When Michael Benjamin Lerner -- aka Telekinesis --started seeding ideas for what would become the songs of his third record, he didn't know that Jim Eno of Spoon would play an integral part in the shaping of these songs by sharing exactly how he felt about Lerner's shuffles and bass beats. He didn't ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
Carl Newman, the New Pornographers frontman who also records apart from the group under the moniker A.C. Newman, just released his third solo offering, Shut Down the Streets, a couple of weeks ago. The album's equally inspired by two recent events -- the death of Newman's mother and the birth of his ... More >>
Welcome to Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: Rob Harvilla, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. We'll be here all week!
Dear Rob, Sean, Rich, and Maura,
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At Other Music on Sunday
Saturday, September 18
Better than: The entire genre of chillwave.
Let's start with "Driveway to Driveway," the first song of Superchunk's first of two encores this Saturday night, and overwhelmingly triumphant for a onetime landmine that seem ... More >>
This accordian kills fascists. Photo by Kim Erlandsen.Though some of us here at SOTC may be somewhere between "agnostic" and "hater" when it comes to the all important subject of the Arcade Fire, there is one thing we can all agree on: it's been a hell of a week for the band's label, the vene ... More >>
Régine, basking. Pic by Ben Jay, more below.Arcade Fire/Spoon
Madison Square Garden
Wednesday, August 4
Gold medal, stage banter, 2010: "I have to say my favorite part of Madison Square Garden is this area right over here," announces Win Butler, gesturing toward a spot to his right maybe h ... More >>