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    October 29, 2013

    The Secret to Getting Publicity for Your Band

    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 >>

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    April 29, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in NYC This Week, 4/29/13

    Kim Gordon, ?uestlove, Andrew Bird and Andrew W.K. walk into a Masonic Temple ... these are the 10 best shows in NYC this week.

  • Voice Choices

    March 13, 2013
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    December 8, 2010

    The 10 Biggest Music Stories of 2010

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Is It Possible to Sell Out in 2010?

    ​Today's New York Times brings a startling bit of news: the sneaker company Converse is opening a recording studio in the heart of Williamsburg, to be called Converse Rubber Tracks, where bands "deemed dedicated and needy enough" will be able to record for free. Artists selected to use the spa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Ten Bands From The '90s That Haven't Reunited

    Mark Ibold, still happier about the Pavement reunion than you are​So Chavez is reuniting, or whatever you want to call it. A Pavement reunion just dominated most of last week in New York City. Before that, it was a never-dissolved-but-certainly-largely-inactive Superchunk. In the past few year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    What This Year's Bizarre Chart Results (Arcade Fire! #1!) Say About the State of Music in 2010

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!​If the band Spoon can be trusted, then Billboard is about to announce (and here we are!) that the Arcade Fire and their label, Merge, have the #1 record in the country. (They've already done it in the UK.) The Suburbs sold 156,000 copies its first week out, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Download the Library Is On Fire's Awesomely '90s-Revival Anthem "Vanessa's Theatre of Peace"

    Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. ​Brooklyn trio The Library Is On Fire is a straightforward, all-thrills, unpretentious alt-rock blast--a band that understands the perfect balance between noise and melody. It helps that frontman Ste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz Do a Pretty Good Julian Casablancas Impression, It Turns Out (And Casablancas Does a Great "I Wish It Was Christmas Today")

    Watching the live taping of the Jawbox episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon the other week, we were reminded of the utter weirdness of the late night TV variety show format. On TV, because Letterman et al have done it for so long and so well, it's come to seem normal, but make no mistake: thes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    This Week's Voice: Jawbox, Pill, Holiday Music Roundup, Best Books of 2009, Avatar, and More

    Who had this photo in their office pool a decade ago? Jawbox on Fallon. Photo by Anything Photographic.​In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla ventures up to 30 Rock to have lunch with Jawbox on the eve of the D.C. punk band's one-off reunion on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, while Jayson G ... More >>

  • Music

    December 15, 2009

    Lunch With Jawbox

    Jimmy Fallon boasts a bizarre but wonderful D.C. punk reunion

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    ​Sailors used to roll around the city like Gene Kelly, but security concerns and technology have changed things, and now they mostly stay on the ships or, if they're lucky, at rare havens like the Seafarers & International House. The men whose boats brought you almost everything you have are m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Week in Review: Bros4Life

    Not even the 15th worst record this decade. Have a good weekend!​In the week our F2K crew quantitatively decided that though Nickleback and Gym Class Heroes are bad, William Hung and Hinder were a whole lot worse, we continued to count down the worst songs of the '00s. That Santana song keepin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Jawbox Played Jimmy Fallon's Show, And It Was Pretty Rad

    Way way more on this later, but let's just say NBC studios hosted an impromptu D.C. punk reunion yesterday, both for Jawbox's actual performance of "Savory," above, and the coupla bonus tunes they played at a super-awesome, super-weird lunchtime sound-check, below. Way more on this later.

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Week in Review: The F. Scott Fitzgerald of American Indie Rock

    Photo of South Williamsburg's the Woods by Puja Patel​In the week in which everyone went to rock and roll fantasy camp--whether it be the one that takes place inside the Colbert Report studios with the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle or the one that takes place on the disco dance floor with Vin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Jawbox Is Doing Jimmy Fallon In December

    ​As rumored, outstanding D.C. post-hardcore crew Jawbox are reuniting, if only for a Jimmy Fallon performance December 8, ostensibly to promo the imminent reissue of For Your Own Special Sweetheart, which is plenty rad, but don't sleep on 1996's self-titled follow-up neither. Shouldn't you guy ... More >>

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    December 22, 2006
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    September 11, 2001

    Sound Checks

    Your Choices Guide to Four Nights of CMJ Music