iPhone magic by meLes Savy Fav frontman Tim Harrington, crowd-surfing on a pedestal, lips on a flask, same as it ever was.
Better than: Monotonix's indefinite hiatus.
Les Savy Fav have not evolved, you will be happy to learn. They are still the same four laser-focused musicians and one giant hair ... More >>
'Twas a week of profound excitement undercut by crushing disappointment, all swirling around the same event: LCD Soundsystem at Madison Square Garden. It was announced. People got excited. A Wednesday-morning presale line wrapped around the Lower East Side. But a lot people got shut out. Then came ... More >>
Chaos, as usual. Pics by Rebecca.From our first delightful encounter with Israeli cock-rockers Monotonix, in a trashy Texas dirtpit at a 2008 party called Fuck by Fuck You, we knew they were special. It was there that we first witnessed frontman Ami Shalev's maniacal hijinks and first saw dru ... More >>
We started out the week on a positive jam. Riding high off Bob Dylan Week, we spent the weekend paying tribute to all those bands who came before with Craig Finn at Music Hall of Williamsburg and trying with all our hearts to sing along while the Dismemberment Plan flailed around on stage at ... More >>
Last chance to see this in person for awhile. Pic by Rebecca Smeyne.So everyone's favorite hilariously violent Israeli garage-rock trio is making onstage threats that their current tour might be their last, citing fatigue/impending babies/etc., which is bad news for us all, because if you hav ... More >>
Sam HorineOpen wide
Of all the things we here at Sound of the City emphatically endorse--Janelle Monae, the Mountain Goats, Matt & Kim, Ohio sports teams, responsible reporting of M.I.A.'s Tamil Tigers Tweets--the frantic live antics of Israeli stunt-garage trio Monotonix are high up there. Ami Sh ... More >>
Not again! Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week we mostly spent anticipating tomorrow's Siren Festival, we talked at length with headliner Ted Leo, celebrated at a pre-party with Monotonix, and looked back at nine years worth of past triumphs. See you there, hopefully?
Rebecca SmeyneMonotonix at Europa
Big week around these parts. Not only does this Saturday, July 17 mark the tenth anniversary edition of Siren Festival, but in the lead-up to the big day, we're just announcing a fairly amazing free pre-party that will take place this Thursday, July 15. Details are ... More >>
Not that there's not other things to talk about (The-Dream!), but we figure this is essential to your Saturday plan of attack. I might suggest that if SOTC were in charge Ted Leo would be both headlining and playing his own special commemorative stage, but this'll all work out just fine, I ... More >>
The Low Anthem's American folk and roots music does exude "hymnal purity," (well put, Uncut Magazine), but don't worry about being lulled to sleep, as the quartet (to your left) will dynamically shuffle around zithers, pump organs, and clarinets within a single set at the Bowery Ballroom. Or, ... 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 >>
Nate "Igor" SmithJapandroids
Now that Siren Festival is over, the sundry bands who played the Voice's Coney Island hotdogging extravaganza can announce their next New York shows without worrying about your proscratinated attendance. So if you did, perchance, miss an act you meant to see--either beca ... More >>
Monotonix's frontman got some crowd-surf-drumming in, too.
So Siren '09 is in the books. Thanks for dropping by if you did, which we hope you did, as the weather was excellent (much less brutally hot than in previous years, which also cut down on ill-advised Coney Island boardwalk half-nudity) and ... More >>
You're going to the Siren Music Festival, and here's 10 reasons why:
1. Admission is free.
2. It's your last chance to catch Frightened Rabbit in New York this summer. Frontman Scott Hutchison, noted for slopping "filthy, twisted stuff on top of really quite polished bass," sings about dismembered ... More >>
"It's the most . . . [pause] . . . fun . . . [pause] . . . place in the human body"
Here is very understated Monotonix album cover for their September full-length Where Were You When It Happened? that got a couple of paragraphs devoted to it in this week's paper. Despite the suggestion that Monoton ... More >>
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