Better Than: Listening to your drunk coworkers debate which Superbowl commercials disappointed them. When Mike Kelley, 57, was found dead of an apparent suicide in the bathtub of his Los Angeles home in 2012, the art world lost an unmistakable, atypical voice. A massive retrospective of the Kelley' ... More >>
Marcel Dzama signs his new monograph
Issue Project honors Kim Gordon
It's unbelievable that Brooklyn's Northside Festival is just four years old. Since its DIY inception in 2009, the festival now showcases in 50-plus venue spaces for four straight days of interactive events, lectures from digital enterprises, film screenings and music showcases scattered across Brook ... More >>
Another music festival? Sure!
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A night of musical collisions
Tonight, fans of the Velvet Underground will get to see their idols pay tribute to two of their most revered friends and collaborators--just not on the same stage. At Housing Works, Lou Reed will be celebrating the vinyl and digital re-issue of Allen Ginsberg's FIRST BLUES. Across the East River, Jo ... More >>
Dinosaur Jr. takes Terminal 5 back in time
At what point does the nostalgia overwhelm the art?
Krautwork 1-8 Condensed: Kraftwerk Covered Littlefield Tuesday, April 10 Better than: Waiting in the queue. "Intellectual property" is the hot Hollywood buzzword this season for content with which potential audiences might have some previous and preciously guileless associationsenough to ... More >>
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musicianfinishes this weekend, with the Round of 32 kicking off Monday. (The schedule and results so far are here; the fu ... More >>
Lee Ranaldo goes it alone
Sonic Youth w/Wild Flag, Kurt Vile Williamsburg Waterfront Friday, August 12 Better than: Listening to a playlist of the set on Spotify. Just before Sonic Youth played "Starfield Road," from 1994's Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, at Friday night's Williamsburg Waterfront gig, singer-guit ... More >>
One of the more surreal moments in television history happened one superlate evening in 1989, when Sonic Youth appeared on the avant-garde-leaning music program Night Music on the severely avant-lacking NBC network. With downtown skuzz buddy Don Fleming playing SY's "manager on keyboards" ... More >>
The Suburbs and Contra contemplate little pink polos for you and me
Welcome to Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: Rob Harvilla, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. We'll be here all week! At least one song on this record is really good!Gent ... More >>
Murray Hill introduces the night's star attraction. The Kathleen Hannah Project The Knitting Factory Saturday, December 12 Better than: Any actual battle of the bands that I've ever attended. We are gathered here tonight at the Knitting Factory to praise Kathleen Hanna, not bury her. Though it ... More >>
A look back at No Wave
TedLeo.comTed Leo loves popcorn more than youEveryone's favorite "goddamn American hero," Ted Leo, will be chord-chugging tonight at the Fillmore with Screaming Females. Though if you've been offended by his karaoke criticism, you can always check out mindlessly ecstatic lo-fiers the Sundelle ... More >>
Today, Yoko Ono is busy assembling the year's most disparate backing group. After yesterday's "dress rehearsal," her reincarnated Plastic Ono Band will be performing at BAM, with guests ranging from Eric Clapton to Sean Lennon to ... the Scissor Sisters? Also included in the lineup are Mark R ... More >>
Videogum has the clip--Kim Gordon is apparently available to officiate your wedding. The song, a dazed, acoustic version of "Star Power," perfect for slow dancing at romantic occasions and the like, is available now from Sonic Youth, where it comes with all sorts of other bonus swag. Can someone w ... More >>
--Oops. Not much came of Method Man allegedly shooting a fan in the face with an air gun, or a friend in the leg with a BB, but evading those $32,799 in income taxes over three years landed the Staten Island rapper at the 120 Police Precinct stationhouse this morning. "Taxes are the burden th ... More >>
Photos by Angela Ashman. It was the kind of avant-garde spectacle that fashion outsiders would mock. Models, one by one, snipped away pieces of a spiral white dress worn by a model in the center of the room, until she was left wearing nothing but a bandeau top and high-waisted briefs. But ... More >>
Look, Max Fischer is all grown up! Photos by David Wentworth. "What are you doing to me?" a model was overheard saying to the makeup artist backstage at Band of Outsiders who was covering up her creamy pale complexion with a thick layer of golden-bronze makeup. Sorry, dear, but you were ... More >>
David WentworthKim Gordon, 09/12/09, Band of Outsiders Fashion Week event at Milk Studios Gotta be honest with you, Kim. It doesn't look like you're particularly enjoying getting your picture taken right now. In fact, that's a butt-clench glare if there ever was one. We understand it's annoying to ... More >>
So what's it like being a girl in a band, Kim Gordon? Well, as we see from Sonic Youth's Tom Surgal-directed "Sacred Trickster" video, it's about trying on cocktail dresses, putting on wigs, and setting off paint ball bombs at a rooftop cocktail party with a mime waiter. Duh! "Sacred Trickster" is ... More >>
The Eternal doesn't break new ground, for the first time in 20-plus years
Surreptitiously taken with an Apple product. Sonic Youth Soho Apple Store Tuesday, June 9 "It's so quiet," says Kim Gordon, and it instantly gets even quieter, everyone instinctively inhaling with anticipation, because Kim's not one for banter unless she's thought of something profound. "One wou ... More >>
A look at those good ol' New York days you might have missed
Two early reviews of the new Sonic Youth record, albeit from the same person, rate The Eternal as "fuck. in. maj. or." and also "GAMAZING," which is heartening, in an satisfyingly jittery internet squawk kind of manner. Back at the beginning of March, the band's clever, toy kaleidoscope of an albu ... More >>
She's not just angry 'cuz she's from Boston
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