Lee Ranaldo & Steve Shelley w/Yo La Tengo, "Mote" Yo La Tengo: Hanukkah Shows Maxwell's December 20-27 Better than: Christmas. Hanukkah doesn't technically end until sundown Wednesday, but Yo La Tengo unplugged their electric menorah at Maxwell's last night, just after a post-midnight sign-of ... More >>
The benefit Le Poisson Rouge hosted last night for Tall Dwarfs frontman and New Zealand rock godfather Chris Knox, who suffered a devastating stroke last summer, raised over forty thousand dollars within days of tickets going on sale; last night, a big part of the reason for that windfall took the ... More >>
The six-hour benefit for underground New Zealand songwriter Chris Knox at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday was indie-fundraising done right: all-star jams that made sense, meaty set lengths, a thoroughly worthwhile lineup, decidedly fan-oriented ticketing, and a stunning marquee name to sell out the r ... More >>
Salute. Photo by Sam Horine.In the week we finally got to unleash the initial Siren Festival details on the world (July 17! 10th anniversary! Matt & Kim, Ted Leo, Surfer Blood, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Harlem! Totally free!), we celebrated Cinco De Mayo like Anna Wintour, Pharrell, a ... More >>
Having learned about Pusha T's badass grandma (not to mention that Rambo-themed pizza joint) yesterday, you can better appreciate NYC tour guides/coke rap extraordinaires Clipse tonight at Highline Ballroom. For obvious moral support, Ninjasonik will also be there, "squeezing into tight pants and ... More >>
How many songs will Jeff Mangum do?
One of Fabolous' 23 victims. (Note: number is approximate.)Well, we survived another April Fool's Day, a/k/a the worst Internet day of the year, casting aside this year's wan hoaxes and getting to the good stuff: Fucked Up, sued by an energy-drink juggernaut for bad-mouthing SXSW? Hilarious! ... More >>
Which is to say that the May 6th show, featuring Yo La Tengo, the Clean, Jeff Mangum, and a bunch of other people is way beyond sold out--even at $75 per ticket. The indie start-up for indie start-ups, Kickstarter, hosted the bidding, and you can still give money there--as little as a dollar- ... More >>
CREDITMangum: last spotted at Elephant 6's Surprise Tour in 2008Mr. Mangum will just be playing "a very short acoustic set" on May 6, according to Pitchfork. But please don't start freaking out. "It's not the start of a comeback," his publicist tells P4K. Mangum's appearance is, rather, an altruisti ... More >>
The latest on Chris Knox, the New Zealand songwriter and Flying Nun affiliate who suffered a debilitating stroke in June: He's at home, as he has been for some time. It seems he's making music again, as Tall Dwarfs, though he's not yet speaking--"He wanted me to do an edit of a song loop down ... More >>
After a series of somewhat excruciating updates--hand signals, the occasional word, learning to write again--Chris Knox's blog has a bit of good news: Knox is out of the hospital. Nothing guitarist Roy Martyn writes that Knox is "in good spirits today in his new place of abode"--great to hear, consi ... More >>
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 >>
Pink air! Origami irony! Writers on the albums (and songs) that shaped them.
Brooklyn's Woods, who put out records on Woodsist alongside the similiarly lo-fi Vivian Girls, Wavves, et al, have a new video out for "To Clean," an ace, Flying Nun-reminiscent track off their newest, April's Songs of Shame. The video is sort of needlessly epileptic/terrifying, but there's someth ... More >>
Very sad news: Chris Knox, one of the crucial figures behind the New Zealand lo-fi titan label Flying Nun, has apparently suffered a stroke. Details are scant, although that hasn't stopped any number of Kiwi media outlets from speculating. Meanwhile, his family and friends are maintaining and upd ... More >>