Last Thursday Williamsburg's new and impressive home of overpriced vinyl, Rough Trade, announced that all scheduled shows taking place in the 250-capacity concert venue in the store's back were to be cancelled or postponed. The problem: Noise complaints. They were getting too many of them. A bit odd ... More >>
[Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.] Bhangra ambassador DJ Rekha will be spinning at the next BRIC House shindig on December 14th. The night will cap a day of Brooklyn-based art tributes, includin ... More >>
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DIIV fuzz out at Rough Trade
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Ida Maria hits Rough Trade
"In my way of thinking, first there is Sonic Youth then comes Rat At Rat R then after that comes Swans -- that order was kind of their appearance in the New York scene. But Rat At Rat R just stumbled -- there was just a lot of bad luck. They'd get going and something would happen." Ron Anderson, pun ... More >>
Cataloging the beautiful losers
tUnE-yArDs w/Micachu & the Shapes, Delicate Steve Terminal 5 Friday, June 1 Better than: Seeing the "Naked Cowgirl." Merrill Garbus was vamping on "Powa," one of the sexier tracks off tUnE-yArDs' w h o k i l l, when a sudden synthesizer malfunction interrupted her banshee wail with a country swing ... More >>
Imagine the shapes
From off the streets of the City Of Lakes (that's Minneapolis) comes Howler, who serve as a reminder that ferocity, vulnerability, and yearning spring eternal in young bands' breasts. Although Howler, with their new album America Give Up, throws in more catchy, crunchy riffsnot to mention a J ... More >>
This fall, a new record store will open in Williamsburg, and it'll come bearing a brand name that's pretty impressive: The store will be called Rough Trade NYC, as in "the legendary string of British record shops Rough Trade." Billing itself as a "place to discover, browse, debate and purchase the f ... More >>
Who's Zoo? feat. Relaxed Muscle Whitney Museum of American Art Saturday, April 7 Better than: Another Monday morning. The Scottish choreographer Michael Clark's body of work has been about marrying oppositesunderscoring his works with the music of the Fall and David Bowie, mingling professi ... More >>
Calvin Johnson is one forward-looking dude. He brought strict punk rock ethos and DIY aestheticssupporting community, contributing to 'zines, booking showsto underground rock, and played an integral role in revolutionizing it. Johnson's K Records (which he launched in the early '80s) w ... More >>
This month has seen quite a bit of ink spilled on behalf of the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind. But it's also a moment to remember the ways that lead singer Kurt Cobain's reach went beyond the scope of his band and that recordconsider one of his most beloved influences, the U ... More >>
Like many of her peers, she discovered the sound of being a grown woman
Mystery Jets touch down at Mercury Lounge
Having already released two of the 21st century's most sublime minimal electronic albums--2004's Diamond Daze and 2007's This Bliss--on the esteemed German label Dial, it seemed like Pantha du Prince (a/k/a Hendrik Weber) had found a comfortable home. Then it was announced that the artist's t ... More >>
The summer months can grind down a big-name DJ. The traveling is constant, the sets start at ridiculous hours (in some cities, 4AM is considered "peak time"), and there is something kind of lonely about shuttling around the globe with only your records to keep you company. But Juan Maclean doesn' ... More >>
Hailing from San Francisco, the morning benders (who prefer to keep their name humbly lower-cased) came of age this year with the release of their second album, Big Echo (Rough Trade). But the quartet has been active since 2005, recognized for a polished, lush, Pacific-coast sound with swooping cr ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. This is a compilation of 2009's best local music, lovingly curated by YIMBY columnist Christopher R. Weingarten Your curator this evening, lost in the Death By Audio maze. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.Ne ... More >>
The Yankees of hip-hop labels, reconsidered
Tales of (very minor) stardom with the anti-folk/comic-book luminary
Because we are juvenile and uncouth and easily amused, we generally prefer blogging about music videos that star naked people, but we'll make an exception for the Vivian Girls, since we always do. This one's called "Moped Girls," a breezy, under-two-minute tune that's from a Rough Trade seven-inch ... More >>
Fighting music piracy via ominous blog comments and pre-written apologies
The Motherfucker impresario sets out solo and wistfully recalls Olivia Newton-John
Insound, Other Music, and Anthology explore the brave new world of digital music
It's hard to hear those voices in my head over all that racket!
Public enemies tricoastal, and that doesn't even count the Balkan guys
Track after track of sincere classicism, internationalist anarchism, and foiled espionage
Where the fuck is for example the Z100, gangsta-rock, and Merina-Senegalese fusion?
Annual Pre-Pazz & Jop Handicappers' CG: Whose faves are whose? Tune in next week . . .
Uploader Supreme Joly MacFie Puts Indie-Rock New York on Cable and the Web
Old dogs singin' slow songs and fairygodmotherfuckers for discerning dilettantes
Folkies Multiply in a Time When So Many Are Singer-Songwriters and So Few Admit It
Sense and Instability
Blissed Psychedelic Freaks Bequeath Skykissing Guitars to Industrial Autopsy Aesthetes
The Moldy Peaches Slip You a Roofie