On Monday night, I had the privilege of watching James Murphy salvage an interview that, in lesser hands, probably would have gone down in flames. Mostly, the interviewer seemed to suffer from poor posture (perhaps he should watch this dry-mouthed TED talk on the power of body language) and lack of ... More >>
Dent May's output can be divided into two distinct halves: biting, old-timey sardonicism (2009's stripped-down, snark-soaked The Good Feeling Music of Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele) and clear-eyed, enabling positivism (2012's synth-heavy, ukulele-free Do Things). A gentlemanly uber-pop classi ... More >>
In the two-family house where I grew up in Bensonhurst, the two musical acts I heard most often, blasting from stereos at the top and bottom of the house, were the Beatles and Donna Summer.
The former was more my parents' speed, although my teenaged cousins who lived downstairs played the Fab Four ... More >>
Sure, the Golden Globes are a big excuse for celebrities to get soused and congratulate each other, but this year's offering of Best Original Song nominees has a neat wrinkle: Lady Gaga and Madonna are facing off against one another, with Gaga up for her weirdly Bee Gees-evoking Elton John co ... More >>
Christmas cheer thankfully trumps the show's . . . intimacy. Pics by Chris, more below.Twin Sister/Blair/John K.
Friday, December 17
Live With Animals Gallery
Better Than: Taking Back Sunday's Extremely Emo Hanukkah
Join us as ethereal indie-rock crew Twin Sister hosts the best really aweso ... More >>
Madison Square Garden
Wednesday, October 20
Better Than: Breathing normally
This year, the biggest show of CMJ had the biggest secret to keep.
I postulated recently -- maybe facetiously -- that this MSG bill fulfilled every part of the psyche. Well, the rampant ... More >>
Vince Bucci/FOX Alice Cooper and the Idols
8:01pm. It's a sad night, and not because we're saying goodbye to another season of Idol, not because we're saying goodbye to Simon Cowell, but because they managed to drag this out to a two-hour production of group sings and product placements.
8: ... More >>
Two years ago, William Bowers compiled this playlist. Any further additions?
This holiday's abstract mandate can be sorta barren for us patriotically-challenged atheist vegetarians who maintain cosmic equidistance from our bloodkin. The term for it is even weird: "Thanksgiving" is a syntactical c ... More >>
We've had plenty of time to get familiar with the Amazing Baby single "Headdress" since it was one of the four songs the Brooklyn band released as the free download EP Infinite Fucking Cross a little less than a year ago, around the time frontman Will Roan let us into his apartment. But despite Am ... More >>
via LarimdaME's photostreamThe cramped, randomly-booked LES venue Pianos was apparently served with papers earlier this week indicating that BMI and a "collection of labels and artists" were suing the club for playing, without license, the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" and, of course, "Final Countdown," ... More >>