On Thursday night, Scotland's Simple Minds -- which was born the same year as Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Van Der Beek and Jon "Napoleon Dynamite" Heder (1977) -- wrap up its first U.S. tour in over a decade at Roseland Ballroom. For a lot of people, the band's usefulness begins and ends with thei ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>
The other day, I found myself flipping through records in massive clothing chain Urban Outfitters. I know. I had certain expectations about what I'd find: Bob Marley, Dr. Dre, maybe some new dance records like Niki & The Dove, and not much else. Basically, the vinyl equivalent of a sidewalk dorm roo ... More >>
Amelia Bushell and Thomas Servidone, the duo behind Brooklyn dream-pop outfit Belle Mare, think it's funny when I ask if they're romantically involved. Walking through the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair on a crowded Saturday afternoon, they insist they're more like siblings. Though you (correctly) wouldn ... More >>
Greetings and 'Hallelujah'
If you listen closely to Ke$ha's songs (and is there any other way to listen to Ke$ha?), you already know quite a bit about her. She wakes up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy. She uses a bottle of Jack to brush her teeth (which sounds dangerous). Etc. Etc. So on. So forth. ANYWAY, to learn more, ... More >>
From pulling needles full of dope out of Iggy Pop's arm just before showtime and helping turn Jim Morrison into a sex symbol (becoming Morrison's sworn enemy in the process), to unleashing the Ramones upon the world and later becoming one of the globe's leading music journalists, Danny Fields has be ... More >>
"The Beastie Boys were just silly," says Dutch-based documentary maker Bram Van Splunteren. "You couldn't do a serious interview with those guys. They were just goofing around. We had them rap down the phone but I don't remember any kind of content from that interview." Back in the mid-'80s, Splunt ... More >>
Superchunk, Duff McKagan's Loaded, Upper West, Zulu Wave Times Square Saturday, July 7 Better than: The matinee showing of Sister Act. Originally slated to play a headlining gig at Beekman Beer Garden as part of the CBGB Festival, word went out early last week that Superchunk instead would play ... More >>
Photo courtesy the Winey NeighborA little rock and roll with that red?Oenophiles in Prospect Heights will be pleased to discover that a new boutique wine shop has opened in the neighborhood. Run by husband and wife Kenneth Hung and Young Jung, the Winey Neighbor (679 Washington Avenue, 345-71 ... More >>
Mick Rock’s iconic images on view
People are in a bit of an uproar over this week's announcement that Nickelbackthe Canadian post-grungers whose seventh album, Here And Now, comes out later this monthwould be the halftime entertainment during the Thanksgiving Day NFL tilt between the Detroit Lions and the Green ... More >>
Long were the days when my nights when my days once revolved around you. Cool Spotify timewaster of the day: If you search for "year:xxxx-xxxx" the browser will display the most popular songs released in that range in descending order. So what does this tell us about, say, this morning's heal ... More >>
Michael Becker/FOX Judging by the slavering praise the judges heaped on every last candidate on Wednesday night's American Idol, it was hard to even guess at who would go home this week. Still, losing Pia Toscano is a pretty big surprise. She's one of the few people on the show who actually ... More >>
Nate "Igor" SmithA few of the many Iron Maiden fans Igor photographed last night. Iron Maiden Monday, July 12 Madison Square Garden There is, still to this day, an Iron Maiden dress code. It consists of denim. A black T-shirt with the band's logo in that inimitable Metal Lord font. And somewhere i ... More >>
Some thoughts on last night's American Idol results show: -- So Casey James is now back in the welcoming arms of total and complete obscurity. Nice one, America! High fives all around! I was vaguely terrified that Casey would somehow sneak his way into the top two, but no, no coup for medioc ... More >>
A quasi-date with the writer, ringmaster, and newly minted graphic novelist
How much is that mosh pit in the boutique window?
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Verbose euphoria triumphs over beery, sad-sack country cliché
An East Village staple evolves, but dies a little in the process
Mick Rock's got good aim at the Soho Grand; RIP Stefan Lockdown
The angstiest wigga alive exercises privilege, bears cross, rallies flock, begs forgiveness
Autumnal crank can't sit down, even in the fall of his years
Kvelling over damn near a dozen meanings of life, their average length close to an hour
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