• Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Why New York Is More Punk Than L.A.

    Anyone with a half way decent record collection and half working brain knows New York City is the birthplace of punk. And I'm not trying to start beef here; I'm just trying to lay down some truth. This week our sister paper the L.A. Weekly ran a wrongheaded article, "Why L.A. Is More Punk Than New ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 25, 2013


    Revisit the past with street photographer Ricky Powell

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    The New York City of They Might Be Giants

    They formed here. They came up here. They've been mugged here. They've collectively eaten hundreds of pastrami sandwiches at Katz's here. They Might Be Giants are, through and through, a New York City band, one that's cut its teeth, had its gear stolen and inked its first record deal in its infancy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    The Oral History of NYC's Metal/Hardcore Crossover

    Excerpted from the book Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, published by It Books and available May 14 New York is a music mecca—the Brill Building, Broadway, street performers, subway buskers, the Metropolitan opera—but it's not known for its abundance of successful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    From Hesher to Hardcore: Lewis Dimmick on His New Book This Music

    In the early 80's, the phenomenon known as Hardcore Punk whipped through the U.S. like the pissed off, privileged child that it was. By the mid '80s though, most of the bands who coined the sound and term were either donning black and weeping or doing bad AC/DC impressions. There were also those who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Nada Surf Celebrate 20 Years With NYC Sold Out Homecoming

    If you can pay rent with the money you make doing what you love, you're lucky as hell--and this isn't lost on the guys of Nada Surf, who are celebrating the two loud and fast decades they've spent together making that dream a reality. "We really love playing together," says lead singer Matthew Caws, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Q&A: Milk'n'Cookies' Justin Strauss On The Band's History, The Powerpop Revival, And This Weekend's Reunion Show

    The collector-scum world can get disturbingly insular, curtains-drawn creepy, and far removed from, you know, fun. Which is why Jeremy Thompson's label Sing Sing Records and his brand-new book, Wired UP! Glam, Proto Punk and Bubblegum European Picture Sleeves 1970 - 1976, are a welcome blast of Pop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Live: Mamma Mia! Superchunk Bring The Heat To Times Square

    Superchunk, Duff McKagan's Loaded, Upper West, Zulu Wave Times Square Saturday, July 7 Better than: The matinee showing of Sister Act. Originally slated to play a headlining gig at Beekman Beer Garden as part of the CBGB Festival, word went out early last week that Superchunk instead would play ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Live: Guided By Voices Give A History Lesson At Central Park

    Guided By Voices w/The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Cloud Nothings Central Park Saturday, July 7 Better than: Sobriety in the sweltering heat. It's hard to place a band like Cloud Nothings. A group whose recent reputation brings them somewhere between saviors of guitar rock and late '90s emo revi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    How To Enjoy An Outdoor Concert On A Potentially 100-Degree Day Without Dying Of Heatstroke Or Sunburn

    Tomorrow is a big day for outdoor live music in New York City! The CBGB Festival is throwing a free show in Times Square with Superchunk, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the Hold Steady, and Seattle Weekly columnist Duff McKagan's Loaded; it's also sponsoring the SummerStage show at Central Park with Guid ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 4, 2012


    Guided by Voices play Central Park 
in tribute to an East Village landmark

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    CBGB Reborn, Sort Of: Here Is A Picture Of Its Georgia Stand-In

    Next week, the CBGB Festival will take over a bunch of clubs around New York City in an effort to honor the legacy of the onetime Bowery staple, but right now in Savannah, Georgia, a movie about the club's history is being filmed. Starring Alan Rickman as CBGB impresario Hilly Krystal and his Harry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Sick Of It All (16) Battles Talking Heads (8) As SOTC's March Madness Takes A Trip To CBGB

    ​Sound of the City's search for the quintessential New York City musician enters Round Two this week, with battles in the Round of 32 daily. Keep up with all the action here. Two CBGB staples from two different scenes, Talking Heads and Sick Of It All get in the Round of 32's pit as we try to det ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 1, 2012


    Explore the early works of Amos Poe

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Watch A 37-Year-Old Clip Of The Ramones At CBGB

    ​Via SOTC pal Will Hermes—whose new book about New York's music scene from 1973 to 1977, Love Goes To Buildings On Fire, comes out next week—here's a clip of the Ramones playing at CBGB sometime during the summer of 1974. (Hermes' blog has a ton of other archival footage from the p ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 28, 2011


    Downtown keeps on kickin'

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Jimmy Webb, Trash and Vaudeville Buyer, Speaks About the Old Neighborhood

    Esther Zuckerman​Jimmy Webb leads us out of Trash and Vaudeville -- the famed St. Mark's store where he works as buyer and manager -- to a spot across the street. Over the buildings he points to a white wall that has the word "Muerte" written in block letters at its top. That's where there use ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    The 10 Best NYC Clubs of All Time

    ​1) Studio 54. The be-all and end-all of '70s glitz and hedonism. A crazy salad populated with the bad and the beautiful. 2) Mudd Club. The anti-54, this divey new wave hangout on a side street in downtown's then-wasteland bred skinny ties, attitude, and sheer brilliance. 3) Area. A gigantic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Live: Tom Tom Club Do Their Pee-Wee's Playhouse Thing At Irving Plaza

    Try and guess the DJ's name. Pics by Rob, more below.​Tom Tom Club/Matthew Dear Irving Plaza Wednesday, January 12 Better than: A Heads reunion. Tina Weymouth: "A lot of you are too young to know this show, but it feels like Romper Room. "Chris Frantz: "This song is about all the cute little ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Q&A: White Zombie's Sean Yseult On The Band's Early Lower East Side Days: "It Was The '80s, And We Hated Everything"

    ​White Zombie had rules. One: no solo albums under their own names. So Sean Yseult -- the bassist in the NYC punk-metal monolith, led by growling frontman Rob Zombie, that slowly evolved from mid-'80s CBGBs punks to the '90s alterna-metal titans of "Thunder Kiss '65" and "More Human Than Human ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 13, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Announcing the First Annual "Worst Band Name In New York Award"

    When this isn't the cover of your single, but something that reasonably comes up in a Google Image Search for your band name, there is a problem. As much as we love local music, New York bands have a long, inglorious history of naming themselves totally stupid shit--romanticize the glory days of CB ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Week in Review: He Did? I Love It!

    Happy birthday, clowns. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne​In the week James Murphy finally squashed his beef with our own Michael Musto, we watched as another journalist-on-artist feud--M.I.A. vs. Lynn Hirschberg, who else?--heated up, adding an album cover, a response to a response to a response to a r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Week in Review: We Are A Viking Raiding Party of Good Will and Intention

    These Are Powers, Secret Project Robot, Confetti. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne​In the week that everybody finally went outside for the summer, we hung out on a few rooftops ourselves. Twin Sister? Rooftop. The SFNY party? Rooftop. Good Co.? BBQ, outdoors, ground floor. So yeah. The rain drove us in ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 16, 2010


    Green Day does showtunes

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Week in Review: Pajamas Are Pussified

    Kylie! Photo by Santiago Felipe.​In the week a tiny little boy named Falcon first captured America's heart and then threw up on that heart on live television and even rhymed about doing so in song, we swam feebly in the ocean of headlines involving both Michael Jackson and Paul Anka, DJ AM and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Week in Review: There's Only One Viable Avant-Garde Art Form Nowadays, And It's Called Indie Rock

    Sam Horine​In the week a Brooklyn indie-rock band either did or didn't kick a puppy in Prospect Park (sweat-soaked August news cycle, we see you), we amused ourselves making Rick Ross "Yo Mamma" jokes and watching rap panic take New York as 50 Cent did, and then didn't, shoot your grandmother. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Remembering the Good Old Days at CBGB with Pig Destroyer

    The now departed rock club CBGB has come in for some abuse around these quarters, it being mostly a repository for evermore decrepit punk nostalgia and incredible family/scene infighting of a remarkably bitter nature--plus the fact that half the club's bookings after like 1988 were battle-of-the-b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Week in Review: I've Never Seen So Many Sick Weirdos Gathered in One Place

    Rebecca Smeyne In the week one of us had to publicly defend himself against the crime of using the phrase "Fey Highwayman," we watched with amusement as close SOTC affiliate Christopher R. Weingarten became a viral video poster boy for the death of music criticism. Poetic choice of t-shirts, Chris! ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Today at the Voice and Voice Blogs

    The Voice looks at that other "Craigslist Killer" and his victim, Katherine Olson, slain in 2007 by a man advertising for babysitters near Minneapolis. Actually there have been a few so-called Craigslist Killers, including the one who recently murdered Julissa Brisman of Queens, and reporters Matt S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Heil! Heil! Heil! Reagan Youth Return

    If you feel disoriented at the prospect of enduring four years without a single Photoshopped picture of our national leaders in Gestapo outfits, then a dash of nostalgia might be just the ticket. Reagan Youth are back together! Reagan Youth hail from the primordial NY hardcore scene of 1980--too la ... More >>

  • Music

    December 3, 2008

    Gleefully Violent Hardcore Nostalgia Reigns at the A7 Reunion

    Old NYC scenesters go back to the shoebox

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008

    More from the Fucked Up/Rogan Store Debacle, Featuring the Vampire Weekend Dude

    Wow. Pics by Rebecca Smeyne, more below. I arrive at around 7:30, just as Pink Eyes, our still-shirtless, phenomenally hirsute frontman and ringleader, is announcing that Fucked Up will play a couple more songs and then kick everyone out for a half-hour or so just to 'air the place out," which fra ... More >>

  • News

    September 25, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 30, 2007

    A Tribute to Hilly in Glittter and Coke

    Some thoughtful fan left this tribute for Hilly in gold glitter and a substance that appears to be cocaine. The glitter got us thinking: What would really be nice is if someone spruced up a CBGB T-shirt with the BeDazzler. Here's a beautiful tribute to Hilly from Patti Smith's web site: HILLY KRI ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2007

    Mourning Hilly Kristal Part II

    Johnny brought his van down to CBGB one last time. For every eight Abercrombie & Fitch-wearing robots that walked by the former CBGB Wednesday afternoon oblivious to the fact that there was once a club on the Bowery called CBGB, about one person stopped and mourned Hilly. Louise Parnassa, a form ... More >>

  • News

    August 28, 2007

    Magical Musical Piss House

    CBGB regular Jesse Malin remembers the late Hilly Kristal

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2006

    Last Night at CBGB. Want to Cry?

    Fly Life columnist Tricia Romano sends pictures from the last call at CBGB, legendary punk club/mecca/memory on the Bowery. Didn't make the two-day wake? Catch the slideshow. After the jump, a preview of the lights, the kids, Patti Smith, and the nagging sense that you hadda be there. For now, a qu ... More >>

  • Music

    September 19, 2006

    Out of Step, Out of Time

    Black Flag, white guilt, blood-red noses collide in self-congratulatory American Hardcore

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005
  • Music

    October 4, 2005

    Preservation Scuzz

    Hey hey punky way: How CBGB and New Orleans increase a skeptic's respect for history

  • NYC Life

    May 3, 2005


    CBGB's landmark fight; East Village freaks, live and on film

  • Music

    December 9, 2003
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    September 24, 2002
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    November 20, 2001
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    October 30, 2001
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    May 1, 2001
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    March 23, 1999
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    January 12, 1999
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    August 25, 1998
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