In this week's Voice I wrote about the recently flipped 101.9 FM, whichafter an abortive effort at being an FM news/talk hybridis back to playing commercial "alternative" rock. I listened to a lot of the station's programming during its first seven days on the air, and while I was ofte ... More >>
I spent the past two days at Atlantic City's Bader Field, which played host to the inaugural Orion Music More Festival, a two-day "music, arts and lifestyle" bonanza put together by the thrash kings in Metallica. It was pretty great all aroundJames Hetfield kept referring to the bash as a " ... More >>
With Sinners Like Me and Carolina, Eric Church established himself as one of the most exciting young artists in the country music, mixing man-up rockers like "Lotta Boot Left to Fill" with mature, never-quite-melancholy reflections ("Those I've Loved," "What I Almost Was") on the different paths and ... More >>
In this week's Voice I offered up a midseason report of sorts, listing 12 particularly outstanding tracks from this year. Here, for your listening pleasure, are the 12 songs in streamable form (via a combination of YouTube and Soundcloud so as to not lock anyoneor any songsout). Happy ... More >>
Tomorrow is the last day of March, as you might already know, and it also marks the end of the first quarter of 2012. What better way to close out a three-month span than to size up its musical offerings via playlist? Below, please find the contents of my "2012 awesomeness" playlist, a running-all-y ... 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 >>
Metallica has announced the first annual Orion Music & More Festival, which will take place in Atlantic City on June 23 and 24 and feature the band headlining both nights and playing the Black Albumyou know, Bob Rock, commercial breakthrough, "Enter Sandman," etc.in its entirety ... More >>
Antony's heartwrenching take on "Crazy In Love" last night capped off a week where cover songs were seemingly dropping into my lap on a daily basis. Why not take time out of your schedule to enjoy them now?
The Arctic Monkeys' Record Store Day single--one of many that will be released during this Saturday's retail-orgy festivities, about which more as the day approaches--will have as its A-side "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair," a moody, hung-over track that sounds like it's been fes ... More >>
Ever since Hot Chip got home from its seemingly never-ending world tours in support of Made in the Dark, the English quintet has been laying groundwork for their next five years. Guitarist Al Doyle and synth player Felix Martin built their own recording studio. Vocalist and synth player Joe Goddar ... More >>
Rebecca SmeyneScreaming Females Above the Auto Parts Store during CMJ. More photos from the show here.
It's been a big year for the Screaming Females. After two self-recorded and self-released albums, the New Brunswick trio (guitarist/singer Marissa Paternoster, bassist King Mike and drummer Jarret ... More >>
With an infectious single "Dominos" currently providing the soundtrack to many retail and boozing experiences across the city, British foursome the Big Pink just strolled into town for two headlining nights, a first for the two-year-old London-based band. Their debut album A Brief His ... More >>
The goal for day two of All Point West, at least in the eyes of the promoters, was to make you forget that just 24 hours ago, you or someone you know got drenched. And probably complained about it, or warned you to stay away. So they cut a deal: if you bought a Friday ticket, you could come back S ... More >>
Indeed. Earlier this week came the terrible news of Adam Yauch's cancer diagnosis and the subsequent cancellation of all upcoming Beastie Boys tour dates -- including their opening-night headlining spot at next week's All Points West festival in Jersey City. Their replacement: Jay-Z, making "his U.S ... More >>
Angela HoganOur unsleepable friend gets the message on an ill-wind
Saturday, March 21
"I can smell your draft," Morrissey announced upon taking the stage at the Bowery Ballroom, the smallest New York venue the former Smiths emo-crooner has played in easily Googleable i ... More >>