Not all cameos are equally coveted: a good cameo creates an undeniable rush (I know that person!) that widens the eyes and forces the viewer to blurt out the musician's name when he or she appears on the big screen, like Anthony Kiedis in Point Break. An even better cameo is when the musician is cle ... More >>
Warped Tour returns with bands both old and new
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.
This month, to celebrate the Internet's unbridled love for wallowing in nostalgia and even greater relishing of talking about why certain cultural artifacts are horrible, Sound of the City presents First Worsts, a series in which our writers remember the first time... they ever hated a song enough t ... More >>
During my high school years in the early 2000s, I wanted to be in a ska-punk band. This fantasy could have been sparked by an Operation Ivy record, Save Ferris's prom-night concert in 10 Things I Hate About You, the genre's sartorial trappings, or the sound of trumpets. But one thing's for sure: Any ... More >>
Every Grasshopper jam starts with a great big nothing sound, on or near the cusp of silence, so soft and unassuming that it almost isn't there. Then, ever-so-glacially, the frame fills with sound: Josh Millrod's penetrative trumpeting fed through the maw of Jesse DeRosa's distortion-hemorrhaging Ele ... More >>
Ska is never dead, OK?
Been a lousy summer for visa-issue concert cancellations, from Joao Gilberto to Buena Vista Social Club to any dancehall star you'd care to name. Your latest casualties: ska titans the Specials, who've scotched their August 22 SummerStage gig far in advance, at least. The full statement below ... More >>
Hey, look, 1979 ska nostalgia for 1967, repurposed as circa 2010 30-year-old reunion kitsch on a show that specializes in rummaging around in odd corners of the twenty/thirty-something musical brain and then plastering the results on national television! Also, as Jessica points out, you need to do ... More >>
God bless Vic Ruggiero et al, who turn old dogs into new, vaguely dog-like creatures
I loved Built to Spill in college -- most of my mixtapes might as well have been "Kicked It in the Sun" on a loop for 90 minutes -- but drifted a bit upon my initial stumble into "adulthood," finding the band's gruff, hirsute, meat-and-potatoes-and-then-more-meat indie-guitar jams a bit staid and ... More >>
--The free download of Vampire Weekend's new track "Horchata" has shaken the dust off the intractable divides between the army of anons. Over at Brooklyn Vegan, we see college students ("The F. Scott Fitzgerald of American Indie Rock") pitted against college students ("...it's like the whiffe ... More >>
No Doubt/Paramore Jones Beach Theater Saturday, June 27 "I always thought I'd be a mom" is not the most obvious applause line at a rock concert. But when Gwen Stefani cooed just that in the middle of the conflicted 2000 power ballad "Simple Kind of Life," the thousands of girls-- teens with teens ... More >>
About a year and a half ago, a pitch fell into my lap from Steven Wells, the infamous NME writer who'd been highly praised and enthusiastically recommended by a determined string of collegial forwards. ("Crazy, brilliant Brit," went one such thumbs-up.) Wells wanted to write a column for this blog j ... More >>
The magic's in the wakeup
Familiar immigrant melodrama buoyed by good intentions and moral heft
Wide-eyed pop tunes with worn-out cassette production
Two intrepid innovators, with similarly arched eyebrows
So when are they gonna get Augustus Pablo and his melodica to cover an old Hooters hit?
Not Yesterday Once More
Sir Coxsone Turns On the Power