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It's the Halloween season once again, and weather permitting (guess what ... IT'S NOT PERMITTING) soon the streets will be flooded with people of all ages in costumes, ready to party. This year, there's a surprising number of costume options for the discerning music fan, so we decided to investigate ... More >>
This week, Sound of the City presents a series of excerptss from Sinner's Creed, the incredible memoir of Creed frontman Scott Stapp. In our first installment, we detailed the spiritual turmoil that defined Stapp's life and music; he was a man pursued by demons, alternately yearning for God's love a ... 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 >>
Saturday afternoon I spent some time at the Beacon Theater for a matinee performance by the British boy band One Direction, who played three shows (two at the Beacon, one at the Izod Center) in the area over the course of the long weekend. It was an extended version of the opening set they played at ... More >>
Clocking in at a scrappy 20 minutes, Show Ponythe 2010 self-released debut LP from Brooklyn's Boom Chickbrings the hangdog harangue ruckus, a snarling, hair-raising blur of raw rock primitivism and full-tilt blues grooves. The songs, from the ephedrine-juiced surf-snarl of "Nail ... More >>
Picturesque Americana or pop-cultural moment waiting to be ripped off? It's your call! Halloween is coming! In case you're someone who doesn't have the time or moneyor patienceto head out to the costume shop and figure out what alter ego you're going to take on during this weeke ... More >>
This month has seen quite a bit of ink spilled on behalf of the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind. But it's also a moment to remember the ways that lead singer Kurt Cobain's reach went beyond the scope of his band and that recordconsider one of his most beloved influences, the U ... More >>
Melodymania may be addictive
It's been apparent since his earliest days that "Weird Al" Yankovic is willing to go the extra miles to properly pay tribute to the pop artists he's parodying, from the pounds and pounds of extra weight he put on in the "Bad" homage "Fat" to the way he risked choking on a marble while trying ... More >>
Above, the reggae singer Little Roy takes on the A and B sides of Nirvana's "Sliver"/"Dive" single, which is almost 21 years old as of this writing. Both covers are surprisingly enjoyable to listen toraise your hand if your first reaction when hearing the phrase "reggae Nirvana cover" is the ... More >>
Rimbaud, meet Betty White. Plus David Foster Wallace, Tayari Jones, and other spring books picks.
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 mighty Melvins live on
What if you lived in a city where there was a bar with a happy hour, for every hour of the day? Guess what, New Yorkers: You do.
We were beginning to consider her reclusive, but Courtney Love has recently been a whirlwind of activity. She is starting up the band Hole again -- albeit with no other original members, though Melissa Auf du Maur may be involved in some way -- and will debut it on February 17 at Shepherd's B ... More >>
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. Rivers Cuomo cooks up his own "American Pie," and music dies all over again.
Seattle's second-favorite sons gamely redefine their Target audience
Marcus Roberts Trio Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Wednesday, July 22 You should see this place, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, up yonder at Lincoln Center, first of all just to behold the not-too-distant future of venue-naming (five years from now Tiny Masters of Today will be headlining Kurt Cobain Drink Moun ... More >>
On the fifteen-year-anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, Ward Sutton pens "In Bloom: The Alternate History of Kurt Cobain," in which Kurt instead puts the gun down, becomes a latter-day Brian Wilson, alienates his bandmates and wife, inspires retaliatory albums from Guns N' Roses and Neil Young, prev ... More >>
Commercials are growing creepier. Some devolution is easy to trace; 1990's Viagra ads begat modern "male enhancement" commercials, and mid-80's Teddy Ruxpin ads begat Charmin's current war on dingleberries. But from what market-tested pathology sprang BK's intentionally disturbing 'stalker' ads? ... More >>
Perfect From Now On gets all spilt on some green
Seductive portraits featured at the New Museum
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
Meet clubland's enigmatic, fascinating new "It" boy
In defense, praise, and unrelenting awe of the increasingly vital Weird Al
Following the paper trail from downtown zines to the digital revolution
All his cowboys get the blues: The shambolic, iconic Van Santian hero dies young, again
A Journalist Looks at Murderous Skinheads, Their Ethiopian Victim, and Neo-Nazism
Landscape, Secondhand and Otherwise
Corporate Rock-Hack Bands Nobody Over 20 Ever Heard of Rule America