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Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
Broadly speaking, if you're an electronic music fan over 40, you probably dig Danny Tenaglia more than Skrillex. And chances are, if you're a Skrillex fan under the age of 30, you're like, "Who the hell is Danny Tenaglia?" Coachella 2013 exemplified the generation gap in the world of dance music. O ... More >>
James Blake and his band walked briskly out onto stage. Taking his place behind his keyboard and laptop, he led his trio in a chaotic, explosive rendition of one of his first singles, 2009's "Air and Lack Thereof." Swirling blue and green lights swallowed up the band. The skuzzed out bass swallowed ... More >>
Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
The wide open spaces of Swing Lo Magellan
Bands show record shops some love
The Mi Ami rocker hits the decks as Ital
Four Tet (le) Poisson Rouge Saturday, March 10 Better than: Sleeping through the Daylight Savings Time switch. Over the course of 13 years and five albums, Kieran Hebdena.k.a. Four Tethas established himself as a leading figure in experimental and electronic music. With a balance of ... More >>
Springy electric-socket hair, dark droopy eyesKieran Hebden looks like a man who has spent untold time tinkering in front of a glowing computer screen late into the night. The depth of his production work as Four Tet, however, belies the physical man-hours necessary for such precision. ... More >>
Four Tet comes to Mr. Saturday Night
Benjamin LozovskyThe Creators Project October 15-16 Better than: A representative of the Intel Corporation laboriously explaining to me the superiority of their microprocessors. If you're suspicious that The Creators Project is all just a way for the Vice Empire to class up its image beyo ... More >>
Artists and musicians take over DUMBO
Four Tet, SBTRKT, FaltyDL, Bronze, TURRBOTAX DJs P.S. 1 (Warm Up 2011) Saturday, July 9 Better than: Any other Warm Up show you'll see this summer. (Probably.) I have to admit, right off the bat: Per my stubborn insistence on darting up and down Manhattan in pursuit of a mostly-drunk Ryan Trecart ... More >>
P.S. 1 and MoMa have announced the lineup for the 2011 edition of Warm Up, the Saturdays-in-summer series that allows visitors to walk around the Long Island City museum's courtyard and listen to music and marvel at the intricate, shade-providing installations set up outdoors. This year's lin ... More >>
Memorial Day weekend is upon us! While that usually means barbecuing and rooftop happy hours, we've got a whole list of dance endeavors on the agenda this weekend too. (What better way to work off those tacos, burgers, and margaritas?)
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. "Man, I'm old"A shrapnel bomb of ill-angled words and sputtering electronic bloops, Beans has been the most visible member of longstanding NYC avant-rap crew Antipop Consortium. He says his confessi ... More >>
Everything in Between cements the L.A. semi-punks' graduation to Their Own Sound
Sal making his home state proud. Pics by Chris, more below.Salvatore Principato/Safety Scissors Coco 68 Saturday, September 25 OK, pop quiz, hotshots. Salvatore Principato is: a) DJ and lead vocalist of post-disco titans Liquid Liquid, b) a local vegetarian chef, c) also known as UniverSAL ... More >>
Surfer Blood play Cake Shop during last year's CMJ. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.Hey, remember last year, when we predicted that the stresses of Surfer Blood's twelve different CMJ shows would cause the band to self-destruct? Um, that's not at all what happened. Instead, the Florida band rode thei ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Kyle Dean ReinfordSherlock's Daughter is New York's newest, awesomest band--"newest" as in, "they just moved here a few weeks ago." Freshly imported from Sydney, Australia, Sherlock's Daughter emplo ... More >>
You'd be hard pressed to find a drummer who covered more stylistic ground in his career than Bronx-born drummer Steve Reid, who died in his sleep last night after a battle with cancer. He was 66.
Enjoying American top-10 lists with the hit Brits
Ever feel like Sid Vicious is just kinda watching you? Photo by Sam Horine.In the week we made Jay-Z's signature gas face at the bunch of hacks and pretenders posing as Guns N' Roses until dudes got the hell out of town, we also posted rants about everything from LMFAO not punching Mitt Romne ... More >>
Try this one, it's called "Slow Jam," for very good reason. Four Tet Le Poisson Rouge Wednesday, February 18 People used to call Kieran Hebden's preferred style "folktronica," and for that he deserves a sincere, groveling apology. Everyone does. It made slightly more sense back in 2003, when Roun ... More >>
Kieran Hebden doesn't like repeating himself artistically. Of course, all artists will tell you this. And now that electronic musicians like Hebden can flit from dubstep to ambient, or from folk to funk just by downloading extra plug-ins, it's not exactly a bold stance to take on the issue of craf ... More >>
Pretty sure I've got this right: Dopplereffekt are a mysterious 15-year-old Detroit electronic-music crew veiled in secrecy and German pseudonyms -- an even more deadpan and reserved Kraftwerk, let's say. Pepper them with prying questions Saturday night at Le Poisson Rouge, in a rousing-late night a ... More >>
Pleasurable epitaphs, avant-garde daring, and wonder-filled immigrant songs
More lovely, ethereal post-rock you probably shouldn't stare at.
Growls, snarls, bitesFaye Driscoll tries a little cat fight
Ferocious homage mingles with daring fusion, looking both back and beyond
Eclectic neoclassicism versus childhood-oriented avant-primitivism as global warming swamps our history
Music so unlikely it could be written and performed rather than researched and found
Laptop wistfulness replaced with kinetics, more fire music
Dictators can take away your name, but not your drum set
Not Spyro Gyra, just a hip-hop band throwing a world party
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