Elliott Sharp hits Roulette
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By Elliott Sharp On August 2, 2010, less than two months after the metal band Early Graves released its second album, Goner, the San Francisco five-piece was en route to a Reno, Nevada, gig when vocalist Makh Daniels died in a van accident. After nearly one year of silence, they played some shows w ... More >>
Saxophone giant Tim Berne is one forward-thinking renegade who started altering the landscape of jazz in the mid-1970s by wielding his horn and, in a show of then-unheard of DIY vision, launched his own record label. A late bloomer, Berne didn't pick up a sax until his very late teens but upon his ... More >>
A guitar tribute to the late Derek Bailey
Face off at the Japan Society
Brian Chase (l) and Alan Licht (r) perform at Kenny's Castaways on June 23. Second Annual Undead Jazzfest Kenny's Castaways, Sullivan Hall, (le) poisson rouge, The Bell House, Littlefield, CrossFit Gym, Homage Skateboard Training Facility Thursday, June 23 through Saturday, June 25 Better ... More >>
Elliott Sharp turns 60
Michael Gira's legendary noise punk crew Swans announced their reunion back in January, and with guitarist Norman Westberg on board (no Jarboe, alas), Gira seemed to be promising the return of the ferocious, '80s vintage of his band, rather than gothy, whispery, horror-house '90s version. Thi ... More >>
A Benefit for Tuli Kupferberg St. Ann's Warehouse Friday, January 22 Nothing crystallizes the identity politics lurking somewhere near the core of pop music quite like benefit and tribute concerts, where donor acts reconstruct the beneficiary in their own image, often to revelatory - or, nearly a ... More >>
People, your computer is no place to start 2010
Photo of Carsick Cars at Glasslands by Rebecca Smeyne PK-14, Xiao He, Carsick Cars Glasslands Friday, November 6 Nearly two years ago, while following Brooklyn's spasmodic noisemakers Ex-Models on a tour through the imperial city of Beijing and Shanghai for a magazine article, I got a taste ... More >>
Remembering a notorious East Village murder
Kicking the crap outta codification
Eric Bogosian reads Art Spiegelmans moving work