This isn't how things are supposed to work. "You're on Fire," the first track off Nanobots, the new They Might Be Giants album, is an urgent, antsy marvel, a disco-glittered pop stomper whose three killer hooks slide over, under, and through each other, all coiled up as tightly as snakes in a cave. ... More >>
For an (unintentional) architect of the "Seattle Sound," Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil sure likes a lot of punky New York and Detroit bands. He cites the MC5 as his all-time faves, with the Ramones a close second, also name-checking the Voidoids, Devo and Pere Ubu.
Soundgarden, formed in 1984 b ... More >>
Aside from being a go-to pundit on the eBay vs. Discogs debate and a heck of a dust-kicking commentator on punk forums, Erik Bradshaw is the expertly spazzy and spindly singer for local skronk-irkers Family Curse. Peeling paint for about a year with one single under their belts, they will hit the 28 ... More >>
Starring, Dustin Wong & Dan Friel, White Out, PC Worship
Saturday, July 7
Better than: Next week's Crimson ProjeKct appearance, perhaps?
It may have ended with a dazzle, but this Northern Spy Records-curated night of intriguingly difficult music did not commence auspiciously, at least for ... More >>
Cleveland's HotChaCha fall (often quite inebriatedly) into the fine northeast Ohio tradition of music history-obsessed oddballs whose sound is hard to easily categorize. They stumble out of the Pere Ubu avant garage, then go slithering down alleys of mucked-up punk debris, art school dropout poverty ... More >>
When news broke Tuesday that Cheetah Chrome was leaving the legendary, reduxed Cleveland proto-punk band Rocket from the Tombsjust on the heels of their first official release of all-new studio material, Barfly (Smog Veil)a contentious e-debate broke out amongst the canon-punk intellig ... More >>
Tracing the antecedents of punk rock is as easy as whipping out your trusty map, then looking toward Michigan (The Stooges' blood-stained, glass-stabbed, track-marked skuzzballness; MC5's Afro-sized destructo rawk-n-roll bombast), New York (The Dolls' lipstick-smeared, cross-dressing scum-blu ... More >>
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Brooklyn's I'm In You give a sprawling, cinematic makeover to the classic art-punk of bands like Pere Ubu, the Pop Group, or Nomeansno. With swarms of steaming strings, a choir of teenage girls, and ... More >>
One of Fabolous' 23 victims. (Note: number is approximate.)Well, we survived another April Fool's Day, a/k/a the worst Internet day of the year, casting aside this year's wan hoaxes and getting to the good stuff: Fucked Up, sued by an energy-drink juggernaut for bad-mouthing SXSW? Hilarious! ... More >>
David Thomas tries somebody else's face on for size. Photo by Richard Gehr.
Le Poisson Rouge
Sunday March 29
We can't read most of the notes we scribbled during Pere Ubu's rendering of Alfred Jarry's 1896 Absurdist masterpiece "Ubu Roi" at (le) Poisson Rouge last night. But that t ... More >>