In the not too distant past, last Sunday A.D., television's favorite cult comedy about robots in space riffing on cheesy movies celebrated its silver anniversary. That's right, it's been 25 years since Mystery Science Theater 3000 hit the airwaves, and we spoke to creator/star/test subject Joel Hodg ... More >>
Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. DJ Spinna will be holding down deck duties at a Michael Jackson tribute party this Sunday. Once that's in the bag, he'll be hitting the lab to ready up a Jigmast ... More >>
Where has the singer-songwriter been?
They don't come much more politically incorrect than GWAR. Despite two Grammy nods (their Phallus in Wonderland video losing to Annie Lennox in one instance), they're not exactly mainstream. Frontman Oderus Urungus, head of the Virginia-bred metal/satire/performance art band since their mid-80s ince ... More >>
Yann Tiersen Irving Plaza Friday, April 27 Better than: Most of the Philip Glass and Stephin Merritt music I've heard. Skyline, Yann Tiersen's seventh studio album, is only the second album of his current deal with Anti- and, like 2010's Dust Lane, it pioneers sonic territory structurally differen ... More >>
The Musical Box perform The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway Tribeca Performing Arts Center Friday, November 25 Better than: Frank Zappa's 1984 Thing-Fish pictorial for Hustler. Besides licensing the rights to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway to the cover band The Musical Box, who've been touring it recen ... More >>
MTV turns 30 today. To celebrate, we're running a bunch of pieces on the channel, its legacy, and its future. via Tacky and KitschSend a self-addressed stamped envelope to the above address, and you could have your own Dial Sticker. The first 59 minutes of MTV12:01 a.m. to 1 a.m., ex ... More >>
Stephanie BergerGlenn Branca Bang On A Can Marathon: Philip Glass, Sun Ra Arkestra, Glenn Branca, Asphalt Orchestra, Talea Ensemble, BOAC All-Stars, JACK Quartet (and many more) Winter Garden, World Financial Center Sunday, June 19 Better than: Any 13-hour stretch of the Northside Festival. ... More >>
This year's River to River Festival, which runs from June 19 to July 17, marks the 10th time that its mix of free shows takes over Lower Manhattan for the summer. The 2011 bill has a decidedly New York-centric bent, with Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Rufus Wainwright, and the New York City Op ... More >>
Don't buy this firstDon Van Vliet, a/k/a Captain Beefheart, died on Friday, reportedly of complications from a decades-long battle with multiple sclerosis. He was 69. Long a cult hero, with a critical fan base rivaling that of Lou Reed or the Fall's Mark E. Smith, he was naturally (and deserv ... More >>
On Saturday, lizphair.com suddenly had a new album available via download for a mere $5.99, with one streaming track as a sample, or maybe a warning: "Bollywood" features our heroine rapping in different voices over, yes, a Bollywood tabla. This, in addition to the low asking price, prnt scrn ... More >>
Tactical Nuclear PenguinBrew Dog, the Scottish beer company that makes Sink the Bismark!, the highest alcohol beer in the world, is sending their second-strongest brew to New York City. It's called Tactical Nuclear Penguin, and it comes in at 32% alcohol-by-volume, almost as much as much as m ... More >>
Goop, mother, goop! All images by Francine Spiegel. Artist Francine Spiegel likes goop and gore. She needs about 10 pounds of grits, five jugs of pancake syrup, 20 cans of whipped cream, Fruit Loops, fake arms, and some blood, just to get started. That's the material she used for "Mud & ... More >>
Brilliantly mixing the sacred and the profane with Ween (and David Sanborn)
Zappa and Eisenhower guest-star in poet Tracy K. Smith's award-winning Duende
The poll's upper echelons drive us crazy, or at least drive us to drink
Fringe Fest roundup: Featuring Poe, the Olsens, and the disembodied head of Sam Walton
In Nicholson Baker's latest novel, two old friends talk about Iraqand assassination
John Abercrombie and Louis Sclavis fill those redolent silences between the phrases
Shockingly, No 50 Cent Parody Yet
Globalized Road Trip
City Hall Has a New Boss. Wish It Were You?
Elodie Lauten Frames Allen Ginsberg in Satie-esque Calm
The Mayor, Upset About Two Art Exhibits, Has Set Up a Decency Panel. Censorious?
Coming to Terms With the Art of Dennis Cooper
As the millennium ends, Modernist Music is making a comeback. Why are we suddenly nostalgic for the formerly new?