New York has become a place where we drink $15 cocktails without blinking, and we expect our ice to be of a certain look and shape. And in that environment, I like dive bars for the same reason I like leaving voicemails: they're personal, and they're old school. Much like your favorite pair of jea ... More >>
The jazz community comes out to celebrate Stephanie
'Tis the season, as they say, to make merry -- to spike and quaff egg nog, to unearth crates of broken ornaments, to wrap overpriced boxed sets in radioactive tinsel. It is also the season, unfortunately, to suffer through traditional and more recent versions of Christmas carols you were already sic ... More >>
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
While working in organist Jack McDuff's band in 1979, guitarist Marc Ribot learned not to "hit the obvious note," a guideline he's followed ever since. As a sideman, he's strummed for the likes of Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, the Lounge Lizards, and John Zorn; on his own, he moves from solo guitar to ... More >>
A guitar tribute to the late Derek Bailey
Hold the drumming, boy
Those Darlins, hangin' out in those giant pipes.The mouse-headed DJ Deadmau5 finally finished his six-night stand at the Roseland Ballroom earlier this week (in one of the week's strangest press releases, I learned that the event was commemorated by a fancy cake that placed his signature head ... More >>
Plus suave elegance, raw non-beauty, and other works-in-progress
Kayo Dot touch another world
Do not attempt to reach Jonathan Richman around breakfast time. Photo by Santiago Felipe.In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla surrenders again to Jonathan Richman, Aidan Levy profiles New York's hardest working experimental musician, John Zorn, and Rachel Devitt takes on the delicacies ... More >>
On January 22, St. Ann's Warehouse will be hosting a benefit concert to help pay medical expenses for Tuli Kupferberg, the anti-war poet and all around wiseass who co-founded local heroes the Fugs. Whether because of their political activism (Kupferberg was arrested trying to levitate the P ... More >>
You know, we actually have other shots of Chris, he just won't let us use them. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.As a guy who plausibly could claim he listened to more music than anyone in the last year short of Robert Christgau, 1000TimesYes's Christopher R. Weingarten seemed like the ideal guy to as ... More >>
Here are four percussive big shots not too shy to run the show
Nice. First comes news of the sublimely art-damaged WFMU Fest, and now another weirdo fest is coming to NYC--The Musicka Mystica Maxima Festival, "Two nights of Musick made by practicing magicians or practicing musicians who's work celebrates the Magical lifestyle, as well as public performan ... More >>
In a Fader TV spot from last June, Luke Fischbeck of Lucky Dragons mentioned that "The last two shows I played in New York, I'd hand somebody a rock and they'd say 'Oh no no, not for me,' and I'd be like, 'It's just a rock.'" Maybe you've been in this situation: A skinny, clear-eyed androgyne han ... More >>
...style-morphing guitarist icon extraordinaire
photo by Franck Goldberg, borrowed from Impose Last week when Lou Reed read from his new book Pass Thru Fire: the Collected Lyrics at HousingWorks, during the mostly-dumb-audience-question-and-look-he's-actually-answering period, the punk-rock curmudgeon gave out a press releases' worth of "news." ... More >>
Downtown innovators like White Out fight for survival in a brave, disquieting new world
This Björk image never gets old. FRIDAY, MAY 4 Sunset Rubdown, Get Him Eat Him @ Bowery Ballroom [SOLD OUT] Langhorne Slim @ Union Pool Six Parts Seven, Ghosts of Pasha @ Union Hall [Tix] Northern State, Boyskout, Casper & The Cookies, @ Galapagos Other Passengers, Dirty on Purpose @ Death By ... More >>
Tonic's demise triggers the 15,000th or so 'New York City club life is dying' frenzy
Another season in the abyss with outraged, outrageous metalheads. Write your congressman.
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