When Soundgarden's Chris Cornell screamed the words "SPOOON MAN! Stop eating with those spoons and play those spoons!!" in 1990whatever, he sparked a revolution, one that wouldn't end until government outlawed the playing of spoons after several thousand injuries. Or something. We don't really remem ... More >>
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Was 1994 the best year for pop music in history? Quite possibly. Sure, some of it was terrible, but overall it was amazing: Nordic black metal, Britpop, pop punk, trip hop, and the best R&B of the '90s. (Boyz II Men were peaking). Hip-hop's Golden Age was winding down, but a new, arguably more co ... More >>
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When Florida foursome Saigon Kick first hit in 1991, they were post-metal, pre-grunge, and their approach--often epic and grandiose in the best possible ways--was in a category of its own. Their 1992 sophomore album, The Lizard, featured the group's MTV and Billboard hit, the ballad, "Love Is on the ... More >>
This past Saturday, Williamsburg's Dead Herring house closed its doors after six years of throwing quality rock shows, dance parties, craft fairs, and other assorted fun times. As one of the last remaining DIY spaces located in Williamsburg proper (or "prime Williamsburg," as their landlord likely c ... More >>
For an (unintentional) architect of the "Seattle Sound," Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil sure likes a lot of punky New York and Detroit bands. He cites the MC5 as his all-time faves, with the Ramones a close second, also name-checking the Voidoids, Devo and Pere Ubu. Soundgarden, formed in 1984 b ... More >>
Here are the 10 best shows around the city this week, in no particular order.
For a band of impressive magnitude -- an unholy sum of Chris Cornell's wails, Kim Thayil's strangely tuned, beautifully heavy guitar, and the Zeppelin/Sabbath-indebted rhythm section of bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron -- Soundgarden's return from their decade plus absence has been kind ... More >>
Tomorrow is the fourth of July, which means the celebration of American independence from Great Britain, which means Americans gathering in various wide-open spaces in order to watch things blow up. The big New York fireworks party is sponsored by Macy's, with the featured entertainment being none o ... More >>
Blazing hard rock might signal a sea change
A few weeks ago I was perusing the Billboard Rock Songs chart, which at present shows a genre in crisisits ranks are split between the staggering dinosaurs of the nu-metal era, a few poppier rock outfits like Gotye and fun., and a bunch of bands that sound like slight variations on the old-ti ... More >>
When past and future collide, does the present win?
Drop it like a rock
Monster Magnet frontman Dave Wyndorf is a talkative guy. What was supposed to be a 30-minute interview to preview his band's performance of the 1995 album Dopes To Infinity at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Friday stretched into 90, as he took off and ran with subjects like how his band has been pi ... More >>
Sure, the Golden Globes are a big excuse for celebrities to get soused and congratulate each other, but this year's offering of Best Original Song nominees has a neat wrinkle: Lady Gaga and Madonna are facing off against one another, with Gaga up for her weirdly Bee Gees-evoking Elton John co ... More >>
The 2011 edition of Da Capo's annual anthology Best Music Writing which this year was guest edited by The New Yorker classical writer and The Rest Is Noise author Alex Ross; Daphne Carr has been the series editor since 2006contains 32 essays and is augmented by a a jumbo-sized "Other N ... More >>
Niles J. FullerScratch Acid in 1984. David Yowthe beer-swilling, crowd-surfing, lunging, occasionally dick-waving, shirtless, human sweat-mop frontman of post-punk iconoclasts the Jesus Lizard and Scratch Acidis quite the congenial dude, despite the juicy belches meted out in my ... More >>
Amber Martin's a character
Five albums in, local Sabbath fiends crank up the bombast
LOL, j/k. "Black Rain" (a Badmotorfinger sessions outtake, not a brand-new track as I'd initially suspected) leaked in the aftermath of Soundgarden's triumphant (or at least not-catastrophic, in any case) return at Lollapalooza over the weekend (setlist here, and thank god they're still playing "G ... More >>
This week's album chart has in its first two positions the two biggest stories in pop music last week. Once again, the pole position was assumed by Canadian teenager Justin Bieber, whose first full-length, My World 2.0, sold 92,000 copies--only the second time this year that the No. 1 album h ... More >>
Featuring the odd return of 1995, in the persons of Soundgarden and Green Day, modern arena-rock surrogates the Strokes, Arcade Fire, MGMT, Phoenix, the National, and the Black Keys, and who else but Lady Gaga? Music is a befuddling tapestry in which Cypress Hill will always have a home. Comp ... More >>
On the improbable return of the rock-star novel
Timbaland not pictured. Too bad. CREDIT Chris Cornell Webster Hall Tuesday, April 7 We get the "that bitch ain't a part of me" song out of the way immediately, and thank goodness. The opprobrium heaped on Cornell's extraordinarily bizarre full-album Timbaland joint, Scream, is not undeserved, but ... More >>
A jazz wonderkid comes home
Brooklyn trio is fucking with you, possibly