A legend takes up residency in the East Village
Winter Jazzfest It grows and grows. The 10th anniversary Winter Jazzfest spans five nights (Jan. 7-11), nine venues and over 90 bands. There'll be three standalone concerts and two back-to-back marathons (6pm-4am) with hugely impressive lineups. A quick glimpse reveals the names Gary Bartz, Darcy Ja ... More >>
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
Shahzad Ismaily teams up with three guitar greats
In her autobiography I Put a Spell on You, Nina Simone recalled the Greenwich Village of the '50s and '60s as a scene where beboppers, folkies, blues devotees and bohemians of all stripes would seek out their music in close proximity. Decades later, Winter Jazzfest takes stock of a new historical mo ... More >>
These are the best Jazz shows in the city this month, in no particular order. See Also: - Ten Jazz Album To Hear Before You Die - Ten (More) Jazz Albums To Hear Before You Die - Ten Free Jazz Albums To Hear Before You Die
For the past three decades, the flannel-flyin' and econo-jamming godhead Mike Watt has staunchly adhered to his and late, great best friend and fellow Minuteman D Boon's credo "punk is whatever we made it to be while projecting an air of sincerity that is just plain righteous. And in all of Watt's p ... More >>
The violinist takes a singularly dualistic approach to music
White Outalong with Gotham lifers like Glenn Branca, Sonic Youth and Unsanehead a slate of disparately drawn iconoclasts who, despite downtown's colossal overhaul, still unequivocally bleed NYC guts and grit through their musical veins. Inseparable since being introduced by former SY d ... More >>
For starters, Mick Barr is not in Hella. Never was. Sure, the diminutive, scraggly-haired, baseball-capped experi-metal guitarist overlord has collabbed with the San Franisco spazz-proggers' drummer, Zach Hill, on a slew of intense and brain-scorching shredders. But those were just one-offs. ... More >>
Michael Wilson Already renowned as arranger to the stars and New York's go-to violinist, Jenny Scheinman is building a new reputation as a formidable bandleader as well; her emotive scrapes and dramatic whines now dance around the propulsive jazz-rock of a newish quartet. The bandbassi ... More >>
Bassists shine, even amid the dark age of conservatism
An assassin for Christmas, or maybe some witchcraft and depraved subordia?
My Chemical Romance go . . . Styx. Photo by Neil Krug.In this week's Village Voice, Brandon Soderberg profiles the 21-year-old rap producer AraabMuzik, Christopher R. Weingarten is not impressed with the new record from My Chemical Romance, Francis Davis praises new efforts from Bill Frisell, ... More >>
Or slicing, or muscling—anything but letting up, really
Winnie KwokM. Ward M. Ward should have been the commencement speaker at my college graduation instead of the blindingly sequined, paperback-writing, thriller novelist swami who dispensed the sole pearlescent aphorism of "Give 'em hell!" before talking mostly about shoes, and not even as a me ... More >>
Fresh off his Double Nickels on the Dime celebration last week, Mike Watt's new deal, Floored by Four (the other three are Nels Cline, Yuka Honda, and Dougie Bowne), hits Central Park SummerStage tomorrow opening for M. Ward. In a fit of promo pique, Mike apparently dropped by TONY's bizarrely fur ... More >>
Big gigantic music festivals featuring people with names that even those living deep in the Amazon forests or on the wild, wild plains of New Zealand have heard of tend to suck up most of the cultural airspace when they come to town--All Points West being no exception here. But this is an ex ... More >>
photo by Harry Shuldman Wilco/Yo La Tengo 13 July 2009 KeySpan Park Brooklyn, NY Things Wilco are not (the American Radiohead; uncute). Things Wilco are (strummable; a great band to sing along to on a breezy eve on Coney Island, where they played last night in centerfield of KeySpan Park). Steeple ... More >>
Music for white people to relax to, and what's wrong with that?
In 2009, the traditional practice of exchanging physical copies of records for money is a trade that might best be called quixotic. But New Yorkers are stubborn people, and the record store is not dead. Below, the top ten records that sold in the last week at a store near you. Scott FriedlanderMich ... More >>
"I'm a really big fan of Sonic Youth, and I kind of don't make any bones about it." Jeff Tweedy pulled a rabbit out of his beard when he landed Nels Cline in Wilco following Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Screwing with that album's winning formula by introducing an off-the-wall competing guitarist on its ... More >>
In the week that we thought maybe we had swine flu, ran frightened from our offices, wandered the East Village for hours looking for wireless or a good doctor, and eventually received an email with the subject line "It's NOT Swine Flu," we sheepishly came back to our desks, only to find an army of c ... More >>
Big names in rock celebrate the beloved Jazzmaster
Ornette Coleman's triumphant return dominates the humble debut of the 'Voice' jazz critics' poll
Tracks from this year's winners