February 27th will join February 5th-- "The Day The Music Died"-- at the highest levels of rock and roll infamy. This Wednesday, critical darlings and multi-platinum superstars Stone Temple Pilots shocked the world and devastated fans by announcing the termination of founding vocalist Scott Weiland. ... More >>
After its Saturday night performance at 285 Kent, Extra Life will be no more. On November 13, the band shared news of the "amicable" breakup on its blog: "While it's somewhat difficult to articulate exactly why, let's just say that the inner creative momentum driving the band has stalled." In short, ... More >>
Skream is one of dubsteps authority figures, someone whose forward-thinking has turned him from a bedroom beat-maker into a super-producer within the Brit-pop arena. After spending 10 years helping build one of the most influential sounds to come out of Great Britain, he has become the genre's poste ... More >>
As reported on thescotsman.com, First Minister Alex Salmond -- who watched the Wimbledon from the Royal Box -- summed It up best: "Andy played an outstanding match and did Scotland proud." The minister, of course, was describing Andy Murray in defeat at the Wimbledon finals against now-7-time win ... More >>
Tone Tank anointed himself the King of Surf Guitar Rap back in 2009. It's a title the rapper, who resides in Brooklyn, admits he didn't have much in the way of competition for, but it's one that brought him to the attention of Geoff Barrow, the producer for Brit trip-hop troupe Portishead. Barrow wa ... More >>
This month, to celebrate the Internet's unbridled love for wallowing in nostalgia and even greater relishing of talking about why certain cultural artifacts are horrible, Sound of the City presents First Worsts, a series in which our writers remember the first time... they ever hated a song enough t ... More >>
Lately, when I turn on a hip-hop station, I feel like I'm being applauded, and I don't always feel like returning the favor. I'm not referring just to the default use of handclaps (sampled or, more likely, emulated by drum machines) as snare drums in beats, which has been a common practice and has b ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in this planet's many happenings, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. To break down the chaos, a few of Village ... More >>
Cassandra (Tia Carrere): You've heard it?
Wayne (Mike Myers): Exqueeze me? Have I seen this one before? Frampton Comes Alive?! Everybody in the world has Frampton Comes Alive. If you lived in the suburbs you were issued it. It came in the mail with samples of Tide.
Wayne's World 2 (1993)
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Thanks to her husband, Katy Perry considers herself as an honorary Brit. But as the most frequent current inhabitant of the Billboard charts, she must wish we were all anglophiles.
If only America had a Christmas No. 1 competition as rabid and media-fueled as Old Blighty's! Katy would have t ... More >>
In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images.
This weekend we learned Manhattan has no monopoly on holiday cheer. Sure, the decorations on Fifth Avenue might cost a little more, but not even the gaudiest depart ... More >>
The re-Africanized fried chicken at Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster
This highly idiosyncratic list is based entirely on my own dining predilections, and only includes chefs whose work I'm reasonably familiar with. Certain figures have been excluded from consideration -- Thomas Keller, for example ... More >>
Wednesday, July 13
Better than: Hundreds of people crying about their exes, alone, in their bedrooms.
It took a handful of songs at last night's James Blake show for the audience to get used to the musician's intensely reserved demeanor. The man barely looked up from his ... More >>
The music business spikes the football over its gradually improving sales the same week a certain U.K. chanteuse completes her conquering of the U.S. pop charts. Coincidence? Maybe not.
The omnipresent Adele takes control of Billboard's Hot 100 this week; "Rolling in the Deep" finally evict ... More >>
by K. Leander Williams
Sunday, April 17
Better than: Plan A, whatever the hell that was...
Colin Stetson didn't play on every track of the Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, but it's both fortuitous and ironic that the saxist contributed to "Suburban War", the wi ... More >>