Better Than: Pretending like you don't have a small place in your heart for Fall Out Boy and their contemporaries, or that you don't majorly appreciate 2006's big musical comeback this year. During the From Under the Cork Tree era, Fall Out Boy had been convinced that they had found the cure to gr ... More >>
It's a dog-eat-dog world out there. Know of any restaurants or bars opening or closing? Drop us a line. East Village bar Angels & Kings by Peter Wentz closed several weeks back and no one seemed to notice. According to their Facebook page: "Unfortunately, its with great sadness that we annou ... More >>
CMJ Day Three: Iggy Azalea Better than: Writing your own mea culpa. When I saw that Iggy Azalea was performing at CMJ, my scathing reviewer senses began tingling. The Australian femme fatale is the kind of artist that incites fervor among the hip-hop cognoscenti with her raunchy lyrics and bar ... More >>
Maura JohnstonThe Sgt. Schlepper's Who Needs Hearts Club Band Tour feat. Travie McCoy, Donnis, Black Cards, XV, and Bad Rabbits Gramercy Theatre Tuesday, March 24 Better than: Being broken up with by email. There was apparently some sort of apocalyptic weather going on outside the Gramercy ... More >>
Rock stars can do more than just rock
But don't look for that persona-grooming bassist
A Benefit for Tuli Kupferberg St. Ann's Warehouse Friday, January 22 Nothing crystallizes the identity politics lurking somewhere near the core of pop music quite like benefit and tribute concerts, where donor acts reconstruct the beneficiary in their own image, often to revelatory - or, nearly a ... More >>
Girls not having much fun. Pic by Connar Walik, more below.Once a year, mtvU hosts the Woodies, an event that's a lot like the Teen Choice Awards, except that it caters to college kids and music-industry people who can say stuff like, "I started listening to that band, like, two years ago." T ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Now that Brooklyn loft-rock is leaning towards toward beach-y, garage-y, tape-damaged nostalgiasmush, we should thank the stars that Talk Normal have arrived to keep it ugly. The best thing to lurch out ... More >>
A video of Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells doing "Crown on the Ground" at Le Poisson Rouge about a month ago, via this guy. Every single dynamic change in this song is great. Guitarist Derek Miller used to play in Poison the Well, a band that did very different (but, paradoxically, similar!) juxtapositi ... More >>
photo by Sam Horine Timmy Mislock, Guitarist for Holly Miranda Most looking forward to: The xx and The Antlers at The Delancey. Fashion Aesthetic: Band T-shirts and flannel. Years at CMJ: Three. Best memory: Seeing A Place to Bury Strangers at Bowery Ballroom.
Tina Fey (pictured) reveals that she "couldn't give it away" -- meaning her virginity -- when she was a young lass, prompting respected journalistic organization ABC News to run a slide show of "Stars' Sexperiences." You would imagine these Sexperiences would be calculated to include simila ... More >>
Another guy tried to rob a bank Wednesday. Around 12:35 p.m. this man went into the BoA at 150 Broadway, passed a note, got no money for his trouble, and fled. Witnesses say he's 30-40 years old, 5' 6", and about 175 pounds, and as you'll see from the photo, he appears to have arrived at the ... More >>
Twitpic via EardrumnycFaust WFMU Fest/Music Hall Of Williamsburg October 1 Dear American experimental underground, Faust has a message for you: You're no fun. Last night was a rollicking, all-smiles 90-minute set from a bunch of Germans who were making weird records when Mike Patton was sti ... More >>
--Eddie Van Halen is suing Nike, alleging the company copied his red, black and white "Frankenstrat" guitar design in the design of their new "Dunk Lows" sneakers. The federal lawsuit contends Nike is doing "irreparable harm and damage" to Halen's signature guitar. The guitarist sort of already did ... More >>
Though claims of a crime wave in the West Village seem a little overstated, it is a high-profile neighborhood -- high enough for President Obama to take his wife to dinner there during his weekend visit -- and it has had some nightlife-related assault cases lately that can't be good for tourism or ... More >>
Every week, Sharon Steel watches the Real World Brooklyn so nobody else has to. Last week, J.D. threw a tantrum. This week, Chet gets his make-up did! MTVSays Chet: "I feel like I'm a celebrity in my own mind, and that's a good feeling." Retch. Something weird happened this week while I was watch ... More >>
Every week, Sharon Steel watches the Real World Brooklyn so nobody else has to. Last week, Chet acted like a boob instead of touching one. This week, everybody's favorite MTV Morminator interviews Pete Wentz. Pete Wentz and Orville Redenbacher A disturbing, self-motivational movement has swept ... More >>
Every week, Sharon Steel watches the Real World Brooklyn so nobody else has to. Last week, Ryan sang about a tampon. This week, he dons a mustache while other stuff happens to far less interesting people. Last night's Real World: Brooklyn only featured about five minutes of Ryan, who we've perm ... More >>
Jersey hardcore punks Lifetime had an immortal run in the mid/late '90s; their template, as much or more as anyone else's, was the final late-stage emo adaptation that set the table for the dudes who would almost make money playing similar music--the Get Up Kids, Jimmy Eat World--and then finally fo ... More >>
Photo by Ryan Dombal. Who else? In the week we published the long awaited oral history of Maroon 5's Call and Response, we also celebrated the release of Fall Out Boy's Folie á Deux: Their secret/totally badass non-show in Washington Square Park; the video from the same fiasco; and a real show, at ... More >>
(And good for them)
So just the other week, Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson named their kid after a borough! The boy is named Bronx Wentz! Yes, the name has all the originality you'd expect from two quirky celebrities, but its monosyllabic quality is deeply disturbing, along with the fact that the Bronx smells.
Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz just had a baby, and announce it is to be called Bronx Mowgli Wentz. Reaction, like the rise of the young parents' careers, has been swift and unpleasant. "Can a borough sue?" asks EV Grieve. "It might as well be, 'Sexually Confused Emo Give Me My Book Bag Back,'" says ... More >>
CorporalMartin: Hey Thom! Long time, no talk! Away message from SargeantYorke: busy not being coldplay CorporalMartin: :( CorporalMartin: I know you're just jok ... More >>
Superhuman tween songbirds are waylaid by technology
The Swell Season play Radio City Hall tonight, May 19. Tickets are sold out. **OnlineHost** Welcome to Swell Season Concert Chat! crowd: DO "ONCE" hansard_pray ... More >>
ThisChatIsForSiobhan: AY MAMA, Y'KNOW I USED TO HAVE A GAME BOY Portmanteau: You? A Game Boy? ThisChatIsForSiobhan: YEAH BUT NOW I JUS DO THIS /picks daisy, holds it aloft, stares ... More >>
Canadian workhorses run gloriously free
Common Ellen DeGeneres Sinead O'Connor Jeff Tweedy Smashing Pumpkins Voodoo Music Festival New Orleans October 26 through 28 All photos by Mark C. Austin More photos from Voodoo below.
Emo "elder" statesmen are dependably accessible, or not
Another dead animal, another celebrity clothing line. Oh, and I love Paris when she's sprungthen and only then.