The Fall 2014 Issue
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
[Summer Guide 2014]
For a limited time, we'd like to offer you a complimentary taste of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' latest release, Live from KCRW, available on CD and double vinyl exclusively at indie retailers on November 29 and available digitally on December 3. Click here for two free song downloads, "The Mercy Se ... More >>
"If you were in Seattle, you would have known 15 years ago what Jeff Angell was capable of," begins Duff McKagan. "You would have seen him in Post Stardom Depression and gone, 'Fuck, he's killer.' You would have thought to yourself, 'He should be the biggest thing in the world; he should be the next ... More >>
SXSW is not a music festival so much as it is an experiment in excess. In honor of the world's most bloated city this week, we present the five biggest sellouts at SXSW. See also: Why We'll All Try to See Justin Timberlake at SXSW, and Why That's Completely Wrong
Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
Well, shit--JUST when we'd finally recovered from 11/11/11, here comes the titanic saturnalia we like to call 12/12/12! So hey, here's 12 songs with "12"/"twelve" in the title, because what the fuck else.
Illustrations by Debbie Allen CMJ is great. It's got all the stressful clusterfuckery of SXSW, but with none of the late night hot tub parties or surprise Kanye West performances! It brings a ton of acts to town all at once, and you can't really get mad at that. In honor of this grand industry tra ... More >>
A dozen of the best singles from the year so far
A mash-up of cinema and journalism, document and performance; a concert film sandwiched between a mission statement and a staged punctuation to a career: the LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut up and Play the Hits offers more basic narrative satisfaction than many of the fiction films shown h ... More >>
Niles J. FullerScratch Acid in 1984. David Yowthe beer-swilling, crowd-surfing, lunging, occasionally dick-waving, shirtless, human sweat-mop frontman of post-punk iconoclasts the Jesus Lizard and Scratch Acidis quite the congenial dude, despite the juicy belches meted out in my ... More >>
The site's foray into music and the act of performative listening
New York "cosmic Americana" crew Forest Fire would rather float in space than frolic in the woods; their music is a churning, twang-gazer swirl of moody hums, guitar divebombs and black angel dub dance. They've recently teamed up with vaunted avant-indie label FatCat for their second album, t ... More >>
The sonic muses of Terry Winters, Lisa Yuskavage, John Chiara, Jaime Hernandez, Demetrius Oliver, and James Casebere
"Either you like my voice or you don't," Marianne Faithfull says in a deep, husky breath. "If people come to my music expecting my pretty voice, or anything pretty, they're going to be disappointed and they're going to hate it. It's much better to come to my work and say, 'This is going to b ... More >>
While browsing New York's notes on some really ugly shoes this morning, I came across the news that a band featuring a model named Abbey Lee Kershaw had released a new song. (She is apparently "established" enough to be the face of both Hugo Boss and Tom Ford.) The band's called Our Mountain ... More >>
Grant Morrison in the video for My Chemical Romance's "Sing" Grant Morrison is a U.K. comic book writer known for known for highly singular--or insane, if you prefer, in a good way--takes on established mainstream properties like X-Men and Doom Patrol as well as his own, peyotesque original series ... More >>
Plus Paradigm, Karole Armitage, and other spring dance picks
Things get buggy at BAM
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Erik Wunder, of gloomy black-metal expressionists Cobalt, has relocated from Denver to Brooklyn with little more than a song in his heart and a chip on his shoulder. Smiling Dogs, the debut album fr ... More >>
The Public Theater presents director Nicholas Kent's production of The Great Game
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Pop. 1280 are the post-punky, crust-flicking Booger Dawsons of the new wave of Brooklyn Birthday Party skronkmos--slow, lurching, tribal, skeletal, slightly unhinged. Similar bands like recent Hardl ... More >>
In this week's installment of Hugs and Kisses, Everett True reports back on his DJ set, the one he was fretting over last week. One week less than last week nine more months until ATP NY [sigh]. Hugs and Kisses The Down Under Outbursts of Everett True This week: ATP Australia, part two So t ... More >>
POP Montreal headquarters photo by Rebecca Smeyne All in all, the five-day music festival POP Montreal was a triumphant week, and one that got us asking a simple question: WHY IS POP MONTREAL SO MUCH FUN, WHILE OUR OWN CMJ IS MORE LIKE A PAINFUL, SWEATY RITE OF PASSAGE THAT WE KEEP ENDURING, DESPI ... More >>
Montreal is the spiritual—and occasionally, temporal—home of Leonard Cohen, recently inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. (He's also a man awesome enough to be entitled to say crazily pretentious things—like calling concert fans “angels born of the mud”—as he did during a foul- ... More >>
Mediabistro book blog GalleyCat today produces a 'John Berryman Rock & Roll Concordance,' rounding up four (three, of course, making the trend) "indie rock songs" that reference John Berryman: The Hold Steady's "Stuck Between Stations," Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds's "We Call Upon The Author," Clap You ... More >>
In Stephen Petronio's work, violent doesn't mean hostile
Dan Zanes builds an interactive kid rock empire one starstruck toddler at a time
Boozy chantoozie and young turks bring out the mediocre
Australian Rockers and Poppers Dont Get Up Themselves
Another Director, Another Hamlet
Six of these 12 picks recast known compositions, and only two of the six are in the rock tradition. But I did find one medium-obscure alt band worth writing about. One.