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 >>
If there is a man who has played in more cool bands than Kid Congo Powers, he's in the Witness Protection Program. Powers has played guitar and crooned haughtily in the Gun Club, the Cramps, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the Divine Horsemen, Congo Norvell... oh, you get the picture. This suave, fashion ... More >>
Tickets for the 2012 iteration of All Tomorrow's Parties' I'll Be Your Mirror Festivalhappening September 21-23 in Asbury Park, and headlined by the reformed Afghan Whigsgo on sale on Monday morning, and the festival has released a partial list of who's scheduled to play the three-day ... More >>
High up in the pantheon of bands that didn't get their due until now, the Gories spent the dead end of the college rock '80s and the birth of alternative rock early '90s in Detroit playing neither, instead opting for an amazingly feral pound-down of '50s booze-blues and '60s garage rock that made th ... More >>
A benefit for the storied New York DJ Jonathan Toubin, who's still recuperating from the freak accident in which he was hit by a taxi while asleep in a Portland hotel room earlier this month, will take place on January 12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Among those on the quite-stuffed bill: C ... 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. This weekend, the New York music scene continued to show its support for injured rock and soul DJ Jonathan Toubin with numerous benefits in his honor. Brooklyn Bowl ... More >>
Jasper CoolidgeThe Mighty Fine are Brooklyn's sweatiest, sexiest, grimiest soul-punks, something Jonathan Toubin would want to will into existence at a humid 4 a.m. loft party. Their latest album Get Up To Get Down (out now via Drug Front) is all the gnash-and-gnarl of the Dirtbombs' Ultragli ... More >>
Brian AlesiThe Dirtbombs The Bell House Saturday, June 4 Better than: Playing air guitar to your favorite dance 12-inches. A friend recently opined that Mick Collins should just be given the money to pursue any damn idea that comes into his head. While it's true that sometimes his ideas o ... More >>
Union Pool show pays tribute to the late musician
Stephen SlaybaughBob Pfeifer. Cleveland Confidential Book Tour, moderated by Luc Sante and featuring Cheetah Chrome, Mike Hudson, and Bob Pfeifer plus Eric Davidson powerHouse Arena Saturday, April 9 Better Than: Watching the East River burn while sitting in a swank DUMBO loft. There must ... More >>
Naturally, this record shows up quite a bitAs our celebration of the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's arrival in New York City winds down, we thought we'd reach out to a bunch of musicians with a simple question: What's your favorite Dylan song?
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