You can't really know where you're headed unless you know where you've been. For that reason, we're taking a look back at Pazz & Jop 2012 to drill down into the ballots of contributors and voters who participated. Maybe amongst the rubble we'll find clues about what lies ahead for music lovers in 20 ... More >>
- Live: Crystal Castles Rule Hard
- Crystal Castles: Better Than Justice
- Mess Up the Sound at A Crystal Castles Show at Your Own Risk, Apparently
Over the years there have been many a male/female music duo that have done the damn thang--White Stripes, Sleigh Bells, Glass Candy, Royal Tr ... More >>
"I don't think any indie pop bands or fans really cried out for attention," Clyde Erwin Barretto told the Voice in this week's feature about the recent rise of New York's indie pop scene. Well, they're getting some.
The NYC Popfest, co-organized by Barretto, recently marked its sixth year of celeb ... More >>
WFMU DJ, music journalist and frequent Voice contributor Jesse Jarnow has just released Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock (Gotham), a voluminous tome that dissects Hoboken's finest Amerindie pioneers' journey from their childhood beginnings all the way to their current place as ... More >>
This weekend, Governors Ball took over Randall's Island for the latest installment of "Can New York City Host Its Own Major Music Festival?" Founders Entertainment, organizers of the second annual fest (that's what All Points West said, too), decided to go the "diverse" route, but at least they were ... More >>
The Governors Balltaking place at Randalls IslandJune 23 and 24has added another headliner to its lineup, which is already led by the likes of Passion Pit, Beck, and Fiona Apple. Kid Cudi, the recently alt-rock-water-testing rapper from Chicago, will play on Saturday, which will also h ... More >>
The 2012 running of the Governor's Ball, which debuted last year as a single-day festival, will be bigger and bolder than its inaugural outing. Held this June 23 and 24, the festival is moving to Randall's Island, expanding to two days from one, and hosting Beck (playing his first NYC show since 200 ... More >>
Thursday, November 10
Better than: A rock show without a reclining Pope sculpture looming above.
During the afterparty for the Guggenheim Museum's annual International Gala Thursday night, held in honor of Maurizio Cattelan and his triump ... More >>
Take a holiday with Vampire Weekend at the MTK Music Festival. And go shopping!
After many stabs at hosting multi-day music festivals on Long Island (Field Day Fest, we knew you when), August 2011, at least for now, brings us two festivals happening on the East End: Escape To New York kicks off tomo ... More >>
The Truck America Festivala three-day fest happening in the middle of September at the Full Moon Resort in kinda-up-there Big Indian, N.Y.has announced its full slate of performers. Joining the already-confirmed Wye Oak, Hold Steady, and Okkervil River on the bill are a slew of ... More >>
Bright Eyes/Superchunk/WILD FLAG
Radio City Music Hall
Tuesday, March 8
Better Than: Oh, come on. I'm not making a Roseland Ballroom joke.
We need to talk about Nate Walcott. You long ago made up your mind about Conor Oberst, and if you've never found in-house producer/utility man Mike Mogis' wa ... More >>
Star-studded lineup videos: now a thing.
Yes, the Tennessee mega-festival, now in its tenth (!) year, has announced its initial lineup, the usual melange of rappers, rockers, and jam-band monoliths, this year headlined by Eminem and Arcade Fire, only one of whom won the Album of the Year Grammy 48 ... More >>
"There are always exceptions -- black swans, lone wolves, whatever. And I'm one of those exceptions."
Pic by Barbara PowersAs the rest of the indie-rock throng find success by getting in the van, crashing on icky floors, and playing an endless string of shows from one coast to the other, the ... More >>
"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 >>
Good luck learning all the chord changes in "Jane Says," dudeSo TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek has joined Jane's Addiction, in some unspecified bassist/songwriter/possibly-non-touring-member capacity, which is super bizarre when you first hear about it, but is, upon reflection, not the stranges ... More >>
Welcome to Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: Rob Harvilla, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. We'll be here all week!
Dear Rob, Sean, Rich, and Maura,
I believe, as per ... More >>
Ah M.I.A., it just wasn't your year, was it? Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In 2010, Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire both had #1 records. LCD Soundsystem, Spoon, MGMT, the National, M.I.A, and Sufjan Stevens all had albums debut in the top ten. Kanye West joined Twitter. Drake started a riot in New ... More >>
You may regard Conor Oberst and his ongoing Bright Eyes concern as emblematic of a pasty, Paste-addled strain of whiny indie rock, but as such they can still be wildly entertaining: Last time I saw him, Oberst was kicking the crap out of a toy piano (with help from Dave Rawlings!) onstage at ... More >>
Making the rounds this week is a New York Magazine article entitled "What Was the Hipster?" Written by n 1's Mark Greif, the piece is meant as a critical history of an era pegged to have lasted just 10 years, from 1999 to 2009. The moment supposedly began with the move of Vice magazine from M ... More >>
Given the resounding success of last week's declaration that 2010 is the Year of the Indie Pet, it behooves us to provide you with more evidence of this Very Important Trend. Which brings us to "Chinchilla Mohair Room," a slightly confusing, slightly ridiculous blog dedicated to a furry Mo ... More >>
It's understandable, your depression/jealousy/irritation at not being physically present in Las Vegas this weekend for Matador Records' bizarrely elaborate Matador at 21 spectacle, featuring just about every major label act you could possibly desire unless you're, like, a die-hard Thinking Fe ... More >>