After watching Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard belt her way through "Hold On" and "Always Alright" on Saturday Night Live, I did what I always do--peruse Twitter to see what people have to say about SNL's musical guest--and CHRIST that was an infuriating exercise. In a perfect world, Howard's glorio ... More >>
A swirl of gritty, psychedelic guitars and screaming fans with their hands raised to the heavens isn't what you typically think of when you hear gospel. But Dallas-bred group the Relatives have no concern about your or anyone else's preconceived notions of the Lord's music. They weren't concerned in ... More >>
When My Morning Jacket play live, they tend to come off as an elemental force. They play three hours, paradoxically leaving you wanting more and leaving you absolutely spent. MMJ gives everything live, but also requires a lot of you, pulling you through blissed-out calms into twisting, peaking jams ... More >>
Country music has never had a simple relationship with Mexico. While outlaws like Waylon Jennings once warned that there "ain't no God" on the other side of the border, Tim McGraw more recently took the opposing position, suggesting that God in fact created the country, but only as a place for trapp ... More >>
Tonight, at 10 P.M., you can see the Dirty Projectors live. They're playing here in town, in support of their just-released new album, Swing Lo Magellan, at Music Hall of Williamsburg. If you didn't get a ticket, or just don't feel like leaving your apartment, you can cruise over to the YouTube home ... More >>
The Great GoogaMooga
Sunday, May 20
Better than: Eating anything in my fridge.
Vineland. Field Day. All Points West. New York is littered with the acrid corpses of past festivals, a perpetual tease giving hope to the most jaded music fan that maybe this year, someone will get it righ ... More >>
Summer might not semi-officially start until next weekend, but our fair city is getting a head start on jamming the schedule with as much music as possible. This weekend there are at least seven multi-musician extravaganzas happening in New York and New Jersey. Which one is most right for you? Our h ... More >>
Consider this six-pack of rock acts: Siouxsie and the Banshees, Big Audio Dynamite, the Psychedelic Furs, U2, R.E.M. and Julian Cope.
My dream Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Not quiteit's a list of the first six artists to go to No. 1 on the chart Billboard launched in the fall of 1988, then call ... More >>
Check out more photos from the show.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Thursday, April 5
Better than: Recounting the Ten Plagues at a seder.
"Insides Out," Dr. John's three-week residency at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, presents fans seeking a single ticket with a dilemma. Last week's Louis ... More >>
One recent trend in pop music has seen a number of old souls producing albums by the young at heart. Gospel goddess Mavis Staples's latest album, 2010's You Are Not Alone, was produced by Wilco wunderkind Jeff Tweedy; rockabilly vet Wanda Jackson's The Party Ain't Over, released in 2011, was oversee ... More >>
This morning brought the announcementbut few other detailsof a new New York music festival: Great GoogaMooga, brought to you by Bonnaroo/Outside Lands promoters Superfly and scheduled to feature music as well as "chefs, restaurateurs, purveyors, and wine and beer makers from New York." ... More >>
My Morning Jacket w/Band of Horses
Madison Square Garden
Wednesday, December 14
Better than: The other bands on the Bonnaroo roots-jam circuit.
I sometimes imagine the young Kentucky rock fan who would one day name himself Jim James surfing the internet in the late '90s (we called it surfing bac ... More >>
Ben LozovskyCMJ Day Two: Inc., Twin Shadow, Main Attrakionz
Better than: Being Robert Smith's makeup artist.
As much as CMJ can raise the profile of an unknown or unsigned artist, it must really be an ego boost for more established emerging talent. Bands with a buzzed-about debut and a suc ... More >>
Megan Morris/FlickrEach one of these tents? FULL OF DRUGS. "Officially, Bonnaroo forbids drugs. Unofficially, all kinds of drugs were as easy to find as the ice cream. Marijuana was most prevalent. As at many festivals and rock concerts, the usual laws seem not to apply; transactions that cou ... More >>
photo by Nate "Igor" SmithDidn't even have to resort to Google Image Search for this.
Fresh off their miraculous return to New York City, Insane Clown Posse are already gearing up for this summer's 12th annual Gathering of the Juggalos. "We're gonna outdo last year," threatened Violent J when we s ... More >>
"Encyclopedias of rock, rap--I see them all the time at the bookstore. Like, when you look at the 'I's and you get to the 'In's and you see 'Incubus,' just to see our name included in there would be so cool."
Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. . . on a boat.
It's been since six months a certain Village ... More >>
Neil Young/ Bert Jansch
Avery Fischer Hall
Sunday, April 24
Better than: Easter dinner with your two guitar-playing grandfathers.
As the crowd of Neil fans sorted themselves out at Lincoln Center, there was a bit of murmuring when opener Bert Jansch took the stage. For all their knowledge of Neil' ... More >>