By Bob Ruggiero
The Best of Punk Magazine
Edited by John Holstrom
It Books. 372 pp., $30.
While the thought of a hardcover, slick-papered, coffee-table book anthologizing the decidedly low-rent, ragtag Punk magazine might seem the antithesis of punk, even a curmudgeon like Johnny Rotten would hav ... More >>
During my discussion with the fellows behind The Classical, the forthcoming sports site named after the Mark E. Smith composition that reportedly cost the band a recording deal with Motown thanks to the slur about 35 seconds in, I asked why there aren't many punk or post-punk songs about spor ... More >>
Three-day weekend ahead for most of us, which is another reason to file over to Sunday night's spectacularly loaded tribute to too-soon departed Ari Up at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Even without the excuse, there's so much planned to honor the riot-grrrl ancestor on the eve of what would have ... More >>
These Are Powers, Secret Project Robot, Confetti. Photo by Rebecca SmeyneIn the week that everybody finally went outside for the summer, we hung out on a few rooftops ourselves. Twin Sister? Rooftop. The SFNY party? Rooftop. Good Co.? BBQ, outdoors, ground floor. So yeah. The rain drove us in ... More >>
Antagonizing the Pope in D.C. Seems to be a thing for him.
Public Image Ltd.
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Wednesday, May 19
They played Terminal 5 Tuesday night; I refer you to Mr. Weingarten's account for most of the musical details, which carry over to this show: a two-plus-hour career-spanning b ... More >>
Public Image Limited
Tuesday, May 18
Maybe, just for a second, it was hard to believe that the doughy 54-year-old on stage at Terminal 5 was once the most dangerous man in music. Ironic Jesus Christ poses, Frankenstein dancing, robot moves, double earrings, button-down shirts, and kind ... More >>
Tonight, find Mr. Johnny Rotten aged to post-punk perfection with Public Image Ltd. at Terminal 5, where you'll catch the ex-Sex Pistols frontman wailing about "Death Disco," songs that aren't love songs, and the like. At Mercury Lounge, discover a couple of Christopher R. Weingarten-approved acts ... More >>
That's Flansburgh on the rightJohn Flansburgh stands as the younger, more bespectacled half of They Might Be Giants, a Brooklyn-by-way-of-Boston band he has been playing in for more than half his life (Their latest album is Here Comes Science, their fourth children's album and 14th or so stud ... More >>
Michael Becker /FOXWho Won't Be on the Idol Tour?9:04pm. I'm contemplating life right now, and the course it takes when in one day you can go from interviewing Johnny Rotten to live-blogging about the 11 remaining contestants of American Idol snapping and lipsynching "Wake Me Up Before You Go ... More >>
--Yo La Tengo's excellent new Popular Songs comes out today, and by way of celebrating the band and album artist Dario Robleto will be at the D'amelio Terras Gallery tonight, signing copies of the record. There will a giveaways, including a chance to win tickets to the band's surely triumphan ... More >>
Thursday, March 26
None of the nu-rave hipster cachet of opener Busy P, a solid decade since an MTV spin, the half-decent new Invaders Must Die LP that couldn't crack Billboard's Top 50--just who exactly is Prodigy's American audience? A quick glance around the total ... More >>