Yann Tiersen Irving Plaza Friday, April 27 Better than: Most of the Philip Glass and Stephin Merritt music I've heard. Skyline, Yann Tiersen's seventh studio album, is only the second album of his current deal with Anti- and, like 2010's Dust Lane, it pioneers sonic territory structurally differen ... More >>
As March comes to a close, so does our month-ish-long battle royale between 64 New York musicians, all of whom were put in the mix to decide which one best embodied the spirit of the city. Each of the divisionsUptown, Queens, Downtown, and Brooklynhas now crowned a winner, and for our ... More >>
Sound of the City's monthlong tournament to determine the quintessential New York City musician (since 1955, the year of the Village Voice's founding) is taking over our site all March. The full schedule and results (as of March 23) below; you can also follow along with our bracket.
Sound of the City's search for the quintessential New York City musician enters Round Two this week, with battles in the Round of 32 daily. Keep up with all the action here. Last time around Patti Smith showed John Zorn who has the power, and Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground got all "Venus In ... More >>
Like a defiant cannonball splash disturbing the tranquility of an adult swim, the Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete lives on. Over three seasons between 1993 and 1996, the show followed the adventures of two brothers each named Pete Wrigley, their parents, their friends, and the entir ... More >>
Philip Glass and Friends Tibet House U.S. Benefit w/Laurie Anderson, Tim Fain, Das Racist, Antony, Lou Reed, Stephin Merritt, and Rahzel Carnegie Hall Monday, February 13 Better than: Seeing how most ethnic Tibetans live. Last night's all-star benefit at Carnegie Hall began with a performance by ... More >>
DVD cover We are on the cusp of a riot-grrrl resurgence, or so we hope. Early last year, NYU's Fales Library announced that the institution had acquired Kathleen Hanna's 1989-1996 papers. Then in the fall, news of a Hanna documentary spread, with activist/poet/Sister Spit staple Sini Anderson at th ... More >>
Inside the WFMU archives.It's fundraising time again for awesome local freeform radio station WFMU, and rather than do another fall marathon, music festival, record fair, or art benefit, the station has organized an online auction, with all proceeds going to support the beloved and increasing ... More >>
At Other Music on Sunday Superchunk Bowery Ballroom 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 >>
The latest on Chris Knox, the New Zealand songwriter and Flying Nun affiliate who suffered a debilitating stroke in June: He's at home, as he has been for some time. It seems he's making music again, as Tall Dwarfs, though he's not yet speaking--"He wanted me to do an edit of a song loop down ... More >>
photo by Liz Clayton Dawn Sutter Madell, via the Yo La Tengo diary Eight shows, eight-and-a-half comedians, eight charities, eight mix CDs, 24 sit-ins, and three Velvet Underground covers later, Yo La Tengo brought another Hanukkah at Maxwell's to a close. But, as befits a band named in reference ... More >>
With special guest Uncle Stephin Merritt!
(Or, Some Songs That Won't Really Make It All Better, But Might Help Get You Through the Next Hour)
Special guest: "Handsome" Jim Bentley, BBQ master
Beirut's gorgeous Balkan hymns light ukuleles and MP3 blogs aflame
It was funded right before the crash. The owner jumped off the building.
Known quantities, brave genre experiments, program music, and a couple of Cairos
Our 27 favorite books of the year
Fake Finnish goths make fake metal for the love of it and you
Fist-raising rockers tune out the majors and band with independent record labels instead
Some very rough guides to living in a nation that won't share and will never be the same
Arguments against education, reclaimed punk rants, electropop with staying power
"I'm Never Wrong" vs. "This Is What I'm Good At"
Cabaret wunderkind waves jock-hipster kryptonite at all of NPR's left-leaning quirksters
Bill O'Reilly, we salute you, now please give us all our frankincense and myrrh back
Two Clans Dis Function; Two Directors Make It Work
Mailbox Synthpop as Piano and Voice Recital
Humanity in Geometry, Hell in Miami, and Dancing With Shadows
Orthodox, conservative, or reformed, klezmer's back and marching
Moby and Merritt Vs. Hitters and Cheerleaders in a Bad Year for Nerds
Consumers Complain, Party, Riot, Look for Answers, and Crack Wise