Fact: Any band who uses Times New Roman on their album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though). Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo. In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell, desig ... More >>
Was 1994 the best year for pop music in history? Quite possibly. Sure, some of it was terrible, but overall it was amazing: Nordic black metal, Britpop, pop punk, trip hop, and the best R&B of the '90s. (Boyz II Men were peaking). Hip-hop's Golden Age was winding down, but a new, arguably more co ... More >>
Nirvana and Sonic Youth have been the news a lot of late, both for reasons we all wish they weren't. So maybe now is a better time than ever to think back to happier times. Specifically, to 1991: The Year Punk Broke.
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Ahead of Nirvana's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week, rumors swirled about the band's frontman for the ceremony. Any vocalist they chose would inevitably -- and unfairly -- face comparisons to Kurt Cobain, but a curveball flew in as four frontwomen took the mic. Joan Jett, Kim ... More >>
Last night, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2014 was inducted at Barclays Center. The arena was packed with the star-studded roster of fan favorite acts that included Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, KISS, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, and the E Street Band. In the press room, several of t ... More >>
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame comes to Brooklyn
"It's kind of like coming full-circle, starting with the Subterranean Pop radio show in 1979 and finally doing this book signing at the Rough Trade Records store in Brooklyn," says Sub Pop co-founder Bruce Pavitt. Seventeen years after leaving Seattle and his iconic label behind to focus on his fami ... More >>
I was told by my roommate the night before that passing out would be "uncool." "You're getting a cool person tattoo," she said half-jokingly, half-concerned. "If you pass out or cry, that would defeat the purpose." See also: In Remembrance of Kurt Cobain: The Most Unique Nirvana Covers
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Deer Tick does Nirvana
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
Magna Carta Holy Grail and Yeezus have arrived; somehow, Jay-Z's album has the better production, and Kanye's has the better lyrics. In any case, one of the most polarizing aspects of the former work is how it uses Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in the opening track, "Holy Grail." Between ver ... More >>
The Postal Service is back, but hopefully your acne isn’t
It's Paul Anka's crazy, swingin' remake of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," which he recorded for his cross-pollinating experiment of a Rock Swings album in 2006. Watch Anka do it live, smiling and swingin' as he jazzes up lyrics like "A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido."
Nineteen years ago today fans around the world got news Nirvana's Kurt Cobain had taken his own life in his Seattle home. As the years have passed, fans, peers, and friends of the musician and his pioneering grunge band have paid their respects through covering the band's material. Here now, from P ... More >>
The Vaselinesthe rascally horny, popcentric duo of Eugene Kelly and Frances McKeeare, as their classic song from their 1989 debut LP Dum Dum portended, ageless "Teenage Superstars." The twosome formed The Vaselines in 1986, and along with fellow pop- purveyors Glasgowians The Pastels, ... More >>
Hunny is the turn-of-the-millenium "return of the rock" played out in real time; it formed when the members of YIMBY-approved Staten Island dance-pop crew Paragraph got bored with glossy beats and threw their drum machines in the trash. The bruising grunge-metal gnashers' debut I'm History w ... 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 band closes the book on their legacy
This month has seen quite a bit of ink spilled on behalf of the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind. But it's also a moment to remember the ways that lead singer Kurt Cobain's reach went beyond the scope of his band and that recordconsider one of his most beloved influences, the U ... More >>
Above, the reggae singer Little Roy takes on the A and B sides of Nirvana's "Sliver"/"Dive" single, which is almost 21 years old as of this writing. Both covers are surprisingly enjoyable to listen toraise your hand if your first reaction when hearing the phrase "reggae Nirvana cover" is the ... 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 weekend was a glorious cultural swan dive for Debbie and me that started uptown in the hallowed halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, sailed down throu ... More >>
Above, the ever-fierce Merrill Garbus (dba tUnE-yArDs) takes on Sonic Youth's "The Burning Spear" at last night's Our Band Could Be Your Concert, the multi-act musical tribute to the bridge between the DIY pioneers chronicled in Michael Azerrad's Our Band Could Be Your Life and indie acts of today. ... More >>
His book mapped their lives
Make it count this timeask her out!
Everything in Between cements the L.A. semi-punks' graduation to Their Own Sound
The mighty Melvins live on
With the Lights Out, you'll recall, is the luxe box set they put out in 2004, but never mind that now. Here's four discs' worth (plus a set of BBC sessions) of Nirvana rarities/live tracks/demos/etc. that are a) apparently better quality and b) free. The pitch:
Jazz bridges the pop gaps
When SOTC caught up with Mount Eerie's Phil Elverum on the phone a couple weeks ago, he wasn't quite ready for us. "Just let me turn down my Nirvana," he said before asking me to call him back. It felt very appropriate. The Washington native's latest, Wind's Poem is an ode to the massive gu ... More >>
Two French street artists take over Chelsea
It was Halloween. Everyone was in a costume except for me. There were probably thirty people in the room and then this band started playing. One by one they left. By the end, there was just this guy here, me, and two furious girls who kept trying to dance and failing, since you can't really dance to ... More >>
Scotlands Vaselines reunite, remind you of who they were
Starches steal the spotlight at Gramercy Sri Lankan
In case you're just joining us, a little background. Today marks the 25th installment of Hugs and Kisses, a weekly column from UK-based music writer Mr. Everett True, author of Nirvana: The Biography (da Capo Press)--one more fucking book about one of the most overrated bands of the Nineties--and pu ... More >>
British Riff-Meisters and Shrieker Confront the Humorless
Kurt Cobain's Final Denial
The death of a hometown antihero: Ann Powers reports from Seattle on the suicide of Kurt Cobain
Lucky messy punks from Seattle peel down their Christmas stocking and show their context