The Kaufman Music Center's Ecstatic Music Festival began last weekend, and it runs through March. The performers, which include Deerhoof, Julia Holter, Laurel Halo and the JACK Quartet, were selected because they occupy the "fertile terrain between classical and popular music." Among these so-called ... More >>
By Katherine Turman
Mike Watt is a jack of all trades, and master of most. Since founding hardcore punk legends Minutemen in 1980 and contributing the phrase "We Jam Econo" to the cultural lexicon, the bassist and "spieler" has added much to America's left-of-center musical landscape. From the two- ... 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.
As the second half of August wrings the last drops of sweat from us, it's important to make the most of the time we have left before fall makes us feel like we have to go b ... More >>
Starring, Dustin Wong & Dan Friel, White Out, PC Worship
Saturday, July 7
Better than: Next week's Crimson ProjeKct appearance, perhaps?
It may have ended with a dazzle, but this Northern Spy Records-curated night of intriguingly difficult music did not commence auspiciously, at least for ... More >>
For the past three decades, the flannel-flyin' and econo-jamming godhead Mike Watt has staunchly adhered to his and late, great best friend and fellow Minuteman D Boon's credo "punk is whatever we made it to be while projecting an air of sincerity that is just plain righteous. And in all of Watt's p ... More >>
In a recent tweet responding to a follower's assertion that he was a celebrity, the drummer and head Root Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson demurred, claiming he was merely "a personality." The follower had a point, though; according to a website devoted to Quest's blogs about meeting famous people, for in ... More >>
The Go! Team
Tuesday, April 12
Better Than: Trying to go anywhere in the spring monsoon taking place outside.
The pre-show soundtrack of Motown, Stax, and the Beastie Boys was a hint: The Go! Team's show on Tuesday was not going to be your run-of-the-mill indi ... More >>
Talibam! with Sam Kulik
The ubiquitous brainiacs behind Brooklyn's maniacally creative and hilarious duo Talibam!--beardo keyboards squelcher Matt Mottel and bizarro drums wizard Kevin Shea--are airing out their gripes, sort of, as they chill in their Wall Street studio at the Swing Space, an under ... More >>
2010 was not a particularly pleasant year for venue/police relations -- see Market Hotel or Santos Party House -- and 2011 unfortunately got off on the wrong foot immediately. Ridgewood Masonic Temple, the pretty great Bushwick spot that hosted shows last year by Sleigh Bells, Das Racist, Lightni ... More >>
On Sunday afternoon, FIFA will crown the 2010 World Cup winner. At that very same time, Jelly NYC will be hosting its first Pool Party of 2010. To immerse yourself locally in the World Cup final experience, all you need is a football-friendly liquor-licensed establishment, a large-screen TV, and t ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.
Listening to Brooklyn's Boogie Boarder is like chugging a tall boy filled with all the fun parts of noise-rock--with none of the actual noise. That means hand-drawing cute animals on the 36-page zine yo ... More >>