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On Wednesday morning, a cavalcade of comedians and musicians started posting a link to the site rhcp2014.com, claiming that it hosted a brand new single by Super Bowl halftime performers Red Hot Chili Peppers. The song, titled "Abracadabralifornia" is a spot on parody of the non-sensical lyrics and ... More >>
Is Sal Abruscato the Dave Grohl of NY metal? He was only 21 when Type O Negative, the band he helped form, put out their Roadrunner Records debut. He drummed with the NYC goth-metallers for three records and tour cycles before joining Life of Agony in 1993, staying until their 2011 demise. Then, muc ... More >>
"If you were in Seattle, you would have known 15 years ago what Jeff Angell was capable of," begins Duff McKagan. "You would have seen him in Post Stardom Depression and gone, 'Fuck, he's killer.' You would have thought to yourself, 'He should be the biggest thing in the world; he should be the next ... More >>
This year's Uproar Festival hits New Jersey and Long Island this weekend, with far and away the best line-up in the rock fest's four-year history. Previous years have featured distinctly bro-metal headliners, like Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold, but 2013 has gone the classic route with both Jane's ... More >>
They've been around for 26 years. They know a few things.
Elton John may be one of the most silently pervasive artists ever. At award shows, tribute concerts, and even on random albums, including his most recent stint on Fall Out Boy's currently #1 Save Rock and Roll, the "Candle in the Wind" crooner knows how to steal the spotlight from whichever star is ... More >>
In what can only (and extremely sarcastically) be described as a staggering loss for humanity, "Celebrity Rehab" alum Joey Kovar has reportedly died from a drug overdose outside of Chicago.This puts the tally of dead Celebrity Rehab "stars" at three.If you're unfamiliar with "Celebrity Rehab," it's ... More >>
The long(ish) player gets reborn in the digital age
Blazing hard rock might signal a sea change
Vintage ad for WPIX-FM, back when it played "nothin' but love songs." Anyone know who did the jingle? 9. 311, "Love Song"
Amy Winehouse passed away on July 23. In memory of the people, places, and things that passed away in 2011, here's a collection of links and streaming-video artifacts.
Scott Weiland P.C. Richard & Son Theater Tuesday, November 29 Better than: Losing The Drummer Boy Challenge. The P.C. Richard and Son Theater is a small venue with a capacity of maybe 200 people at most; its size can make the space seem like a compressed TV studio. Last night, during Scott Weilan ... More >>
Grunge days, revisited
Jani Lane, the former lead singer of the hard rock band Warrant, was found dead in a California hotel room last night. Lane was Warrant's primary songwriter, penning radio hits like "Heaven," "I Saw Red," and "Cherry Pie"; in his later years, he would leave and get back together with his former ban ... More >>
Charlie Looker has spent 10 years in New York art-rock anomalies--Lavender, Zs, Period, Extra Life, Sculptress, even (briefly) Dirty Projectors. The common thread is always the place where the vulnerable sentiment of indie rock collides with the jagged rhythms of contemporary composition; Loo ... More >>
So maybe you heard that Radiohead put out a new album, The King of Limbs, on Friday, one day earlier than planned, a gift that triggered a "live-Tweeting my first listen" torrent of unprecedented volume and ferocity, a glut of Internet-borne insta-opinions that seemed at odds with the band's reput ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Megalithic Brooklyn five-piece Kings Destroy is a melodic addition to New York's doom-metal class of 2010, spasming uncomfortably alongside recent YIMBY grads like Elks, Primitive Weapons, and Clean ... More >>
F2K10 is a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Track our progress here. That Godsmack is still able to put out chart-topping records in 2010 shouldn't be too surprising; the warmed-over, self-pitying nü-metal put forth by Sully Erna and his bandmates is still the lingua franca of rock ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Erik Wunder, of gloomy black-metal expressionists Cobalt, has relocated from Denver to Brooklyn with little more than a song in his heart and a chip on his shoulder. Smiling Dogs, the debut album fr ... More >>
Today's New York Times brings a startling bit of news: the sneaker company Converse is opening a recording studio in the heart of Williamsburg, to be called Converse Rubber Tracks, where bands "deemed dedicated and needy enough" will be able to record for free. Artists selected to use the spa ... More >>
But don't look for that persona-grooming bassist
Alice in Chains get down. Photo by Santiago Felipe.In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla sees the sorta resurrected Alice in Chains at Terminal 5, Stephen Deusner on the creative nonfiction of the Drive By Truckers' The Big To-Do, and Phil Freeman gets personal with jazz violinist Regina ... More >>
Still trying to wrangle your landlord to get your door to stop squeaking? You ain't seen shit. As long as they didn't make Elizabeth Dwoskin's beautifully terrifying work on this year's list of New York's Worst Landlords, you might end up wanting to hug your own building's capo. And if they a ... More >>
Grunge's grimmest cautionary tale rises triumphantly (if uncomfortably) anew
Testing out the new Alice in Chains
If only AutoTune had existed back then. Starring Elvis Costello, Public Enemy, the Smiths, Shellac, NOFX, TMBG (!), and R.E.M. The "Alice in Chains are the new Doors" theory (during a discussion about the Dead Kennedys' "Triumph of the Swill") is particularly revelatory. Better sing now while you ... More >>
Leigh RightonJapandroids, the second Siren band who set their drums on fire --We've already lamented missing what was probably one of Japandroids' last tiny gigs in New York ever, but here's a manageably-sized solution: tickets for their Mercury Lounge show on September 24 are onsale today. If int ... More >>
A grunge fan's drug of choice: Joyous nostalgia
Paradiddles by the Dashboard Light
Corporate Rock-Hack Bands Nobody Over 20 Ever Heard of Rule America
This Dungeon's for Hire, Even If We're Just Dancing in the Darkwave
Young Sun Lim Makes Art of Life-Forms Struggling To Be Born