The twenty-something, NYU-bred noise-rocking brainiacs in Brooklyn's Big Ups are nestled in a corner booth at Greenpoint's Manhattan Inn, downing Buds while barely looking old enough to drink, cracking wise-ass all the way. They shoot down their own goofy name ("It's a really bad band name"), squash ... More >>
The iconic and staunchly independent label Thrill Jockey Records may be Chicago-based since the mid '90s, but its roots lie here in New York and along the grimy Path train tunnel where Hoboken stands. Two decades ago, L.E.S. resident Bettina Richards founded Thrill Jockey while working the rounds at ... More >>
Greg Fox, drummer extraordinaire for the sonic-spiritualist psychers Guardian Alien, is chowing down on grub at Cong Ly on Hester Street, and with the exception of a small dose of displeasure regarding the econo cuisine ("Weird. I feel like they used different noodles today or something"), the vibes ... More >>
Brooklyn duo Secret Music is like a sleeker Japanther or Death Set, all distorto-churn and party-crashing lo-fi pulse (some actually sang through phone recievers) but with hooks that pay credence to contemporary indie rock's ragged glory. Their self-titled debut (out last month via Black Bell Record ... More >>
Pretty sure they messed with that cross. WU LYF Tuesday, November 8 Music Hall of Williamsburg Better than: Staying home wondering if Jay-Z and Kanye had conceded to my list of Watch The Throne demands. (They didn't.) Sometimes you go to shows for clarificationwas song X really about ... More >>
courtesy Thrill Jockey Double Dagger is a Baltimore trio who've been antagonizing audiences with their fourth-wall-dropping post-hardcore squalls for more than nine years. Last month, they announced they were calling it quits--rather than fade away with a whimper, the Wham City vets decided to tour ... More >>
If Ear Pwr's 2009 album Super Animal Brothers III (Carpark) was a supremely dizzying act of extroversiona string of cherry bombs celebrating cats, shiny sweaters, dumb jokes, and electro-pop over-ambitionits successor is so mild, by comparison, that it registers as the work of ... More >>
via @melanarchy/TwitpicOkkervil River w/ Titus Andronicus, Future Islands Terminal 5 Tuesday, June 7 Better than: Being forced to go home any earlier, even with a book in each hand. Halfway through Okkervil River's newest album I Am Very Far lies a song called "We Need a Myth." "We need a m ... More >>
Okkervil River sing you a story
Whatever show this was, it didn't make the list, remarkably. Pic by Rebecca Smeyne.Shea Stadium has been one of Brooklyn's finer DIY-type venues since opening in April 2009 -- after a quick move from Debevoise Avenue over to its current home at 20 Meadow Street (neighbor issues, alas), the sp ... More >>
Our look back at all things 2010 continues this week as we highlight some of the year's most overlooked tracks. In this edition: different shades of soul.
Our look back at all things 2010 continues this week as we highlight some of the year's most overlooked tracks. In this edition: club anthems.
Our look back at all things 2010 continues this week as we highlight some of the year's most overlooked tracks. In this edition: gnarly rock.