On Friday night, a once-viral YouTube clip beamed down from cyberspace, materializing as a musical band of living, breathing humans who graced New York with an entire hour of genre-warped Nickelback singles. In theory, "A Motown Tribute to Nickelback" seems like the most heinous sacrilege, muddling ... More >>
Tuesday, September 11
Better than: A tale of one city.
When it comes to music, Tolstoy's dictum about the only two kinds of stories1) someone goes on a journey, or 2) a stranger comes to towncan usually be distilled into a single notion: We hop on th ... More >>
Through a series of maybe not-so-unfortunate events, I was a teenage jam band scenester, which, when properly italicized and luridly capitalized, sounds like a sordid music-crit version of a '50s exploitation paperback. But the truth is, I wasn't seduced by drugs, sex, or anything else until college ... 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 >>
Every May, there's no shortage of mawkishly sentimental songs to play on Mother's Day, but a month later, there are comparatively few Father's Day equivalents. Sure, there are some treacly tracks like Bob Carlisle's 1997 adult-contempo hit "Butterfly Kisses," but fatherhood is more often than not in ... More >>
One of the Great Mysteries of Brooklyn which has long perplexed us is what happens every year to the Cherry Esplanade at the Brooklyn.
The Cherry Esplanade is a treasure, especially in April. The grove comprises one of the most beautiful collection of blossoming cherry trees in the state, if not al ... More >>
Adele might have dominated the headlines of the record business last year, but live, the biggest story was EDM"electronic dance music," the amalgam of past dance-music styles, accentuated here and there with the all-important drop, that packed clubs and fields around the country. This year th ... More >>
Friday-Saturday, January 6-7
Better than: Summer Zydeco Fest (assuming such a terror exists).
After a discordant, twisted reimagining of Jimi Hendrix's "The Wind Cries Mary" by his trio Ceramic Dog, guitarist Marc Ribot slyly reminded the audience at Sullivan Hall Friday wha ... More >>
The 2012 edition of The Bamboozlethe weekend-long festival of complete and utter overstimulation in the name of music and carnival rideswill take place May 18 through 20, and instead of being held in the parking lot of the Meadowlands' football stadium, as it has been for the past cou ... More >>
MTV Iggy Best New Band 2011 Concert w/2NE1, Gyptian, La Vida Boheme, and Yuna
Best Buy Theater
Monday, December 12
Better than: The monoculture.
Korean pop group 2NE1 waved at their fans from a wall-sized window above the Best Buy Theater Monday night. "Music is truly becoming a borderless thing, ... More >>
An area of the East Village bounded by East 2nd and East 7th streets between First Avenue and the Bowery, plus 10th Street on the north side of Tompkins Square Park, is being considered as a possible future East Village Historic District. Today, DNA Info reports that the area for possible lan ... More >>
Brooklyn's tightly wound NT make nervous, spasmodic strangle-punk full of precarious poke and prickle--think the Minutemen if their lyrics were less about Vietnam and more about "do it 'till ya puke." The band evolved from Jake Pepper's laptop experiments; eventually, he started to miss the w ... More >>
Hit So Hard: The Life & Near-Death Story of Patty Schemel is a hard-hitting documentary about the lesbian ex-addict Hole drummer (second from right), which is playing the New Directors/New Films festival tonight at MoMA.
In it, Courtney Love's first quote is, "I was completely high on drugs. ... More >>
"Does that mean I have a massive ego? Is there something wrong with that?" asks Panda Bear, a/k/a Noah Lennox, about his latest conquest as a solo artist. Though Lennox is the soaring, helium-voiced member of the ubiquitous Animal Collective and the man responsible for one of the most prais ... More >>
Friday night in Manhattan, Webster Hall is the place to be. It's the year of dubstep, apparently, and U.K. duo Nero headline an especially solid lineup for tonight's Girls and Boys, along with L.A.'s Gaslamp Killer. The ravetastic Flashing Lights crew kick off the night with electro and glows ... More >>
A typical occurrence at reOPENed; just make sure it's voluntary. Pic from Mel D Cole/Village Slum Santos Party House's Friday-night situation has been a little dramatic lately. The club's weekly fete OPEN--featuring Q-Tip, Rich Medina, and Vashtie--seemed to be doing immensely well, even winn ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.
Brooklyn pop savants Bishop Allen have been staying busy since the release of their second Dead Oceans album, Grrr..., in March--a natural move for a band who once self-released an EP every month for a y ... More >>
YYYs, by Rebecca Smeyne, of course.In the week in which death shrugged off the "summer of" appellation and kept right on killing people, we mourned the Death Set's Beau Velasco, a good man cut down too early, and Mr. Magic, whose work as a DJ in New York in the 1980s is an enormous wormhole d ... More >>