"Do you know anything about me?" Cyndi Lauper aggressively questioned me a couple weeks back over the phone. I was, needless to say, taken aback, confused, sort of desperate to see where the conversation had gone wrong even though we'd only been on the phone two minutes. Before the call, I was, as ... More >>
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Frankenstorm Sandy is throwing salt in everyone's concert game. Here's a list so far of everything that's been postponed or canceled. Check back for updates throughout the day. And stay safe.
Concha Buika Highline Ballroom Sunday, June 24 Better than: Dreaming of her. A 2009 performance by Concha Buika is on YouTube showing the Spanish singer in Lincoln Center's Damroch Park backed by solo piano and performing a smoldering version of "Tu Volverás." Even then, with minimal accompanime ... More >>
Common Highline Ballroom Monday, December 19 Better than: Holiday store displays involving snow globes and marionettes. On "The Sixth Sense," a DJ Premier banger and one of the greatest cuts to come out of the second golden age of hip hop, Common chided that "this industry will make you lo ... More >>
Wale Highline Ballroom Wednesday, November 2 Better than: watching next week, when the show will air on MySpace. The line had packed itself six-deep, turning the long sidewalk from the Highline Ballroom to Ninth Avenue into a traffic jam of Wale fans. Or maybe just fans of events. Or maybe sheep. ... More >>
Grunge days, revisited
Sort of the West Coast version of Amanda Lepore, Glamorous Monique was recently spotted at Amanda's Highline Ballroom concert, pursing her pillow lips and posing (for I'm not sure whom) all throughout it. She's really something. And she'll gladly show you her pendulous bosoms and maybe even ... More >>
The much-blogged about Bay Area rapper Kreayshawn, whose track "Gucci Gucci" sent her to the top of the trending-topics charts earlier this summer, will play a concert in New York City this Thursday. And we are giving away three pairs of tickets to the show, thus allowing you to check her out ... More >>
The Topic Prince: pop titan, funk master, scary multi-instrumentalist ("You've got to learn your part," New Power Generation bassist Levi Seacer Jr. told Spin in 1991; "Prince can always come over and play your part"), master songwriter, greatest pop star of the '80s, unending inspiration to ... More >>
N.E.R.D. Highline Ballroom Tuesday, May 31 Better than: Sweating in the heat outdoors, but only barely. Jumping into the event-planning space normally afforded to Heineken and other higher-end brands, Coors Light tried to put on a show last night. Vinyl banners, hanging from the VIP section, gave ... More >>
This festival means business
Any old band (My Morning Jacket, Weezer) can do multiple shows here and play one full "classic" record a night, but cult Australian college-rock lifers the Church (they of "Under the Milky Way Tonight," see) have hit upon a novel innovation to celebrate their 30th anniversary: three full reco ... More >>
It's officially fall, y'all. And while that means, unfortunately, that Pavement Week has come to a close, we have a full schedule of dance-y affairs to keep you busy through the weekend. For the most part, we'll recommend you stay city-side. That is, unless seeing Zach Baron play black metal ... More >>
Brandon Flowers Highline Ballroom Thursday, August 26 But seriously, "Bette Davis Eyes"! Is that not a perfect fit for this guy? Blatantly nostalgic, a little serious, a little corny, a little, uh, smokey? You like it just a little more than you're willing to publicly admit? A perfect cover tune ... More >>
Goodbye to all that. Photo by Sam Horine.In the week one of our team successfully transitioned into the "expert" phase of her juggalo fascination, the rest of us just kind of got silly. Hence: the top ten songs named "Fuck You" or the immediate equivalent; Jay-Z's ten most shameful rock and r ... More >>
YYYYYOOOOOOOO!Fresh from a triumphant Highline Ballroom show Tuesday night, avowed Brooklyn gentrification adversary Joell Ortiz teams up with Atlanta rapper Playboy Tre, whose Liquor Store Mascot was one of the best mixtapes of 2009, and who is better at saying the word MAAAAAAAN than anyone ... More >>
Tonight, the second viewing of Blood Into Wine, the documentary on Tool frontman James Maynard Keenan's brass-knuckled corkscrew domination of the Arizona winemaking frontier, aptly commences at the City Winery. Meanwhile, cowboy punk Reverend Horton Heat delivers his second sermon of "epically s ... More >>
Tonight, Dan Deacon, the life-affirming ("Who wants to live forever!?") king of spazzcore, plays the Cake Shop alongside Ponytail's Dustin Wong, a comparably minimalistic acoustic doodler. Over at Party Expo, the ubiquitous Das Racist celebrate Street Boners' hipster fashion joke book, while Briti ... More >>
The Lovin' Spoonful: "Believe our fucking magic."Tonight, you have three options: a) scalp tickets to see raspy, huckleberry emoters Mumford & Sons at the Music Hall of Williamsburg or a surprisingly non-confrontational (as of late) Nas at the Highline Ballroom; b) drop by B.B. King's and ca ... More >>
Kaki King all tied up It was no small feat when Kaki King became the first woman to make Rolling Stone's "Guitar God" list in 2006 -- so don't pass up a chance to bask in her fret-tapping, slap-bass glory at the Bowery Ballroom. Then, Webster Hall wards off pervs and creeps with Jesse Murphy ... More >>
Janelle Monáe Highline Ballroom Thursday, April 8 Bad Sign #1: We are greeted in the Highline Ballroom atrium by a cardboard cutout of Janelle, sci-fi r&b heroine extraordinaire, holding a sign informing us that we must listen to The Archandroid (that's her upcoming album) from beginning ... More >>
Figured this one deserved an encore.In the week Aimee Mann heard the phrase "Eat a hot bowl of dicks" for the first time, we made suggestions for her inevitable reconciliation with Ice-T, whose acting she at first did not sufficiently respect. Perhaps it'll involve Key Largo, Jon Brion, "Cop ... More >>
One of Fabolous' 23 victims. (Note: number is approximate.)Well, we survived another April Fool's Day, a/k/a the worst Internet day of the year, casting aside this year's wan hoaxes and getting to the good stuff: Fucked Up, sued by an energy-drink juggernaut for bad-mouthing SXSW? Hilarious! ... More >>
Jay-Z, reigning singles champ of the Voice's own Pazz & Jop poll, makes his triumphant return to Madison Square Garden tonight. But for those of who have yet to accept him as the new Frank Sinatra, you and our beloved contest winners can head to the Highline Ballroom for some glossy synth-pop ... More >>
?uestlove dedicates this warehouse party to MLK
NYC is a town of transplants, a fact that's never more obvious than during the holiday season. While thousands of New Yorkers take off work early and spend hours upon hours in traffic, at the airport, and stuck in train stations, we think those of you who are left in town should make the most of i ... More >>
This is why this man gets work with FOX News. Fucked Up photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week everybody dressed like some version of themselves from 15 years ago--or just said fuck it and went all in and pretended to be a giant bag of cocaine--we killed worthless punk nostalgia dead at that Vic ... More >>
Last night. Say Anything Highline Ballroom Wednesday, November 4 A partial list of emphatic statements sung in joyous unison by the predominantly teenaged, surprisingly female-centric crowd at tonight's narcissistic mall-punk extravaganza:
Photo by Brennan Cavanaugh We caught up with Reverend Billy, the Green Party candidate for Mayor of New York we interviewed in April, and asked how the campaign was going. We're in the third act of this drama. The opening act was orientation -- the whole world of politics, a steep learning cur ... More >>
--Perez Hilton is suing Black Eyed Peas manager Polo Molina for battery and "infliction of emotional distress," after, you know, he got punched for calling Will.I.Am something homophobic. Hilton's lawyer said in a statement: "Whether you love Perez or hate him, he is entitled to his freedom of speec ... More >>
The indomitable MG finally embraces his inner surly rock star
Funhouse is the most energetic divorce record probably ever
Wry tales of ill-advised crushes from a singer-songwriter as blunt as she is funny
Black Dice remain willfully obtuse, but at least they're more playful now