A week before the long-awaited (by sick gays) Cher/Christina Aguilera film Burlesque opens in November, there'll be a drag spoof version of it at the Laurie Beachman Theater! Yes, things happen very quickly nowadays, and in fact, the creators have gotten ahold of the film's illustrious scree ... More >>
As do Tin Huey, Pistol Whip, and myriad other unjustly forgotten early-indie innovators
Plus suave elegance, raw non-beauty, and other works-in-progress
For your chewing pleasure: bologna- or wiener-shaped bubble gum. Note the invitation to puke: "Blow your lunch!" For those who live and breathe meat, and want everything to be meat, there's a new line of bubble gum available shaped like bologna and hot dogs.
Great jazz records we caught, with apologies to those we missed
--Krist Novoselic is running for public clerk in Washington as a member of the Grunge Grange Party, a community service-driven group that was popular among farmers in the 1870s. Novoselic, who is the chairman of the Wahkiakum County Democratic Party, is not running to win, but to promote the party. ... More >>
all photos by David Atlas "We miss Jerry!" some guy felt the need to observe loudly last night, during the quietest of last night's three sets by the band once known as the Grateful Dead. "You think we don't?" shot back, Phil Lesh, the Dead's 69-year-old beanpole bass player.
Sound of the City will resume full-force come Monday. In the meantime, find your last minute arrangements below...
The Walkmen triumph, the pretty people gawk at Tom Wolfe, and no one goes to rehab
The gong is out by the third song of the Akron/Family's set and is ka-bonged by their auxiliary drummer, Megafaun's Joe Westerlund. Surprisingly, it doesn't come back. It doesn't need to, though, not with all the other hand percussion, chants (some with onomatopoeic hand gestures), six-dude harmonie ... More >>
Some get by with subtlety, but thrashing ferocity works great too
Here's a new take on the furor over New York City's reduced homeland security funds: Make the Pentagon fork it over! That's the argument being made by backers of the Unified Security Budget, a product of progressive think-tanks who want more thinking and fewer tanks in the U.S. defense strategy. Pr ... More >>
Hey Mr. Sax Man, you're the hidden king of rock and roll, or whatever it is
Rust belt blues: In this brashly ambitious debut, the earnest Midwest reveals its dark side
More Ohio weirdos, lost then found decades after the fact
A sideman-soloist screaming to be heard, lost in despair
Louie and Dewey help Unca Donald repair Tin Huey's flat
Playing the Numbers Game
Jimmy Gronen & Robert Lange, Soap Box Derby Cheats, 1973