Jon Pareles

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Live: Washed Out Play Against Type At The Bowery Ballroom

    Washed Out, Grimes, Blood Orange The Bowery Ballroom Monday, July 11 Better than: Trillwave? To any musician with an audience, it's been clear for ages—probably dating back to when Dylan went electric—that to change your entire instrumental vocabulary is one of the biggest risks you c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Hear Björk's Gorgeous, Hypnotic "Crystalline"

    ​ Over the weekend Björk released "Crystalline," the first peek at her forthcoming iPad-app-slash-album Biophilia, which is slated to land on tablets and in stores and in various other places around the world in September. It opens with delicate chimes and the Icelandic singer's unmistakeable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    CMJ Day Three: The Blow and the Screaming Females Conquer All

    Teen Daze really looks like this.​Teen Daze Pianos Thursday, October 21 The Blow and the Screaming Females Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday, October 21 Better than: Trying to find the next big thing. "Sometimes I feel like when I do the moves," the Blow's Khaela Maricich says toward the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    In Defense of Chillwave

    ​"Glo-fi" or "chil-wave", that sub-sub-sub genre of electronic indie pop, was kind of a big deal at SXSW this year. Well, as big of a deal as something solely focused on trying to sound like Christopher Cross on muscle relaxers can be in 2010 at a constantly internet-streaming, forever re-twee ... More >>

  • Music

    January 5, 2010

    Rosanne Cash in A-Minor

    On a country giant's favorite chords, songs, and Bob Dylan lines

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2007

    C(a)M(i) J(ournal) 2007: Peter & Bjorn, Vampire Weekend, Black Kids

    That's Peter talking with Nate Dorr's neck; photo by me DOWNLOAD Vampire Weekend, "Oxford Comma" (MP3 via Stereogum) After a vampirish week of 30-something acts in five days, the only lingering question three days later isn’t Ezra Koenig's ‘Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?’ (Answer: J ... More >>

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005

    Can't Stop the Music

    The 'Voice' invents rock criticism

  • Music

    October 4, 2005

    Preservation Scuzz

    Hey hey punky way: How CBGB and New Orleans increase a skeptic's respect for history

  • Columns

    August 17, 2004
  • Music

    May 25, 2004

    Line 'Em Up

    Flipsides and stray cuts from one of rock's best singers ever

  • Columns

    October 8, 2002
  • NYC Life

    December 18, 2001
  • Music

    July 14, 1998