It's Good Friday/Great Weekend! But it's good every day, isn't it? (Don't hate on our happiness.) Especially this weekend; aside from Record Store Day happening Saturday, it's Easter weekend, which means you're highly encouraged to go out parading in your weirdest outfits -- topped with the most glo ... More >>
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
Valentine's Day is upon us, and perhaps you and/or the love of your life (or love of your week) are considering taking in one of the many concerts happening in and around the city on Feb. 14. Let us help you figure out which gigs offer the best chance for romance. See also: Valentine's Day Special: ... More >>
These are the best jazz shows in NYC in February.
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
After listening closely to Dysnomia, the new album by Dawn of Midi, it becomes clear why the title was not directly inspired by the Ancient Greek meaning of the word: "lawlessness." The music is precisely ordered; it is ecstatic, but not anarchic. It is also unlike the condition of dysnomia--the ina ... More >>
Better Than: Streaming Lollapalooza on your laptop. "You wore me out," Beck told the crowd last night as he sat down on the stage near the end of his two-hour performance at Prospect Park Bandshell. Considering the fact that during his lengthy set, the 43 year-old singer-songwriter drew from nearly ... More >>
Better Than: Any other band playing in New York on a steamy Monday night. (Or possibly even all week? All month?) Death's story of rags to more rags is compelling: An African American proto-punk trio of brothers was too much for Detroit circa 1971, which is why the entirety of their discography in ... More >>
Your long-awaited three-day weekend is finally here! When you're not booking it out of the city to go perfect your summer tan, check out these poppin' parties that have some hip-hop/dance flavor this weekend. See also: The Ultimate List of Free Summer Concerts in NYC, 2013
Need plans? Check out any of these 10 shows around the city this week.
Each of these 10 shows shine bright ... like a diamond ... in the sky.
John Grant is approaching his life honestly. In the lyrics of his latest solo album Pale Green Ghosts, the former frontman of The Czars sings about being an openly gay man who is also HIV positive. Grant was in town last week for a show at (Le) Poisson Rouge, and though our conversation veered into ... More >>
Trix ain't for kids
Long before the curtain goes up on the Rolling Jubilee's kick-off telethon tonight, it was clear that the event's organizers have struck a nerve. The Rolling Jubilee, a project of the debt-activist group Strike Debt, an outgrowth of Occupy Wall Street and the people behind the Debt Resistors Operat ... More >>
CMJ: So many shows (about 1,300), so little time (5 days). Poring through the schedule, separating the wheat from the chaff--and sorry, there's lots of chaff every year--and figuring out a plan of attack is time-consuming and headache-inducing. So to help you out a tiny bit, we've picked out 10 acts ... More >>
A Brooklyn duo brings the rap on Puff Up the Volume
David Pajo is one hell of a jack-of-all-trades guitarist. In the early '90s, Pajo revolutionized minimalist post-punk sonics with the crucial Kentucky outfit Slint, helped birth the post-rock aesthetic in Tortoise, collabbed with ex-Slinters in loopy dance new wavers King Kong and palled around in p ... More >>
Jaojoby, Saramba, Razia Said, and Charles Kely Le Poisson Rouge Friday, July 20 Better than: "We Are the World" "I know there've been some complaints about the lack of seating," said MC Jamie Ambler as he primed the pump for Wake Up Madagascar, a traveling troupe of musicians raising awareness abo ... More >>
Winter Jazzfest Friday-Saturday, January 6-7 Better than: Summer Zydeco Fest (assuming such a terror exists). After a discordant, twisted reimagining of Jimi Hendrix's "The Wind Cries Mary" by his trio Ceramic Dog, guitarist Marc Ribot slyly reminded the audience at Sullivan Hall Friday wha ... More >>
Doom-folk lifer Larkin Grimm is known mostly for 2008's desolate, pastoral daymare Parplar and her colorfully wry outlook (her hilarious MySpace post about attending SXSW in 2009 is required reading). The last four years have been nothing short of monumental for Grimm; she moved to Spanish Harlem, l ... More >>
The best stuff we saw on stage this year, from thrash to Kpop
Eleanor Friedberger (le) poisson rouge Saturday, November 20 Better than: Any wedding you'll ever go to. There's something very romantic about the casual messes that Eleanor Friedberger's protagonists get themselves into, and that romanticism is particularly evident on "My Mistakes," the first son ... More >>
The band closes the book on their legacy
Yesterday morning a vote by North Carolina's legislature overrode Governor Bev Perdue's veto of the state's budget, and as one of the consequences North Carolina became the third state in recent weeks to cut all public funding to Planned Parenthood programs. Proponents of the measure relied ... More >>
It is finally spring, y'all. Time to come out from behind your laptops and play in the warm weather.
There's no getting around it, this is LCD Soundsystem week. Buy your tickets on Craigslist and be scorned by James Murphy forever if you must--sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. But hey, other things are happening this week too! Tropical dance fete Que Bajo?! has relocated to a new home fo ... More >>
The group in Ohio, a few days back. The Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour Knitting Factory Monday, March 21 Better than: Seeing any band currently attached to any kind of micro-genre-related hype or anything remotely timely. The titular amazement of Elephant 6's second Holiday Surprise revu ... More >>
Tune in Thursday night for the "serious" part of the program. Pic by Piotr.Francesco Tristano Cielo Monday, January 31 Better Than: Your favorite cover band In a world where playlists and MP3 blogs have erased genre borders, the existence of a 29-year-old Julliard-trained concert pianist wh ... More >>
Goat Town's Leif HuckmanWho says you need hard alcohol to make a great cocktail? Leif Huckman, the beverage director at the newly opened Goat Town in the East Village, spills the beans on the hardest tasting soft drinks in town. Tell us about the beverage program at Goat Town? We have a bee ... More >>
The holidays tend to bring a mass exodus from the city, but not everyone is leaving. In fact, some of our favorite DJs (and rappers) have chosen to come for a visit, giving us a full week of dance parties and awesome shows. We recommend that you take a night off from your holiday daze, grab a ... More >>
Ah, the week before Christmas, when all is quiet, but only because it's freezing outside. (Seriously, it's way too early for snow.) And, while we know that sifting through Top Ten lists (or studying for exams, ick) gives you plenty of incentive to stay wrapped up in a Snuggie, we'd like to re ... More >>
Your partying jag kicks off on Thursday this week and features a global takeover of NYC. Jamaican dancehall queen Natalie Storm is something of an obsession for us lately (especially after Friday night's reOPENed party) -- she's returning to the Lower East Side for an appearance at Happy Endi ... More >>
Mark Ibold, still happier about the Pavement reunion than you areSo Chavez is reuniting, or whatever you want to call it. A Pavement reunion just dominated most of last week in New York City. Before that, it was a never-dissolved-but-certainly-largely-inactive Superchunk. In the past few year ... More >>
Her fantastic, deceptively cynical new record, Homeland, asks the questions anyway
So, Friday. To start off, Megafaun, an Appalachian folk-rock trio (to your left), meld spirited banjo, soaring guitars, and mountain-man harmonies at the Mercury Lounge as part of their first U.S. tour. While the Temper Trap are best known for their hit song "Sweet Disposition" (which snuck i ... More >>
David Thomas tries somebody else's face on for size. Photo by Richard Gehr. Pere Ubu Le Poisson Rouge Sunday March 29 We can't read most of the notes we scribbled during Pere Ubu's rendering of Alfred Jarry's 1896 Absurdist masterpiece "Ubu Roi" at (le) Poisson Rouge last night. But that t ... More >>
Try this one, it's called "Slow Jam," for very good reason. Four Tet Le Poisson Rouge Wednesday, February 18 People used to call Kieran Hebden's preferred style "folktronica," and for that he deserves a sincere, groveling apology. Everyone does. It made slightly more sense back in 2003, when Roun ... More >>
Single ladies, womanizers, and paparazzi welcome
The video for "Must Be Santa," off Bob Dylan's deranged new Christmas album, features ol' Bob gallivanting around in a Santa hat, and as such is required viewing. He's at United Palace Theatre tonight for the first of a three-night stand. Man this is gonna be bizarre. You better watch out.
Might not be XXX or nothin' but, y'know, nudity. Man, if you really wanna one-up all those chumps lucky enough to have tickets for Girls/Real Estate Friday night at Bowery Ballroom, you'd head out to see 'em at Maxwell's in Hoboken tonight, except that show is sold out too, so forget I said anyth ... More >>
No Age Above the Auto Parts Store Saturday, October 17 Last week, No Age played four New York shows in four entirely different settings: West Village club (le) poisson rouge, MoMA's Spike Jonze Retrospective, the New Museum for director Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Bear, and a Todd P show held Abo ... More >>
Positively (as opposed to negatively) Springsteenian Jersey-punk rockers the Gaslight Anthem got hosed out of their All Points West slot by lousy weather. As did their fans. But if you bring yer ticket stub to Terminal 5 tonight, they'll buy you a beer. This appears to be a serious offer. (They're ... More >>
SWEET NOISE The Glenn Branca Ensemble tries out new material
As a DJ and producer, Theo Parrish is a staple of Detroit's house scene. His jazzy, downtempo "sound sculptures" are ideal for a Monday night: deep, vibey, and sexy as hell. He mixes techno with classic soul and r&b tracks at Cielo. Pianist Jenny Lin's recent recording of Shostakovich's 24 prelude ... More >>
A long weekend brings a slow Monday. For the Wallflowers at Irving Plaza, accept Greil Marcus's digestion of God Says Nothing Back, which could describe most any of the band's songs: "With a stoic backbeat and Jakob Dylan's fatalistic way of biting off his words, this is the sound of someone thinki ... More >>
The burlesque invasion