It's the holidays! Time for you and your dopey friends from high school to reunite and tear up the town. What'll it be this evening: pouring manure on your hated gym teacher's front door step and then urinating on it? Getting trashed and picking a fight with the bully who became the bouncer at whate ... More >>
New York has a very rich history of strong contributions to heavy music. While the NYHC pioneers get worshipped (and justly so), New York often gets overlooked in discussions of other influential heavy music scenes. Our below choices for the Top 20 New York Hardcore and Metal Albums of All-Time will ... More >>
If you've got a lot of time on your hands and a heart full of darkness, you'd be wise to check out Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, out Tuesday on Harper Collins/It Books. The key word in that title is "Definitive." This is quite a weighty tome, over 600 pages across every twi ... More >>
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Hey: Albums! In case people still care about these things, here's a batch of potentially interesting releases arriving in the calendar year.
For the last six months, the Sound of the City Supercomputer (a 1998 Compaq Presario) has been analyzing the structure and content of every pop news headline in the world in order to create a highly detailed predictive model of the music industry. While this project has important practical uses, suc ... More >>
There are two things you should know about NYC thrash band ShitKill. The first is that they're some of the most promising young metal musicians we've seen in a long time. The second is that, when we say young, we mean barely old enough to vote: none of them are over 18-years-old. See Also: - Live: ... More >>
Café Tacvba Irving Plaza Sunday, August 26 Better than: Spending a night with anything else that's 23 years old. Dance is a vital part of Café Tacvba's ethos. A vast number of the Mexican rock legends' songs reference the act, while almost all of them encourage it. Hell, the band's best song ( ... More >>
Gigantour: Megadeth, Motörhead, Lacuna Coil, Volbeat The Theater At Madison Square Garden Saturday, January 28 Better than: The World Needs a Hero in its entirety tour. Dave Mustaine has spent the better part of this young decade on a mission to restore his image. He's put out a bestselling auto ... More >>
Monster Magnet frontman Dave Wyndorf is a talkative guy. What was supposed to be a 30-minute interview to preview his band's performance of the 1995 album Dopes To Infinity at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Friday stretched into 90, as he took off and ran with subjects like how his band has been pi ... More >>
Compiled by Matt Ealer, Josh Gallaway, and Brad Nelson Anton CorbijinLulu, the unearthly result of a collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica, is composed of slow, meditative, minimal riffs and sometimes snaking, ambient horror over which Reed, in a sort of drained yet bold drawla ... More >>
Because rapping is by far the best way to communicate a public service message, the Long Island Railroad -- which has had a number of people sustain injuries and/or die by falling into the gap between the platform and train despite signs and announcements warning them otherwise -- has a new r ... More >>
Gregg GreenwoodSo, if you're keeping track of Shepard Fairey-related activity around NYC, there is the wall on Houston Street, the Ace Hotel wrap-around, the May Day show at Deitch Projects and, last but not least, a permanent, indoor mural installation at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. That ... More >>
"I know there are a lot of metal bands that are trying to live like they were already living in war but what I'd say is: you guys have a better life than we did." In 2002, with an U.S.-led invasion looming, it seemed unlikely that four young Iraqis, reared on Metallica, Megadeth and Slipknot ... More >>
Ooooh plus "Iron Man" Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Celebration Madison Square Garden Friday, October 30 "When we were down, rock 'n' roll lifted us up," says Tom Hanks in his introductory remarks for the final night of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's benefit-concert extravaganza ... More >>
The Rock and Roll Hame of Fame 25th Anniversary events kicked off last night at Madison Square Garden with key Jersey representation, including sets by Paul Simon of Newark and Bruce Springsteen of Long Branch. Here's Simon and former collaborator Art Garfunkel really milking "Sounds of Silence." ... More >>
A new breed of mixologist is obsessed with ice, using enormous cubes custom made by ice sculpture suppliers, ice balls the size of oranges, and long ice tubes for highballs. Dilution has become a dirty word. [NY Times] With a new Whole Foods in the space formerly occupied by the legendary ja ... More >>
No Billie Joel cameo this time, which is fine, fine, fine Paul McCartney Citi Field Tuesday, July 21 I'd like to publicly thank the usher in section 314 for physically blocking my path to the bathroom during the opening strains of "Live and Let Die" because he didn't want me to miss the firewor ... More >>
We know it's silly, but we're excited for homeboys Little Anthony & The Imperials and Run-D.M.C., who have just been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Imperials began in Brooklyn -- Little Anthony, aka Jerome Anthony Gourdine, grew up in the Fort Greene projects -- and Run-D.M.C. i ... More >>
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