In 2010, this poll had a high voter-count of 712. In 2013, only 457 critics filed ballots (offset slightly by the percentage of completed ballots rising from 66 percent to 75 percent). The results, however, are rather similar. In both years Kanye West won handily, appearing on more than a third of a ... More >>
John Sharkey III is no longer the fuckhead in Clockcleaner, writing songs with titles like "Gentle Swastika," crafting cold noisy punk that was both biting and mesmerizing. The band was great, and then simmered out, synth-pop Puerto Rico Flowers born in its 2008 wake. That band too proved to have an ... More >>
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Better Than: Trying to figure out what's gonna be cool two years from now. The crowd was split at Webster Hall last night, between the usual mob of NYU students taking up the front of the room and an inordinate number of yups--dutifully keeping track of what's hip, no doubt--holding position in the ... More >>
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Sky Ferreira gets Webster Hall moving
Vampire Weekend at Barclays
At the witching hour on Friday, each of the four artists that performed that night at Basilica Soundscape, a two-year-old festival held at Basilica Hudson, a 19th-century factory-turned-event space, assembled at opposite ends of the room. Julianna Barwick looped her voice into a "chorus of angels" ( ... More >>
Attendees at this season's Marc Jacobs show couldn't get a break: Outside the armory on Lexington Avenue it was pouring rain, inside it felt like it was a hundred degrees. In lieu of air conditioning, pitifully ineffective paper fans were handed out. Of course, given that this was Jacobs' spring col ... More >>
It's not an awful thing to want free music. More importantly, it's not awful to find ways of going to some of the summer festivals without paying triple digits for a three-day pass that doesn't take into consideration weather. Outside of press passes and jumping a fence, there is one pretty reasonab ... More >>
Downtown Music Festival hits lower Manhattan this weekend, and former Village Voice cover star Kilo Kish, who's also playing the festival, has prepped a playlist to get you in the mood.
"Are you excited to be here?" I ask. "I'm, like, fucking cumming in my pants," replies Tucker. It is 8:45pm on a Sunday evening, and I am waiting in a fake Tuscan piazza with the members of Total Slacker (Tucker Rountree, Emily Oppenheimer, Dave Tassy and Zoe Brecher) -- a Brooklyn band who specia ... More >>
Sky Ferreira continues her hot streak
For someone who put out a song called "Sex Rules" at the age of 17 and regularly appears on Terry Richardson's Tumblr, you'd think Sky Ferreira would be the next in-your-face pop star, a barely-legal Lolita who kicks out a footlight or two in a mini skirt while turning heads with her insatiable voca ... More >>
Don’t buy Sky Ferreira a drink
Illustrations by Debbie Allen CMJ is great. It's got all the stressful clusterfuckery of SXSW, but with none of the late night hot tub parties or surprise Kanye West performances! It brings a ton of acts to town all at once, and you can't really get mad at that. In honor of this grand industry tra ... More >>
Sam Sparro w/Nomi Ruiz (DJ set) Dominion NY Monday, October 3 Better than: Jack Sparrow's last few bloated outings. If Sam Sparro's sophomore album Return To Paradise mirrored the 1998 film of the same name, then Sparro would certainly be Joaquin Phoenix's imprisoned mad geniusalbeit ... More >>