Better Than: It's hard to think of something that this wouldn't be better than.
This was one of the wildest shows I've seen at Saint Vitus. It seemed telling that the venue had moved all the tables out of the bar, presumably to make more space for mayhem.
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You can't really know where you're headed unless you know where you've been. For that reason, we're taking a look back at Pazz & Jop 2012 to drill down into the ballots of contributors and voters who participated. Maybe amongst the rubble we'll find clues about what lies ahead for music lovers in 20 ... More >>
It was just over two decades ago that seminal rap group Salt-N-Pepa helped usher a discussion of HIV and AIDS awareness into the hip-hop community with their single "Let's Talk About Sex" and its reworking "Let's Talk About AIDS." Continuing that tradition of outreach, last weekend Pepa was on-hand ... More >>
Flickr/KimtaroLemon aquavit in the making
The Danish food trend has been brewing for some time (see: Pellegrino's Best Restaurant Noma, the forthcoming Tribeca sandwich shop Aaman's), so it's only natural that aquavit is popping up on cocktail menus around the city, and on a micro-level...in ... More >>
Permanent Wave's Halloween Covers Show
Death by Audio
October 27, 2011
Better than: Scrambling to put together my own costume.
Last night, Brooklyn's Permanent Wave collective took over Death by Audio with what they were billing as a "ridiculously fun night of cover sets by some of our favorite l ... More >>
Last week, the Detroit-based rapper and one-time J Dilla collaborator Elzhi released Elmatic. It's the second time a rapper has re-written and re-made Nas's hallowed Illmatic, with Fashawn attempting a similar feat last year. As a listening experience, Elmatic is less than convincing, leaving ... More >>
"Reality rap" was once a phrase invoked by gangsta rappers to defend their music against moral outcry from the mainstream media and pesky suburban dwellers. These days, the term largely refers to the slew of emcees lining up to star in their own TV shows. While Boogie Down Productions associa ... More >>
The year in music, circa 2010, started at the Cake Shop, with a shred-down to the New Year courtesy of Siren Festival MVP-to-be Marissa Paternoster and her band Screaming Females. After a tour through the NYE fetes of the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, that night ended amidst a marathon sh ... More >>
Stephen Malkmus, at the first of Pavement's 50 shows here. Pics by Rob unless noted otherwise.The 100-plus shows I saw this year spanned from the Cake Shop to Radio City Music Hall, from Williamsburg block parties to Michael Bolton's house in Connecticut, the events that occurred therein all ... More >>
The phenomenally successful Glee kicked off its second season earlier this week, with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' home-town anthem "Empire State Of Mind" showcased in the opening song spot. But while entire episodes of the show have been effectively hooked around the music of pop icons Madonna, La ... More >>
Hey, Marty. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week a former member of the Fugees declared his intention to run an entire country, despite his gross lack of qualifications for said job, we started a campaign against him. Sorry 'Clef, but this is ridiculous.
Still talking about sex, albeit very briefly. Pics by Rebecca Smeyne, more below.Salt-N-Pepa/Naughty by Nature/Slick Rick
Monday, August 2
"Y'all look like a free concert out here," notes Salt wryly, shortly before launching into "I'll Take Your Man" in front of, indeed, thousa ... More >>
Not from this show, no, but it is called "George Clinton humps an alien"
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic/The Ohio Players
Monday, July 12
"Yes, it's me," croaks George Clinton, materializing maybe a half-hour into P-Funk's dependably rambling, bewildering, and nonetheless ... More >>
Naughty By Nature
In middle school, an older female cousin of mine asked if I knew what O.P.P. meant. I admitted that I didn't. "Other People's Privates," she said. "Okay," I said, still unclear about it. How did one come to be "down with O.P.P." exactly? Was it cool or shameful ... More >>