Grimes w/Wild Nothing, DIIV
Hudson River Park/Pier 84
Thursday, August 9
Better than: Halloween.
Denizens of New York City know painfully well the dangers of the fabled "free show." Some have risen up against the tyranny of the Vans House Party and lost their lives evenings, while others have stru ... More >>
In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images.
This week, we packed up our paint and headed down to Austin for the annual hurricane of musical adventure that is South By Southwest. I feel both like I just got to the jam ... More >>
Debbie AllenIn Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images.
As New York problems go, this is not a bad one to have: there was so much good stuff going on Friday night that we wished we could clone ourselves. The B ... More >>
Cassie Ramone says hi. All photos by Georgia Kral.The Babies, Pygmy Shrews, and Unnatural Helpers
Monday, August 30
It's been a year since the Babies begged listeners to meet them in the city. In the time that's passed since, songwriters Cassie Ramone and Kevin Morby have toured ... More >>
Alex White, letting you know what her name is. All photos by Rebecca Smeyne.White Mystery, a duo compromised of Chicago garage insurgent Alex White and her younger brother (no White Stripes) came to town last night, paying forward the "Female Guitar Players Are the New Black" 2010 zeitgeist a ... More >>
Run Tila, run! Photo by Nate "Igor" Smith.In the week one of us went to the Gathering of the Juggalos and came back with what is increasingly looking like Stockholm Syndrome, we witnessed Tila Tequila (and Method Man) battle a pack of angry ICP fans and--shortly after she took her top off--lo ... More >>
The Vivian Girls. The Backstreet Boys. Both bands are on tour this summer; both have a penchant for wobbly harmony; both have experienced relatively recent line-up changes. For some, these coincidences wouldn't register, but for savvy Paper Magazine editor (and former Voice cohort) Elizabeth ... More >>
To review: Weezer's "Sweater Song" is your holy text; this howling, elemental singalong conducted by Titus Andronicus and the Vivian Girls's Cassie Ramone last night in Philadelphia will serve as your rites. That Titus's Patrick Stickles nails the solo note for note, and that he and Cassie are abl ... More >>
Oh, new the Babies track--"Breakin' the Law" is all kinds of vindication of a theory once advanced in these pages, namely that Vivian Girls frontlady Cassie Ramone and Woods bassist Kevin Morby "have a really appealing bad-karaoke rapport, not so much singing as cheerfully yelling at each oth ... More >>
Same place awhile back. Possibly same outfit.
Real Estate/The Babies
Tuesday, January 5
It's not until I explain to someone that tonight I'm going to see a band called Real Estate that I truly reflect on how ludicrous it is that a band called Real Estate exists. That is the anti-b ... More >>
"We were all singing the whole thing," is the not very edifying thing Cassie Ramone told us about this song when the Vivian Girls took us track by track through their new album last week. "I think it's the only song we're singing the whole way through." Noted! Sarcasm aside, "When I'm Gone" is sti ... More >>
(Clockwise): Drummer Ali Koehler, singer-guitarist Cassie Ramone, bassist Kickball Katy
This Tuesday, dirty-guitar-punk trio Vivian Girls released their sophomore album Everything Goes Wrong. Last spring, a day before they were to go on tour, as well as move out of their shared apartment, singer-gu ... More >>
This past fourth of July saw the live debut of the Babies, a new band featuring Woods bassist Kevin Morby, Vivian Girls guitarist Cassie Ramone, and Bossy's Justin Sullivan on drums. Their abbreviated set at a Market Hotel afterparty was duly YouTubed and scrutinized for clues, despite the m ... More >>
M. Ward and Vivian Girls
I suppose M. Ward has Zooey Deschanel to thank for his first ever gig at the Apollo Theater last night. Volume One, the debut record from She & Him--Ward's much-feted (and highly over-rated) collaboration with Ms. Deschanel--sold 123,000 copies, far mo ... More >>