On a recent morning in Crown Heights, we met Roberto Carlos Lange, the Brooklyn by way of Miami master who makes music under the moniker Helado Negro and whose latest album, Invisible Life, was released on Asthmatic Kitty earlier this month. It's his most collaborative album to date -- with appearan ... More >>
Devendra Banhart really, really wants you to dance.
With "Golden Girls," the lead-off track on Mala, which dropped on Nonesuch Records this week, he implores the listener to do just that: Banhart hypnotically chants "Get on the dance floor" as the flames from a steady burn of strings and crashing c ... More >>
The Governors Balltaking place at Randalls IslandJune 23 and 24has added another headliner to its lineup, which is already led by the likes of Passion Pit, Beck, and Fiona Apple. Kid Cudi, the recently alt-rock-water-testing rapper from Chicago, will play on Saturday, which will also h ... More >>
The 2012 running of the Governor's Ball, which debuted last year as a single-day festival, will be bigger and bolder than its inaugural outing. Held this June 23 and 24, the festival is moving to Randall's Island, expanding to two days from one, and hosting Beck (playing his first NYC show since 200 ... More >>
Swans are an NYC institution that should justly get handed the same props and congratulatory pats on the proverbial back Sonic Youth has collected in perpetuity. Michael Gira, the ringleader of Swans, Angels of Light, and Young God Records, has trudged along in the city's ever-ch ... More >>
This man may or may not be running an organ farm. Credit: Michael Becker/FOX.Midway through tonight's Nashville-set American Idol audition show, there's a mid-montage moment where some big gumpy white guy is singing "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," and all three judges are singing along at the top ... More >>
The Pixies, their generation's nostalgia-pimping gold standard. Photo by Jared GruenwaldIn this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla goes in for some belated nostalgia with the Pixies and Doolittle, Drew Hinshaw compares sexual pervert artistes R. Kelly and Devendra Banhart, Jason Buhrmester re ... More >>
Verily, the great Pixies Dolittle run begins tonight at Hammerstein Ballroom and runs through Wednesday. "Tame" is gonna be awesome. Stubhub is your only friend for the first three shows, but the fourth -- that 1 a.m. Wednesday night/Thursday morning deal, is still attainable. And even if tha ... More >>
So even Devo now is into this play-a-classic-album-in-its-entirety thing: They're at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza Friday (Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!) and Saturday (Freedom of Choice). Have the courtesy to let that part of the setlist run out at least before you start hootin' and holle ... More >>
Our Dylan, in action.
So this is making the rounds lately, and aside from that first quote (the first line of the piece, following a please-young-people-don't-kill-me disclaimer), key sentiments include:
* "Three stages were surrounded by hipsters, and for a short while I actually hung out with D ... More >>
Recently, rock photographer Lauren Dukoff released Family, a collection of photography which, among other things, chronicles the photographer's long friendship with Devandra Banhart. The book also presents Dukoff's portraits of Vetiver, Bat for Lashes, Joanna Newsom, and other musicians/artists/frie ... More >>
Davy Rothbart's third and latest Found book--Requiem For A Paper Bag: Celebrities & Civilians Tell Stories of the Best Lost, Tossed & Found Items From Around the World--stars a fantastically intricate cover by former Voice illustrator M. Wartella (left), and the happenstance discovery stories of fo ... 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 >>