This week marks the 15th anniversary of an infamous day for the MTV generation. It was on May 25th, 1999 that former MTV VJ Jesse Camp unleashed his one album, Jesse and the 8th Street Kidz on the world . It was a big day, an end of an era and a landmark swan song to one of the '90s most unforgettab ... More >>
For every insightful conversation I have heard or had at SXSW over the years, whether it was talking to Matt Pinfield while walking the streets of Austin talking about David Bowie, or telling The Clash's Mick Jones that he was in fact, in The Clash, I have overheard a thousand awful ones. See Also ... More >>
Here are the ten best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.
Remembering Joe Strummer
Superchunk, Duff McKagan's Loaded, Upper West, Zulu Wave Times Square Saturday, July 7 Better than: The matinee showing of Sister Act. Originally slated to play a headlining gig at Beekman Beer Garden as part of the CBGB Festival, word went out early last week that Superchunk instead would play ... More >>
When word first started leaking out on Facebook that New Brunswick, N.J.'s Court Tavern had closed, an early response was, "Again? Is this a yearly occurrence now?" It wasn't as if the Court hadn't been in trouble before. A decade ago, management successfully fended off developers who wanted to buil ... More >>
To supplement this year's Pazz & Jop launch, Sound of the City asked a few critics to expand on the reasonings behind their voting. This is from Nick Minichino, who voted specifically for Funkmaster Flex's premiere of Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Otis" this summer. That was the driving force of i ... More >>
MTV Iggy Best New Band 2011 Concert w/2NE1, Gyptian, La Vida Boheme, and Yuna Best Buy Theater Monday, December 12 Better than: The monoculture. Korean pop group 2NE1 waved at their fans from a wall-sized window above the Best Buy Theater Monday night. "Music is truly becoming a borderless thing, ... More >>
Down on the upside with rock evangelist
This week in the Village Voice, out now: Michael Tedder speaks to rock evangelist Matt Pinfield (left) as 120 Minutes returns to MTV; Dan Weiss looks back on the recently revitalized Archers of Loaf; and Ray Cummings talks to the high-concept act Cave Bears.
MTV turns 30 on Monday. To celebrate, we're running a bunch of pieces on the channel, its legacy, and its future. Back when he was a music-obsessed teenager growing up on Long Island, and long before he started the influential music website Stereogum, Scott Lapatine never missed an episode o ... More >>
It begins. Tonight scores of idealistic youngsters will descend on the clubs of New York City for CMJ 2010, vying to find, amid this year's slate of thousands of challengers, this year's Surfer Blood, Sleigh Bells, or, uh, Black Kids. The official showcase schedule is here. Have at it. But le ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Brooklyn trio The Library Is On Fire is a straightforward, all-thrills, unpretentious alt-rock blast--a band that understands the perfect balance between noise and melody. It helps that frontman Ste ... More >>
We can still be cynical if its for a good cause, right?
SOTC-beloved French pop doggs Phoenix and hyperactive aggro-twee synth-bashers Passion Pit love each other so much they can't stop playing shows together -- fresh off a stint at Central Park a couple months back, they reunite this evening at Hammerstein Ballroom for 101.9 RXP DJ Matt Pinfield's Ho ... More >>
Alex Grazier G'SellDead WeatherThird Man Records/Home Sweet HomeThursday, July 16Dead Weather's free noontime gig at Jack White's Third Man Records' pop-up store was mobbed. Clearly, New York radio stations and just about every music blog in the world got the word out: By the time we arrived at the ... More >>
Elvis Costello Jim Brady's Tuesday, June 2 Introduced by Matt Pinfield! We (we = mostly 101.9 WRXP contest winners) have gathered at Jim Brady's, an Irish pub near Wall Street: After ordering a pint, you can turn 90 degrees and watch Sportscenter on a projection screen, and turn another 90 degre ... More >>
I often wonder if the legends born out of CBGB ever get tired of talking about CBGB. Certainly, at last night's Tribeca Film screening of Burning Down The House: The Story of CBGB, the "Behind the Screens" panel of Tommy Ramone, ex-Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz, director Mandy Stein, and Jesse ... More >>
Hey, it was porn week! Zach live-blogged the Dim Mak porn video. Jadakiss vowed to wake up beside you naked. Peter Saville's Erotic House of Pop streamed online. Asher Roth debuted his sweet new Bukkake-inspired video. (Speaking of which, Asher Roth should probably lose that hypeman.) The police i ... More >>
Some get a decade; we get a moment
Some get a decade; we get a moment