It seemed something like a miracle back in 2005 when psychedelic-rock pioneer Roky Erickson -- who plays Bell House in Brooklyn tonight -- took the stage at the Austin, Texas eatery Threadgill's, returning from decades of crippling mental illness and a hermit-like existence that had him pegged as Am ... More >>
The Beach Boys
Wednesday, May 9
Better than: You were almost definitely expecting.
Yes, John Stamos introduced them. And, yeah, they filed onstage, called out one by one by their bandleader in true showbiz style while the backing musicianstwice as many as original members ... More >>
Beach Boys YouTube wormholes can take many paths, from sunshine-draped reveries to sudden decisive turns towards the seriously depressing. But no clickbait-enhanced listicle of questionable Mike Love sartorial/dance/aesthetic moves, horrifying Brian Wilson zombie moments, made-for-TV movies, or John ... More >>
Last week Billboard published the Hot 100 chart covering the post-Super Bowl week, and unsurprisingly the most notable leap on the chart was made by a song featured on the telecast. The surprise was that it wasn't "Give Me All Your Luvin'," Madonna's new single, performed during her halftime show pe ... More >>
via Cats Who Look Like SkrillexWill this cat win Best New Artist?Welcome to Sound of the City's liveblog of the 54th Annual Grammys, coming to you live from a couch in Astoria. There are quite a few questions lurking around tonight's ceremony. Will Adele sweep the three major categories in wh ... More >>
Below are more excerpts from my late May interview with Brian Wilson that served as the basis for this week's cover story. We talked about his thoughts on this year's release of the long-delayed Smile, the unpleasant memories of its creation, reuniting with collaborator Van Dyke Parks after 4 ... More >>
Brian Wilson's interview with the Voice's Stacey Anderson will appear in our June 8 issue, just in time for his sold-out residency at Highline Ballroom June 11-13. During the shows, the reclusive genius will perform last year's album of George Gershwin standards, Brian Wilson Reimagines Gers ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.
Brooklyn's Sundelles write the kind of enormous pop songs that want to liberate themselves from the shackles of their recording equipment--think grungy early Beatles, the most ecstatic Jonathan Richman ... More >>
Dr. Conrad MurrayJust ten days before Michael Jackson's death, Dr. Conrad Murray sent a letter to patients in his clinics in Houston and Las Vegas, telling them he was leaving his practices to serve as personal physician for Michael Jackson on his 50-date This Is It London run, calling it "a ... More >>
Rob Trucks's "Possibly 4th Street" expositions, in which he invites musicians to perform live and impromptu somewhere in New York City, run intermittently here at Sound of the City.
The Explorers Club plays the Mercury Lounge, February 5 and the following night at Maxwell's in Hoboken.
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