The only thing all of the bands playing CMJ have in common aside from the fact that they're all playing CMJ is that they all have names. As they have been in the "indie" world for quite a while, animal-inspired band names are very popular this year at CMJ. The most respected animal continues to be t ... More >>
Starting today roughly 1,300 music artists will descend upon New York City in hopes of Living The Dream. Wild acts with names like (these are all real) Bear Hands, Bear Trap, Bear Crossing, SUNBEARS!, Bearstronaut, Stone Cold Fox, Foxes In Fiction and Foxygen will play in peace alongside their domes ... More >>
Dustin PittmanSpoon's Britt Daniel, back in '05Ten years ago, the Village Voice staged its first-ever Siren Music Festival. On Saturday, we're celebrating the anniversary by welcoming back some SOTC favorites like Matt & Kim and Ted Leo to the shadow of the Cyclone at Coney Island. As we gear ... More >>
Gotta feel sorry for Javelin's roadies, if they have anySo the Whitney has prepared a quartet of free-admission Friday-night shows in July and August. Is it fair to say that the lineup is pretty... chill?
Having learned about Pusha T's badass grandma (not to mention that Rambo-themed pizza joint) yesterday, you can better appreciate NYC tour guides/coke rap extraordinaires Clipse tonight at Highline Ballroom. For obvious moral support, Ninjasonik will also be there, "squeezing into tight pants and ... More >>
Making up for last week's paucity of shows thanks to SXSW and MtyMx, the city has an overstuffed dance card this weekend. First, chilllwave maestro Toro Y Moi will be playing with Tropicalia breakbeat-borrowers the Ruby Suns at Brooklyn Bowl. To quote one of the latter's tunes, "Kenya dig it?" Hol ... More >>
Today, Yoko Ono is busy assembling the year's most disparate backing group. After yesterday's "dress rehearsal," her reincarnated Plastic Ono Band will be performing at BAM, with guests ranging from Eric Clapton to Sean Lennon to ... the Scissor Sisters? Also included in the lineup are Mark R ... More >>