Better than: Anyone who's ever tried to play a song for longer than five minutes.
Neil Young's wobbly presence on stage is fascinating. He glides around, slow but confident, moving ever so carefully with the music -- whether he's crooning a quiet, reflective ballad about watching his friends die fr ... More >>
Photo courtesy the Winey NeighborA little rock and roll with that red?Oenophiles in Prospect Heights will be pleased to discover that a new boutique wine shop has opened in the neighborhood. Run by husband and wife Kenneth Hung and Young Jung, the Winey Neighbor (679 Washington Avenue, 345-71 ... More >>
Neil Young/ Bert Jansch
Avery Fischer Hall
Sunday, April 24
Better than: Easter dinner with your two guitar-playing grandfathers.
As the crowd of Neil fans sorted themselves out at Lincoln Center, there was a bit of murmuring when opener Bert Jansch took the stage. For all their knowledge of Neil' ... More >>
Kurt Vile is a virtuoso of self-pity. As a songwriter, he paints more shades in this particular spectrum--industrial silver, steel-blue, watery gray--than just about anyone. His newest record, Smoke Ring For My Halo, is a small masterpiece of this small subset of emotion, nailing the center o ... More >>
In retrospect, this one was not unforeseeable, given that last night's lineup at the Bell House was headlined by Bert Jansch, a not infrequent Neil Young tour partner and buddy, and supported by the Pegi Young Band, which of course is fronted by Young's wife. Brooklyn Vegan even touted the ru ... More >>
The Stooges, who patiently rocked behind Iggy while beer bottles flew at the Michigan Theater in the late 60s and early 70s, have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rendering the honor bittersweet is guitarist Ron Asheton's death earlier this year, and music in general.
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Already, one prominent critic who's had the pleasure of hearing Neil Young's imminent new Fork in the Road in its entirety has suggested to me that writing an article with the title "Let's Avoid Neil Young's Next Record" was a bad idea. A popular sentiment. Two videos have emerged to let the uncon ... More >>
Booker T. the DBT's; presumably Neil Young's too busy with his electric-car rock opera to be photographed.
As the phrase "bitter cold" figures heavily in many NYC weather reports today, let us seek out perhaps the warmest-sounding man in all of music: Booker T. Pitchfork is streaming a track fro ... More >>