If you can pay rent with the money you make doing what you love, you're lucky as hell--and this isn't lost on the guys of Nada Surf, who are celebrating the two loud and fast decades they've spent together making that dream a reality. "We really love playing together," says lead singer Matthew Caws, ... More >>
After its initial success this past summer, CBGB Festival will return to New York City next spring from May 15 to 19. The 2012 version was so much fun that it plans to do the only logical thing: Expand.
- Live: Mamma Mia! Superchunk Bring The Heat To Times Square
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Bill Orcutt is an American noise music and experimental icon. For a too-brief but essential period in the '90s, Orcutt, with drummer and then-partner Adris Hoyos, terrorized audiences in the Miami-based Harry Pussy, a devastatingly atonal and confrontational noise animal that melted free jazz's spir ... More >>
Guided By Voices w/The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Cloud Nothings
Saturday, July 7
Better than: Sobriety in the sweltering heat.
It's hard to place a band like Cloud Nothings. A group whose recent reputation brings them somewhere between saviors of guitar rock and late '90s emo revi ... More >>
Tomorrow is a big day for outdoor live music in New York City! The CBGB Festival is throwing a free show in Times Square with Superchunk, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the Hold Steady, and Seattle Weekly columnist Duff McKagan's Loaded; it's also sponsoring the SummerStage show at Central Park with Guid ... More >>
Clevelander Dylan Baldi is making like the indie rock LeBron James. Except instead of pinpoint passing ability, Baldi's hands are able to noodle a fine lo-fi pop tune out of a four-track or ProTools like an all-star from an early age. His early cassette releases garnered him what's referred t ... More >>
Anthony DixonChicago's Unicycle Loves You is unabashedly a noise-pop band, but not in the (mo-fi) sense that Sisters, Japanther, Railcars, or early No Age jams are noise-pop. Rather, singer/guitarist Jim Carroll, singer/bassist Nicole Vitale, and drummer J.T. Baker author lo-fi indie-pop bang ... More >>
Guided By Voices w/Wavves, Surfer Blood
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Better than: Just hearing the show without seeing it, which is what everyone who lives on my street got to do anyway.
It's long been gospel that you can't tell Robert Pollard anything. Attempts by well-meaning biz type ... More >>
If you can snag this, congratulations, you've won. Saturday marks the fifth annual Record Store Day, the celebration of all things indie, vinyl, and limited edition-slash-noble ploy to get customers through the doors of the music stores still standing in the spring of 2011. It's basically the ... More >>
Stephen SlaybaughBob Pfeifer.
Cleveland Confidential Book Tour, moderated by Luc Sante and featuring Cheetah Chrome, Mike Hudson, and Bob Pfeifer plus Eric Davidson
Saturday, April 9
Better Than: Watching the East River burn while sitting in a swank DUMBO loft.
There must ... More >>
Kurt Vile is a virtuoso of self-pity. As a songwriter, he paints more shades in this particular spectrum--industrial silver, steel-blue, watery gray--than just about anyone. His newest record, Smoke Ring For My Halo, is a small masterpiece of this small subset of emotion, nailing the center o ... More >>
New Year's Eve is next Friday, which means you probably already missed out on Patti Smith tickets. Wait much longer and there won't be much left to choose from. So, in the interests of being servicey, and in honor of the news that 2010's Most Important Singles Artist, Ariel Pink, will be in a ... More >>
Inside the WFMU archives.It's fundraising time again for awesome local freeform radio station WFMU, and rather than do another fall marathon, music festival, record fair, or art benefit, the station has organized an online auction, with all proceeds going to support the beloved and increasing ... More >>
It's understandable, your depression/jealousy/irritation at not being physically present in Las Vegas this weekend for Matador Records' bizarrely elaborate Matador at 21 spectacle, featuring just about every major label act you could possibly desire unless you're, like, a die-hard Thinking Fe ... More >>
Are these kids at a Phish show or an Animal Collective show? You'll never know. Photo by Max Herman. Over the weekend, the Washington Post suggested that a shift was underway in the indie-rock community. As the headline went: "For indie rockers, 'jam band' increasingly no longer a shameful te ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing new and emerging MP3s from local talent.
"I mean good sounding stuff sounds great, but personally, I love that quintessential indie sound," says Kevin Alvir of Brooklyn no-fi joy-punk duo Knight School. With similarly cartoonish ecstasy-cr ... More >>