In Season 5 of RuPaul's Drag Race, the world was blessed with the knowledge that the quirky and sweet queen named Jinkx Monsoon existed. Monsoon had an old-fashioned heart and vintage style that accompanied a very real musical talent. Since then, Monsoon had to crown a new queen as America's Next To ... More >>
Long before guys like Steve Jobs and Neil deGrasse Tyson helped geeks get their shine, Devo were flaunting their bookish background and turning the world's idea of what rock stars look and sound like on its head. For the last 40 years cofounding bassist Jerry Casale shared the stage with his brother ... More >>
If Elvis Presley taught us anything, apart from a love for peanut butter and banana sandwiches, it is that white men can dance. His successors such as Iggy pop, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, and Axl Rose are just as iconic for their showmanship as they are their music. All of these frontmen shake, sway, ... More >>
Cruise through this index of the Voice's top ten albums from 1971 through 2013, according to its annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, started by Robert Christgau. The poll has run every year since '71, except for a three-year hiatus after that first year. The prominence of legacy artists on the inaugu ... More >>
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
Shit music in 17 keys
Picking up the phone at her South Philly home, GANG singer Amanda Damron says, sternly, that I've interrupted her while she was watching the Beyoncé documentary on HBO. There's a brief, awkward silence, then she bursts into laughter. "It's OK, I probably know everything that's in it, I'm obsessed ... More >>
Here are the best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
Squeeze / The B-52's NYCB Theater at Westbury Sunday, July 15 Better than: Writing in a diary. Last night the British pop band Squeeze took the slowly rotating stage at Long Island's NYCB Theater at Westbury (a.k.a. Westbury Music Fair) to their debut single "Take Me I'm Yours," a grand proclamat ... More >>
In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images. Ain't it grand when some sensory input makes you feel like you're on Mars, even though you're totally sober? We devoted this weekend to the weirder side of the New York mus ... More >>
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musiciancontinues to chug along, and you get to help choose who makes it to Round Two. This morning's first match puts the a ... More >>
No.Ah, another shitty year is ending, and we find ourselves trying to buy our way out of it with Christmas presents while struggling to block out the same old endless stream of yuletide muzak. Luckily, there's always a few notable holiday-album standouts to break the tedium, this year includi ... More >>
Here is one problem, at least, the Jelly Pool Parties don't have: They didn't just lose their cheap supply of chain-gang labor. Per The Brooklyn Paper comes news that whatever trash you left behind at last week's B-52s show at Coney Island was picked up by a prison inmate. Striped jumpsuit an ... More >>
As do Tin Huey, Pistol Whip, and myriad other unjustly forgotten early-indie innovators
Meet country rap's 300-pound, ex-golf-pro, road-dawg sensation
Sam HorineIn the week a Brooklyn indie-rock band either did or didn't kick a puppy in Prospect Park (sweat-soaked August news cycle, we see you), we amused ourselves making Rick Ross "Yo Mamma" jokes and watching rap panic take New York as 50 Cent did, and then didn't, shoot your grandmother. ... More >>
Start at about 4:15 here to see the B-52's attempt, unsuccessfully, to make it all the way through "Roam" at an ill-fated Governors Island show last night, which began in the wake of probably the hottest day of the summer and ended with a fusillade of hella cinematic lightning that sent the band f ... More >>
Radio Shack, the place we visit for signal splitters and batteries and which also sells phones, TV gear, and even radios, now says "Our Friends Call Us The Shack." Sales at the chain are down, and maybe they think this will make people think of "Love Shack" by the B-52s, and want to hang out there. ... More >>
Let's play make believe and say your Ipod was stuck on one tune for the rest of your days and there was no way your eardrums could escape the sound of it, even if they ran away. In other words, you'd be forced to hear this one ditty blasting in your ears through eternity and beyond, so you'd bette ... More >>
Pink air! Origami irony! Writers on the albums (and songs) that shaped them.
The Black Eyed Peas, whose The E.N.D. is completely successful as a work of bonkers zeitgeist, if not as an actual record--although SOTC officially pretty much fucks with about 60% of it--sold an astonishing 304,000 copies its first week out. Meanwhile, in a galaxy far, far away, the Dirty Projector ... More >>
Art-rock lobsters tote an Excel spreadsheet to Central Park. Rain ensues.
Excepter and pals welcome spring
Pylon headlines WNYU 35th Anniversary Celebration's at the Knitting Factory this Monday, December 15. Tickets are available here. Left to right: Michael Lachowski, Curtis Crowe, Vanessa Hay, Randy Bewley photo courtesy of Pylon DOWNLOAD Pylon, "Cool" (MP3) In the beginning there were the B-52's, ... More >>
The B-52's keep the party crunk, '00s-style
Vivian Girls Dark Meat Rocks Off Boat Cruise Friday October 3 Photos by Rebecca Smeyne On any other night, this would have been the proverbial $7 Todd P double matinee that turns Silent Barn into a sweatbox. So there was only one way you could justify the $25 ticket price: The ability to say "on ... More >>
Gravity's angels, barnstorming again
Playful pop that's a touch too unhinged and bleepy for its own good
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Bucolic Brooklynites craft odes to joy and unavoidable misery
Boppy quartet constructs a man-made Rockaway Beach in Tennessee
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Indie guitar bands and their fans ride the love roller coaster