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As Pavement's literate, sardonic frontman, Stephen Malkmus redefined indie rock in the '90s with a lo-fi, slacker sound. After the band dissolved in 1999, he turned his creative attention to a quasi-solo career with his trusty band of Jicks. During this second act, Malkmus has never appeared bothere ... More >>
About this time five years ago, I was driving around with the radio tuned to a classic rock station when whatever super-computer Clear Channel uses to program its stations decided it was time for "Heart of Gold." "That was Neil Young," the DJ bantered afterwards. "Congrats to him for winning his fir ... More >>
Singles were added to the Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics' poll for the music of 1979 issue. Before that, only albums were ranked in the poll, which began in 1971, then stopped for three years before returning for good in early 1975 to recap the music of 1974. Here's a rundown of the top ten singl ... More >>
A total fucking godhead of bass guitar shred, Black Flag's Chuck Dukowski annihilated the four-string on massively iconic records like Damaged while penning a chunk of BF's most iconic tunes ("My War," "I Love You"). Dukowski, along with guitarist Greg Ginn, Joe Carducci and his BF mates at the helm ... More >>
Here are the 10 best concerts in the city this week, in no particular order.
In this time of literal and figurative Armageddon, nothing is shocking in regard to musical reformations, reunions or resurrections. I could tell you a hologram of Jim Morrison was about to record a duet with Ke$HA at Sun Studios and you probably wouldn't bat an eye. But when rumblings came down the ... More >>
By Brad Cohan Joe Carducci not only played a monumental role in helping run and co-own SST Records in its glorious 1980's heyday when Black Flag, Minutemen, Hüsker Dü and Meat Puppets were the reigning kings of the Amerindie underground, but he also famously penned the lyrics for the Minutemen's ... More >>
Keith Morris, a few years shy of 60, remains typically snotty as hell, with trademark grimy dreads hanging from a head splotched with bald spots. But he also happens to be one happy camper. The iconoclastic ex-Black Flag bawlerwhose bratty freak-puke was on SST Records' initial release (the N ... More >>
From off the streets of the City Of Lakes (that's Minneapolis) comes Howler, who serve as a reminder that ferocity, vulnerability, and yearning spring eternal in young bands' breasts. Although Howler, with their new album America Give Up, throws in more catchy, crunchy riffsnot to mention a J ... More >>
The Meat Puppets' thirty-year journey can be divided into a trio of disparate trajectories: the mind-melting Deadhead-cum-hardcore desert-rock genius of their SST Records years (1982-89); the glossy, muscular grunge-lite of the successful major-label stint they enjoyed in the 90's (thanks in ... More >>
Down on the upside with rock evangelist
When the subject of women in punk and rock is broached, the usual suspects often come up: Kim Gordon, Kathleen Hanna, Patti Smith, Kim Deal and Debbie Harry. The injustice here is how punk-rock bassist Kira (born Kira Roessler) is rarely mentioned in the same breathnot that she cares m ... More >>
Ian ConeThe 100 Biggest Assholes in Rock Issue, The Shit List Issue, The Overrated, The Rock Bible--Chunklet mastermind Henry Owings redefined the 'zine aesthetic with his deliciously wisecracking, ass-chewing tongue, dumping on everyone and their mother while taking a little bit of time to e ... More >>
The Twilight Singers' Dynamite Steps plumbs new depths of dark spirituality
This photo (by Rob Trucks) was actually not taken last night, though he was wearing the same shirt and everything.The Hold Steady Music Hall of Williamsburg Sunday, January 30 Better Than: Watching the SAG Awards, whatever they are. "It's Sunday night," Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn says ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Brooklyn bubblegum-bashers Pregnant may roll deep to the ickiest, grimiest pigfuckiest loft parties in Brooklyn, but their music is sticky-sweet sugar-pop euphoria. Think Hüsker Dü, think Jawbreak ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. This is a compilation of 2010's best local music, lovingly curated by YIMBY columnist Christopher R. Weingarten. See last year's tape here. R.I.P. Chris Weingarten's old blue trucker hat. Photo by Rebecca ... More >>
photo by Steve GullickFar right: Stephen McBean Vancouver's Black Mountain are usually considered two things: 1) a musical collective spearheaded by guitarist/vocalist Stephen McBean; 2) heir apparent to some vague Black Sabbath torch. While the former isn't necessarily true--they've settled down a ... More >>
Let's just take one more moment to wonder here at a mountainside festival in Monterrey, Mexico, with a ticket that will run you a cool $30 for three days, 75 bands, a bunch of visual artists, and a shuttle running from SXSW in Austin across the border three times a day. That's about as real a ... More >>
An underground metal titan juggles, like, 500 different projects
The back patio in 2007 Let it be known that Todd P's deftly orchestrated unofficial all-day parties are one of the SXSW's undisputed highlights, tucked a few blocks away from the main Sixth Street drag on the back patio of Ms. Bea's, the best dive bar South of Rosemary's Greenpoint Tavern. So we a ... More >>
A rare chance to meet the pioneering punk producer.
Innovation reigns, from 36-CD retrospectives to the Hüsker Dü of free jazz
It takes an intrepid listener to dig out of this year's jazz avalanche
Boston postpunk legends return for more guttural howls and first-lady jokes.
Thinning on top, the leaders of the Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies, and Husker Du try to make their aged alt-rock last forever
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Oozing Pus, Monster Trucks, Bleeding Brains, Broken Glass, and Beaver
All My Ex's Don't Live in Paris, Texas