Better Than: Watching the Knick's game in a crowded sports bar.
There should be a point during every live show where you, as an audience member, undeniably want to be who you're watching onstage. That transformation may have been a bit difficult for Bleached's Clavin sisters to inspire in me last n ... More >>
Village Voice SXSW Showcase
Red Eyed Fly, Austin
Saturday, March 17
Better than: Drinking green beer on Sixth Street.
During South by Southwest, musicians, industry folks, and people who want to have a particularly music-filled spring break head to Austin in order to soak in the less-threatening M ... More >>
Ben LozovskyGrimes.CMJ Day Three: Bleached, The Bins, King Krule, Dent May, Gauntlet Hair, Main Attrakionz, Grimes
Better than: Wearing giant credential badge around your neck for 5 days straight.
Three days into the festival, taking the non-affiliated, DIY CMJ route seemed like the right p ... More >>
In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images.
You know how Hugh Hefner has to have sex with fifty women and an endangered panda at once in order to feel anything at all? I went into this year's CMJ Music Marath ... More >>
Brooklyn's Making Friendz is a self-described "punk 'n' b" dance riot, dragging the glittery disco blips of electro into the No Age age via euphoric, no-fi joymosh. Mastermind Tami Hart came here in 2005 from the same Cali scene that produced the mushy, expansive bluster of No Age, Abe Vigod ... More >>
Last year's Stupid Party in Crown Heights. All photos by Rebecca Smeyne.We're closing up shop early today, and getting a head start on the New Year by doing snow angels outside for a while. Last minute guidance on your own New Year's Eve plans can be found here and here. In the meantime, plea ... More >>
Todd Patrick, whose reign at the top of New York's DIY show circuit hasn't exactly escaped documentation in the eight years since he started putting on concerts in north Brooklyn, has picked up another plaudit for the scrapbook--a documentary film, entitled Todd P Goes To Austin, produced by FVMMO ... More >>
One of you out there owes no-wave ladymen Mika Miko $300 for dumping whiskey on their amp in Brooklyn, weekend before last. They had no idea you'd gotten all drunk and tilt-a-whirly and poured liquor on their gear, so they turned it on, and KABLOOEY. Since you weren't wo/man enough to fess up when ... More >>
Todd P's Unamplified Show Acoustic BBQ
Fort Tilden State Park
Sunday, June 14
If the mind-melding absurdity of Sunday's unamplified acoustic all-day show at Fort Tilden National Park could be summed up in a scene, it'd have to be when Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck was in the middle of his gorgeo ... More >>
The back patio in 2007
Let it be known that Todd P's deftly orchestrated unofficial all-day parties are one of the SXSW's undisputed highlights, tucked a few blocks away from the main Sixth Street drag on the back patio of Ms. Bea's, the best dive bar South of Rosemary's Greenpoint Tavern. So we a ... More >>
Dark Meat at last year's SXSW, photo by Rebecca Smeyne
See, it's totally lame, don't worry, you're not missing a thing
South by Southwest just firebombed everybody's inboxes with a partial list of names playing this year's barbecue-and-booze blitz. A quick scan reveals the midsize marquee names to ... More >>