For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
Powerhouse singer and lovable bohemian Beth Ditto is coming to xl this Saturday, where she'll blaze across the stage and belt out her best-known songs, including "I Wrote The Book," "Move in the Right Direction," and "Get a Job." In a phoner yesterday, Beth filled me in on what her performance wil ... More >>
Portland, Oregon, trio Gossipsinger Beth Ditto, guitarist Nathan Howdeshell, and drummer Hannah Blilieare celebrating the release of their fifth album, the remarkably bangin' A Joyful Noise, tonight at Terminal 5. We wrangled some time with the magnificent Ms. Ditto to talk about the o ... More >>
When The Gossip burst into the public consciousness about a decade ago, they specialized in a frizzled version of the blues, with lead singer Beth Ditto working herself into a clothesless frenzy while her bandmates created a joyous squall behind her. More than 10 years later, their style has shifted ... More >>
When Adam Lambert was on American Idol in 2009, he grabbed viewers' attention with his octave-leaping voice and startling reworkings of talent-show standbyswhile he came in second that season, he was certainly that year's most rock-star-like contestant, and he made even more headlines when he ... More >>
The last show at the Hiro Ballroom will be on March 31. My personal fave Bebe Buell will be one of the performers, and it will be a fitting tribute to late club owner and mentor Don Hill.
In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images. Debbie and I arrived at Fashion's Night Out like lambs to the slaughter. Never having attended before, we had no idea what kinds of mewling, puking throngs would fi ... More >>
Poly Styrene, whose howl and unwillingness to be "seen and not heard" made her a heroine among many, has passed away after a battle with breast cancer. Born Marianne Joan Elliott-Said, Styrene quickly became an iconic figure as frontwoman of the skronky X-Ray Spex; the way she paired incisive ... More >>
tkTom is the one in black. Against Me! leader Tom Gabel is the sort of lyricist that can't stop himself from contemplating the folly of Robert McNamara's foreign policy decisions mid-song, and he's the sort of singer that can find a way to make the former Secretary of Defense's quirky name positive ... More >>
All the knives and the fighting back make GLAAD sad. Tough!
Beth Ditto keeps it wicked
Example of tUnE-YaRdS' wanton radness Dirty Projectors/tUnE-YaRdS Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday, November 19 Look, the Projectors are doing fine, just fine. Just a wee bit overexposed at the moment, maybe. "All I know is this part of the city is the creative capital of the entire world," ... More >>
CLICK HERE for my new column and read all about that project--the next one due from a handsome gay director I met with in a neighborhood hotel last week. Once you get over that bit of scandal, you'll also find stimulating encounters with:
South American director Sebastián Silva hangs with me and Eros. And The Messenger kills.
Lee Broomfield Beth Ditto is such an unlikely star that even Taylor Swift would spring an "Imma let you finish" on her. Her mutant soul-punk trio Gossip is the only riot-grrrl band to have a top 10 hit (2006's Bush-deposing "Standing in the Way of Control") and become aptly named considering her fr ... More >>
Photo of South Williamsburg's the Woods by Puja PatelIn the week in which everyone went to rock and roll fantasy camp--whether it be the one that takes place inside the Colbert Report studios with the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle or the one that takes place on the disco dance floor with Vin ... More >>
"I'd love to get Prince into the studio one time before he dies." Jas is the one not drinking. For the last five years, Simian Mobile Disco, the British production powerhouse of James Ford and Jas Shaw, have been reshaping people's musical expectations by turning EDM into pop music and back again ... More >>
That sound you hear -- Beth Ditto dismissing Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" as a "boner dyke anthem" -- would seem to indicate that a new Gossip record is imminent. Verily, Music for Men (produced by Rick Rubin!) is out Tuesday, and streaming at Spinner.com at this very moment: At first blush it's a ... More >>
Heartless Bastards (Radio Room) Marnie Stern (Club De Ville) SXSW Wednesday Afternoon, March 18 Erika Wennerstrom's bandmates give her a tremendously wide berth onstage, three grizzled gentlemen crowding demurely to our far right as she holds court on the left, the sort of blast radius you'd give ... More >>
Photos by John Burlage Jemina Pearl Music Hall of Williamsburg Saturday, January 17 Jemina Pearl is one of the few world-class rock 'n rollers right now, especially if you factor in her age or breed--that is, riot grrrls, or riot anyone, who want the world and have the confidence, wit and sound t ... More >>
Why the British love the Scissor Sisters more than we do
Declining to pogo in place, lady-led locals rise above the clouds