Eddie Veliz was "born in East LA," the area infamously name checked by Cheech & Chong in song. As Veliz explains in his SoCal vernacular, in his 'hood, kids "were either in a thrash metal band, a super scum punk band, or listening to regional mariachi music. Or maybe a hip-hop kid. We only had (alt ... More >>
Cool enough for hipsters, heavy enough for metal heads, smart enough for muso snobs, Band of Skulls succeed in striking that oft-elusive aural sweet spot for fans of all stripes....including the folks at the mayonnaise-alternative Miracle Whip, who use a crunchy riff from the band's 2012 song "The D ... More >>
The announcement that some musicians from the Midwest were opening a Greenpoint bar called Lake Street after a major thoroughfare in Minneapolis got some mixed reactions online. Comments ran the gamut from "Let me guess, it will also feature pickled vegetables and an 'old-timey' theme with Edison bu ... More >>
Elton John may be one of the most silently pervasive artists ever. At award shows, tribute concerts, and even on random albums, including his most recent stint on Fall Out Boy's currently #1 Save Rock and Roll, the "Candle in the Wind" crooner knows how to steal the spotlight from whichever star is ... More >>
This year, our sister papers the Dallas Observer and Houston Press teamed up to document the SXSW madness for your amusement and/or edification. Here are the 12 best shows and moments they saw.
These are the best metal shows in NYC this month. See also: The Ten Best Metal Albums of 2012
Kings of the Stone Age
In these hyperactive times, five years can be a musical lifetime. (If you can't hurry up with that next digital EP, then dump out a side project or something, sheez!) But for the Hiveswhose long-range plan for world domination was fulfilled within their first two albums (and whose members had ... More >>
This week's album chart has in its first two positions the two biggest stories in pop music last week. Once again, the pole position was assumed by Canadian teenager Justin Bieber, whose first full-length, My World 2.0, sold 92,000 copies--only the second time this year that the No. 1 album h ... More >>
Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan conspire in the gutter
The perils and absurdities of rock criticism as a career in 2008
Sarah Lewitinn has become New Yorks premier tastemakerand that's what makes the haterati squirm
Starbucks boldly markets its mild music blend
East Village alt-rawk oldsters face the whippersnappers
"I'm Never Wrong" vs. "This Is What I'm Good At"
Oozing Pus, Monster Trucks, Bleeding Brains, Broken Glass, and Beaver
Burritos, Burgers, Chili Dogs, and Vienna Sausages
Six of these 12 picks recast known compositions, and only two of the six are in the rock tradition. But I did find one medium-obscure alt band worth writing about. One.