It's the holidays! Time for you and your dopey friends from high school to reunite and tear up the town. What'll it be this evening: pouring manure on your hated gym teacher's front door step and then urinating on it? Getting trashed and picking a fight with the bully who became the bouncer at whate ... More >>
Millennials, you still do all the drugs and have all the sex, but I have to break it to you--#realtalk--you do not know how to party. And it's bringing me down. Heading over to what's supposed to be the "jam," hosted by 24-year-old "scenesters," I always hope that there won't be finger foods but t ... More >>
By Dan Moore Rock Band is over. Well--kind of over. It's been "over" in the people-who-wouldn't-otherwise-touch-a-Playstation-caring-about-it sense since a few months after Beatles Rock Band came out, but now it's "over" inasmuch as after April 2, when "American Pie" will be released (nice timing), ... More >>
These are the best metal shows in NYC this month. See also: The Ten Best Metal Albums of 2012
The latest rumor about how the Olympics will close themselves out next month comes from The Sun: "[Oasis's Liam Gallagher] will perform a new arrangement of... 'Wonderwall' with bandmates Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock." 12. All of the track & field competitors dress up like Benny Hill a ... More >>
Frank Ocean Bowery Ballroom Sunday, November 27 Better than: Canceling an hour before showtime. This March, Frank Ocean released the free mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra on Tumblr, and it was subsequently passed around like a sex tape, picking up steam with every like, every reblog, every retweet, ... More >>
As CMJ dawns, let us pause for a moment and reflect on all the bands out there that are using this chaotic moment in the music industrywhen brand names from long ago can rise above the churn of new artists trying to get a break on a blog or a web site and command serious paydays for re ... More >>
Theater nerds meet gaming nerds
by Brad Nelson Panic! At the Disco w/ fun. Terminal 5 Tuesday, May 24 Better than: Actually being 18 years old again. The weather outside last night was stale, and there was no wind at all, so everyone brought with them into Terminal 5 a piece of the air. By the event of Panic! at the D ... More >>
Robert Trujillo looks none too pleased that no one knows his nameWe've already proven that an entire generation of rock critics know precious little about rap, punk, r&b, Dylan, and the Doors (though we're not too ashamed about that last one). So, for the sixth edition of our crow-eating Are ... More >>
'Twas a week of profound excitement undercut by crushing disappointment, all swirling around the same event: LCD Soundsystem at Madison Square Garden. It was announced. People got excited. A Wednesday-morning presale line wrapped around the Lower East Side. But a lot people got shut out. Then came ... More >>
No thanksAs announced yesterday, Activision is pulling the plug on their Guitar Hero franchise, signaling the end of the iconic plastic-guitar video-game series, which began in 2005 and has since offered six main games and countless expansions. To celebrate this weird, wonderful be-your-own-r ... More >>
F2K10 is a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Track our progress here. If you were here when we last embarked on this quest, you may remember the "Carlos Santana reworks the 'Black Magic Woman' riff while an overexposed singer warbles nearby" formula, which is one that Sony Music Enter ... More >>
Kings of Leon Madison Square Garden Tuesday, November 16 Better Than: A Zac Brown Band concert, at the very least, you'd have to think. To say that Kings of Leon's wild success -- here we are, at a packed MSG, not for the first time -- is somewhat mystifying is not an insult, necessarily: You ca ... More >>
via Roscoe's Facebook pageToday the New York Times chronicles a situation born out of fear, and money, and hope; a situation that we hope none of you ever have to face. That situation is wondering if the ton of cash you've spent on your bedbug-sniffing dog is worth it.
Yeah alright, them boys in Wolfmother are pretty goofy -- a bit too Guitar Hero: The Band. But dig who's opening their gig tonight at the Music Hall of Williamsburg: None other than the Heartless Bastards, the serenely surly roots rockers fronted by Erika Wennerstrom, who's got one of the most beg ... More >>
The new versions might not strike you as drastically different. Buy some anyway.
"American Idols Live!" Prudential Center in Newark Saturday, August 8 The Top 10 American Idol contestants of Season 8 came to Newark, New Jersey on Saturday night. That meant lots of "Whattup New-ARK!"s and "I've always dreamed of performing in Jersey" announcements from the oh-so-sincere singer ... More >>
Oh why not. Metallica (Stubb's) SXSW Friday Night, March 20 "Surprise!" says James Hetfield, acknowledging the lack of same. Given Metallica fans' historically rational and peaceful responses to disappointment, it would've been way more entertaining perhaps if they'd not shown up, given the ram ... More >>
Sharyn Jackson is your American Idol host for season eight. Last week, Judge Kara became a bitch, this week she unleashed some cleavage. Oy. Kara, whoa that shirt Jacksonville is a town that owes its legacy to Journey--or at least to Randy Jackson--if we're to believe the introduction to last nig ... More >>
Axl Rose amuses his delusion
It is understandable that Zadie Smith, in the current New York Review of Books, would proclaim the death of the traditional nineteenth-century novel (or the novel of "lyrical Realism," as she calls it). Smith, as a practitioner of the form herself, sees quite clearly that the avant-garde, anti-narra ... More >>
Familiar interface. Unfamiliar boredom.
Stay up all night for BAMs biggest bash
In this week's issue of the Village Voice, Rob Harvilla attempts to review ("Let us make rock-criticism history together") Metallica's new Death Magnetic purely via Guitar Hero—because, as our music editor further explains, "You don't actually want to listen to a song called 'The Unforgiven III,' ... More >>
Fake-instrument overload offers plenty to fret about
Guinness writes the book on gaming but doesnt shatter any records
Guileless dervish emerges from the subway, (real-life) guitar in hand
Kate Nash Driskoll Hotel, Austin Saturday, March 15 Kate Nash is taking her boots off. She has slipped off her acoustic guitar and is settling in behind the keyboard, pulling her legs underneath to reveal two little feet covered in bright blue socks. The room—at least the front half of the room ... More >>
The imaginary shredding frenzy careens toward overkill
Its never been easier to start your own (fake) musical project.
You wanted the best you got the best: Legends of Rock
Major-label hip-hop records in burying-best-tracks shocker!
Guitar Hero fans attempt to look sexy while playing video games. Results are inconclusive.
This is what the people who made Guitar Hero did on 06/06/06. Seriously. Photo courtesy of Harmonix, originally published here by yours truly. You know you cried a little when you heard that the folks from Tony Hawk would be working on Guitar Hero III. Well, apparently that shift was to free up H ... More >>
Like playing Guitar Hero, only REAL: Slash, Tom Morello, Les Claypool onstage early this morning at the Parish. Click on this shit for the full effect. Holy double motherfuck. New York, I have so much to tell you about this thing they call South By Southwest, but this comes first. I saw Slash earl ... More >>