Welcome to Sound of the City's scouring of the many hip-hop songs that drop every week in hopes of finding a couple of songs that stand out. This week we managed to get our hands on three and three-quarters of themnot bad at all.
Madison Square Garden
Sunday, March 25
Better than: Hearing critics just talk about weird foreign scenes and stylistic blends and collisions at the EMP Pop Conference.
Japanese hard rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel have been in well-deserved self-celebration mode of late. They celebrated thei ... More >>
Guns N' Roses ca. 1987: If nothing else, that pouf should be immortalized for eternity. The Cure, Eric B. & Rakim, and Guns N' Roses are among the new-to-the-ballot artists on the list for for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame's class of 2012, announced this morning; they join previous nominees ... More >>
MTV turns 30 on Monday. To celebrate, we're running a bunch of pieces on the channel, its legacy, and its future.
Back when he was a music-obsessed teenager growing up on Long Island, and long before he started the influential music website Stereogum, Scott Lapatine never missed an episode o ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.
Xray Eyeballs is the sunny, garage-pop alter-ego of guitarist O.J. San Felipe (of YIMBY vets Golden Triangle), a lazy-Sunday neo-Nuggets shout-along where a chorus can totally be "Let's all get high ... More >>
Isis earlier this month, letting it all go.
Friday, June 18
Farewell tours are weird, the celebratory nature of live rock being counteracted by the knowledge that this will never happen again; the listener can frequently walk away feeling weirdly hollow, as tho ... More >>
If it were any cheaper, they'd be paying you.There are drink specials and there are drink specials. For some, an $8 martini is a marvelous deal -- by New York cocktailing standards, anyway. For others, it's not happy hour unless you can pay your tip out in quarters. At The Magician, from Mond ... More >>
MNDR in action earlier this year.
Wednesday, April 28
Your headliner tonight is actually spazzy Brit retro-soul whosit V.V. Brown, but I find the openers way more fascinating, two budding electro-pop stars carefully balancing the brusque and the bubbly, the icy ... More >>
TedLeo.comTed Leo loves popcorn more than youEveryone's favorite "goddamn American hero," Ted Leo, will be chord-chugging tonight at the Fillmore with Screaming Females. Though if you've been offended by his karaoke criticism, you can always check out mindlessly ecstatic lo-fiers the Sundelle ... More >>
Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey always get excited when the power comes back on.When Brit-rock's ultimate pleasure-seekers Supergrass lost bassist Mick Quinn to the most embarrassing run to the toilet since Slumdog Millionaire a few years ago, singer/guitarist Gaz Coombes and drummer Danny Goffe ... More >>
Oh come on. This picture, and Michael Musto interviewing Joan Rivers? Are you that straight you wouldn't enjoy it?
New York hasn't had this good a mob trial in a while: Roger Khan, exiled drug dealer and a hero to some of his neighbors in Guyana, got picked up by the DEA; celebrity mob lawyer Bob S ... More >>