A number one song from 2011. Not really helping the year's case, this.Welcome to the 2011 edition of the Sound of the City Year-End Critic Roundtable, an epistolary back-and-forth about the year in music between five observers of the medium: Tom Ewing; Eric Harvey; Nick Murray; Katherine St. ... More >>
Kanye West at Occupy Wall Street; confused woman. Sound of the City's year-end roundtable, with contributions from Tom Ewing, Eric Harvey, Maura Johnston, Nick Murray, and Katherine St. Asaph, continues. Follow along here.
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Don't get spun outeat spun sugar instead! 2011 has been the year of "trollgaze," a media-agnostic genre name for those pieces of pop culture as designed for maximum Internet attention as they are pieces of art that can stand (or at least wobble) on their own. The ways to get inducted i ... More >>
Araceli CruzModels allowed to party while workingMexican designer Paola Hernandez is a genius! We love her for taking us out of the Lincoln Center tents, to high above Chelsea at Hotel Americano's rooftop terrace. Was she trying to bribe us with cocktails and lounge chairs? Who cares! That's ... More >>
Central Park Summerstage
Monday, August 1
Better than: Throwing out love incantations at home.
The title of Lykke Li's second album, Wounded Rhymes, implies sullen dwelling on past offenses, but the record itself is much more peeved than those two words imply. It opens with the barnburn ... More >>
So maybe you heard that Radiohead put out a new album, The King of Limbs, on Friday, one day earlier than planned, a gift that triggered a "live-Tweeting my first listen" torrent of unprecedented volume and ferocity, a glut of Internet-borne insta-opinions that seemed at odds with the band's reput ... More >>
In the week we began our countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010, we celebrated by mocking efforts from the Far East Movement, Ringo Starr, Godsmack, Trade Martin, and Lil Wayne. Where will Susan Boyle fall? Tune in next week and suffer more abuse until you find out.
(Le) Poisson Rouge
December 1, 2010
Better Than: Your standard overpraised Swedish pop starlet.
The Swedish ingénue-cum-big-deal Lykke Li is a little bit of a thing. No more than five feet tall, she fills a space like someone twice that size. At Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday night she ... More >>
A full range of emotions this week -- get emo tonight, go pantless on Saturday, giggle at the goofy songs of your youth on Tuesday. With Mannie Fresh, you might be able to do all three. In any event, here are your nightly nightlife picks for the next seven days:
"I don't hear anything else out there like my record." So says a confident Black Milk, the Detroit hip-hop producer who's struck 2010's boldest titular move to date by electing to call his fifth solo project Album Of The Year (out today). With his gritty-yet-soulful beats, Black Milk is often ... More >>
Crazy Love is still very much #1 in the country. But The Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack--a goofy melange of what's warm in indie right now, e.g. Lykke Li, Grizzly Bear, Thom Yorke, etc.--sold 115,000 copies, good for #2. Those bands selling that many records would be stunning if this wer ... More >>
We're gonna go ahead and suggest that yesterday was the first and last time Jay-Z and Swedish livewire Lykke Li will ever be confused for one another. The smart money for a good part of yesterday was that Jay-Z was maybe definitely due to step onstage last night with the Roots at that ridiculous D ... More >>
We'll think of a better name for this soon: Until then, here's Monday night's finest NYC shows.
Holding tickets to the sold-out Dave Matthews gig at the Beacon this evening? Well, here's the most responsible financial advice you've gotten all year: SELL SELL SELL. Watch the thing on Hulu instead ... More >>
In the short week that we outsourced absolutely nothing to India (not even the phoner we didn't do with the guy who plays trumpet for Cake), we got even less cosmopolitan and global when Cannes correspondent J. Hoberman came back and showed up at the office like the rest of us. Except, unlike him, w ... More >>
It would be easy to dismiss 23-year old Swedish singer Lykke Li as the latest manufactured pop confection. After all, last year's debut Youth Novels--produced by Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn and John--yielded several electro bubblegummy hits, songs with hooks that stuck in your head like claws. A ... More >>
Big Black established Chicago's Touch & Go Records, Butthole Surfers nearly undid it, and Ted Leo stuck with the indie for far longer than anyone expected. But there's also a whole roster of lesser-known, weirdo, commercially doomed T&G releases that likely contributed to yesterday's announcement ... More >>