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These are the best jazz shows in NYC in September. Orrin Evans Pianist Orrin Evans of Philadelphia recently co-founded the artist collective Likemind, and for six nights at Jazz Standard (Sept. 3-8) he'll give a good idea of its breadth and purpose. He opens with Tarbaby, a quartet featuring renown ... More >>
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
The Melvins--immortal avant-metal overlords of cataclysmic, stadium-sized riffage, double-drum devastation and deliciously diabolical yelping--are the freakishly genius punk crushers that the late Kurt Cobain wished to high hell his band Nirvana could be. While Melvins idolizer Cobain is long gone, ... More >>
The borough is where it's at
These are the 10 best jazz shows in NYC this week.
The world according to Napalm Death is a terrible place where terrible people do terrible things; the methods those in power create and implement to increase injustice and suffering always improve, but everything else just gets worse. This seems like it would make remaining focused impossible, but N ... More >>
Terry & Gyan Riley Skirball Center, New York University Friday, September 14 Forro in the Dark, Debo Band Skirball Center, New York University Sunday, September 16 Better than: A Pink Floyd laser show. A couple of what used to be called "world music" actslocal Brazilian expats Forro in the ... More >>
Reedist Ilhan Ersahin seems reluctant to make too big a deal out of the fact that nublu, his multi-culti Avenue C nightspot, was shuttered for much of last year. On a recent evening, as he moved casually about the room in preparation for a blistering late-night appearance by the Sun Ra Arkestra, Ers ... More >>
tUnE-yArDs w/Micachu & the Shapes, Delicate Steve Terminal 5 Friday, June 1 Better than: Seeing the "Naked Cowgirl." Merrill Garbus was vamping on "Powa," one of the sexier tracks off tUnE-yArDs' w h o k i l l, when a sudden synthesizer malfunction interrupted her banshee wail with a country swing ... More >>
Sound of the City's monthlong tournament to determine the quintessential New York City musician (since 1955, the year of the Village Voice's founding) is taking over our site all March. The full schedule and results (as of March 23) below; you can also follow along with our bracket.
Antonia TricaricoMass hysteria took over the music web-o-sphere when Pitchfork blew its wad on the "breaking news" that Ian MacKaye revealed Fugazi might emerge from their self-imposed exile and "reunite one day." That's not to imply the members of D.C.'s most storied art-punk crew have been ... More >>
Brian Chase (l) and Alan Licht (r) perform at Kenny's Castaways on June 23. Second Annual Undead Jazzfest Kenny's Castaways, Sullivan Hall, (le) poisson rouge, The Bell House, Littlefield, CrossFit Gym, Homage Skateboard Training Facility Thursday, June 23 through Saturday, June 25 Better ... More >>
Eve Belgarian performs at The Stone tonight. While reading composer Martin Bresnick's long-but-fascinating personal essay last week, I came across the name of an artist whom I'd never heard of previously. Looking up that obscure name (Eric Stokes) on Amazon and ArchivMusic yielded a couple of ... More >>
Mike WolfHelen Rush, tinsel. Helen Rush/Samara Lubelski and Marcia Bassett The Stone Sunday, April 17 Better than: Obsessing over the Sunday knot in your belly. The Stone, if you've never been, is John Zorn's ascetic performance space on Avenue C: no bar, no guest lists, just a narrow room ... More >>
Two benefits for Japan draw marquee names
If Todd gets his way you may not miss the old place muchTotally did not expect to see über-promoter Todd Patrick beaming from the virtual pages of both Grub Street, but there he is and the Voice's own Fork in the Road, eagerly discussing the new restaurant/club he's looking to open at Avenue ... More >>
Living legends and budding artistes alike break out, rise up, and move beyond
A happy customer demonstrates how to eat a Holland herring. They're best consumed in the company of understanding friends. The nieuwe maatjes season has officially begun: as of this morning, the aquatic delicacies, otherwise known as new catch Holland herring, are available at Russ & Daughte ... More >>
Michael Gira's legendary noise punk crew Swans announced their reunion back in January, and with guitarist Norman Westberg on board (no Jarboe, alas), Gira seemed to be promising the return of the ferocious, '80s vintage of his band, rather than gothy, whispery, horror-house '90s version. Thi ... More >>
A Benefit for Tuli Kupferberg St. Ann's Warehouse Friday, January 22 Nothing crystallizes the identity politics lurking somewhere near the core of pop music quite like benefit and tribute concerts, where donor acts reconstruct the beneficiary in their own image, often to revelatory - or, nearly a ... More >>
Great jazz records we caught, with apologies to those we missed
Or slicing, or muscling—anything but letting up, really
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Keith PriceCareening art-rock/new-wave mutant MadLove is a Brooklyn assemblage cobbled together by out-jazz gadfly and out-metal cult hero Trevor Dunn. While Dunn is primarily known for his deconst ... More >>
An adventurous percussionist fights stagnation and wins handily
With Ceramic Dog, the trailblazing guitarist puts the 'Party' in Party Intellectuals
The Teenagers have dirty mouths and an accent
Honesty hidden in a backyard cookie jar full of mush
Nonsensical Japanese noise legends get sunbaked, go up in incense smoke at the beach
Jazz tributes foreground Beefheart's primitivist dada and Miles Davis's existential quack
Tonic struggles with eviction; Sherry Vine survives Berlin
In spite of some silent heroes, it was a better year for recorded jazz than for the planet
John Abercrombie and Louis Sclavis fill those redolent silences between the phrases
Dancing to the Down, the Dirty, and Dave Douglas
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Making Sense Out of the Musical Mayhem
Beta-Testing the Line Between Body and Machine
P.D.Q. Bach at Carnegie Hall
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