Radio City Music Hall
Wednesday, September 26
Better than: The Rockettes
In the promo video for last night's Avicii show, 52,171 viewers found the producer/DJ walking through the Times Square venue that he would soon play and sitting in the seats around which his fans would soon dance. "I m ... More >>
The dungeon-black walls of the hip Ace Hotel's underground room, appropriately called Liberty Hall, are relieved by vintage speakers stacked floor-to-ceiling like a rock wall. The decorative recycling of defunct gear, lit with candles like a sanctuary, made a righteous backdrop for a reading of lett ... More >>
The NYPD is on track to stop and frisk 700,000 people this year.About a hundred people gathered outside Pace University this afternoon to protest stop-and-frisk, the NYPD policy under which, over the last eight years, more than 3 million innocent New Yorkers -- overwhelmingly black and Latino ... More >>
Permanent Wave's Halloween Covers Show
Death by Audio
October 27, 2011
Better than: Scrambling to put together my own costume.
Last night, Brooklyn's Permanent Wave collective took over Death by Audio with what they were billing as a "ridiculously fun night of cover sets by some of our favorite l ... More >>
We are on the cusp of a riot-grrrl resurgence, or so we hope. Early last year, NYU's Fales Library announced that the institution had acquired Kathleen Hanna's 1989-1996 papers. Then in the fall, news of a Hanna documentary spread, with activist/poet/Sister Spit staple Sini Anderson at th ... More >>
Murray Hill introduces the night's star attraction.
The Kathleen Hannah Project
The Knitting Factory
Saturday, December 12
Better than: Any actual battle of the bands that I've ever attended.
We are gathered here tonight at the Knitting Factory to praise Kathleen Hanna, not bury her. Though it ... More >>
You know it's the real one this time, among other reasons, because she actually shouts out two out of three Le Tigres--plus Peaches--on the song. Funny how Xtina run through the Kathleen Hanna filter ends up sounding something like fake patois; "female friendship, strength," and partying may be wh ... More >>
These Are Powers, Secret Project Robot, Confetti. Photo by Rebecca SmeyneIn the week that everybody finally went outside for the summer, we hung out on a few rooftops ourselves. Twin Sister? Rooftop. The SFNY party? Rooftop. Good Co.? BBQ, outdoors, ground floor. So yeah. The rain drove us in ... More >>
In the battle between Xtina's titantic, firehose voice and the 2010 zeitgeist--in the persons of Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, and now Le Tigre, whose songwriting shows up on Aguilera's newest, "I Hate Boys" [cancel that: see below]--her singular bellow is winning handily, but that's not a bad thing. Re ... More >>
Right, mea culpa: that Xtina song that leaked earlier today, supposedly co-written by downtown New York femme punks Le Tigre? Not actually co-written by Le Tigre! This according to someone who has seen the liner notes to Christina's new record. Nor does the song feature Canadian electro-porns ... More >>
First things first: credit where credit is due. From Perez Hilton rumor to Pitchfork speculative item to Le Tigre official confirmation--Xtina's album, when (er, if) it comes out in April, will feature songwriting contributions from NYC's most badass electro-feminist OGs. "Needless to say," writes ... More >>