By Jason Roche
When music from Los Angeles metal group The Faceless' newest album, Autotheism, began to leak out into the blogosphere last summer, fans were divided, and so were critics. "A botched experiment of sorts," opined SputnikMusic.com; "razor sharp," countered ThePRP.com.
The group's prev ... More >>
Better Than: Practicing your '90's nostalgia with Mark McGrath's cruise-replacing tour.
Garbage had never played Terminal 5 before. "This feels like how a venue is supposed to feel," proclaimed lead singer Shirley Manson before a sold-out show at the Hell's Kitchen venue Friday night. With the way ... More >>
Influentialalbums.com is a "quiz" one of your Facebook friends might've posted, boasting "Very few people own 70 or more. How many have you got?" and listing 100 albums ranging from the duh (Blonde on Blonde, Pet Sounds) to the hmmm (Gerry Rafferty? Felt??) to the genuinely bizarre (well, see below) ... More >>
After Kelly Clarkson went to No. 1 on Billboard's Country Songs chart last year with the Jason Aldean duet "Don't You Wanna Stay," I wondered hopefully if the Texas-born pop star would finally go country with her next album. So I was a little disappointed a few months later, when she debuted the bla ... More >>
Summerland Tour: Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit, Marcy Playground
Wednesday, July 18
Better than: Watching Empire Records on basic cable.
We make the "remember the '90s" joke around these parts a fair amount, but this week the alt-rock strain of that decade has been stu ... More >>
An enfeebling hollowness characterizes HEALTH's dark electronic pop. On 2007's HEALTH and 2009's Get Color, the Los Angeles-based quartet seemed to specialize in what might be described as "Grim Reaper ambient": vocals and tinny synthesizers bled through filters until impossibly brittle, riding a fo ... More >>
Brad Paisley w/ The Band Perry and Easton Corbin
Friday, June 1
Better than: Going to a show where an aging radio host plays out his mid-life crisis by telling me what music I can and can't listen to.
He spent the '90s as a Nashville newcomer attempting to close the decade with his fir ... More >>
Radioactive industrial-punk mutants Wet Witch slither from the Burn Books label, the same sludgehurlers who got us Pregnant this time last year. Part Jersey Shore wash-up, part Brooklyn crust-over, Wet Witch's four-song, one-sided 12" (out now, limited to 500) comes complete with the band's name mel ... More >>
In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images.
This past Saturday was Debbie's birthday, and what better way to spend one's birthday weekend than with punk rock, cheap beer, and a nice, intense, purifying shvitz ... More >>
Tuesday, April 19
Better than: Anything else.
Like PJ Harvey's other work, her new album Let England Shake is about longing. But she confronts something different than the sexual want she sang so explicitly about on her erlier records--here, instead, the desire is for ... More >>
--Postpunk pioneers the Feelies, whom this paper once called "The best underground band in New York," will reissue their 1980 debut, Crazy Rhythms and the 1986 Peter Buck-produced follow-up The Good Earth, on September 8. The reissued albums will be released on CD and vinyl in their original ... More >>
Oliver loves math
Over the last few years, A Place To Bury Strangers have become a heavy presence in Brooklyn, dominating the fuzz-drone scene that draws from shoegaze stars Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine. Lead vocalist Oliver Ackermann also founded the successful pedal effects compan ... More >>
While the state senate isn't getting much done, at least some state officials doing their jobs, including writing letters of commendation to Trent Reznor. The Nine Inch Nails auteur has been very active in the fight to get relief for 27-year-old severe cardiomyopathy sufferer Eric De La Cruz of Ne ... More >>