Better Than: Getting a note from a Secret Admirer In June 2004, Karen Orzolek told SPIN magazine: "The only reason I wanted to be on a major label was for people to hear 'Maps'... I knew it would be huge from the moment we wrote it. I am a fuckin' sucker for love songs." Now, almost a decade later ... More >>
After eighteen years at the forefront of online music journalism and criticism, Pitchfork has finally decided to cement itself as a purveyor of a quarterly print magazine. Last night, Pitchfork held a launch party for the third edition of its glossy imprint, The Pitchfork Review at Housing Works Boo ... More >>
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
Get ready to plug this in your bookmarks, iCals, sticky notes, and religious shrines, because the ultimate guide to free summer concerts 2014 in New York City is here! Seriously, scroll down and don't be stingy -- share with your friends. Concerts aren't fun without friends. We'll be updating this p ... More >>
Hear Dum Dum Girls at Mercury Lounge
Fans bleed for Frankie Rose. Sure, a zillion artists have that story—your small headlining tour includes a stop in the middle of nowhere, where three people come to see you play, one of whom cherishes your album like a religious text. But how many can say that devotee ignored a dripping head w ... More >>
At 10 years old, Captured Tracks founder and owner Mike Sniper was already doing business at the lunch table. "There was this kid who was really into heavy metal, and my sister gave me all her heavy metal tapes because she was getting into other stuff," he says. "I didn't like heavy metal, and she h ... More >>
Better than: Expected. Cat Power is unsmoteable. Not Giovanni Ribisi and his potentially Scientologist Welsh supermodel wife, or The Miami New Times' "less than stellar" review, or angioedema, or tour bankruptcy, or alcohol could get in the way of last night's performance at Terminal 5. Maybe her s ... More >>
Here are the ten best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.
Here are the ten best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
I'm turning 30 this year, and I'm looking for positive role models wherever I can. Do I have to start talking about insurance and mutual funds and Roth IRAs, or is there a way to grow up while holding my cool? For some advice, I turned to the 33-year-old Frankie Rose, who just released the outstandi ... More >>
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Frankie Rose premieres 'Interstellar' at the Knitting Factory
High up in the pantheon of bands that didn't get their due until now, the Gories spent the dead end of the college rock '80s and the birth of alternative rock early '90s in Detroit playing neither, instead opting for an amazingly feral pound-down of '50s booze-blues and '60s garage rock that made th ... More >>
The New England branch of the literary society PEN has announced that it's bestowing its inaugural award for outstanding achievement in song lyrics in February (hat tip: Dave Bry/Maud Newton). Lyrics from all stripes of popular music can, of course, be utterly banal, but they can also employ ... More >>
CMJ’s Music Marathon kicks into gear
Surfer Blood, who once upon a time was "just some band." Last month the CMJ Music Marathoncoming to the city's music venues from October 18 through 22announced the first batch of artists that would be playing next month's industry confab; that list included (among others) Neon ... More >>
Debbie AllenIn Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images. As New York problems go, this is not a bad one to have: there was so much good stuff going on Friday night that we wished we could clone ourselves. The B ... More >>
Alas. Crocodiles (left) had a show at Maxwell's in Hoboken tonight; Dum Dum Girls were set for Music Hall of Williamsburg with Frankie Rose and the Outs on November 1. Both shows/tours have been scrapped entirely, per a family emergency (Brandon Welchez from the Crocs and Dee Dee from the Dum ... More >>
After ditching three rising fuzz-pop bands, a Brooklyn fixture finds solace with her fourth
It has triggered a high-profile lawsuit, of course, but even before then, Vampire Weekend's blonde-in-a-Polo-shirt found-Polaroid-ish image for Contra was, like it or not, the most compelling and iconic album cover of the year, if now also the most expensive. Why, exactly, does a random photo ... More >>
The guys of Girls play with actual girls
Major Lazer with Skerrit Bwoy at Jelly's Carniville Our resident ninja photog Rebecca Smeyne spent her time at South By Southwest exploring the festival's badgeless margins--the shows anybody with a little creativity and a lot of patience could attend. From the party for Death Taxes Magazine wher ... More >>