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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 >>
Today is Groundhog Day, and while rodents on the East Coast are split on whether or not 2012 will actually see something resembling winter around these parts, one thing's for sure: People will probably watch the 1993 Harold Ramis-directed Bill Murray vehicle Groundhog Day, in which the comedian play ... More >>
Finding the bright side of 2011
To supplement this year's Pazz & Jop launch, Sound of the City asked a few critics to expand on the reasonings behind their voting. We'll start off the series with Seth Colter Walls of New York City, who has a constant itch to do the deep dive and find the single-voter albums out there. Find his bal ... More >>
The Song: Brian McFadden, "Just The Way You Are (Drunk At The Bar)" The Crimes: Setting sexual assault fantasies to the dulcet strains of "Cotton Eyed Joe," as remixed by a David Guetta clone. As has been the case for too many years now, 2011's year-end polls have ended in a wave of proclamations ... More >>
Think of the orange car as a clue. The resurrected NBA season kicks off (thankfully, finally) on Sunday. To celebrate, we've paired each team with a notable album from the past year; the list, with tweet-sized justifications, is below. (NB, although the NBA-savvy of you might have already fig ... More >>
M. SharkeyThe powerhouse NYC quartet Pistolera started out meshing uptempo, Latin party music with politically engaged lyrics, but on their third release El Desierto y la Ciudad (Luchadora), they shift into a more atmospheric mode, offering a suite of songs meant to be heard in sequence and a ... More >>
William RahillyWith her excellent debut Past Life Martyred Saints, former Gown Erika M. Anderson (a.k.a. EMA) has been causing quite a stir for dense sonics and harshly comic narratives that haven't been this critically acclaimed since the heyday of certain Seattlites. Or, if you let her tell ... More >>
"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 >>
Steve Albini, not cooking food.Steve Albini is one of the music world's most renowned and prolific recording engineers: he's made his mark on an estimated 1,500-2,000 albums from the likes of Nirvana, the Pixies, Fugazi, PJ Harvey, Will Oldham, Low, Joanna Newsom, and Jarvis Cocker. He's also ... More >>
Where, indeed. Hey, so the new Jane Pratt venture XOJane launched today! And one of the Sassy granddaughter's first music-related articles is Yet Another Thing About The Now Gingrich-Assisted '90s Fetishism Happening Right Now, in which Emily McCombs pleads, "Can the '90s Revival Include Fema ... More >>
Plus CSS, Adele, and other spring music picks
An assortment of local bands heading to Texas for beer, BBQ, and maximum blogability
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Seldon HuntJulie Christmas is best known as wailing, barking, bloodletting dervish fronting Brooklyn's most emotionally complex metal band, Made Out Of Babies--a performer capable of unpredictable h ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Eric OgdenUplifting in a Kate Bush way, uneasy in a Cat Power way, the 2008 debut from Brooklyn dreamcatcher Lia Ices was a slept-on slow-burner full of haunting crooning, minimalist pianos, and shi ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Tommy KearnsNew York's Bloody Panda are downright scientific with their avant-gloom. Second album Summon (Profound Lore) layers riffs to perfection and then shoots out in all directions: art-splatt ... More >>
Jenny Lewis in Sweet Temptation (Part 4) Fair-haired girl-next-door Jenny Lewis, the former child actress and Rilo Kiley heartthrob, plays the Music Hall of Williamsburg in support of her latest solo release, Acid Tongue, a sugary country album that's found a place in entrenched Nashville. Lewis g ... More >>
Don't blame the actors. Swedish bad-boy August Strindberg isn't around to attend the Roundabout Theatre Company's new production of Hedda Gabler, but he did chime in on the play back when he first read it in 1891. Comparing the Ibsen piece to his own plays The Father and Creditors, Strindberg wrot ... More >>
She's not just angry 'cuz she's from Boston
Canadian rock stars alternately please crowd, themselves
Liberal heathens imitate fundie Christians denouncing liberal heathens. Sweet.
August precedents, timely details, and timeless novelties you will find nowhere else
Kvelling over damn near a dozen meanings of life, their average length close to an hour
A French triple threat's fearless debut feature reopens wounds and redefines 'skin flick'
Innocence Executed by Ohm
Elastica Out of Control
DUMBA Takes Off
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.