Belle & Sebastian Are ready to play for the heck of it
Here are the10 best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.
Influentialalbums.com is a "quiz" one of your Facebook friends might've posted, boasting "Very few people own 70 or more. How many have you got?" and listing 100 albums ranging from the duh (Blonde on Blonde, Pet Sounds) to the hmmm (Gerry Rafferty? Felt??) to the genuinely bizarre (well, see below) ... More >>
"I don't think any indie pop bands or fans really cried out for attention," Clyde Erwin Barretto told the Voice in this week's feature about the recent rise of New York's indie pop scene. Well, they're getting some. The NYC Popfest, co-organized by Barretto, recently marked its sixth year of celeb ... More >>
Two nights this week I trucked out to the Bell House to attend the Chickfactor 20th-anniversary shows, which honored the two-decade-old indiepop fanzine with performances by the likes of Versus, the Softies, and Small Factory. Pinned to some of the Bell House's walls was a sign asking the people in ... More >>
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musicianfinishes up this week, with the Round of 32 scheduled to kick off Monday. (The schedule and results so far are he ... More >>
via ChickfactorChickfactor #5, starring Lois Maffeo and Rebecca Gates. The resurgence of the concept of "twee" (for better and for worse), and the fact that 2012 serves as the 20th anniversary of the seminal indiepop fanzine Chickfactor, probably made the three-night Bell House birthday blowo ... More >>
No.Ah, another shitty year is ending, and we find ourselves trying to buy our way out of it with Christmas presents while struggling to block out the same old endless stream of yuletide muzak. Luckily, there's always a few notable holiday-album standouts to break the tedium, this year includi ... More >>
Stuart greets his public. Pics by Rob, more below.Belle and Sebastian/Teenage Fanclub East River State Park Thursday, September 30 "Make me dance/I want to surrender," croons Stuart Murdoch, doing both, actually, as "I Didn't See It Coming" winds down to inaugurate Belle and Sebastian's 20-s ... More >>
It's understandable, your depression/jealousy/irritation at not being physically present in Las Vegas this weekend for Matador Records' bizarrely elaborate Matador at 21 spectacle, featuring just about every major label act you could possibly desire unless you're, like, a die-hard Thinking Fe ... More >>
It was the week White America lost its mind, as did the guy who wrote a song called "Kill Harvilla" and sent us both the lyrics (not bad) and the instrumental MP3 (very bad). But we here at SOTC prefer more constructive exercises, like listing every '90s band that hasn't reunited yet. A lot o ... More >>
Right now, there is not just a flood watch but also a high surf advisory and a high wind warning in effect for Brooklyn this evening, where Belle & Sebastian are scheduled to perform on the Williamsburg Waterfront. Their set starts at 8:15 p.m 8 p.m.; it is virtually a guarantee that it will ... More >>
The Vaselines are back together
It has triggered a high-profile lawsuit, of course, but even before then, Vampire Weekend's blonde-in-a-Polo-shirt found-Polaroid-ish image for Contra was, like it or not, the most compelling and iconic album cover of the year, if now also the most expensive. Why, exactly, does a random photo ... More >>
Built to Spill play their most elegant album
Poppy, erotic, and evenchoral on occasion
Antony, Boy George, Thom Yorke, and more make charity listenable
Queer Eyes for the Great White North Sip That Yellow Snow
Sensitive Young Boys Learn How to Scream and Slam
How Could You Leave This Behind?
Six of these 12 picks recast known compositions, and only two of the six are in the rock tradition. But I did find one medium-obscure alt band worth writing about. One.