Surfer Blood. Vampire Weekend. Imagine Dragons. Bowling for Soup. Slightly Stoopid. I've ignored every single one of these bands for one reason and one reason alone: terrible band names. In this culture, we have so many things competing for our attention at all times that our brains naturally has an ... More >>
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
Live and on record, Baltimore duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat--singer/floor Tom drummer Ed Schrader and bassist/singer Devlin Rice--come on strong, elemental, like a force of nature. On last year's album debut Jazz Mind (Load) and a smattering of splits and singles, a winning formula emerged: rudimenta ... More >>
By Jason Roche When music from Los Angeles metal group The Faceless' newest album, Autotheism, began to leak out into the blogosphere last summer, fans were divided, and so were critics. "A botched experiment of sorts," opined SputnikMusic.com; "razor sharp," countered ThePRP.com. The group's prev ... More >>
Nearly six years after their last album, 2007's Anonymous, Tomahawk return this week with fourth offering Oddfellows: more phantasmagoric rock to weird you out and rev you up all at once. Tomahawk's cast of music luminaries--singer Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle), guitarist Duane Denison (Th ... More >>
Hey: Albums! In case people still care about these things, here's a batch of potentially interesting releases arriving in the coming weeks and months:
Destined to be in the Guinness book of world records, or die trying
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musicianfinishes up this week, with the Round of 32 scheduled to kick off Monday. (The schedule and results so far are he ... More >>
Antony's heartwrenching take on "Crazy In Love" last night capped off a week where cover songs were seemingly dropping into my lap on a daily basis. Why not take time out of your schedule to enjoy them now?
Hold the drumming, boy
This week in the Voice I discussed The Little Drummer Boy Challenge, a sort of Frogger pitting your ears against "Christmas creep." The rules are simple: If you haven't heard "The Little Drummer Boy" in any formincluding Justin Bieber's recent, Busta Rhymes-assisted update of the songs ... More >>
Better Than: Getting harassed by Lou Reed's manager. There's many perfectly valid reasons to find Sean Lennon deeply dubious. The main knock on the guy is that he uses the obscene wealth and ridiculous connections to date models, to hang around in feathered fedoras, and to release solo albums per ... More >>
In the evergreen words of world-renowned sociological scholar Mike Patton, WE CARE A LOT. As such, we wanted to remind you that if you have yet to register to vote, your voter registration must be postmarked by tomorrow, October 8th.
King of Hearts, the long-awaited posthumous solo debut from Def Jux rapper-producer Camu Tao (who died of cancer in 2008), is finally coming out August 17. To whet your appetite, the label's offering a free download of a 2005 EP called Forever Frozen in Television Time, credited to Central Se ... More >>
Mike Patton may've teased the sold-out crowd at Monday night's Faith No More show by calling us "hipsters," but the malnourished layabouts who normally sashay down Bedford Ave really weren't the show's demographic. The East River Park was far more populated by aggro jocks, khaki cargo shorts, ... More >>
Faith No More East River State Park Friday, July 2 We are gathered here this evening with our backs to the sunset to watch a reunited Faith No More play the East River State Park, a former shipping dock in Williamsburg consisting of seven mostly un-shaded acres, part concrete slab, part lawn, par ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Brooklynite J.G. Thirlwell is one of the unlikely highlights of this year's Celebrate Brooklyn series. The industrial living legend and genre-hopping nu-composition hero is lugging his manic 20-piec ... More >>
Brendan Fowler, grindin'The third edition of the absurd festival of performance art and excess that is RoseLee Goldberg's Performa 09 is underway in New York. And as always, a bunch of musicians are moonlighting, including DNA's Arto Lindsay (his "SOMEWHERE I READ" Performa kick-off processio ... More >>
Here are four percussive big shots not too shy to run the show
Twitpic via EardrumnycFaust WFMU Fest/Music Hall Of Williamsburg October 1 Dear American experimental underground, Faust has a message for you: You're no fun. Last night was a rollicking, all-smiles 90-minute set from a bunch of Germans who were making weird records when Mike Patton was sti ... More >>
See why Björk is crazy for Tanya Tagaq
TV on the Radio turn their frustrations into defiantly fascinating art
Rock and roll could never hip hop like this and vice-versa et cetera, part 400something
Mom conceives new uses for her lungs, mouth, and throat