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Jonathan Richman returns
In this week's Voice, we profiled the Rapture, recently re-signed to DFA Records. Luke Jenner, Vito Roccoforte, and Gabriel Andruzzi are voluble guys, so there was plenty of material that we couldn't fit into the story. Here are a few pieces from our interviews that touch on the band's early ... 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 >>
Yesterday Brooklyn Vegan posted a query about about British act playing Mercury Lounge on May 27; the act goes by the name the Modern Weepers, and the Merc site claims that the Mancunian act is "well travelled and well known in their native England" and "thrill[s] audiences and critics alike ... More >>
An assortment of local bands heading to Texas for beer, BBQ, and maximum blogability
Our look back at all things 2010 continues this week as we highlight some of the year's most overlooked tracks. In this edition: gnarly rock.
Tonight is going to be unpleasant politically. Watching the results in real time on television/the Internet is going to do nothing for your health, your soul, your complexion, your ever-diminishing sense of childlike wonder. I hereby recommend you go out instead, to the Bell House, where Jona ... More >>
Japanese women go a little crazy in France
Arnie Cooper investigates a murder: his aunt's, at the hand of his uncle. A hell of a story. City schools are policed by School Safety Agents, who are poorly trained and prone to use excessive force on kids for such crimes as doodling. Nat Hentoff has been covering this scandal for a while, ... More >>
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 >>
The troubadour returns to regale you with tales of cell phones, lesbian bars, and smelly ponds
Vic Chesnutt died on Christmas Day, after an overdose of muscle relaxants left him in a coma. If you've ever seen the man play live, you likely have "a Vic Chesnutt story." Mine involves a Boston-area opening stint for Jonathan Richman in the mid-'00s, when Chesnutt wheeled out onto the Somerville ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Brooklyn's Sundelles write the kind of enormous pop songs that want to liberate themselves from the shackles of their recording equipment--think grungy early Beatles, the most ecstatic Jonathan Richman ... More >>
Rebecca Smeyne In the week one of us had to publicly defend himself against the crime of using the phrase "Fey Highwayman," we watched with amusement as close SOTC affiliate Christopher R. Weingarten became a viral video poster boy for the death of music criticism. Poetic choice of t-shirts, Chris! ... More >>
via EAR FARM's photostream Jonathan Richman Bowery Ballroom June 18 "Blame me, don't blame them", said Jonathan Richman about a third of the way into his close to two-hour set last night, "I did it." Sweat was beginning to prickle the crowd, and the rare funk of grown-ups could no longer be ignore ... More >>
The prophecies of a teenage Jonathan Richman, drawn in 1967. Jonathan Richman's first group, the Modern Lovers, distilled the early hipster scene at CBGB down to punk. But throughout his subsequent solo career, he's favored acoustic instrumentation over sonic assault, and his songwriting has borr ... More >>
Click to enlarge. Finally pulling out the bullhorn on this weekend's permit-less backyard-and-rooftop festival, Hillstock, after initial concern for blowing up the event's spot. But, by now, you're either going or you're not. Organized by Food'lebrity frankfurter Alex Billig and his Eskalators' ban ... More >>
Nate "Igor" SmithJust some guy Two red-eye flights there and back, a night in a camper without a pillow or blanket, another crashed uninvited on an angry stranger's futon, no consistent shower or WiFi in sight--with pilgrimages like this, I think you're supposed to find God, but instead I found Den ... More >>
Credit: Rebecca Smeyne In the week we worked in this church, paid our penance, and gave our blood, Lil Wayne and Pharrell said "Yes." To which Young Dro and Yung LA responded, simply, "Woah." And Diddy wept. TV season at Sound of the City has come (is it the cold weather?), and though The City re ... More >>
In this week's installment of Hugs and Kisses, Everett True reports back on his DJ set, the one he was fretting over last week. One week less than last week nine more months until ATP NY [sigh]. Hugs and Kisses The Down Under Outbursts of Everett True This week: ATP Australia, part two So t ... More >>
This week's installment of Hugs and Kisses from Brisbane-based Everett True comes a few days early. Only nine more months until ATP NY [sigh]. Hugs and Kisses The Down Under Outbursts of Everett True This week: ATP Australia ATP Australia is nearly upon us--and man, it's nice to be feeling ... More >>
Why Vampire Weekends high-society fetishizations cant help but drive you to Black Flag
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Around town, four fine lady singer-songwriters in four nights
Music so unlikely it could be written and performed rather than researched and found
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Amy Smith, Andrew Simonet, and David Brick run Philadelphia's Headlong Dance Theater, opening Thursday at DTW.