A little over 40 years ago, I took a hit of acid one serene New York summer night, and went to see Bruce Springsteen for the very first time. My expectations were as high as I hoped to be, at around the same time Bruce and his band hit the stage. I hoped Bruce would leave me soul-shattered in the be ... More >>
This week we're adding a bit of fabulousness to your agenda. Partake in a night of Queeraoke (yes, that's exactly what it sounds like), party like a supermodel at Steven Kasher Gallery, and catch rousing dance performances by the lovely ladies of Victrola Burlesque. You're welcome.
New Jersey native Debra Rothenberg was 18 when she first photographed Bruce Springsteen in concert in 1980. (He was touring behind The River; she paid $30 for two scalped tickets that originally cost $8.50 each.) In the 33 years since, she has taken pictures of The Boss in concert at dozens of shows ... More >>
Around this time of year, a lot of music websites put up "Holiday Gift Guides." They're either earnest, and articulate, and full of enthusiastic suggestions for interesting items for the music lover in your life, or they're depressing corporate-sponsored flotsam and stand as a remarkably stark repre ... More >>
The funniest stars are all here
It’s ok to laugh at this Sandy fundraiser
Just as Kermit Ruffins sang "Sunny Side of the Street" with trumpet in hand, an early morning sun shone powerfully across North Rampart Street in New Orleans onto Congo Square. Two centuries ago, enslaved Africans and free people of color drummed and danced here each Sunday, exerting their right to ... More >>
In this week's Voice: I am generally underwhelmed by MDNA, the new album by Madonna; Brad Cohan talks to the resurgent Aussie pub-rock act feedtime; and Seth Colter Walls previews this spring's best music offerings, including Vijay Iyer, Bruce Springsteen, the Ende Tymes Festival, and Mary Halvorson ... More >>
When past and future collide, does the present win?
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 >>
Amy Winehouse passed away on July 23. In memory of the people, places, and things that passed away in 2011, here's a collection of links and streaming-video artifacts.
9. Hinder, "Born To Be Wild" 8. Lana Del Rey, "Born To Die"
New York Comedy Festival tortures us
Along The Watchtower, the debut novel by Constance Squires, is a story of an Army brat whose tumultuous upbringing was kept steady in part by her discovery of rock and roll. It's published Tuesday, and in honor of its impending release and the coming holidaydon't forget, Monday's Ameri ... More >>
manu_gt500/FlickrThe Big Man has left the building. Clarence ClemonsBruce Springsteen's main onstage foil for most of both men's careers, a tall, broad, black saxophonist whose unflappability contrasted physically and temperamentally with the small, feisty, white frontman to great comi ... More >>
The 2011 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Monday, March 14 Better Than: Whatever was happening at Death by Audio tonight that Bruce Springsteen didn't show up to, for whatever reason. First off, let's tell you what you want to hear: Tom Waits stole the show ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, Sean Fennessey plumbs the gorgeous nightmares of Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Zach Baron decodes Jay-Z's Decoded, Michael Robbins sorts through a goofy Bruce Springsteen reissue project, and Phillip Mlynar remembers slain Harlem rapper Big L.
via Gadling.comWhether you're the type of woman who hates tan lines or the type of dude who likes to ogle at people's chests, here's something to consider when you're planning your next beach vacation: a topless beach in New Jersey.
It feels good to be the Boss
This week's album chart has in its first two positions the two biggest stories in pop music last week. Once again, the pole position was assumed by Canadian teenager Justin Bieber, whose first full-length, My World 2.0, sold 92,000 copies--only the second time this year that the No. 1 album h ... More >>
In case you were living under a rock (or outside, with a healthy application of spf, we hope) this weekend, we've consolidated a handy list of what the past two days had to offer. Fear the office water cooler no longer! Read on for what's on the lips of all the popular kids:
You know, we actually have other shots of Chris, he just won't let us use them. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.As a guy who plausibly could claim he listened to more music than anyone in the last year short of Robert Christgau, 1000TimesYes's Christopher R. Weingarten seemed like the ideal guy to as ... More >>
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. America: A Tribute To Heroes was a true television feat--put together merely 10 days after the 9-11 attacks, presented without commercials on over 35 channels, raising millions of dollars for the families of WTC vict ... More >>
I became overwhelmed with hope after reading in Next magazine that superstar DJ Junior Vasquez is now 60 years old! It's inspiring that a sexagenarian can still spin from such a high perch! Between Junior and some other names they mentioned who are the same age, I can now cling to the possib ... More >>
Just a few hours after my fifth "when the hell is the new Battles record coming out?" conversation comes the answer: No idea, but you can hear scraps of it for the first time anywhere, as the press release boldly states, early in September at none other than Terminal 5. Brace yourselves for Warp20 ... More >>
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Robert Christgau's titanic 1984 piece on arena rock, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and the complicated place where all three meet. Working the Crowd By Robert Christgau August 21,1984 If you'd told me five years ago that I'd will ... More >>
A progressive hero celebrates the 9-0 with a few friends
"We always just wanted to be Fugazi, but people saw us otherwise." Thursday: Geoff Rickly is the one in the middle It's been almost a decade since Thursday released their breakout record Full Collapse, the album that launched the "post-hardcore" band into a major label contract with Island Records ... More >>
Awwwww cute. I have seen the past of rock 'n' roll, and his name is Bruce Springsteen. Most of the halftime-show chatter at the Super Bowl party I attended concerned the Boss' somewhat advance age and nonetheless clearly robust physical health -- the implausibility of those deep-knee bends, the r ... More >>
Thank God for awards season, which provides us with lists and glamor, both of which we're told readers like. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globules, which splits its best picture nominees into "drama" and "comedy or musical" categories, gives us The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ... More >>
Tucked away in the shade between two rows of cast-iron buildings at 76 Mercer Street stood Mayor Bloomberg, Billy Joel, and Clive Davis, all gathered on a temporary stage to announce that this would be the site of the New York annex of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The sign behind the trio read, â ... More >>
Everyone should see the Boss once. Maybe just once.
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