Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>
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We all love action movies. There is no better way to escape from the brutal, sometimes flagrantly unfair world than to hunker down with a bunch of cool-looking people shooting each other. But sometimes our favorite action movies need something more. Perhaps a different selection of music will best e ... More >>
In wonderful news, Stevie Nicks recently revealed that her close friend and fellow lead songstress Christine McVie would be rejoining Fleetwood Mac for one song at two of their shows on the European leg of the band's reunion tour. McVie left in 1998 and, for Fleetwood fans, the news is not only surp ... More >>
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
Better Than: The idea of the band not reuniting this year at all. It begins with "Second Hand News" -- a song with a title and lyrics probably meant to be a self-deprecating nod to the reunion's time and place. It's an entire arena clutching their hearts along to songs that are older than I am and ... More >>
Here are the top 10 concerts around the city this week, in no particular order.
Here are the 10 best shows around the city this week, in no particular order.
Halloween on a Wednesday. It was a massive bummer before Sandy came and took a shit all over it. It makes sense if you've not yet picked out a costume. We've got some last minute, music-inspired costume suggestions. All of them are awful, maybe. But after all that's gone down these last few days, ex ... More >>
Cassandra (Tia Carrere): You've heard it? Wayne (Mike Myers): Exqueeze me? Have I seen this one before? Frampton Comes Alive?! Everybody in the world has Frampton Comes Alive. If you lived in the suburbs you were issued it. It came in the mail with samples of Tide. Wayne's World 2 (1993) Fo ... More >>
In case you haven't been paying attention to Sarah Palin's antics lately (in which case: good for you), she recently got mad on the Facebook and the Twitters about noted rapper Common Sense performing at a White House poetry event. Like everything Palin says, this is gross and wrong. She appa ... More >>
We spent Record Store Day choking and punching out mouth-breathing, acne-flecked nerdlingers, hoping to secure a copy of that Big Star test pressing. While squeezing the very life from a particularly frankfurtery collector's neck we noticed a rock critic or two peeking from the vinyl stacks, ... More >>
The week that was in music: "Weird Al" Yankovic made Lady Gaga blink. Beyoncé overloaded everyone's eardrums. Fleetwood Mac is in rock critics' comfort zone.
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Money, honey. The "Hallmark holiday for music nerds" festivities of Record Store Day are a little less than 36 hours past, and as predicted, the speculators and collectors were out in full force on Saturday. And some of them are already seeing returns on their waiting-in-line investments! eBa ... More >>
Recently, beloved friend-of-SOTC Rob Trucks (last seen chatting with the Big Star tribute crew and exploring Bob Dylan-centric Greenwich Village landmarks) published a book on Fleetwood Mac's Tusk, adding to the venerable 33 1/3 series the tale of the fraught, outrageously expensive, doggedl ... More >>
My favorite annual piece of fake American Idol suspense-building went down on tonight's episode. After they all sing, the contestants get divided into different rooms, and then the judges visit each room to tell everyone whether they made the cut or not. And it's never even remotely suspensef ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. A mix of desert strum, hypnotic pulse, spirited-away synths, Lynchian weirdness, and Fleetwood Maximalism, it's not entirely certain if Brooklyn's Religious to Damn want to take you higher or drag y ... More >>
So Weezer's next album is named Hurley, and that's the cover: an unadorned photo of Hurley's face. Even if you consider this a terrible idea, you must admit it doesn't crack the Weezer's top 25 worst ideas of the past five years; in fact, the idea of records inspired by Lost characters has po ... More >>
The first inaugural Northside Festival brings CMJ-style pandemonium to Williamsburg and Greenpoint, starting tonight. Ewok Village-natives Naybob and Raybob Shineywater of Brightblack Morning Light headline the opening gala at Studio B. The Music Hall of Williamsburg's sold out Hold Steady show a ... More >>
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Fleetwood Mac Madison Square Garden March 19 It was sometime during Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham's delicate duet performance of the lullabye-like "Never Going Back Again" at last night's Madison Square Garden Fleetwood Mac show when someone behind me opined, "They shouldn't even be allowed ... More >>
In the week all your friends went to South by Southwest, New York got a bit rowdy. The old scumbags of Mötley Crüe nearly burned down Madison Square Garden, while Fleetwood Mac brought both punishing Turkish prison sentences and "Silver Springs" to the same arena only a few days later. The Pogues ... More >>
Bikini Girl, Katrina Darrell Like the cockroaches after the apocalypse, American Idol is still here. And so, Idol fans and haters, the eighth season begins with some 16 hours of auditions from eight cities. Last night, we got two hours covering two days of auditions in Phoenix, Arizona--Archuleta- ... More >>
If the coming Administration so far looks slightly change-averse, at least the festivities can be radicalized: a Facebook group is calling for Obama to hire the Bad Brains to play at the Inauguration. At this writing they have 5,456 adherents. From the mission statement: "It's high time (if you'll ... More >>
X's 13 x 31 tour hits New York and the Fillmore at Irving Plaza on Saturday, May 24th while the day before Cervenka's exhibition of recent collages, "Sleep in Spite of Thunder," opens at the DCKT Contemporary art galley on the Bowery. "What happened to our audience was Mothers Against Drunk Drivers ... More >>
I just got an exciting email from a fan: "Hi Michael, thought you would appreciate this. It's done by a group called Artists for the Advancement of the United States of America. It seems to be someone shooting HUGE loads on Bush's face all to a Stevie Nicks song?" Well, I watched the short yet poten ... More >>
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