It's 10:30 a.m. in Seattle at Sub Pop Records HQ and Mark Arm—the mercurial, spit-slinging singer for proto-grunge legends and original "Loser" poster boys Mudhoney—is about to hit the work iron as, arguably, the most famous record label warehouse manager ever. But first the usually piss ... More >>
For someone who put out a song called "Sex Rules" at the age of 17 and regularly appears on Terry Richardson's Tumblr, you'd think Sky Ferreira would be the next in-your-face pop star, a barely-legal Lolita who kicks out a footlight or two in a mini skirt while turning heads with her insatiable voca ... More >>
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CMJ is great. It's got all the stressful clusterfuckery of SXSW, but with none of the late night hot tub parties or surprise Kanye West performances! It brings a ton of acts to town all at once, and you can't really get mad at that. In honor of this grand industry tra ... More >>
CMJ: So many shows (about 1,300), so little time (5 days). Poring through the schedule, separating the wheat from the chaff--and sorry, there's lots of chaff every year--and figuring out a plan of attack is time-consuming and headache-inducing. So to help you out a tiny bit, we've picked out 10 acts ... More >>
Sub Pop's raucous misfit cred has been kept afloat by the white-trash, noise-oozing pranksters in Pissed Jeans, the garage surf-rockers Obits, and the grungester royalty Mudhoney. But new young blood is joining the legendary Seattle label, and it emerges from a town where the Maple Leafs are still c ... More >>
Gentrified Brooklyn can be a rough place for the struggling artiste, what with ever-ballooning rent prices, subway breakdowns, and feeling of being in a constant state of catching up. But all three of those basic roadblocks can be an inspiring launching pad tooyou've got to work hard to make ... More >>
The resurgent noisecore and pigfuck scenes are currently all the rage in the DIY warehouse spaces and shithole lofts littering Brooklyn and beyond. This weekend, the PA skuzzballs Pissed Jeanswho, arguably, initially lit the under-ass fire that galvanized the underground into embracing the so ... More >>
Scum-pop blasters Vaz are a consistently underrated Brooklyn treasure. Vocalist/guitarist Paul Erickson and spasmodic herky-jerk drummer Jeff Moordian have outlived all your favorite scenes--both emerged from the distressed clobber of AmRep stalwarts Hammerhead and released full-length record ... More >>
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After years of destroying loft spaces and leaking rabies-frothed cassette tapes, Brooklyn noize-fuck headache-pounders (and recent Village Voice feature stars) White Suns have finally harnessed thei ... More >>
You know, we actually have other shots of Chris, he just won't let us use them. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.As a guy who plausibly could claim he listened to more music than anyone in the last year short of Robert Christgau, 1000TimesYes's Christopher R. Weingarten seemed like the ideal guy to as ... More >>
If you haven't figured it out already, Halloween is on a Saturday this year! This means a whole two nights of ghoulish punch, "scary" dance parties, and punny costumes. I've already spotted a few Michael Jacksons and Sarah Palins (SO last year!) walking the streets of the Village, and thought it o ... More >>
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WFMU Fest/Music Hall Of Williamsburg
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 >>
"Fuel Dump is going to be like Magnolia. Or Crash. It's going to be like Magnolia meets Crash."
Obligatory caption: "What I Do On The Weekends For Disposable Income."
What Tom Scharpling, host of The Best Show On WFMU with Tom Scharpling, might lack in modesty, he makes up for with his impressive ... More >>
CMJ 2009 has just announced another wave of performers: The xx, Pig Destroyer, Eyehategod, Patrick Watson, Z-Trip, Midnight Juggernauts, Saul Williams, Janelle Monae, Superdrag, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Bear Hands, and UUVVWWZ will join Japandroids, the Very Best, Das Racist, Pissed J ... More >>
CMJ, that freezing fall rite of laminated passes and crumbled, much-folded L Magazine itineraries, is evidently already upon us. The music marathon, which will run from October 20th to the 24th, has just made its initial announcement as far as who is playing this year. Japandroids, the Very B ... More >>