It's a tough time for music with a sense of humor. An earnest wave of boring indie bands has just tried to ruin CMJ (like they do every year), their beards matted with their own knob-slobber and playing the kind of music that wins first prize in a dick-shrinking contest. Then Hurricane Sandy left a ... More >>
The Song: Lana Del Rey, "Video Games."
The Crimes: Irritated-alley-cat vocals; overwrought harps; fundamental misunderstanding of whether or not ironic critique of male-female mores can exist in the Hipster Runoff age; this poor girl's right thigh.
In 2011 the phrase "Lana Del Rey" wasn't just the ... More >>
In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images.
What is it about the area around South 2nd Street and Kent Avenue that makes it a magnet for good D.I.Y. venues? Is it the tidal pull of the moon? Some type of harmonic con ... More >>
Rock The Bells: Ms. Lauryn Hill
Saturday, September 3
Better than: Lauryn Hill's performance at Rock the Bells last year.
Creating a classic album is a double-edged sword. Fans expect its songs to be performed the same way in perpetuity, regardles ... More >>
F2K10 is a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Track our progress here.
How to be a rock critic in 2010 in two steps:
1. Use the safety of the internet to laugh and point at people who look and act different than you.
2. When these people hit critical mass, proclaim them "secret gen ... More >>
And they're all by Ashley Dupree!
Kidding. They're in various parlors around town where eucalyptus and Enya simply aren't on the menu.
The stuff these joints do to your joints is basic, straightforward, and cheap, so just lie down, shut up, and prepare to be fingered.
From friend-of-SOTC and Fader boss Julianne Shepherd comes the deepest, most thoughtful piece yet on Queens' own gleefully deranged rap heroine Nicki Minaj, who explains somewhat her hurricane of goofy/lascivious voices:
"Anybody that knows me knows that I have a very, very bipolar persona ... More >>