We all love sad music. We love it when there is something about sad music we can relate to through our own sad personal life experiences. It is pleasant to listen to a song about heartbreak when your heart is broken. It is also pleasant to listen to a song about heartbreak when your heart is not bro ... More >>
A night of surprises with Chan Marshall
Better than: Expected. Cat Power is unsmoteable. Not Giovanni Ribisi and his potentially Scientologist Welsh supermodel wife, or The Miami New Times' "less than stellar" review, or angioedema, or tour bankruptcy, or alcohol could get in the way of last night's performance at Terminal 5. Maybe her s ... More >>
Here are the ten best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.
Soak up Cat power's rays
Welcome Cat Power back to the city
Are you a musician? Is your band having issues? Our new advice columnist, who we're going to call Fan Landers (a.k.a. Jessica Hopper), is ready to give you Real Talk about any problems your musical outfit might be havingwhether professional, practical, or sartorial. Send your problems to sotc ... More >>
Widowspeak try out some new ones
Gish-era Smashing Pumpkins: Reissued in 2011, so it counts! Reports from the holiday-party front indicate that 2011 was another long and lonely year for the fiction writers and memoirists of New York, who were kept company at home all day long mainly by various "internet friends" and related ... More >>
Put another dime in Cat Powers jukebox
Where, indeed. Hey, so the new Jane Pratt venture XOJane launched today! And one of the Sassy granddaughter's first music-related articles is Yet Another Thing About The Now Gingrich-Assisted '90s Fetishism Happening Right Now, in which Emily McCombs pleads, "Can the '90s Revival Include Fema ... More >>
Plus: Hall & Oates do the hits and redeem 'Jingle Bell Rock'
Emily Kokal (right) and Jenny Lee Lindberg, pulling you off the floor. Pics by Santiago Felipe, more below.Warpaint Webster Hall Wednesday, December 1 Better Than: Another night trapped in a space the width of your headphones, that's for sure. Warpaint live is a disconcerting experience. Th ... More >>
It's understandable, your depression/jealousy/irritation at not being physically present in Las Vegas this weekend for Matador Records' bizarrely elaborate Matador at 21 spectacle, featuring just about every major label act you could possibly desire unless you're, like, a die-hard Thinking Fe ... More >>
Composers score three silent films by Yasujiro Ozu
In which Cat Power is compared to Thomas Pynchon, and Bob Dylan's "I'll Keep It With Mine" echoes in the "abandoned gothic cathedral" of Nico's voice. Courtesy of the Washington City Paper. Who knew Lethem was an Animal Collective fan?
Juana Molina is no joke
Rock queens convene
"[Beware] was like getting cum out of a thirteen-year-old boy: easy as hell." Having a conversation with Will Oldham in an isolated corner-room in the Algonquin Hotel is a more pleasant experience than one might believe, if judged by his muted, frequently melancholy songs. But in person, Oldham d ... More >>
Booking Bands, where book titles and band names get mashed up. 'Everything but the Girl Is Illuminated' is pretty good; so is 'Lil' Romeo and Juliet.' Categories are helpfully provided: Dr. Seuss, Meet Dr. Octagon and Dr.Dre (sample: 'The Cat Power in the Hat'); Booking Indie Rock ('Breakfast of F ... More >>
You may have heard of the former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, Judith Kaye. But do you know the man who replaced her, Jonathan Lippman? Do you know he never practiced as an attorney, and barely served as a judge? So how'd he get appointed to this exalted position? Connections, baby -- chief ... More >>
On Chan Marshall's oddly prolonged, possibly unhealthy cover-song fixation
Go find something you like at the All Points West Festival
A conversation with Hong Kongs hottest director
Grab a date for this sexy double bill
Too much depression, not enough transcendence on another Cat Power covers album
Emperor reigns. J Mascis rocks. And Panda Bear goes all California.
Indie-rap fireplug El-P returns, as bombastically bleak as ever
Plunge into the archives of the Video Data Bank
Looking at you looking at them, two indie semi-icons call in the reinforcements
Jackie Farry and friends fuck cancer; filmmaker Scott Crary kills his idols
Fool for the Kitty
Lava Babys Lips Are Not Sealed