As you may have already seen, there's been a fair amount of criticism leveled at Dave Grohl's new HBO documentary series, Sonic Highways, since it launched five weeks ago. And, in the week since the accompanying Foo Fighters album of the same name was released, yet more angry voices have emerged. ... More >>
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
For the last six months, the Sound of the City Supercomputer (a 1998 Compaq Presario) has been analyzing the structure and content of every pop news headline in the world in order to create a highly detailed predictive model of the music industry. While this project has important practical uses, suc ... More >>
Shellac w/Helen Money The Bell House Monday, October 3 Better than: Bawling indie-rock wuss tears as Jeff Mangum sings a Neutral Milk Hotel weeper. For the second year in a row, Chicago post-punk veteran goliaths Shellac graced The Bell House stage for two post-All Tomorrow's Parties hangover show ... More >>
If any one-woman band can eclipse the delightfully volatile presence of Steve Albini and his stature in the annals of Amerindie rock and scrumptious food bloggery, it's the cerebral and dissonant classi-punk Helen Money, who's opening for Shellac at the Bell House tonight and tomorrow night. Helen M ... More >>
www.insightbb.comWell, maybe not of all time -- how far back does the world's literature really go? And we blush to note that most of these quotes come from Western sources, at that. But read on anyway, because some of them are pretty damn funny, or at least pithy and philosophical.
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Here is what your fetishism for the alt-rock era has wrought, aging Gen-Xers: Bush, the grunge-era band fronted by the very pretty Gavin Rossdale and responsible for at least one great song ("Swallowed," from the 1996 Steve Albini-engineered album Razorblade Suitcase, as seen above), will headline ... More >>
Steve Albini, not cooking food.Steve Albini is one of the music world's most renowned and prolific recording engineers: he's made his mark on an estimated 1,500-2,000 albums from the likes of Nirvana, the Pixies, Fugazi, PJ Harvey, Will Oldham, Low, Joanna Newsom, and Jarvis Cocker. He's also ... More >>
Welcome to my life, Weezy.So Lil Wayne is finally a free man. Perhaps a lonely free man, but a free man nonetheless. It's been a hell of a two weeks for the law around here, in all honesty. After last week's barrage of club closings, this week brought news of yet more: 171 Lombardy was raided ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Hey, don't take our word for it. Here's Steve Albini singing the praises of New York indie-snarl trio Grandfather in GQ of all places: "There was a band that came into the studio a while back called ... More >>
Rebecca SmeyneWelcome back. The third All Tomorrow's Parties New York begins tonight. Jim Jarmusch is the curator. Christopher R. Weingarten is your official historian. Shellac are your house band. Barry Hogan is your host. And if you enjoy life, you should go. There's still time.
In a week wherein we bid adieu to both Fat Beats and Paste magazine, we needed something to fill the void, be that the Das Racist video game or, far less pleasantly, a glowering, shirtless Rick Ross. Good thing this one's over with.
Presenting your All Tomorrow's Parties NY House band. . . In the early 2000's, the shits 'n' giggles folks at snarkier-than-thou Chunklet Magazine plopped recording engineer god and Shellac guitarorrist Steve Albini on its cover, screaming: Is This Guy The Biggest Asshole In Rock? That infamous is ... More >>
Apologies in advance for how loudly this SOTC contributor will bang the All Tomorrow's Parties NY drums for the next two-plus months, but there really aren't many, if any, better music festivals in the United States. (All due respect, Bonnaroo, but no.) At ATP NY, you're nestled in a remote part of ... More >>
Someone told us about a Hall & Oates song called "She's Pretty." We'd never heard of it, and it doesn't turn up in their discography, so being big fans we rushed to seek this rarity online. This is the only thing we could find. We assume the slightly out-of-key singers are not Daryl and John, an ... More >>
As part of what David Gedge's band is billing as a "21st anniversary tour." This follows a 2007 tour in which the band also played their debut, 1987's George Best, in full--so maybe we can count on a Seamonsters tour in a couple years? Bizarro is a weird one in this band's catalogue--post C86 ... More >>
That Adam Lambert AMA phoney-baloney outrage thing is working! Good Morning America has cancelled the free Hudson Theatre performance they were going to sponsor. "Given his controversial American Music Awards performance," says a GMA spokesperson (referring, we assume, to the rather perfunc ... More >>
It still holds up. Yesterday's installment was apparently helpful, so: CMJ has a ton of afternoon music-industry panels. Here's Wednesday's lineup. Join us now as we distill them to their respective essences.
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Hm, that ghost up there in the top left corner looks familiar. Vivian Girls photo by Santiago Felipe.In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla goes one more round with The Vivian Girls, and comes away from their record release show a sweatier and more fulfilled man. Christopher R. Weingarte ... More >>
In honor of next weekend's fete upstate, some wistful reminiscences and trash talk
Jason Molina once made spooky, indelibly lonely music as Songs: Ohia--enormously sad, occasionally gospel-inflected compositions that pillaged country and Hank Williams and Will Oldham but didn't quite sound like anything but themselves. Then, sometime around 2003, he formed the Magnolia Electric Co ... More >>
Jarvis Cocker, ever the gangly, dapper showman, grew a beard last year. Very exciting development in the world anglophile sex-nerd appeal, we know. And so Jarvis Cocker's Beard has become a thing in and of itself--a la Natalie Portman's Shaved Head--and treated as an eccentric novelty, like a third ... More >>
The Wedding Present play the Bowery Ballroom tonight, Wednesday, October 8, and Southpaw on Thursday, October 9. Tickets are still available here and here. Founded in 1985, the Wedding Present were a bit of an anomaly right out of the gate: they were louder, faster, and generally more ill-mannere ... More >>
Reporting live from Kutsher's, starring a loud-as-hell My Bloody Valentine
Welcome to Kutsher's! Let's start with the Kutsher's Country Club lobby. The walls are the color of salmon. The carpet: salmon catfood. Around one corner, there's an air hockey table. Around another, a department-store-style glass-display counter promises Mary Kay-style make-up demonstrations twice ... More >>
Die! Die! Die! Music Hall of Williamsburg Saturday, March 29 photos by Rebecca Smeyne Steve Albini recorded the 2007 self-titled debut from New Zealand's Die! Die! Die! and their February S.A.F. release Promises, Promises is 40 minutes of crispy punk excellence, but how'd the relatively unknown Kiw ... More >>
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