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Contrary to what some poor, misguided souls might have lead you to believe, it's not all hilarity and high jinks being a music hack. Endless deadlines, over zealous PR people, petulant musicians, and the daily grind of trying to summon up a vague resemblance of enthusiasm for the endless barrage of ... More >>
Here are the ten best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.
After today's news that Paul Ryan is a huge Rage Against the Machine fan, we are continuing into the weird vortex of politics and music. And what a strange place it always tends to be.Yesterday was the Iowa State Fair and, headlining the Midwestern fun of the Buckeye State, Hank Williams, Jr., was o ... More >>
If you don't think Butch Vig's almost singlehandedly invented two decades of alternative rock as we know it, just look at his resumé: Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Green Day, Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, AFI. That's without mentioning his membership in the still-cool Garbage or the fact he prod ... More >>
True to its name, Bright Moments is a big sunshiny explosion of optimism: joyous found sounds, Afro-Brazilian rhythms, Beach Boys harmonies, anime keyboards and big explosions of billowing brass. It's the demented brainchild of New Yorker Kelly Pratt, a multi-instrumentalist who's played horns for B ... More >>
via Cats Who Look Like SkrillexWill this cat win Best New Artist?Welcome to Sound of the City's liveblog of the 54th Annual Grammys, coming to you live from a couch in Astoria. There are quite a few questions lurking around tonight's ceremony. Will Adele sweep the three major categories in wh ... More >>
Brian Wilson's interview with the Voice's Stacey Anderson will appear in our June 8 issue, just in time for his sold-out residency at Highline Ballroom June 11-13. During the shows, the reclusive genius will perform last year's album of George Gershwin standards, Brian Wilson Reimagines Gers ... More >>
Joey Ramone would have been 60 years old on May 19. This week, in celebration of the birthday of the Queens-born gone-too-soon punk legend, Sound of the City will run a series of features on his life and his legacy. The Ramones may have shouted their last four-count 15 years ago, but whether ... More >>
Fleet Foxes United Palace Theater Wednesday, May 18 Better than: Staying home and listening to Simon & Garfunkel records. Fleet Foxes' pastoral folk can strike some modern listeners as old-fashioned and derivative. But Wednesday's sold-out performance at the United Palace Theater was a vivid rem ... More >>
Sure, Wendy's chili is totally acceptable, and maybe even good, but is that enough to catapult it into the top 10? Picture this: You're in a car on the outskirts of Intercourse, Pennsylvania, clutching your well-thumbed antique copy of Road Food by Jane and Michael Stern. Where it says there ... More >>
Dreamy, silly, and real rock takes to the pier
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward offer more sweet optimism—and why not?
For a college course called Eng 444: Psychedelic Studies, someone named Heather was assigned what might have been a mundane multi-media project. Instead, she created a lively food tour of the American 1960's, year by year, each year represented by a food product that was introduced in that ye ... More >>
In 2009, we began the weekly Local Top 10, a series we hoped would prove that New Yorkers were far too stubborn to let the record store go. The series ran until last month, when we literally ran out of stores to cover--not the best sign for the future of music retailing in New York City. Befo ... More >>
Mr. Palomo, elsewhere. CREDITNeon Indian/MNDR/Toro y Moi Mercury Lounge Tuesday, December 15 "Play that Pitchfork song, man!" hoots some dude in the crowd semi-derisively -- yeah, it's gonna be that kind of show. The gentleman is referring, one supposes, to the Top 100 Tracks of 100, and Ne ... More >>
Jolene Kao"Coast" is the new "Wolf": Best Coast (above) and Coasting (below) Group Tightener Showcase Monster Island Wednesday, October 21 Monster Island's basement couldn't have been more perfect for last night's Todd P/Group Tightener party. High ceilings and sparkly, stone-layere ... More >>
A new morning dawns for Brian Wilson
Charting the permutations of avant-something NYC rock with Social Registry
Trippy Welsh dudes go pop, worship glam royalty
Gorgeous, menacing nursery rhymes for insincere clubbers
Emperor reigns. J Mascis rocks. And Panda Bear goes all California.
Ripping off the planet without clearing the samples
The Beach Boys rock Ibsen's world in this very modern production
A great slew of genre-bending goulash-rockers gracefully emerge from Brooklyn's hipster dust
Mom conceives new uses for her lungs, mouth, and throat
By the time they make Albuquerque, she'll be modeling
Girl, I Want to Take You to a Sidebar, a Sidebar, a Sidebar
Goebbels's Aural Pleasures; Transmissions Projects' Artic Visions
Corporate Rock-Hack Bands Nobody Over 20 Ever Heard of Rule America
Mambos in Bottles, Pit Bulls in Skirts, Smurfs in Stretch Hummers