Rick Froberg

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    The 6 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 7/18/14

    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

  • Voice Choices

    July 16, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Premiere: The Obits "Spun Out" Video

    Today guitar hero Rick Froberg and the Brooklyn-based badasses he fronts, The Obits, release their third album via Sub Pop. It's called Bed & Bugs, and it--like its predecessors--is (if you'll allow the cognitive dissonance) a teeth gnashing, blissful good time. We got an early download of the thing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Hot Snakes On Their All Tomorrow's Parties Reunion

    The All Tomorrow's Parties festival, which will be held this weekend at Pier 36, continues to honor the ever-nostalgizing indie world with reunions among the kind of small-scale and beloved acts that seemingly passed into the mist long ago. This year's slate includes the Afghan Whigs, Captain Beefhe ... More >>

  • Music

    September 19, 2012
  • Voice Choices

    November 23, 2011


    Hot Snakes slither into Brooklyn

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Download: Household's Moody, Brittle "Go Away"

    ​Brooklyn post-punk trio Household has all the taut, jittery rhythmic propulsion of vintage art-pulsers like LiLiPUT and Delta 5, but the band adds a gorgeous, infectious layer of minor-key harmonies taken from the first wave of '90s twee. Guitarist Talya Cooper says the twin vocal dynamic bet ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 23, 2011


    The Obits rock the Bell House

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Exclusive: Hear Obits' "Shift Operator," A Killer New Jam About A Math Problem

    Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. ​The shaggy garage-punks in Obits have returned for a second round of three-minute yowlers and blues-rawk howlers. Already beloved as a grown-ass version of frontman Rick Froberg's manic indie-punk l ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 3, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Ten Bands From The '90s That Haven't Reunited

    Mark Ibold, still happier about the Pavement reunion than you are​So Chavez is reuniting, or whatever you want to call it. A Pavement reunion just dominated most of last week in New York City. Before that, it was a never-dissolved-but-certainly-largely-inactive Superchunk. In the past few year ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 9, 2010


    Rick Froberg opens his solo show and then plays a show

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Obits Declare War on the Dirty Projectors

    Come to think of it, we'd been meaning to mention this show.​Bold! Not surprising! One hopes Brooklyn Vegan's little year end thing they just got rolling--in which various musicians talk about their year, via questionnaire--will yield further surprises, but the opening salvo here is pretty goo ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 18, 2009


    A summertime show with Obits’ Rick Froberg and Elbow-Toe

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    See Obits's Rick Froberg in Jonathan LeVine Gallery's Beach Blanket Bingo

    Courtesy Jonathan LeVine Gallery​Because we we're incorrigible Obits/Rick Froberg stans: Beach Blanket Bingo, a group exhibition featuring Froberg, Elbow-Toe, Natalia Fabia, and over thirty other artists, just went up at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Froberg, whose campy, graphic cartoons have illu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Interview: Ian Svenonius on Sam Cooke, Kanye West, and His New Band, Chain and the Gang

    "Kanye West hasn't really done anything worthwhile--except maybe musically, I haven't heard him. But he hasn't overthrown the government." Ian Svenonius has come a long way since Sassy Magazine first dubbed him the "Sassiest Boy in America" in 1991. The D.C. singer has never been anything less th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    On Obits's "Pine On"

    Former Obits outfit Hot Snakes were a hate-splattered, sneering, Wipers-homage, a flaming collision of blues and attitude and just a bit of romance. Before Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu were the feedback kings of San Diego--violent, long, anguished drones; winding, wound-up tracks to match. Both bands ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 3, 2008


    John Reis stomps his way to Santos'