If Elvis Presley taught us anything, apart from a love for peanut butter and banana sandwiches, it is that white men can dance. His successors such as Iggy pop, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, and Axl Rose are just as iconic for their showmanship as they are their music. All of these frontmen shake, sway, ... More >>
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
The stars come out for Tibet
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor cape draped over a suit that looked like it was made of mercury. The vibrant collage was topped with a headpiece that Liberace might have worn had he ever bee ... More >>
Here are the 10 best shows around the city this week, in no particular order.
Here are the 10 best concerts this weekend, in no particular order.
Better than: Expected. Cat Power is unsmoteable. Not Giovanni Ribisi and his potentially Scientologist Welsh supermodel wife, or The Miami New Times' "less than stellar" review, or angioedema, or tour bankruptcy, or alcohol could get in the way of last night's performance at Terminal 5. Maybe her s ... More >>
Twin Shadow September 27, 2012 Webster Hall Better than: A cardboard cutout of Twin Shadow. Sporting a white-sleeved leather jacket, slicked back mohawk, and carrying what appeared to be a wine bottle, George Lewis Jr. wobbled out onto Webster Hall's stage on Thursday a few minutes late. "Thank yo ... 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 >>
Kraftwerk fever might have ruffled many of you the prickly way, what with the Great Unobtainable Online Tickets Ruse blighting the band's series of eight chronological album-by-album shows at MoMA this week. But let's look on the bright side! Over the years the Dusseldorf dance merchants have churne ... More >>
Ultra Music Festival pummeled Miami's Bayfront Park last weekend, motivating innumerable fist pumps over thirty hours of music, but it was the brief speech by a 53-year-old woman wearing a shirt emblazoned with the letters "MDNA" that has prompted disbelief within parts of the electronic dance music ... More >>
Steve GullickMark Lanegan Band Bowery Ballroom Tuesday, February 7 Better than: Drowning. Mark Lanegan has a voice. You know? It's like those super-high-definition photographs of people that don't get airbrushed, that show the lives the subjects have lived in every wrinkle and mole and imp ... More >>
The Drums Bowery Ballroom/Music Hall of Williamsburg November 2/3 Better than: Staying home wondering why 30 Rock isn't on but Whitney is. When I was a little kid, my parents used to have dinner parties that would always devolve into dancing by the second half of the evening. I'd sneak dow ... More >>
Social media in full effect at SaksBedlam broke out in the streets of Manhattan Thursday night for the 3rd annual Fashion's Night Out. Even though we sort of knew what to expect, the evening turned out to be a clusterfuck--in a good way. We're still grappling with the events that took place ... More >>
Deradoorian w/Hiro Kone Union Pool Tuesday, May 10 Better than: The low-grade altered state brought on by allergies. Benadryl is a hell of a drug. Hmm... nah--no matter how many times I repeated it in my head, I couldn't get it to sound like something Rick James would say. But the drug did ... More >>
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"Wow, Kenny Rogers was always right!" Photo by Deborah Suchman Zeolia"Oh my God, you're a Nick Rhodes girl," says Rob Sheffield, referring to Duran Duran's keyboardist. Earlier in the evening, we'd wrapped an interview about Sheffield's new book, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young ... More >>
Not since Gawker acquired and then did basically nothing with CityFile The Awl came along last April has an editorial unveiling been so anticipated! Capital New York -- the brainchild of former New York Observer editors Tom McGeveran and Josh Benson -- is basically going to be the New Order t ... More >>
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Staten Island Democratic congressman Michael McMahon is finding that no matter how hard he tacks to the right, he's still not safe from a conservative challenge. Rudolph Giuliani is coming to City Hall for the first time in years to endorse his Republican challenger Michael Grimm (pictured). ... More >>
Ed Banger Records Seventh Anniversary Terminal 5 Friday, February 12 Those of us that remember when "Pop the Glock" came out--all the way back in 2006-- were eagerly awaiting some sort of Ke$ha-themed diatribe from Uffie last Friday night. The Parisian rapper was one of the "surprise guests" at t ... More >>
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. OK, we all agree that Phil Collins is for wussies--but there's got to be some middle ground, right?
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Brooklyn's Bear In Heaven have evolved from a spaced-out, fuzzy psych mess to a spaced-out, fuzzy dance band. They've kept their soaring choruses and This Heat noise smackery intact, but now the wh ... More >>
Martin MyersFriend of SOTC Max G. Morton and his band, Cold Cave, have signed to Matador records. Cold Cave, which has expanded from its early days as a Philadelphia-based domestic project for Morton and Heartworm proprietor Wes Eisold to something more dynamic and inclusive (the band now inc ... More >>
If you feel disoriented at the prospect of enduring four years without a single Photoshopped picture of our national leaders in Gestapo outfits, then a dash of nostalgia might be just the ticket. Reagan Youth are back together! Reagan Youth hail from the primordial NY hardcore scene of 1980--too la ... More >>
Gloomhounds pay tribute to Ian Curtis
A little background for all you Vampire Weekend fans. Hugs and Kisses is a weekly Sound of the City column from UK-based music writer Mr. Everett True, author of Nirvana: The Biography (da Capo Press)--one more book about one of the most overrated bands of the Nineties--and publisher of Plan B Magaz ... More >>
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