• Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    With the Coming Closing of Death By Audio, Many NYC DIYs Are Going Legit

    There's confetti embedded in the stage at Death By Audio, the latest off-the-books venue and nightclub in Williamsburg to announce its closure, set for November 22. It's the last gasp of the "Do-It-Yourself" wave that helped bring much attention to the neighborhood's music and scene in the last 10 o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Best NYC Musicians by Genre, Clubs, and Comedians

    It's out! This year's Best Of Issue is, if we say so ourselves, the best. It features (rough count here) 1,000,000 write ups about the unknown or undeniable things that make our city great. Here, we run down some of big Best Of Winners for music, bars, clubs, and comedy. Check it all out and get bac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Live: Les Savy Fav Are (Thankfully!) Still The Same Old Absurdist Art-Punk Band at the Bowery Ballroom

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Week In Review: We Didn't Get LCD Soundsystem Tickets, Either

    '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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Live: Monotonix Invade Brooklyn, Possibly For The Last Time

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Week In Review: We'll Never Get Over The White Stripes

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Monotonix Are Not Breaking Up, Exactly, But You'd Better Go See Them Soon Anyway

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Photos: Monotonix at the Siren Pre-Party

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Week in Review: What Your Kids Will Learn

    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?

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Free Siren Pre-Party This Thursday With Monotonix, BRAHMS, and Finger on the Pulse DJs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Here's Your Siren Festival 2010 Hourly Schedule

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Tonight! The Low Anthem, Monotonix, And Blackbells

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    Say Goodbye to 2009: Looking Back at the Year in Concerts

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    If You Missed a Band at Siren, Have No Fear, They Just Might Be Coming Back

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    My Four Favorite Things I Saw at Siren (And One Thing I, Uh, Missed)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    This Weekend! Ten Reasons Why You're Going to Siren Festival

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    The Very Subtle Monotonix Cover for Where Were You When It Happened?; Plus, Other Live Performers That Impress Frontman Ami Shalev

    "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 >>

  • Music

    July 15, 2009

    The Full-Tilt, Half-Naked Joys of Israeli Cock Rockers Monotonix

    On the gleeful, uncouth, spontaneous, not-at-all-satirical chaos

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    Heed the Siren! Here comes the 9th Annual Siren Music Festival and related content: Gleefully hostile, says Rob Harvilla of Future of the Left. On new album: acoustic guitar. Problem? "It's irrelevant what old fans or old bands think," says Falco. "If anything, it makes it more exciting to push i ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 6, 2009
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    May 1, 2009

    Week in Review: Penetration!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    More SXSW 2009 Bands Announced

    SXSW 2009: the sound of a thousand Babydick jokes cracking. Full list, with arbitrarily bolded highlights, below.

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2008

    CMJ: Panache Booking Showcase With Monotonix, AIDS Wolf, DMBQ and More

    DMBQ Panache Booking Showcase Monotonix, AIDS Wolf, Aa, DMBQ Friday, October 24 Knitting Factory photos by Rebecca Smeyne Weingarten was right: "An undying bestest pal to the underground, Panache Booking always makes sure the most colorful, spasmodic, and sweat-soaked avant-punx have a space to st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2008

    Recommended: Panache Booking Showcase at the Knitting Factory

    An undying bestest pal to the underground, Panache Booking always makes sure the most colorful, spasmodic, and sweat-soaked avant-punx have a space to stomp and skronk and raise a ruckus. Their three-floor Knit CMJ shows are always dizzying fun and a great primer to modern undie-freakos. This year's ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 22, 2008


    So many records, only three days

  • Voice Choices

    August 27, 2008


    David Berman’s back—sans Pavement pals

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2008

    Live: Dark Meat at the Cake Shop [04.20.08]

    photos by Rebecca Smeyne Dark Meat Cake Shop April 20th One thing that might prevent you from staring into Dark Meat frontman Jim McHugh's third eye at Cake Shop is that the war paint on his face and forehead is a little too light. As a result, the unblinking optic orifice is more of an implied ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2008

    Photos: Monotonix's Hairy Moonshot Assclusive at the Cake Shop [04.20.08]

    Monotonix Cake Shop April 20 photos by Rebecca Smeyne First up, Dark Meat, a multi-headed psych-rock mutant that’s a cross between tent revival and bad acid trip, a big and brassy 17-member typhoon lighting up a venue that holds, like, 100 people. No less daunting are Israeli dirt-punx Monotonix, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2008

    Dark Meat: Tonight with Monotonix, Tomorrow at Union Pool

    photo by Rebecca Smeyne One of the most claustrophobic spaces in New York gets downright harrowing. First up, Dark Meat, a multi-headed psych-rock mutant that’s a cross between tent revival and bad acid trip, a big and brassy 17-member typhoon lighting up a venue that holds, like, 100 people. No ... More >>