On a wispy evening last October, my housemate and I went to see GZA perform his magnum opus Liquid Swords in full at D.C.'s swanky Howard Theater. I wasn't the only one with high expectations. The crowd's hunger escalated with Killer Mike slaying his opening set, pulling out perfectly punctuated sho ... More >>
He's a man of many monikers and moods, and he rocks under any name. Charles Thompson / Frank Black / Black Francis has 23 albums to his credit, beginning in 1988 with Surfer Rosa by the Pixies, a band where the tired journalistic cliché "seminal" actually applies.
Black Francis performs tonight ... More >>
Sub Pop's raucous misfit cred has been kept afloat by the white-trash, noise-oozing pranksters in Pissed Jeans, the garage surf-rockers Obits, and the grungester royalty Mudhoney. But new young blood is joining the legendary Seattle label, and it emerges from a town where the Maple Leafs are still c ... More >>
--The Pixies have announced the dates for their Doolittle 20th anniversary tour, where the alt-rock legends will play the album in its entirety. The band will play nine cities, including three New York gigs: November 23, 24, and 25 at the 3,000-capacity Hammerstein Ballroom. We recently talke ... More >>
"I'm more of a freak show kind of a guy."
Whether it's through his alter-ego Black Francis, his seminal band the Pixies, or under his own name, Frank Black has become iconic in terms of not only indie rock, but pop culture as a whole. His new project is Grand Duchy, which he formed with his wife ... More >>
You're going to the Siren Music Festival, and here's 10 reasons why:
1. Admission is free.
2. It's your last chance to catch Frightened Rabbit in New York this summer. Frontman Scott Hutchison, noted for slopping "filthy, twisted stuff on top of really quite polished bass," sings about dismembered ... More >>
"I like games where you can throw things and break things."
This is purposefully washed out, though we have no idea why.
Violet Clark comprises half of the force behind Grand Duchy, a collaboration between her and her husband Frank Black. With Clark taking a majority of the vocals, you'd never kno ... More >>
--Wavves' Nathan Williams has been on a very bad streak. In May, his drummer dumped a bottle of beer on his head at Spain's Primavera Sound Festival. (Williams later apologized, admitting he was on ecstacy, then deleted his apology.) Now, just before the band's first shows since that "meltdown," W ... More >>
--As you might have predicted, Michael Jackson is experiencing a posthumous sales surge. Three albums--Number Ones, The Essential Michael Jackson, and Thriller--each sold around 100,000 copies last week. The King of Pop left behind plenty more opportunities for cash flow, including a high-tech 3-D v ... More >>
In the week one of us had to publicly defend himself against the crime of using the phrase "Fey Highwayman," we watched with amusement as close SOTC affiliate Christopher R. Weingarten became a viral video poster boy for the death of music criticism. Poetic choice of t-shirts, Chris! ... More >>