Is the day of the guitar band over, or at least on hiatus? It's a good question. It is hard to think of a single contemporary musician who is considered a "guitar hero." Music is always moving, always changing. Perhaps not as noticeably in the mainstream, where it seems to be about the singer, the ... More >>
As you've no doubt seen, Kanye West's Yeezus tour merch features Confederate flags and Native American headresses. Like all things Kanye, people feel strongly about it. Depending on who you listen to he's either a bold and fearless artist/genius unafraid to take aesthetic and artistic risks, or a br ... More >>
Ted Nugent--everyone's favorite sustainable, POTUS hating archery enthusiast--will release a double DVD/CD on October 22nd. It's called ULTRALIVE BALLISTICROCK and BOOM! your mind just got blown. The live footage contained within--from an August, 14, 2011 show at Penn's Peak--was captured by seven c ... More >>
By Bob Ruggiero Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History of Rock 'N' Roll in America's Loudest City By Steve Miller Da Capo Books, 312 pp., $16.99 "It's this beautiful place where you sacrifice your safety for a shitload of freedom," Rachel Nagy of the Detroit Cobras says of her band's namesake c ... More >>
Here are the top 10 concerts around the city this week, in no particular order.
Ex-Foreigner singer Lou Gramm has survived a lot -- a rare brain tumor, all the usual rock 'n' roll excesses, a feud with ex-bandmate Mick Jones, his old band continuing to tour with a karaoke singer that's replaced him -- and lives to play another day. And that day is today, when the 62-year-old dr ... More >>
Everyone has a favorite dive bar. The best ones are cheap, sticky, and unpretentious, with questionable bathrooms and a rogues' gallery of regulars. They make perfect spots to talk to strangers, get in fights, or bury a broken heart. Some of the greatest holes-in-the-wall have been shuttered -- Mars ... More >>
In case you missed it, during the second half of December 2nd's Eagles-Cowboys game, NBC ran a story about the Kansas City Chiefs' victory over the Carolina Panthers and how the team had dealt with the suicide of their teammate Jovan Belcher after murdering Kasandra Perkins, his 22 year old girlfrie ... More >>
Jack Frost and the Secular Pantheon
Here's what the crabapple spoilsport tweeted in the face of Obama's stunning victory: "Pimps whores & welfare brats & their soulless supporters hav a president to destroy America "So Obama still demands the hardest workers provide for the nonwotkers. "Shared opportunities my ass. "What subhuman ... More >>
As you know, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney selected Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate in his quest for the White House. Per usual, Hollywood has chimed in about his selection -- and for some reason people care.Regardless of how you feel about Ryan, Romney, abortion, gay marri ... More >>
George Thorogood & The Destroyers w/Tom Hambridge & The Rattlesnakes B.B. King Blues Club Wednesday, August 8 Better than: Jack White. The last time I was at B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square (right next to the Sanrio store, across from Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum), I saw Napalm Death. From the ... More >>
This just in: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has called into question Barack Obama's history with lemonade stands. Jindal, a Republican and potential running mate for Mitt Romney, said Tuesday morning on Fox News's America's Newsroom that Obama: "hasn't run anything before he was elected President of ... More >>
Gun-toting rocker Ted Nugent told the National Rifle Association convention that if Barack Obama is reelected, "I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year." That kind of veiled threat--even if intended hyperbolically--doesn't generally go over too well with the Secret Service, and I be ... More >>
This weekend, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its class of 2012, which consists of Donovan, the Beastie Boys, the late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, the Small Faces and the Faces, blues guitarist Freddie King, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Guns N' Roses, although not lead singer Axl Rose, wh ... More >>
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. The Round of 32 closes out today, and what better way to finish things out with a battle between pop classicist Carole Kin ... More >>
Today in new drinking songs that you will probably hear at some point, no matter how removed from mainstream country culture you believe you might be: "Red Solo Cup," Toby Keith's ode to those disposable party cups that you can buy by the sleeve and write your name on so that nobody makes off ... More >>
Riots broke out in London and other parts of England last week. The evident catalyst was the controversial killing by police of Mark Duggan; but, as with the Rodney King beating that sparked the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, it's unlikely that one small event could have caused so much fury and violence. ... More >>
"You may remember a couple years ago that Pepsi hired gansta (sic) rapper Ludacris as a commercial pitchman. [I] objected, saying major American corporations have an obligation not to reward people who harmed society...Unlike Ozzy Osbourne, who curses, or Britney Spears, who's an immature ex ... More >>
There will be beer.When Brooklyn restaurateur/bar maven Tedd Mann was last in the news, it was because he'd discovered he was the long-lost son of Ted Nugent. More or less lost in the resulting hubbub was the fact that Mann was planning to open a monolithic 13,000-square-foot beer garden-res ... More >>
tednugent.comThere's no camouflaging family ties.Making the news because of your exquisite cheekbones and ability to smolder in an apron made of organic fibers is fine and all, but not anywhere near as compelling as being the long-lost son of Ted Nugent.
Tough day on the Internet: Everyone is both probably lying to you and totally hilarious. As we grapple with this whole Fucked Up getting sued thing, let us examine today's other remarkable music-biz announcements and rate them on a) believability and b) amusement.
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. In which the poster girl for MySpace's musical efforts asks the timeless question, "And who the fuck is this bitch on your page, with her big-ass tits up on your top eight?"
On the gleeful, uncouth, spontaneous, not-at-all-satirical chaos
Perfect Sound Forever, friend-of-SOTC Jason Gross' long-running online music mag, has an excerpt from Lowside of the Road, Barney Hoskyns' new Tom Waits biography. (Here's the first chapter, actually.) The PSF bit concerns Tom's transformation from sweet '70s crooner to deranged '80s junkyard-dog ca ... More >>
John DeSio -- veteran reporter for many local pubs including New York Press, the New York Sun, and the Voice, and frequent contributor to Runnin' Scared -- has slipped the surly bonds of journalism and will serve new Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. as communications director. He is curren ... More >>
One thing war is evidently good for: metal
Crushing hard rock from where you'd least expect it: here
Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP
Add to the many things not to be thankful for this year 13 CDs that will make your gorge rise
The End of Frivolity as We Know It