Better Than: The Adventurers Down Under. "Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!" the audience chanted as keyboard crooner Chet Faker ambled onstage at Webster Hall, and what would have been your run-of-the-mill Wednesday night shitshow suddenly turned into Australia Night. Both Faker (whose real name is ... More >>
John Grant is approaching his life honestly. In the lyrics of his latest solo album Pale Green Ghosts, the former frontman of The Czars sings about being an openly gay man who is also HIV positive. Grant was in town last week for a show at (Le) Poisson Rouge, and though our conversation veered into ... More >>
Better Than: Watching Elvira host Count Yorga, Vampire. It's always Halloween at a Rob Zombie and/or Marilyn Manson show. So when the reasonably dynamic, formerly dueling duo infiltrated New York a few weeks prior to the Pagan-ish holiday, it was hard to tell whether the crowd was in costume or str ... More >>
This month, to celebrate the Internet's unbridled love for wallowing in nostalgia and even greater relishing of talking about why certain cultural artifacts are horrible, Sound of the City presents First Worsts, a series in which our writers remember the first time... they ever hated a song enough t ... More >>
The Great GoogaMooga Prospect Park Sunday, May 20 Better than: Eating anything in my fridge. Vineland. Field Day. All Points West. New York is littered with the acrid corpses of past festivals, a perpetual tease giving hope to the most jaded music fan that maybe this year, someone will get it righ ... More >>
Avicii Lavo Saturday, January 21 Better than: Sensory deprivation. Anthropologically it was worth it; logistically a lot less so. Arriving to Lavo, on East 58th Street, at 11:45 on Saturday night is risky enoughit's a high-end bottle-service superclub, the kind dance snobs tend to a ... More >>
I arrived at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre last night for the promised taste of Ghost The Musical -- based on the hit 1990 movie about the potter, the potted plant, and the pot smoker -- and immediately scooped up a pretty blue drink sitting on a tray. "That's the Unchained Melody," explained t ... More >>
The Black Eyed Peas The Great Lawn, Central Park Friday, September 30 Better than: Being kettled. Before Friday's Central Park show, the latest Black Eyed Peas news involved the group's announcement that they would be joining Christina Aguilera, Smokey Robinson, and Cee Lo Green on stage at a Mich ... More >>
Stevie Nicks comes to Jones Beach
Santiago FelipeKylie Minogue Hammerstein Ballroom Monday, May 2 Better than: Wearing sweatpants and sitting on the couch. Let's get this out of the way: The Hammerstein Ballroom is a great room for spectacles. Some of the best shows I've seen in New York have been there, and all of them--P ... More >>
Plastic Beach loads up on guest stars and gravitas
Relics of better, more mirrored times, these disco balls can be yours for the starting bid of $1,000. The woman, swaddled in ankle-length furs and trailing two sullen pre-teens in her considerable wake, bustled up to the reservationist's lectern in Tavern on the Green's entry way. "We want t ... More >>
Pink air! Origami irony! Writers on the albums (and songs) that shaped them.
And other whore stories in post-crackdown clubs. Then, suddenly, a Pygmalion-like transformation.
Moby, Q-Tip, and a bunch of a dudes on a bench bring a little bit of L.A. to the LES
Or, I hear what you're saying, but what exactly do you mean?
An ecstatic, tear-bursting evening in Björk's pagan gospel church
In which an American Idol runner-up tops it all by blow-drying his chest
(Or, Some Songs That Won't Really Make It All Better, But Might Help Get You Through the Next Hour)
Baltimore Breakbeat House Trax Are the New Everything
NYC Rocks Down to Electro Avenue