Kurt Vile is a golden god. We already knew he was a king, at least, but once he took the Bowery Ballroom stage last night in head-to-toe white denim as Violator Jesse Trbovich triumphantly pumped his guitar in the air, it was an absolute. The venue's house music s ... More >>
[Note: The Mavericks also play City Winery tonight at 10:30 p.m.]
Better Than: Pretty much all country music from the last decade.
Last night Miami country band The Mavericks played a sold-out, two-and-a-half-hour show at the Bowery Ballroom. It was a triumphant return to form on the eve of their ... More >>
Bryan HorowitzIn this week's Voice I talked about the new album by Kelly Clarkson, inaugural American Idol and the pop star who seems most likely to be a rip-roaring time at a coffee klatsch/Tupperware party/gathering of pals. The show that put her on the map, of course, is known for putting ... More >>
When the subject of women in punk and rock is broached, the usual suspects often come up: Kim Gordon, Kathleen Hanna, Patti Smith, Kim Deal and Debbie Harry. The injustice here is how punk-rock bassist Kira (born Kira Roessler) is rarely mentioned in the same breathnot that she cares m ... More >>
Wednesday, May 25
Better than: Watching the American Idol finale in real time.
I'll be honest: There was something pretty delicious about spending last night, during which a super-frustrating American Idol season came to an end by crowning a ... More >>
Please, Jacob Lusk, stick around as long as possible. CREDIT: Ray Mickshaw/FOX.This was the first week we really got to see a lot of Interscope honcho Jimmy Iovine, whose role on American Idol is supposedly to mentor all the kids, but it's already clear he's only going to show up for five-min ... More >>
Amber Martin is a singer/comic who does Reba McIntyre even better than Reba herself.
She's flat-out hilarious, and she'll apparently be doing that bit at Joe's Pub this very Sunday, you little deep-fried fritters you.
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Fans of the first contestant to be called "indie" by an American Idol judge--as a compliment--were shocked last night by the elimination of Lilly Scott. When she received the news from Ryan Seacrest, the Colorado native did nothing to hide her genuine disappointment with the aud ... More >>
Please welcome the next Ernie and/or Swizz Beatz. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ FOXHoly shit, only one hour this week! Do you guys know what this means? It means we don't have to sit through endless inane video packages about every contestant's favorite fruit or whatever the fuck! It means the ne ... More >>
M. Ward and Vivian Girls
I suppose M. Ward has Zooey Deschanel to thank for his first ever gig at the Apollo Theater last night. Volume One, the debut record from She & Him--Ward's much-feted (and highly over-rated) collaboration with Ms. Deschanel--sold 123,000 copies, far mo ... More >>