George Thorogood & The Destroyers w/Tom Hambridge & The Rattlesnakes
B.B. King Blues Club
Wednesday, August 8
Better than: Jack White.
The last time I was at B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square (right next to the Sanrio store, across from Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum), I saw Napalm Death. From the ... More >>
This week in the Village Voice, out now: I head to B.B. King's for a show by R&B sex-jam-crafter Ginuwine; and Michaelangelo Matos treks to JamaicaQueens, that isto talk to the people behind VP Records, the country's largest independent reggae label.
Any old band (My Morning Jacket, Weezer) can do multiple shows here and play one full "classic" record a night, but cult Australian college-rock lifers the Church (they of "Under the Milky Way Tonight," see) have hit upon a novel innovation to celebrate their 30th anniversary: three full reco ... More >>
Joan MarcusMillion Dollar Quartet has proven that by throwing together a low-budget show with actors imitating four music legends (in this case Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins), the tourists will come and you can make lots of cash while nabbing some acclaim and even a To ... More >>
Even though we eat and sleep local music over here at SOTC, after countless hours of perusing the blogosphere and sifting through mail, we just had to say it: What the fuck, New York? We're talking to you, Wakey! Wakey! That's why we decided to create the First Annual Worst Band Name in New Y ... More >>
Tartan Week finishes up with the Tartan Day Parade up 6th Avenue today, or take in the all-day J-Cation food festival at the Japan Society. Both days, New York Classical Theater presents traveling performances of Hamlet at the World Financial Center.
If you listen to only one biblical-themed rock record this year, it's gotta be the Mountain Goats' The Life of the World to Come, explored by SOTC's own Zach Baron here and featured tonight as the Goats take Webster Hall with Final Fantasy. Note: Frontman John Darnielle's fans can be pretty i ... More >>
Those of you not cool enough to attend the last upstate New York All Tomorrow's Parties jam or that Vice Halloween party clusterfuck have thus probably been denied the violent, visceral, vitriolic pleasures of the Jesus Lizard reunion, and this is no way to be, going through life without David Yow ... More >>
Oooh, lookit, it's the XX, fresh from beguiling long lines of CMJ patrons and subsequently canceling shows due to exhaustion. That's all sorted out, apparently, and thus will pleasantly gloomy goth-pop elegies fill the air at Bowery Ballroom tonight. We're still all into this band, right, Int ... More >>
As a 16-year-old coal miner's son, Tom Jones dropped out of school to support the Catholic schoolgirl he'd knocked up. But when exactly did Mrs. Linda Jones realize she'd hit the jackpot? The Welsh singer held his own against martyrs like Joe Meek, Janis Joplin, and Elvis Presley, and cut his teeth ... More >>
In the event you're hoping for a love connection at Harlem megastar Cam'ron's show tonight, know that the guy's idea of foreplay is "Get in the car, and don't touch nothin'/Either we lovin' or I'll see you tomorrow." He's at B.B. King's.
Marc Ribot is best known for the shambling licks he contrib ... More >>
Every year, 327 cities around the world arrange to simultaneously celebrate the first day of summer. So on Sunday, Make Music New York sponsors 800 free performances spanning all five boroughs. The most appropriately superlative event is at the Guggenheim, where 80 trombonists will line the museum' ... More >>
Next week, Regina Spektor will release her first new album in three years. What we've heard of Far is more cinematic than her often bare 2006 breakthrough, Begin to Hope, which may or may not be a good thing. Take a peek at the Beacon tonight.
Loudon Wainwright III, patriarch of the venerated Wai ... More >>
Noted Björk collaborators the Dirty Projectors join 2008 Pazz & Jop winners TV on the Radio in Central Park Friday night to benefit this year's free Central Park SummerStage slate.
Beware of projectile vomiting at Webster Hall; Chromeo's Dave 1 is DJing tonight.
Trumpet virtuoso Ralph Ale ... More >>
Photo of Armory Show goofiness by Rebecca Smeyne
In the week Will Oldham said getting cum out of a 13-year-old boy was "easy as hell," we watched Michael Steele throw the final bon mot into the bonfire of his own political career. Revlon somehow had the nerve to ask if Rihanna was an "appropriate s ... More >>
Busta Rhymes and Ron Browz
B.B. King Blues Club
Star power does funny things to your eyes. Take last night's Busta Rhymes/Ron Browz show at B.B. King, for instance. I mistook Kool Herc for Grey's Anatomy's Dr. Richard Webber--an honest mistake considering that the four elements of hip-ho ... More >>