Better Than: Known Mortal Orchestra and Oxygen.
Last night Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Foxygen played to a sold out Bowery Ballroom. Though UMO was given top billing, it really could have been a shared bill -- both are Jagjaguwar artists touring behind well received second albums that followed w ... More >>
Jon Barthmus of Philadelphia pop group Sun Airway (who open for M83 tomorrow and Wednesday night at Hammerstein Ballroom) has a hard time keeping things simple. When he started conceptualizing the new Sun Airway album Soft Fall, out this week on Dead Oceans, he imagined something much more minimal t ... More >>
Brooklyn's econo-electronics-mishmashing, art-rocking noisemakers Parts & Labor are calling it a day and throwing a farewell jamz bash to ring in the band's indefinite hiatus on Friday at 285 Kent. Conceived in the early aughts by electronic gnaw artists and dueling vocalists Dan Friel and (bassist) ... More >>
via Cats Who Look Like SkrillexWill this cat win Best New Artist?Welcome to Sound of the City's liveblog of the 54th Annual Grammys, coming to you live from a couch in Astoria. There are quite a few questions lurking around tonight's ceremony. Will Adele sweep the three major categories in wh ... More >>
Later this month Jagjaguwar is going to reissue the complete catalog of Supreme Dicks, an early-college-rock-era, Amherst-based band with a loosely revolving cast of characters and an unabashedly bleak outlook. Sound of the City has a taste of the reissues: an MP3 of the early Supreme Dicks track "J ... More >>
Bon Iver w/The Rosebuds
Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell
Wednesday, August 10
Better than: Going it alone.
The now nine-member collective known as Bon Iver has certainly evolved from its oft-retold cabin origins. At Prospect Park last night, the band showed off the ... More >>
Brooklyn stalwarts Oneida have been mowing down the NYC music strip for years with their scrapheap of trippy psychedelia, acoustic pluckin' and pickin', organ-splattered rock histrionics and apeshit improvisational forays. In 2006, they capped off their monumental LP Happy New Yea ... More >>
Tonight two Brooklyn-based acts, Chris Mills and Bird Of Youth, will celebrate the release of their new albums at the Rock Shop. Mills is commemorating the release of The Heavy Years: 2000-2010 (Ernest Jenning), which chronicles the past decade of his resplendent, Americana-tinged pop; Bird ... More >>
When last we heard from Brooklyn noise-rock trio Parts & Labor, it was 2008, and they'd just made their emo-fuzz masterpiece, Recievers, a startlingly epic journey through a couple of seven-minute songs and a bunch of really pleasant melodies. It's taken them two years, but a follow up is fin ... More >>
Small Black at the Cake Shop during CMJ 2009Our pals at Jagjaguwar pass along the lineup for their CMJ showcase next month, featuring recent YIMBY darling Lia Ices, local muted pop savants Small Black, tightlipped Montreal whisper-disco purveyors Suuns, Bon Iver drummer S. Carey, and the glit ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.
Eric OgdenUplifting in a Kate Bush way, uneasy in a Cat Power way, the 2008 debut from Brooklyn dreamcatcher Lia Ices was a slept-on slow-burner full of haunting crooning, minimalist pianos, and shi ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. This is a compilation of 2009's best local music, lovingly curated by YIMBY columnist Christopher R. Weingarten
Your curator this evening, lost in the Death By Audio maze. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.Ne ... More >>
Matthew Perpetua posts the numbers behind one of the more visible/influential year-end lists out--so what do they mean? Well, for one thing, the once and future Brooklyn triumvirate of Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, and Dirty Projectors really sold records. About 300K of them, to be exact-- ... More >>