Cruise through this index of the Voice's top ten albums from 1971 through 2013, according to its annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, started by Robert Christgau. The poll has run every year since '71, except for a three-year hiatus after that first year. The prominence of legacy artists on the inaugu ... More >>
It began during Grammy Week. The members of Gov't Mule had convened in L.A. to see one of their own, frontman Warren Haynes, accept a Lifetime Achievement Award for his other band, the Allman Brothers. And while everyone was in town, they decided to jam out some new helpings of their signature brand ... More >>
So sang Elvis Costello in a blistering tune called "Tramp The Dirt Down," in which he excoriated the prime minister and said he can't wait to jump up and down on her grave when she finally dies.
Three chances to see Girls
Keep your fingers crossed for "Alison"
Welcome to my life, Weezy.So Lil Wayne is finally a free man. Perhaps a lonely free man, but a free man nonetheless. It's been a hell of a two weeks for the law around here, in all honesty. After last week's barrage of club closings, this week brought news of yet more: 171 Lombardy was raided ... More >>
No idea why he'd have cause to look so pissed last night.Elvis Costello New York Public Library Tuesday, November 2 Better Than: Following election results, that's for goddamn sure. One corny joke ("I hope you've brought back all your overdue books"), two old songs ("Blame It on Cain" and t ... More >>
An r&b icon transports Prospect Park to NOLA
That would be "Sing 'Hey Jude' in the East Room of the White House with Paul McCartney, Jack White, Dave Grohl (!), Jerry Seinfeld, Elvis Costello, your wife, and a whole bunch of other people on an evening when BP finally finished sawing through its own oil rig, thus dumping yet still more light ... More >>
That's Flansburgh on the rightJohn Flansburgh stands as the younger, more bespectacled half of They Might Be Giants, a Brooklyn-by-way-of-Boston band he has been playing in for more than half his life (Their latest album is Here Comes Science, their fourth children's album and 14th or so stud ... More >>
What's so funny 'bout bluegrass? Don't answer that.
So David Simon's post-Katrina New Orleans drama Treme premiered last night on HBO -- our comprehensive, local's-eye-view feature is here -- and though it might not be perfect (agree with this, for starters), it must be said that this is a music lover's dream: Wendell "Bunk" Pierce playing trombone ... More >>
It took braver men than us to sit through the entirety of the "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon--our taste for artist self-martyrdom/self-aggrandizement is minimal, and since we have no desire to talk to George Clooney or Stevie Wonder personally on the telephone by way of giving money to a desperatel ... More >>
If only AutoTune had existed back then. Starring Elvis Costello, Public Enemy, the Smiths, Shellac, NOFX, TMBG (!), and R.E.M. The "Alice in Chains are the new Doors" theory (during a discussion about the Dead Kennedys' "Triumph of the Swill") is particularly revelatory. Better sing now while you ... More >>
They have a beautiful new piece of art for every single, Ezra Koenig's voice was already weird and is getting artfully weirder, his ska ad-lib is better than Jay-Z's, his lyrics are ever more surreal, the band's playing three hometown shows in January that promise to relieve an unremittingly ... More >>
A venerable Brit-punk scales the Himalayas
Rock's modest man Nick Lowe enjoys new perks
The poetry of Gil Scott-Heron spoke for the wretched of the earth-- his concocted third-world revolution was fearsome enough to stand in for the real thing. Since denying the addictive properties of cocaine in 2001, the spoken-word artist has been in and out of prison on drug-related charges, resu ... More >>
The brainiest Elvis is honored . . . with T&A
In the week "I ain't shoot nobody in like...since the early 90's" irretrievably entered the American lexicon, we learned with some dismay that David Carradine very likely left this earth the hard way. And more grim news: Koko Taylor, 1928-2009. Live: Doves cry at Terminal Hall, Art Brut's second-ni ... More >>
Over at Jarvis Cocker's mostly-useless web site, there's a brand-new MP3 for registration-required download from his forthcoming second solo record Further Complications. It's called "Angela," it's about a 23 year old who makes 4.50 an hour, and it sounds like Elvis Costello reinterpreting Winger's ... More >>
Sound of the City roots for the home team and so does Impose Magazine's Jeremy Krinsley Amazing Baby, "Pump Your Brakes" I saw this first as an advertisement on subway walls, and it is probably the last format in which I will see it, but Elvis Costello has a show, and he's now announcing his pres ... More >>
SOTC roots for the home team. So does Impose Magazine's Jeremy Krinsley. More of Rebecca Smeyne's photos from the Diesel party here. Hey, so M.I.A. is preggers? Strangely, it was noted here last week first, prior to the photo evidence people apparently need to validate wild, gossipy claims. Thes ... More >>
Chris Baio is the one who doesn't look like Cha-Chi, also known as the one on the far left. A debut album, well-received. Stellar reviews. A world tour. The cover of Spin and a night as musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Outside of a couple hundred comparisons to Paul Simon's Graceland, the ... More >>
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists mingle rampant Europhilia with "American Girl"
Confused teens, confused thirtysomethings, and old jazz guys enjoying their dotage
Elvis Costello versus the Clash: Apocalypse-stick traces
Barroom gal's enticing shine transcends limited pub image
Jack and Meg Find a Little Place to Fight 'Em Off
Not Yesterday Once More