This year marks two significant Zappa family milestones. It's the 40th anniversary of Frank Zappa and the Mothers' astounding 1974 live album Roxy & Elsewhere -- recorded mainly at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood over a three-night stand the previous December (the "elsewhere" were venues in Chicago an ... More >>
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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 >>
These are the 10 best concerts in NYC this week.
Here are the best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
We'll be adding to this list as the weekend moves on. On with it...
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Through a series of maybe not-so-unfortunate events, I was a teenage jam band scenester, which, when properly italicized and luridly capitalized, sounds like a sordid music-crit version of a '50s exploitation paperback. But the truth is, I wasn't seduced by drugs, sex, or anything else until college ... More >>
The PMRC is one of those faint memories that music fans that grew up in the '80s try to brush away. The Parents Music Resource Center was launched in 1985 by a group of Washington power wivesthe most visible face being the wife of then-senator Al Gore, Tipperwho saw rock and rap as, in ... More >>
All Tomorrow's Parties: I'll Be Your Mirror Asbury Park, NJ September 30-October 2 Better than: Your favorite worn-out band tee. Timelessness isn't a foresight. Most experiences can't predict their own longevity, and as much as any creator strives to avoid miring his or her work in a dated exterio ... More >>
The Shaggs inspire a new play
Foodie tunes.Sounds like Nate Smith, the ex-Spotted Pig chef who left Dean Street in Brooklyn shortly after opening, may have had it right: you can't just let diners pick their dinner-accompanying music all willy-nilly. The Post talks to chefs and restaurateurs from trendy restaurants around ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. August 6, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 32 Riffs By Andrew Lycett LONDON -- The Beatles are dead, the Stones are playing bad, repetitive music. In fact, the English music scene has been in a state of unhappy hiatus for the last year or so. Gone a ... More >>
Hey, Marty. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week a former member of the Fugees declared his intention to run an entire country, despite his gross lack of qualifications for said job, we started a campaign against him. Sorry 'Clef, but this is ridiculous.
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Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing new and emerging MP3s from local talent. New York's various punk-inflected marching bands and steampunk street crews have brought out the inner band geek in tons of local flute-tooters and glock-rockers. But the profoundly manic Asphalt Or ... More >>
"I was tired of seeing the bell-bottomed guy with the rainbow Afro on compilation covers. It made a mockery of what funk is." Matthew ScottDâm-Funk The last time New York was privy to the backlit neon glow of Los Angeles' Damon Riddick a/k/a Dâm-Funk, he was on a (motherfucking) boat. It was jus ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 11, 1968, Vol. XIII, No. 13 Zappa & the Mothers: Ugly Can Be Beautiful by Sally Kempton It is 1 a.m. on a Friday night and the Mothers of Invention are recording part of the soundtrack for their forthcoming movie. Ian is playin ... More >>
The guitar vet rages with the machine on Orchestrion
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 1, 1966, Vol. XII, No. 7 The Pop Bag By Richard Goldstein The Balloon Farm became much more than a discotheque last weekend, and the resident combo became much more than a pop-music ensemble. The occasion was the first New ... More >>
On January 22, St. Ann's Warehouse will be hosting a benefit concert to help pay medical expenses for Tuli Kupferberg, the anti-war poet and all around wiseass who co-founded local heroes the Fugs. Whether because of their political activism (Kupferberg was arrested trying to levitate the P ... More >>
The Kronos Quartet's latest effort, the Middle Eastern-themed Floodplain, was "inspired by the idea that areas prone to devastating flooding will experience creative rebirth after a catastrophe," which is great news for New Orleans residents with exclusive access to an ark. The famed "new music" e ... More >>
Amadou & Mariam are superstars everywhere else on the planet -- in 2006, the blind Malian couple co-wrote the official World Cup anthem. But transplant the pair to Manhattan and they can't even fill up Webster Hall... yet. Let's make it happen. The Hold Steady, however, have already sold out ever ... More >>
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