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Here are the 10 best shows to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.
Active Child hit Mercury Lounge
Scattered cosmic dust
Annabel MehranJoanna Newsom. This week in the Village Voice, out now: Grayson Currin examines the state of the freak-folk scene, which eight years ago seemed to dominate the American indie landscape; and J. Pablo talks to Jim Jones about chess, TV, and the meaning of the "Vampire Life."
The 2011 edition of Da Capo's annual anthology Best Music Writing which this year was guest edited by The New Yorker classical writer and The Rest Is Noise author Alex Ross; Daphne Carr has been the series editor since 2006contains 32 essays and is augmented by a a jumbo-sized "Other N ... 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 >>
Shadowy, piano-playing chanteuse Caitlin Pasko is Lacrymosa, a drifty-dreamy fog of theatrical belting, twisted art-folk croon, bold melodies, and spectral tenderness--a haunted house version of uneasy troubadours like Antony, Joanna Newsom, or Bat For Lashes. After spending 18 years living in the ... More >>
A tipster pal sends along a photo of Saturday Night Live castmates Andy Samberg and Will Forte hanging out in the will-call line at last night's Pearl Jam concert at MSG. Note the era-appropriate flannel! Our pal Hipster Runoff might have something to say about the man who dates indie rock go ... More >>
Jamming up north not too long ago. Joanna Newsom Town Hall Thursday, March 18 "Did you say, 'Play faster?' she asks. "No! Fantastic!" replies one of several hundred rapt, lusting, audience-bound gentlemen. Thought so.
My compatriots are either in Texas for SXSW or Mexico for MtyMx (reminder to Zach: Do not buy or sell drugs) at the moment, but it's beautiful out in NYC right now so I am surprisingly not bitter about being left here to recap a week marred, unfortunately, by the death of power-pop god Alex Chilto ... More >>
Tonight, Joanna Newsom spares you her baby/grandma coos -- her first New York outing in support of her new triple album, Have One on Me, is sold out at Town Hall, as is the Scissor Sisters show at Bowery Ballroom. So with the two biggest concerts of the night beyond reach, and with all those ... More >>
Joanna Newsom shares secrets of the heart
A small shift at the top of the charts this week -- snoozy country act Lady Antebellum retakes the top spot, with Need You Now selling 126,000 copies to the smoky Sade album Soldier Of Love's 79,000 -- is followed by a slew of debuts from artists of varying notoriety. Polarizing American Idol ... More >>
Hey look, it's Michael Bolton. Photo by the intrepid Rob Harvilla.In the week we attended a cocktail party at Michael Bolton's house, we learned that the god has a Kanye platinum plaque on his wall and the finest Scrabble board Toys R Us sells on his mantle. Our guided tour of New York's most ... More >>
America's harp-plucking sweetheart scales back on her new, uh, triple album
A solemn tribute to once-hot-shit trends that (mostly) won't be joining us in the '10s
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. Since emo already ruined rock music for a generation, why not just take rap too?
Sufjan Stevens Bowery Ballroom Monday, October 5 Chippy night down at the ol' Bowery. Heading downstairs we pass a heated argument between two hungry patrons and a bouncer defending the club's "all exits are final" policy. The men's bathroom is briefly closed due to unfortunate leakage; "hold it, ... More >>
Recently, rock photographer Lauren Dukoff released Family, a collection of photography which, among other things, chronicles the photographer's long friendship with Devandra Banhart. The book also presents Dukoff's portraits of Vetiver, Bat for Lashes, Joanna Newsom, and other musicians/artists/frie ... More >>
Last week's prediction: I hear the new Animal Collective is pretty good... Nevada City is a Denis Johnson-type Northern California mountain town whose chief economic/cultural export is hippies, more or less: Joanna Newsome, Gary Snyder, Utah Phillips, Terry Riley, and the 25-year-old Adela Diane. T ... More >>
Amanda Petrusich Thursday, September 11, 7 p.m. Book Court 163 Court Street, Brooklyn, 718-875-3677 Amanda Petrusich, author of It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, and the Search for the Next American Music, reads tonight at Book Court, in a decidedly non-Lost Highways district of Brooklyn. ... More >>
Why Vampire Weekends high-society fetishizations cant help but drive you to Black Flag
If you have not yet heard the two-headed heavenly beast that is Harptallica, get ready to bow before the beauty of post-irony. Harptallica is a pair of young women who do two very important things: 1) They pluck celestial sounds from gilded harps. 2) They do so while covering Metallica's greatest ... More >>
Fickle artists reinvent the remix, and themselves
America's Next Top Redneck Model invades Hollywood, retains Nashvillian charm
From this gentleman's blog. DOWN IN FRONT by Rob Harvilla A story in which the (Guitar) Hero fingers a plastic axe and tries to crush his enemies. The results are inconclusive. LOUISIANA REPORT by Larry Blumenfeld Second-line parades are endangered in New Orleans. ACLU to the rescue. CRED SHEET ... More >>
The Internet may eventually kill "the album" as a concept, but 2006 kept the concept album alive
The poll's upper echelons drive us crazy, or at least drive us to drink
Joanna and Neko storm the Top 10 with dancing bears and several trips to the river
For the week of November 814, 2006
Stuff you need to know to avoid ostracism
Joanna Newsom is nobody's pixie, sprite, bear, fairy, or folk freak
On the beauty but hollow humanity of micromanaged Mac rock
Across the sky sheet the impossible birds in a steady illiterate movement homewards