Better Than: Happiness. About halfway through his band's set on Saturday night, Nick Cave took a moment. He'd just finished a roaring rendition of "From Her to Eternity," the thumping, chaotic song from the Bad Seeds 1984 debut album of the same name. This was the Australian's final evening at the ... More >>
Jonathan Toubin Benefit Show: Chain And The Gang, 5 Dollar Priest, Eleanor Friedberger, Nicole Atkins, Dorit Chrysler and theremin, Shilpa Ray, An American Dream, TWO TEARS Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday, January 12 Jonathan Toubin plays rock and soul records, but unfamiliar ones, songs that h ... More >>
A benefit for the storied New York DJ Jonathan Toubin, who's still recuperating from the freak accident in which he was hit by a taxi while asleep in a Portland hotel room earlier this month, will take place on January 12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Among those on the quite-stuffed bill: C ... More >>
Cracked blues wailing from an NYC service-industry vet
This week in the Voice, Graham Rayman details the disaster that is CityTime, a project of the Bloomberg administration meant to automate the city's payroll system. Last month, one CityTime consultant, Spherion, was indicted for defrauding the city of $80 million. Over the last 12 years, CityT ... More >>
Mavis Staples: For kids aged 8-80. Photo by Chris Strong.In this week's Village Voice, Amy Linden talks with soul icon/golden girl Mavis Staples about her collaboration with Jeff Tweedy, and David Cotner profiles local wailer Shilpa Ray.
Rhett Miller, whose name has the misfortune of rhyming with mineI knew this day would come. Today via mass email I learned that a piqued local musician -- aliases include CXB, Touching You, and many other charming handles deployed in emails I've been idly skimming for nearly five years -- has ... More >>
Shilpa Ray, formerly of splendidly volatile trash-punkers Beat the Devil, has probably the loudest, brassiest, most arresting voice in the city, with an extraordinarily bizarre sense of humor to match. Now presiding over the band Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, her latest MySpace blog update ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing new and emerging MP3s from local talent. Recently, we've given you the Beets' "Don't Fit In My Head" and the exclusive video for Motel Motel's "Coffee" Brooklyn's Werewolves brandish psych textures like weapons. Black Mountaineers without the ... More >>
As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Good Beer Month Local Grill-off Queens Water Taxi Beach July 21, 6-9 p.m. (rain or shine) Emcee Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy's 43 will be your host as amateur grill c ... More >>
Todd P's Unamplified Show Acoustic BBQ Fort Tilden State Park Sunday, June 14 If the mind-melding absurdity of Sunday's unamplified acoustic all-day show at Fort Tilden National Park could be summed up in a scene, it'd have to be when Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck was in the middle of his gorgeo ... More >>
Sound of the City will resume full-force come Monday. In the meantime, find your last minute arrangements below...
Wincing through the hilariously devastating dourness of Mishka Shubaly