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The iconic and staunchly independent label Thrill Jockey Records may be Chicago-based since the mid '90s, but its roots lie here in New York and along the grimy Path train tunnel where Hoboken stands. Two decades ago, L.E.S. resident Bettina Richards founded Thrill Jockey while working the rounds at ... More >>
Dave Shuford has been ingrained in the New York City soundscape for decades as part of the experimentalist collective mutants No Neck Blues Band, which ruled both downtown's now-departed avant-garde roost The Cooler and their Harlem practice pad the Hint House. In recent years, less activity on th ... More >>
Howlin Rain Brooklyn Bowl Wednesday, February 8 Better than: Any California jamband since Garcia died. A great rock guitarist needs a signature affectation. Ethan Miller's happens to be an abrupt upstrum that, combined with a backward stagger, probably makes him something of an onstage hazard to ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Brooklyn picker D. Charles Speer has spent years traversing various avenues of the transcendent -- he's been a member of art-folk avant-pileup No Neck Blues Band, Southern-fried strummers Suntanama, ... More >>
To take us back to the country, NY avant-garde vet spaces as far out as possible