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 >>
Here's your carefully crafted guide to blowing your paycheck this week.
Better Than: The last asshole who broke your heart. Elena Tonra stood sheepishly, having just returned to the stage of the Bowery Ballroom with the rest of her trio--the English indie folk band Daughter--for an encore. The previous hour was filled with her emotionally poignant and aggressive music, ... More >>
The Visual Stimulations for People Who Were High Coachella's art installations -- the ones designed to impress you while you're high, aka all of them -- were particularly impressive this year. There was the tesla coil, the crane that was formerly a flower but now a praying mantis, the giant floresce ... More >>
Hot Chip Roseland Ballroom 4/9/13 Better Than: About 90% of whatever's usually going on at Roseland Ballroom. Like, what was the last show you've been to there? I've been to two in four years. In 2013, most people making dance music in the mainstream don't really look like Hot Chip. Avicii's blon ... More >>
Here are the 10 best shows around the city this week, in no particular order.
London’s Hot Chip move up in New York
Here are the10 best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.
Help Disclosure get the Music Hall of Williamsburg dancing
Hot Chip comes to Terminal 5
New Build will appeal to fans of Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem, if only because it's made up of members of Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem. The triowhich will expand to a seven-piece (!!!) live band for its two sold-out shows at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday and Wednesdaycounts among its membe ... More >>
"Kiss the fuckin' bride, man!" Pics by Chris.Theophilus London/DJ Complex Dominion NY Tuesday, January 25 Better Than: A regular Tuesday night elsewhere. Not enough new venues are opening up in New York these days, so tonight's grand opening of Dominion NY near Astor Place is a happening, a ... More >>
Time to learn about this albumPazz & Jop's album chart is officially ranked by points: Each voter has 100 to hand out, with no album receiving more than 30 or less than 5. There are, of course, a bunch of ways to turn that mass of music data into revealing lists. Here are four of them.
"The whole chart thing is kind of like sports," said an unimpressed Merge label chief Laura Ballance, back when Arcade Fire hit #1 on the Billboard charts. That may well be true. But if selling records is like sports, Arcade Fire are weirdly good at it, considering they're a bunch of spindly ... More >>
Norman WongTake a look above at Holy Fuck. Those blank, wide-eyed creatures make berzerker caveman grooves, a primitive stomping of drums and keyboard mashing. This vented fury is best exemplified by their MySpace quote: "Who the fuck is Bilbo Baggins?!" They begin your Friday night at Cake S ... More >>
Tonight Hot Chip performs at Terminal 5 alongside Gang Gang Dance... but you knew that already. Tickets have been sold out for weeks; so go nuts on Craigslist, stand outside an hour before the doors, or just go to the afterparty, which goes down at Webster Hall with the Hot Chip fellas on the ... More >>
Hot Chip leave the lasers at home
Liars and Fol Chen in NYC
Featuring the odd return of 1995, in the persons of Soundgarden and Green Day, modern arena-rock surrogates the Strokes, Arcade Fire, MGMT, Phoenix, the National, and the Black Keys, and who else but Lady Gaga? Music is a befuddling tapestry in which Cypress Hill will always have a home. Comp ... More >>
After a bold display of self-sexing irony (he recently covered a Hot Chip song and renamed it "I Feel Bonnie"), woodsy folksman Bonnie "Prince" Billy is hitting Monster Island for two shows in one night. Catch the late show at 10:15 to make room for the prickly, reverb-soaked dance ditties of Holi ... More >>
The guys of Girls play with actual girls
Oh, hey, look, Hot Chip outed themselves as a boy band. The video for their new single, "I Feel Better," stars the infinitely more macho Kyng, Mar'Vaine, Octavian, and Popeye, all of whom, based solely on spelling, have better names than yours and dance moves straight from the Backstreet Boys, cir ... More >>
In the week a chipped tooth kept Lil Wayne out of jail and a secretive, proprietary Billboard chart made a success out of his new, abysmal Rebirth, we pulled our Paul Wall grills out of the closet, just in case. You never know when your hood pass might get pulled, you know? Care for a Sightings p ... More >>
Former NYFD Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta was deeply involved in the Deutsche Bank debacle that cost two firefighters their lives. Now a change has come: Salvatore Cassano is commissioner. And he, says Wayne Barrett, is even more deeply involved. The posters for Gary Marshall's new film ... More >>
Yeasayer' Chris Keating, looking sharp. Photo by Santiago Felipe.In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla recounts the charms of Odd Blood, Yeasayer's latest fretless-bass campfire dance party, Stacey Anderson watches Obama's State of the Union with Gil Scott-Heron, Drew Hinshaw on the retu ... More >>
Ever since Hot Chip got home from its seemingly never-ending world tours in support of Made in the Dark, the English quintet has been laying groundwork for their next five years. Guitarist Al Doyle and synth player Felix Martin built their own recording studio. Vocalist and synth player Joe Goddar ... More >>
Sweet nothings and Xbox shout-outs lively up One Life Stand
Courtesy of MySpace, but of course. Free Energy are SOTC-approved party-starters ("The most fun I'll see a room have all week," Zach once averred, and that was CMJ week, and Hot Chip's imminent One Night Stand is reliably excellent "Flight of the Conchords but (kind of) serious" electro-pop. ... More >>
DJs roam free at the Electric Zoo
The highlight of the new Flight of the Conchords season thus far, provided above, is a song about their testicles, i.e. "Sugar Lumps," which is both the good and the bad news. (The Voice food brigade is enraptured with this clip as well.) I will admit to liking this a lot more than I feel that I ... More >>
After playing the same lovely set of songs at a various spots in downtown NYC for the last handful of years, sometime-model and fashion plate Lissy Trullie finally has a record label, a studio EP, and a release date. Her Self-Taught Learner, named for the dreamily calm track that remains her best ... More >>
Yet more mellow gold
On the warm, wobbly, witty charms of Hot Chip