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Nirvana and Sonic Youth have been the news a lot of late, both for reasons we all wish they weren't. So maybe now is a better time than ever to think back to happier times. Specifically, to 1991: The Year Punk Broke.
Same As: It Ever Was The internet bubble in which I live had me convinced that last night, the farewell show of Williamsburg venue 285 Kent was an Event. In case you, a person who reads about the New York Music Scene, somehow failed to hear about this Event, it was the closing of a venue that meant ... More >>
The Melvins--immortal avant-metal overlords of cataclysmic, stadium-sized riffage, double-drum devastation and deliciously diabolical yelping--are the freakishly genius punk crushers that the late Kurt Cobain wished to high hell his band Nirvana could be. While Melvins idolizer Cobain is long gone, ... More >>
If while listening to Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail, you experienced an indescribable sensation that you were actually listening to an encrypted invitation to a very luxurious party with a super exclusive guest list and even more ridiculous gift wish list, you were right!!! We made note of every pe ... More >>
Well, it happened. We knew it would be crazy and annoying and that we'd talk and tweet and giggle about it anyway. Kim and Kanye named their baby North. North West. For those of you who arrived here by simply googling " WHYYYYYYYYYYY?," here are our most reasoned and intelligent guesses.
Summerland Tour: Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit, Marcy Playground Roseland Ballroom Wednesday, July 18 Better than: Watching Empire Records on basic cable. We make the "remember the '90s" joke around these parts a fair amount, but this week the alt-rock strain of that decade has been stu ... More >>
Every May, there's no shortage of mawkishly sentimental songs to play on Mother's Day, but a month later, there are comparatively few Father's Day equivalents. Sure, there are some treacly tracks like Bob Carlisle's 1997 adult-contempo hit "Butterfly Kisses," but fatherhood is more often than not in ... More >>
Maybe it's all that misguided Year of the Woman chatter that dominated year-end roundups, or the slow, agonizing creep of Fashion Week, or the coming apocalypse, but hoo boy has there been a lot of terrible writing about female musicians in the past few weeks. The latest offender is the New Y ... More >>
The 2011 edition of Da Capo's annual anthology Best Music Writing which this year was guest edited by The New Yorker classical writer and The Rest Is Noise author Alex Ross; Daphne Carr has been the series editor since 2006contains 32 essays and is augmented by a a jumbo-sized "Other N ... More >>
We're hearing reports that R&B singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead in her North London home. The suspected cause is an alcohol or drug overdose. The singer had long been known to struggle with substance abuse issues. We'll update when more information comes through; if you have a tip, ... More >>
Hit So Hard: The Life & Near-Death Story of Patty Schemel is a hard-hitting documentary about the lesbian ex-addict Hole drummer (second from right), which is playing the New Directors/New Films festival tonight at MoMA. In it, Courtney Love's first quote is, "I was completely high on drugs. ... More >>
Beach Fossils prior to the grand, violent finale. Pics by Chris Becker.Beach Fossils/Woven Bones/The Beets Bruar Falls Thursday, July 1 You get to like it, the rudimentary BOOM-BOOM-THWACK, BOOM-BOOM-THWACK of a two-piece stand-up drummer -- no flash, no cymbals, no particular variety ... More >>
The eccentric Daniel Johnston returns
Jim Carroll -- prototypical NYC punk-rocker, Basketball Diaries scribe, and CBGB poet laureate -- died of a heart attack Friday night. He was 60. Lots of intense eulogies will follow in the days to come: He's an excellent jumping-off point for an "Old New York City vs. New New York City" screed, t ... More >>
With everyone (finally) on board, one of the last great rock bands rides again
Perfect From Now On gets all spilt on some green
Scotlands Vaselines reunite, remind you of who they were
I'll just say "you're welcome" in advance for giving you something to talk about at your next barbecue as you get ready to chow down on some potato chips. Next time that situation arises, ask your fellow revelers, "Hey, did you know that the guy who invented the Pringles can had his cremated remains ... More >>
Banks Violette tones down the death metal, but still torches drums
At CRG Gallery, it's piss and beer, crackheads and punk. Plus, er, Chris Farley.
The war on terror percolates through Jonathan Raban's topical novel
In defense, praise, and unrelenting awe of the increasingly vital Weird Al
Downtown's odd relationship with rap bravado continues this fallnow with Muppet costumes
Tropicália mutants finally invade the States, with wackiness intact
Artist Sam Durant's "Proposal" is pointed without being preachy, heartrending but not mawkish
Stocked with old favorites, a conservative Cannes proves Newton's Third Law of Motion
A British video artist engaged with history both as a participant and as an outsider
Men in Skirts, Uptown and Down