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  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Should Rap Lyrics Be Used in Criminal Trials?

    Legions of angry parents were already up in arms when gangster rap arrived on the scene. After the 1985 PMRC Senate hearings helped institute "Parental Advisory" stickers, albums by Ice-T and N.W.A. were among the first to be branded. Since then, rap as a musical form has continued to take its lumps ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    An Illustrated Kanye West Quiz!

    [Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] This game is very simple: Look at the pictures and guess what Kanye West song each one represents. Boom. That's it. That's all. You're done. That's a little thing called res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Sage Francis Gets Sick to Death on New Mixtape

    You can't kill him, motherfucker. As long as there's been a mobilized modern indie-rap movement, there's been Sage Francis. But before the worldwide touring, battle accolades and, as Chuck D referred to it, the "private Idaho" Sage has created for himself, the Providence, Rhode Island native predic ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 10, 2013
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    July 3, 2013

    One Direction - Izod Center - 7/2/13

    Better Than: My live tweets could have ever explained. The screaming started early. The Coach bus from Manhattan to the Izod Center was filled with teens sticking on temporary tattoos, covering their arms in body paint with phrases like "I

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 5/13/13

    Support live music and check out one of these 10 shows this week.

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    May 10, 2013

    Ask Willie D: How Do I Tell My Co-Worker He Has TERRIBLE Breath?

    Editor's note: Rap pioneer and Geto Boys member Willie D answers reader questions for our sister paper, Houston Press. Dear Willie D, I am a female working at the same computer-repair company for three years with a guy who has the most awful breath ever. I do everything in my power to not get t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    The Worst of Coachella, Weekend One

    Daft Punk Fake-Out Friday and Saturday, all anyone could talk about was if Daft Punk was going to show up during Phoenix's set. Why? Because we were fucking teased. On the main stage before the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a long commercial for their new album played, and then we found out that members of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    The Best of Coachella, Weekend One

    Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor cape draped over a suit that looked like it was made of mercury. The vibrant collage was topped with a headpiece that Liberace might have worn had he ever bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 4/5/13

    These concerts are all certified "Best of Weekend" by the mayor's office. We bring them to you by court order.

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    The Five Best NYC Rap Albums That Never Happened

    This week, while we've taken a loving look back at the finest album-length offerings that the home of hip-hop has contributed to the genre, we're also reminded of the empty spaces in our record collections where masterpieces should sit. It's heartbreaking enough that rap in an album form didn't catc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    The 20 Best Arena Rock Songs of All Time

    Ex-Foreigner singer Lou Gramm has survived a lot -- a rare brain tumor, all the usual rock 'n' roll excesses, a feud with ex-bandmate Mick Jones, his old band continuing to tour with a karaoke singer that's replaced him -- and lives to play another day. And that day is today, when the 62-year-old dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Cormega Reunites With Large Professor, Readies New Album, Speaks Hard Truths

    Being raised in the largest public housing development in North America can be a serious mind fuck. Nas once said, as a child growing up there, he felt "Queensbridge is the whole world," because of the numerous languages spoken on the blocks it's 96 buildings occupy. It was in this maze of crack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    An Exclusive First Look At Some of Taylor Swift's Trashed Fan Mail

    Of the many things that Taylor Swift is known for, her extremely dedicated fan-base has to be the most notorious (Haha it's totally not, and you know what is, but let's just go with it). Unfortunately for them, it was revealed earlier this week that instead of their fan mail reaching her beautiful b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Sad You Aren't at SXSW? Here's What You Could Be Missing...

    Awwwww, I know it is a shame you aren't here with us at SXSW in Austin. I can only imagine the aching and longing in your heart for walking aimlessly and standing in long lines for no reason, and sweating through your cardigan to see a band you heard on one of the Twilight soundtracks. You don't w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Let's Get All Internet-y on Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience

    Oh, what's up JT? Nice of you to join us over here in the music world again. You abandoned us in 2006 after Future Sex/Love Sounds--quick note: that was seven years ago, and seven years is roughly the age of a first grader, so we are now a first grader's life away from the previous JT record--but th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    How To Do SXSW Like A Grizzled Old Man

    SXSW is in full-swing this week down in Austin, and that means a constant blast of updates in your news feed from your friends and colleagues maxing out their annual diarrhea expense accounts. Many publications are eager to tell you the best ways to enjoy your time at the festival. All of those peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    The 10 Douchiest Drummers of All Time

    By Nate Jackson What would music be without a beat, a rhythm or a backbone? Though they qualify as the first instruments ever created, the drums are probably the last thing most music fans can live without. And while we worship plenty of drummers in modern music, there are some Gods of Thunder who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Shout Out Louds - Music Hall of Williamsburg - 3/11/13

    Better Than: Blasting "Very Loud" very loud while driving down your old street with all the windows down. It's been three years since the last time Stockholm's Shout Out Louds came through the United States on tour, and about as much time has passed since the release of their last record. Now, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Jeremih's Late Nights: Like The Weeknd Without the Druggy and Pretentious Horseshit

    There's no way I should tell you to be on the lookout for Jeremih. Dude made "Birthday Sex." His last hit had 50 Cent on it, and that dude has eardrums made out of tin. Again, he made "Birthday Sex." That's one way of looking at it, at least. See also: Live: Jeremih Headlines Ladies Night At Webste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    If Pink Married Bobby Seale...

    She'd be Pink Panther. If Courtney Love married the Hertz Rent-a-car guy, she'd be Courtney Love Hertz. If Sandra Oh married Karen O, she'd be Sandra Oh-O.

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Why We're Still Excited When Eminem Makes Music

    We could have stopped caring years ago. Somewhere between Encore (2004) and Relapse (2009), our memory would've waned to the point where Em didn't really matter anymore. Yet, in 2013, it's been confirmed that a full-length album will be released post-Memorial Day along with some tour dates, and we'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Is It Ever OK To Steal Another Band's Name?

    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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Solange - Webster Hall - 2/25/13

    Better than: Her True EP after its been dunked in glitter and pixie dust and all kinds of other special, pretty things. Solange sold out not one but two weeknight shows at Webster Hall in a matter of minutes, so I should've been less surprised about the fact that the place was absolutely bursting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 2/25/13

    Here are the 10 best concerts in the city this week, in no particular order.

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    New Single From the Yeah Yeah Yeahs Ignites Some "Sacrilege"

    In what's already been a year toploaded with comebacks, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have made their own mark in 2013 by debuting some live tracks, album art, festival dates, and teasers from their upcoming April album Mosquito. In the most solidifying act of their pre-album build-up, Zane Lowe debuted their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Why Does Spotify Keep Ripping People Off?

    By Emily Lundquist Ten dollars a month is a small price to pay for practically every piece of recorded music except The Beatles. Which is why, late last year, I signed up for Spotify. Only two months in, however, I was out, and feeling like I'd been ripped off. Turns out I'm not the only one. See ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Can Our Christian Rock Band Leave the God Ghetto For A Secular Career in Indie Rock?

    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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Up Your Early Adopter Alt-R&B Cred By Seeing Inc. and Kelela Tonight

    If you want to see what alternative R&B will look like in 2013—if the term itself, which already looks sort of old fart-y, still exists—you should check out Los Angeles-based musicians Inc. and Kelela at (le) poisson rouge tonight for "A No World Takeover." The songs on Inc.'s full-lengt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 2/18/13

    Here are the 10 best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 2/15/13

    Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    We Asked Endless Boogie's Paul Major How To Write the Perfect Song

    Endless Boogie make rock music so rude and compelling that when you hear it you'll wanna smother every inch of your body in BBQ sauce, fire up the grill and jump on the flames. The New York band's new album, Long Island, is out next week via No Quarter, and it's the breakfast equivalent of a bacon c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Ask Fan Landers: What Can I Do To Make My Album A Success?

    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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Advice For Aspiring Music Writers: Quit Now

    There may be 100,000 blogs about indie music, bikes, and beer already in existence, but what if there were 100,001? There is now, thanks to the initiative of a young man in Boston behind this Kickstarter project to fund his blog Indie, Bikes & Beer. All he needs to get going is $12,500. Sounds like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Critics Need to Lay Off Macklemore

    The recently-crowned number one song in the country, as you probably know, is a Seattle-based white independent hip-hop artist's ode to shopping at thrift stores. I'm not sure exactly how the stars aligned and/or what Illuminati clerical error caused it to happen, but "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Cast In Concrete #9: Sailing To Brooklyn With Stefan Fink

    Cast In Concrete tracks Vijith Assar as he records New York City's street musicians. If you'll be busking nearby soon and would like to appear in a future installment, please let him know. See also: Cast In Concrete #6: Scott Stenten And The Sound Of Two Hands Tapping (On A Guitar)

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 2/8/13

    Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Why French Death Metal Band Gojira Don't Sing About Death

    No one sounds like French metal band Gojira (who play Irving Plaza tonight)--or, rather, they sound like no one else. They bear the European death metal hallmarks of speed and rhythmic trickiness, but instead of reveling in the blood, guts, nihilism, etc., that characterize the lyrics of their peers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 2/4/13

    Here are the 10 best shows to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    In Defense of fun. and the Sublime Blandness They Do So Well

    Hey, man! What are YOU doing Saturday night? Wanna go to Radio City Music Hall with me and watch motherfucking fun.? Wait, where are you going? Dude, why'd you just unfriend me on Facebook? I just tried to email you and it bounced. I thought we were best friends, and now you're acting like you barel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    30 Rock's Most Hilarious Rap References

    30 Rock wraps up tonight, as the Tina Fey-penned show signs off with its final episode. During the show's seven seasons of hilarity, it's never been shy of weaving rap references into its script (a tick helped by Donald Glover a/k/a/ Childish Gambino holding down a writer's position at one point). S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Those "Influential" Albums Being Discussed on Facebook? They're Garbage

    Influentialalbums.com is a "quiz" one of your Facebook friends might've posted, boasting "Very few people own 70 or more. How many have you got?" and listing 100 albums ranging from the duh (Blonde on Blonde, Pet Sounds) to the hmmm (Gerry Rafferty? Felt??) to the genuinely bizarre (well, see below) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    Who or What Will Chris Brown Fight Next?

    When you look at Chris Brown, what do you see? A bully with an entourage all too happy to start a dust-up over a perceived slight or a parking space? An emotionally crippled/stunted young man who is the sad victim of the cycle of domestic abuse? A wanton spreader of pink eye? The boo-hooingest cryba ... More >>

  • Music

    January 16, 2013
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    December 17, 2012

    The Glorious Absurdity of Celebrity Poetry

    I talked about it as a guest at Molly Equality Dykeman's show at the Laurie Beachman. Molly (the zany yet slightly dazed comic creation of Andrea Alton) is a lesbian traffic guard slash poet who I feel is the new Emily Dykenson, or perhaps a nouveau Vadge-inia Woolf. And she gamely gave me the gre ... More >>

  • Music

    July 18, 2012
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    January 20, 2012

    Pazz & Jop 2011: Alex Macpherson On Pistol Annies, PJ Harvey, And Why You Should Always Trust Diddy

    To supplement this year's Pazz & Jop launch, Sound of the City asked a few critics to expand on the reasonings behind their voting. Here, the British critic Alex Macpherson finds protest music and love songs that were worth holding on to past the end of the calendar year. Every year, I cavil about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    53 More Great Songs From 2011

    Earlier today, Maura offered a list of the 47 songs on her "2011 Awesomeness" Spotify playlist; to complement that, here are the 53 songs from my less cleverly named playlist, "2011." As is the usually the case with these mega-lists, I compiled mine a bit haphazardly, throwing together a substantial ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Sound Of The City's 11 Clickiest Posts Of 2011

    We're about to close up shop here until 2012, and what better way to send out the year that birthed trollgaze than to run down the 11 posts on Sound of the City that generated the most pageviews over the course of the past 52 weeks? Enjoy this look back on the psyche of our readers, and have a happy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    Underwhelmed and Overstimulated, Part Nine: Working For The Weeknd

    Drake and the Weeknd... enjoying themselves?​​Sound of the City's year-end roundtable, with contributions from Tom Ewing, Eric Harvey, Maura Johnston, Nick Murray, and Katherine St. Asaph, continues. Follow along here. Fellow roundtablers, As we turn down the home stretch, I have to say th ... More >>

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