Here are the 10 best concerts this weekend, in no particular order.
These are the best metal shows in NYC this month. See also: The Ten Best Metal Albums of 2012
Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, Deftones' sold out show tonight at Terminal 5 has been canceled. (A new date, says the band's management, will be announced soon.) The California alt-metal (whatever that means) outfit drops its seventh studio album, Koi No Yokan, on November 13. Following last year's supe ... More >>
Better Than: Watching Titanic while "I'm sailing away / Set an open course for the virgin seas..." (sung by South Park's Cartman, of course) runs through your head. Setting sail for a metal show on the not-so-open seas, concessions must be made. Booze du nuit: Seven (Seagram's) and Seven's (7-up), ... More >>
Offering a master class in outperforming a storm
This week in the Voice, out today, Graham Rayman chronicles a Corrections Department jail con, which has resulted in investigations for "falsifying reports, beating inmates, and violating department regulations." In food, Robert Sietsema heads to Hazar, a Turkish newcomer in Bay Ridge, and finds th ... More >>
Not to be one of those people who talks about the weather, but has this summer's concert-going season seemed sorta... washed out to you? Multi-day festivals from Lollapalooza to Catalpa to Pitchfork have been plagued by rain delays, and other outdoor concerts have been similarly doused. Shows at the ... More >>
Ah, the summer, the time of year when one can enjoy a concert in the glorious out of doors. This morning Live Nation announced the full lineups for its two local amphitheatersthe PNC Bank Arts Center in bucolic Holmdel, N.J. and the Jones Beach Theater, out on the South Shore of Nassau County ... More >>
If you can snag this, congratulations, you've won. Saturday marks the fifth annual Record Store Day, the celebration of all things indie, vinyl, and limited edition-slash-noble ploy to get customers through the doors of the music stores still standing in the spring of 2011. It's basically the ... More >>
But don't look for that persona-grooming bassist
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Brooklyn trio The Library Is On Fire is a straightforward, all-thrills, unpretentious alt-rock blast--a band that understands the perfect balance between noise and melody. It helps that frontman Ste ... More >>
Emo-metal extravaganza opts for spectacle over substance
Like the Sweet Song of a Choir You Light My Morning Sky With Burning Love Like Blood
Corporate Rock-Hack Bands Nobody Over 20 Ever Heard of Rule America
Sad Emo-Punk Boys Pull on Strings, Unravel Sweaters, Shiver Til Spring
Six of these 12 picks recast known compositions, and only two of the six are in the rock tradition. But I did find one medium-obscure alt band worth writing about. One.