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 >>
Better than: That cousin of yours who has fantastic taste and knows he has fantastic taste coming to your house and playing you fantastic music and showing you a great time, and every so often you catch him looking at you in a condescending way and you want to enjoy yourself less but you just can't ... More >>
A collaboration between 33-year old former Battles leader Tyondai Braxton and 75-year old minimalist forefather Philip Glass takes place today at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival. It hardly falls under the header of WTF. In fact, it likely would have only taken a few dozen monkeys with a few doze ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, out now: Michaelangelo Matos profiles Daniel Martin-McCormick, the Brooklyn electronic musician with widespread acclaim and punk rock roots; Jesse Jarnow talks to Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, who just released his first solo album; and I defend the boy band against the sn ... More >>
Lee Ranaldo & Steve Shelley w/Yo La Tengo, "Mote"
Yo La Tengo: Hanukkah Shows
Better than: Christmas.
Hanukkah doesn't technically end until sundown Wednesday, but Yo La Tengo unplugged their electric menorah at Maxwell's last night, just after a post-midnight sign-of ... More >>
Saturday, December 17
Better than: Another '90s band playing a '90s album start to finish.
There wasn't a whole lot of noise from Lee Ranaldo's new quartet under the cloth clouds at Glasslands on Saturday, but there was plenty of crunch. Removing the art ab ... More >>
Sonic Youth w/Wild Flag, Kurt Vile
Friday, August 12
Better than: Listening to a playlist of the set on Spotify.
Just before Sonic Youth played "Starfield Road," from 1994's Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, at Friday night's Williamsburg Waterfront gig, singer-guit ... More >>
Today brings more confirmations for the three-day line-up of the Jim Jarmusch-curated All Tomorrow's Parties New York. Adding to the stellar list of Explosions in the Sky, Raekwon, Sonic Youth, the Breeders, Fucked Up, Girls, and the Stooges doing Raw Power are Shellac (credited in the press relea ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, Michael D. Ayers writes our cover story on the National, who make the awkward look cool and despair sound hilarious. Elsewhere, Mike Powell hangs out with creepy chillwave godfather Ariel Pink, Ben Westhoff on the massively divergent fates of Memphis rap crews Th ... More >>
Michael Gira's legendary noise punk crew Swans announced their reunion back in January, and with guitarist Norman Westberg on board (no Jarboe, alas), Gira seemed to be promising the return of the ferocious, '80s vintage of his band, rather than gothy, whispery, horror-house '90s version. Thi ... More >>
The NYC-based Cinema 16 series--which screens silent, "art-house films" along with live accompaniment by various musicians, a la Lee Ranaldo's Text of Light--lands at Galapagos tomorrow night with the promise of a These Are Powers soundtrack written expressly for the occasion. Plus free cockt ... More >>
--If you somehow haven't heard Album, the sublime glazed-over debut by San Francisco's Girls, Impose and Insound are holding a listening party for the record--and for fellow Matador signees Times New Viking's Born Again Revisited--at Bruar Falls in Williamsburg next Wednesday, September 16th. ... More >>
So what's it like being a girl in a band, Kim Gordon? Well, as we see from Sonic Youth's Tom Surgal-directed "Sacred Trickster" video, it's about trying on cocktail dresses, putting on wigs, and setting off paint ball bombs at a rooftop cocktail party with a mime waiter. Duh! "Sacred Trickster" is ... More >>
Surreptitiously taken with an Apple product.
Soho Apple Store
Tuesday, June 9
"It's so quiet," says Kim Gordon, and it instantly gets even quieter, everyone instinctively inhaling with anticipation, because Kim's not one for banter unless she's thought of something profound.
"One wou ... More >>
Andrew KesinDespite the headline, I will not make a phone-sex joke here
First, let me restate the utter confusion experienced this morning when the official Sonic Youth Twitter, a hilarious thing in and of itself, alerted the world to a new "audio sample" of the band's upcoming Matador release The ... More >>