Two Naked Cowboys, one Spanish-speaking SpongeBob, a headless Hello Kitty, and an ersatz version of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" all vie for attention on a teeming, muggy, late-summer Times Square afternoon. Unbeknownst to the masses, though, the coolest cartoon character of all is dining on s ... More >>
Manslaughter will put Ice-T's group back on the metal map.
Desmond* has been a weed courier on and off for almost four years. He's in his mid-twenties now, but he was still in college when he heard about the opportunity through a classmate. He works three days a week, and makes, on average, 15 deliveries a day. If he makes more than 20, he gets a free bag. ... More >>
Today marks the 30th anniversary of Van Halen's 1984. Let's put that in perspective: Twice as much time has passed between today and the release of 1984 than between 1984's release and the moon landing (the 20th century's other crowning achievement). It was Van Halen's most commercially successful a ... More >>
Believe it or not, it's now been 20 years since Mighty Morphin Power Rangers premiered, changing the way '90s kids saw the world by combining teen drama with dinosaur robots. It also introduced a generation to the power of electric guitars as the show's immortal "Go Go Power Rangers" theme has becom ... More >>
Thursday night, veteran rhymesmith and mic controller LL Cool J leads the charge of hip-hop's all time greats, including Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul, for a night of rap royalty at Roseland Ballroom. While Mr. Cool James has given us over 25 years of undisputed rap classics, he's also been ... More >>
Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this week, in no particular order.
Who the hell needs real bands when there are so many great fictional ones? Here's some of the best -- our list goes to 11, of course: See also: Top 10 Concert Films to See Before You Die
Get acquainted with a Turkish lute master
"I've always thought of myself as a fairly sane person, but chronicling this experience is kind of making me wonder why." Those are the last words Theresa Smith, guitar player in one of New Jersey's best bands, Home Blitz, has to say on her bizarre, year-long decent into obsessively analyzing one of ... More >>
Cast In Concrete tracks Vijith Assar as he records New York City's street musicians. If you'll be busking nearby soon and would like to appear in a future installment, please let him know. Who: Scott Stenten Where: Grand Central Terminal, Graybar Passage When: November 10th, 2011, around 9 p.m. I ... More >>
The Women's Music Summit is a two-day conference at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian where accomplished players like Marnie Stern, Melissa Auf Der Maur, and Meshell Ndgeocello will lead master classes, jam sessions, roundtables, and opportunities to connect, and it's scheduled to take place on Aug ... More >>
The first time I saw Van Halen perform live, the band was colloquially known as Van Hagar. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony had just reunited with their second frontman Sammy Hagar to promote a greatest-hits package titled Best of Both Worlds; I bought f ... More >>
After all the lousiness and anger and general grey clouds that persisted throughout 2011, I've decided to adopt a more cheerful outlook for 2012because in the face of a crumbling world, not to mention a thousand pounded-out posts and anonymous commenters screeching that 99% of everythi ... More >>
This week in Internet news that should up the online world's overall quotient of "bozedy bozedy bop"s: David Lee Roth has joined Twitter and Facebook. So far all that the accounts have on them is a lot of teaser text and a link to the Van Halen singer/former radio host's official site, but a look at ... More >>
A country star critics can love, with Obama-era tendencies Music Row can tolerate
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Vince Aletti on Jackson's Thriller in 1982. E.T as Mr. Entertainment 'Michael Jackson: intense fame, dreams of flying, and a paranoid undertow' By Vince Aletti Dec. 14, 1982 Michael Jackson, who has been "touring, singing, dancing" ... More >>
--Eddie Van Halen is suing Nike, alleging the company copied his red, black and white "Frankenstrat" guitar design in the design of their new "Dunk Lows" sneakers. The federal lawsuit contends Nike is doing "irreparable harm and damage" to Halen's signature guitar. The guitarist sort of already did ... More >>
Holy shit. Credit where credit's due to Idolator for availing me of Assteroidz, a fully functional arcade version of Asteroids wherein you fire bullets out of David Lee Roth's crotch so as to blow up Van Halen logos, giant Eddie Van Halen heads, and enormous hamburgers. Sound FX are provided by th ... More >>
No more governor, so it's full speed ahead with Valerie Bertinelli and Kerry Butler
Charting the genesis of the seething On the Corner across six sprawling discs
Why can't this be love?
Jensen didn't have a camera, so this was this night before at the Parish. If we had a copy of PhotoShop, we'd play paperdoll and give him a new shirt. Perry Farrell at Stubb's, Austin, Texas Date: Friday, March 17 Better than: Seeing Nuno Bettencourt play with Extreme Rating: 6.7 Stalking. Shimmyi ... More >>