On a wispy evening last October, my housemate and I went to see GZA perform his magnum opus Liquid Swords in full at D.C.'s swanky Howard Theater. I wasn't the only one with high expectations. The crowd's hunger escalated with Killer Mike slaying his opening set, pulling out perfectly punctuated sho ... More >>
He's a man of many monikers and moods, and he rocks under any name. Charles Thompson / Frank Black / Black Francis has 23 albums to his credit, beginning in 1988 with Surfer Rosa by the Pixies, a band where the tired journalistic cliché "seminal" actually applies.
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"Boots of Danger (Wait Up)" is the second single to be released off Tokyo Police Club's second full-length, Champ, which is due in June. The first, "Breakneck Speed," was a kind of a nostalgic, dazed Pixies ode; "Boots of Danger" is more upbeat, one of the many whistling anthems by this Canad ... More >>
The Pixies, their generation's nostalgia-pimping gold standard. Photo by Jared GruenwaldIn this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla goes in for some belated nostalgia with the Pixies and Doolittle, Drew Hinshaw compares sexual pervert artistes R. Kelly and Devendra Banhart, Jason Buhrmester re ... More >>
Rats, drug dealers, hookers, a gambling "casino' in one of the apartments: 2320 Aqueduct Avenue in the Bronx sounds like a terrible building. It used to be bad when one of the Voice's perennial "10 Worst Landlords" owned it. Then he sold out to fancy new owners -- including a Tishman Speyer a ... More >>
Somewhat of a slow night, unless you're in for the Pixies at Hammerstein (featuring Jay Reatard!) or Sonic Youth at the Music Hall of Williamsburg (featuring, uh, Talk Normal!). Jimmy Buffett's at Madison Square Garden if you're into booze-soaked, beachy frivolity; Julian Plenti, a/k/a the Du ... More >>
NYC is a town of transplants, a fact that's never more obvious than during the holiday season. While thousands of New Yorkers take off work early and spend hours upon hours in traffic, at the airport, and stuck in train stations, we think those of you who are left in town should make the most of i ... More >>
Verily, the great Pixies Dolittle run begins tonight at Hammerstein Ballroom and runs through Wednesday. "Tame" is gonna be awesome. Stubhub is your only friend for the first three shows, but the fourth -- that 1 a.m. Wednesday night/Thursday morning deal, is still attainable. And even if tha ... More >>
"I'm more of a freak show kind of a guy."
Whether it's through his alter-ego Black Francis, his seminal band the Pixies, or under his own name, Frank Black has become iconic in terms of not only indie rock, but pop culture as a whole. His new project is Grand Duchy, which he formed with his wife ... More >>
Congratulations to M.I.A. for making Time's list of the 100 most influential people in 2009, two years after her last record, and three months after being nominated for her first Grammy. Spike Jonze, in his adulatory but perceptive ("She reacts to whatever's in front of her: 'Those are booming India ... More >>