A tune by Death pumped through the speakers in the basement of SYNCStudio in Williamsburg. Halston Bruce, a tattooed chick with curly red hair, donned a headset microphone and mounted her stationary bike. This innaugural heavy metal cycling class (last Thursday) had been her longtime vision, and she ... More >>
Better Than: A night in with real cartoons -- this show was live-action animation The last night of a good tour feels like a high-school graduation: There are lot of hugs and "We love you guys!," guesting during each others' sets and/or hijinx, which can range from Motley Crue surprising Guns N' R ... More >>
Tonight, March 26, members of Jesus Lizard will appear with Akashic Books head honch Johnny Temple for a Q&A at WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m. Last week, we ran a feature story about the band's glorious new Book. Not everything fit. Here now, your Jesus Lizard extras! See also: MUST OWN: The Jesus Lizard Bo ... More >>
In the most head-shaking news ever unleashed on the Internet, it was revealed that rapper/necrophiliac/federal agent impersonator DMX had been in talks to fight George Zimmerman, the infamous idiot who gunned down young Trayvon Martin. Luckily for humanity and overall decency in general, the fight h ... More >>
Back in the late '80s, Glenn Danzig (born Glenn Anzalone) had no idea his eponymously named band was going to be his most enduring musical project. Longevity was probably the furthest thing from his mind. "Rick [Rubin, founder of Def American] was looking for bands that were not the conventional r ... More >>
There are those rare moments -- once in a hundred lifetimes, perhaps -- when one man's destiny is laid bare before him, as if God's secret designs had been suddenly revealed. One wouldn't expect to find such an epiphany in the press release discard pile, but yesterday I stumbled upon my life's true ... More >>
A Philly queen comes to NYC
Hey: Albums! In case people still care about these things, here's a batch of potentially interesting releases arriving in the calendar year.
Today we're handing the keys to the blog to spook rock pioneer Alice Cooper. Here he talks about a few music artists doing him proud. By Alice Cooper See Also: - Ten Creepy Movies That Scare the Hell Out of Alice Cooper - The 25 Creepiest Heavy Metal Album Covers
Are you a musician? Is your band having issues? Our new advice columnist, who we're going to call Fan Landers (a.k.a. Jessica Hopper), is ready to give you Real Talk about any problems your musical outfit might be havingwhether professional, practical, or sartorial. Send your problems to sotc ... More >>
This month, to celebrate the Internet's unbridled love for wallowing in nostalgia and even greater relishing of talking about why certain cultural artifacts are horrible, Sound of the City presents First Worsts, a series in which our writers remember the first time... they ever hated a song enough t ... More >>
If you don't think Butch Vig's almost singlehandedly invented two decades of alternative rock as we know it, just look at his resumé: Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Green Day, Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, AFI. That's without mentioning his membership in the still-cool Garbage or the fact he prod ... More >>
On April 12, St. Vitusthe metal outpost in Greenpointturned one year old, but the birthday celebration went down between April 23 and April 28. Bands, cartoons, go-go girls, celebrities, sacrilege, and a metal magician were in attendance. "It was chaos," says bartender and co-owner Ju ... More >>
Just in the nick of timei.e., right before "Girls, Girls, Girls" dipped below the "20% of all music played in strip clubs everywhere" thresholdthe Déjà Vu chain of strip clubs brought Motley Crue's Vince Neil on board to rebrand one of their Las Vegas locations as Vince Neil's Girls, ... More >>
A year ago this month, Wye Oak kicked off their 2011 with an opening slot for The Decemberists at Beacon Theatre. There was a snowstorm, and it was a pain in the ass to get home, but their set was a great kickoff to what's been, for the Baltimore duo, a great year. Their third album Civilian, a slow ... More >>
In this week's Voice, we profiled the Rapture, recently re-signed to DFA Records. Luke Jenner, Vito Roccoforte, and Gabriel Andruzzi are voluble guys, so there was plenty of material that we couldn't fit into the story. Here are a few pieces from our interviews that touch on the band's early ... More >>
Jenna Sauers Courtney Love Hiro Ballroom, Maritime Hotel Tuesday, September 6 Better than: Listening to Celebrity Skin alone in your bedroom again. "I need a glass of wine," Courtney Love announced as she took the stage, twirling a big paper parasol through the air around her. "I need win ... More >>
Jani Lane, the former lead singer of the hard rock band Warrant, was found dead in a California hotel room last night. Lane was Warrant's primary songwriter, penning radio hits like "Heaven," "I Saw Red," and "Cherry Pie"; in his later years, he would leave and get back together with his former ban ... More >>
It's been a little over a decade since Limp Bizkit's Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water became the fastest-selling rock album of all time, a record that's at this point unlikely to be broken. Generally speaking, being a cultural phenomenon on that scale for even a fleeting mome ... More >>
Michael Becker/FOXHey, remember when enough people would get voted off American Idol and the show would go down to a much saner 60-minute running time? That was nice. Now, with only five people left, we still get a 90-minute show, with all the contestants singing twice. Maybe Fox is just dete ... More >>
Yeasayer. Here's hoping things are a bit warmer than this for their shows this summer. Today Live Nation announced a slew of shows at Long Island's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and New Jersey's PNC Bank Arts Center, and in addition to the many classic rock acts (with "classic rock" now being ... More >>
"Encyclopedias of rock, rap--I see them all the time at the bookstore. Like, when you look at the 'I's and you get to the 'In's and you see 'Incubus,' just to see our name included in there would be so cool." Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. . . on a boat. It's been since six months a certain Village ... More >>
The Mötley Crüe bassist releases second book
F2K10 is a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Track our progress here. That Godsmack is still able to put out chart-topping records in 2010 shouldn't be too surprising; the warmed-over, self-pitying nü-metal put forth by Sully Erna and his bandmates is still the lingua franca of rock ... More >>
With her new album Flesh Tone, the "Milkshake" singer tries on some club-pop
Further evidence that the classic-album tour trend has gone off the rails: the official word that Aerosmith will be performing Toys in the Attic in its entirety at Jones Beach next week and Madison Square Garden in September 14. These dates had been previously announced back in April, but not offici ... More >>
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