Hot Chip Roseland Ballroom 4/9/13 Better Than: About 90% of whatever's usually going on at Roseland Ballroom. Like, what was the last show you've been to there? I've been to two in four years. In 2013, most people making dance music in the mainstream don't really look like Hot Chip. Avicii's blon ... More >>
Who the hell needs real bands when there are so many great fictional ones? Here's some of the best -- our list goes to 11, of course: See also: Top 10 Concert Films to See Before You Die
This weekend, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its class of 2012, which consists of Donovan, the Beastie Boys, the late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, the Small Faces and the Faces, blues guitarist Freddie King, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Guns N' Roses, although not lead singer Axl Rose, wh ... More >>
Duke meets Jacko
Urban decay. Bathroom graffiti. Steam hissing violently from manholes. Designer fetish gear; black-lit dungeons and black vinyl pants; Saturday Night Live outré mascot Stefon. The music of Berlin duo Velvet Condoma fastidiously gesticulating grind of snapping synthesizer presets, gloomy guit ... More >>
Kathy BoosChrissy Murderbot/Machinedrum Tammany Hall Thursday, May 19 Better than: Listening to deep sub-bass on laptop speakers. Planet Mu has one of the more unique trajectories of any electronic dance label. Mike Paradinas founded it in the mid-'90s as a showcase for the sort of IDM he ... More >>
Santiago FelipeKylie Minogue Hammerstein Ballroom Monday, May 2 Better than: Wearing sweatpants and sitting on the couch. Let's get this out of the way: The Hammerstein Ballroom is a great room for spectacles. Some of the best shows I've seen in New York have been there, and all of them--P ... More >>
The curious history of the vocoder
Tips on how to expand its reach—or blow it up entirely
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Brooklyn's Ava Luna is the rare band that needs to be heard to be believed. In the band's hazy, floaty, post-TVOTR-maybe conceit, post-punk grooves, soaring soul harmonies, and classic indie detachm ... More >>
The Chicago band leads a pack of wayward, ambiguous, faux-intellectual faux-headbangers
Arthur Baker, sans crazy stomach fluProducer and DJ Arthur Baker helped change the sound of New York in the early '80s, producing the pioneering Kraftwerk electro-twurk of Afrika Bambaataa's 1982 single "Planet Rock" and running early hip-hop label Streetwise. He was ready to spout about all ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Ted GordonBrooklyn ecstasy-noize troupe Dinowalrus crawl out of the teeny-tiny opening Animal Collective and Black Dice have made for fluttery textures, ambient suckscapes, and incoherent blare-chan ... More >>
Fritz Lang's sci-fi masterpiece revisited
Major-label hip-hop records in burying-best-track shocker!
Don't trip over the high-tech, honey!
Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP
Art of noisemaker Morley: Kylie Minogue is my co-pilot
Melting ZZ and Jay-Z and all kinds of purple haze into the pot
As Harvard Prez ignites women-in-science flap, this writer recalls her path to M.I.T.
Computer music's guitar god globe-trots like a dinosaur
Rephlex Records Knocks Techno Off Its High Horse
Indie Rock Gets Mechanized
Low-pass filters from the land of frogs and Ninja Turtles