How did we go from the Rolling Stones to Fartbarf?
Look, the '80s are back in style in every way, and that's totally cool. It means pop music is more bearable than it's been in a long time. But there's a disturbing trend happening right now in metal. It's not quite that some top acts are aping the decade's worst aspects, but they're definitely star ... More >>
By Jena Ardell First, consider yourself lucky If you own one of the following t-shirts; then consider listing it on Etsy. These sellers are expecting mad cash for their rare band tees. Would you pay what they're asking to own one a piece of tour history? See also: These Odd Future Shirts Should No ... More >>
Experts. The world is full of them, now more than ever. There are panels full of them on cable news every night. They're clogging up your Twitter timeline. You overhear them everyday on the train. Everyone everywhere is an authority on everything. Everyone's an expert. Like "hipster" or "passion," t ... More >>
When we recently shared our 10 Best Dive Bars, including classics like Sophie's and the Times Square hole Jimmy's Corner, we also asked readers to nominate their own choices, via hashtag #vvdivebars and comments. Dive bars are personal -- every neighborhood has a great one, and every New Yorker has ... More >>
Here are the 10 best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
By Jason Roche Halloween is the time where it's acceptable to wallow in the creepy, the crawly, the dark, and the macabre. Sounds like the themes of heavy metal, year-round! Here then, are those most spine-tingliest metal album covers, for your All Hallow's Eve viewing pleasure. Step inside... Th ... More >>
Here is a video put together by an employee of the Chicago Music Exchange that purports to tell the story of rock and roll in 100 guitar riffs, which the guy manages to do in a single take. (They're not all perfect, but you try winding your fingers around the guitar parts for "Hot For Teacher" and " ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. For their blistering, spiraling second album psych/prog/metal titans Titan have adopted a strategy guitarist Josh Anzano tersely describes as, "less weed, more speed." This means abandoning the gorg ... More >>
Their album covers are still way better, thoughI will admit to being pretty super excited to learn that deathless heavy-metal icons Iron Maiden (who we love around here, as you may have heard) were suddenly taking public shots at Jay-Z's favorite Brooklynites. Confused? Yeah, that too. Skepti ... More >>
Not again! Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week we mostly spent anticipating tomorrow's Siren Festival, we talked at length with headliner Ted Leo, celebrated at a pre-party with Monotonix, and looked back at nine years worth of past triumphs. See you there, hopefully?
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 >>
So a couple hours ago Brooklyn Vegan seemed to post this year's Jelly Pool Party schedule, easily the most vital dance card for Brooklyn-is-the-center-of-the-universe types. But apparently it was some clown with access to the JPP braintrust's official Twitter account last year. BV posts a pho ... More >>
Where the soundtrack is more Jock Jams than Red State
"I actually threatened to throw the documentary crew off the plane while it was in the air one time." Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers and drummer Nicko McBrain sightseeing in Mexico In the annals of rock-star heroics, piloting your bandmates, roadies, and 12 tons of stadium equipment safely arou ... More >>
Rebecca Smeyne In the week we didn't go to the mud-soaked hobbit/hippie fest that is Bonnaroo (well, except for the top secret one of us who did, and is even now Twittering about it), all three members of SOTC did go to Prospect Park, where we wandered the green green grass 27,000 parents and thei ... More >>
Michael McKagan, better known as former Guns 'N Roses bassist/current Loaded frontman/guest-SOTC contributor Duff, has a 600-word piece in today's Times about his lifetime of experiences flying. Unlike, say, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson, who piloted his band's private 757 across the world l ... More >>
Compare with the original: If you, set adrift in your post-Crystal Castles crystalline stupor, missed the USC marching band perform Avenged Sevenfold's speed-metal jam "Almost Easy" at the Rose Bowl, a grainy handheld video of the halftime-show highlight is on YouTube (and conveniently placed a ... More >>
Recent history through a narrow prism
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Hey, kidsthe band is not Irony Maiden
Finnish cheese-metal outfit gets jiggy with it
What does the collar on a summer shirt signify? Interpretations go neck and neck.
Metal carnivores conceptualize in the land of ice and snow
Mix CD shows why people used to care about drum'n'bass
Knock back a few in Brooklyn's backwoods
Corporate Rock-Hack Bands Nobody Over 20 Ever Heard of Rule America