Here are the 10 best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.
You can't really know where you're headed unless you know where you've been. For that reason, we're taking a look back at Pazz & Jop 2012 to drill down into the ballots of contributors and voters who participated. Maybe amongst the rubble we'll find clues about what lies ahead for music lovers in 20 ... More >>
Here are the ten best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
As I sit and watch the year end lists of best reissues virtually pile up on the laptop, I can't help but be reminded of something my Uncle Lech once said to me many X-Masses ago when we were down in his basement jamming some Bobby Vinton. As his light up speakers twinkled and pulsed in my periphera ... More >>
If I sang this column onstage, you would make a shitty phone video of it
The Global Festival 2012, a concert on Central Park's Great Lawn sponsored by an outfit called the Global Poverty Project, will take place on September 29; Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, and the Black Keys will headline, with Band of Horses and K'Naan serving as support acts. As is custom ... More >>
Scattered cosmic dust
Lee Ranaldo Glasslands Gallery Saturday, December 17 Better than: Another '90s band playing a '90s album start to finish. There wasn't a whole lot of noise from Lee Ranaldo's new quartet under the cloth clouds at Glasslands on Saturday, but there was plenty of crunch. Removing the art ab ... More >>
Sun Araw and Prince Rama team up
A show of contemporary photos takes on our age's 'gilded toxicity'
Steven OberlechnerO'Death In the mid-to-late '90s, O'Death haunted Brooklyn's creaky loft spaces as cracker-barrel mad men, an angry Man Man who worshipped Neil Young instead of Captain Beefheart, wore overalls instead of dirty white linens. As country-noise loons, the five piece was best known for ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Brooklyn duo Antimagic make cushiony, muted dance music for part-time avant-punks, a colorful scribble of viscous melody, darkly hued hooks, and beat-on-beat skitter. A tag-team of best friends and ... More >>
Star-studded lineup videos: now a thing. Yes, the Tennessee mega-festival, now in its tenth (!) year, has announced its initial lineup, the usual melange of rappers, rockers, and jam-band monoliths, this year headlined by Eminem and Arcade Fire, only one of whom won the Album of the Year Grammy 48 ... More >>
"I wish I could write lyrics like, 'Hey baby, wanna fuck?' But I can't." Courtney Shanks Since Social Registry released Thomas Kelly Webb's 1996 album Phantom Parade, you might expect his music to be avant-Williamsburg weirdness, just like the label's artists: Gang Gang Dance, Psychic Ills, Telepa ... More >>
On ATP 2010, musicians as actors, Tom Waits's threats, and what planet ODB was on
A singular talent for grandiose, unintentional comedy, sadly dampened by The Suburbs
This week's album chart has in its first two positions the two biggest stories in pop music last week. Once again, the pole position was assumed by Canadian teenager Justin Bieber, whose first full-length, My World 2.0, sold 92,000 copies--only the second time this year that the No. 1 album h ... More >>
Fuquan7777Broadcast get all shy. CREDITBroadcast/The Atlas Sound (Le) Poisson Rouge Tuesday, October 20 Two trippy, languid, insular headphone bands -- best appreciated in private, while wearing a Snuggie and high on mushrooms -- offered back to back at a crowded CMJ show, with pristine soun ... More >>
Daytrotter's currently got a session up with Brooklyn's Woods gang on which the band plays an EP's worth of unreleased material: three new dripping wet Neil Young leg-stretchers and one Songs of Shame standby, "Where and What Are You?" Dunno if we're still killing Brooklyn lo-fi or what but ... More >>
-- Lupe Fiasco released the first single from his upcoming album, Lasers. The track is the spacey "Shining Down," which has Lupe taking a dig at autotune by using it. It leaked last month to the rapper's dismay. He plays Governors Island on Sept 11 (tickets go on sale Friday at noon) and SUNY's Dewa ... More >>
In his review, Our Man Sietsema liked the fat-drenched, "transgressional cuisine" doled out at Minetta Tavern, and Bruni just gave it three stars and called it the best steakhouse in New York. I wanted to check it out, but imagined it to be snotty to no-names and impossible to get into. Not so! I ... More >>
On the fifteen-year-anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, Ward Sutton pens "In Bloom: The Alternate History of Kurt Cobain," in which Kurt instead puts the gun down, becomes a latter-day Brian Wilson, alienates his bandmates and wife, inspires retaliatory albums from Guns N' Roses and Neil Young, prev ... More >>
"I'd like to do something that involves an older woman, perhaps in the vein of The Graduate or Harold and Maude." Gigantic: Dano and the girl of your dreams There's a genuine quality to all the varied roles --whether killer (Taking Lives, 2004), mute older brother (Little Miss Sunshine, 2006), or ... More >>
Michael Stipe signs his new photo book
A gruff but still inspiring Television set: perfect for Father's Day weekend
The best band in the universe do their Brecht thing with hooks
Jim James's alienated roots maneuvers murmur mistily at the world beyond the Bonnarooskis
Chameleonic chanteuse re-examines abandoned heritage
Ho ho hee hee ha ha to the funny farm where life is beautiful
How many queens does it take to fill Radio City Music Hall?
Mailbox Synthpop as Piano and Voice Recital
Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death