The country star likes six strings, not G-strings. Plus, summer music picks
The Voice has spent the week celebrating the 60th birthday of one of New York's greatest treasures, Joey Ramone. We've made our To Do Lists of things we "wanna do" and things we "don't wanna do," and we've stolen the "Joey Ramone Place" sign on E 2nd St. about a dozen times in the last 24 hou ... More >>
Via Sonic Youth's Twitter comes this wonderful bit of news: The iconic New York rockers will storm the beaches of the Williamsburg Waterfront on August 12. Joining them will be the supergroup Wild Flag, made up of Sleater-Kinney members Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, as well as Mary Timon ... More >>
We spent Record Store Day choking and punching out mouth-breathing, acne-flecked nerdlingers, hoping to secure a copy of that Big Star test pressing. While squeezing the very life from a particularly frankfurtery collector's neck we noticed a rock critic or two peeking from the vinyl stacks, ... More >>
The Baltimore duo Wye Oak is one of this writer's favorite new bands of the past few years, thanks to sterling songcraft and the smoky, gorgeous voice of vocalist/guitarist Jenn Wasner. So it shouldn't be too surprising that when they covered Danzig's "Mother" for the AV Club's "Undercover" series, ... More >>
Bright Eyes/Superchunk/WILD FLAG Radio City Music Hall Tuesday, March 8 Better Than: Oh, come on. I'm not making a Roseland Ballroom joke. We need to talk about Nate Walcott. You long ago made up your mind about Conor Oberst, and if you've never found in-house producer/utility man Mike Mogis' wa ... More >>
Rocky Business at the Mercury Lounge last week. Photo by Nate "Igor" Smith.With three weeks to go and counting, we figured we might as well make it official: please join us in welcoming the 2011 Village Voice SXSW party, presented in concert with Frank 151, and starring the Wu-Tang Clan, Fish ... More >>
Ordinarily there'd be some sort of joke in this caption, but at the moment we're a little intimidated.For weeks now, our weekly music-writer embarrassment session "Are You Smarter Than a Rock Critic?" has puttered along innocently, proving just how precious little this generation of Wikipedia ... More >>
You may regard Conor Oberst and his ongoing Bright Eyes concern as emblematic of a pasty, Paste-addled strain of whiny indie rock, but as such they can still be wildly entertaining: Last time I saw him, Oberst was kicking the crap out of a toy piano (with help from Dave Rawlings!) onstage at ... More >>
New York City: The Best in the World, no doubt. And every year, the Village Voice is as close to the eye of the swirling chaos that it is, and every year, we take one step back to say: this is the best shit in the best city in the world. Normally, 2010 would be no different, but this year, gu ... More >>
Miley's musical taste inspires a cabaret
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Bug costumes: Scary. New album: Way, way scarier.
So Sleater-Kinney/NPR goddess Carrie Brownstein's righteous Weezer diss made quite the rounds yesterday: Regarding live clips of two new tracks (the unfortunately named "I'm Your Daddy" and "The Girl Got Hot"), she opined, "I don't know if Weezer hates its fans or just the (apparently) stifling co ... More >>
Snarky dance-punkers CSS 'mature,' relatively
More rustic, beautiful folkiness
Our critic comes of age as Eraserhead just gets better with time
Eclectic neoclassicism versus childhood-oriented avant-primitivism as global warming swamps our history
Brisbane school chums return to bandleading, still work on each other's folk-rock études
Lady-led local bands venture onto the Bush Tetras' streets
Can you imaginethe whole country wired to Terry Gross's bourgeois ass?
How Could You Leave This Behind?
In Pop Music, Its Anyone's Guess
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