The onset of age can devolve into a rapid spiral of emotions, among them cynicism and panic. It's human to reach a certain age when, alone with fading memories in hand, you're forced to take stock of your experiences and regrets, accept them, and figure out how things will be better moving forward. ... More >>
Jeff Taylor carries around three Moleskine journals with him everywhere. With a circle on the front, one carries the evocatively introspective lyrics he's produced for his band Dumpster Hunter. A second one with a straight line on the cover is filled with more "cerebral notes and day-to-day things." ... More >>
Two nights of orchestral-soul invention, Amerykahn made
Tonight, fans of the Velvet Underground will get to see their idols pay tribute to two of their most revered friends and collaborators--just not on the same stage. At Housing Works, Lou Reed will be celebrating the vinyl and digital re-issue of Allen Ginsberg's FIRST BLUES. Across the East River, Jo ... More >>
Shuffle Culture Howard Gilman Opera House Friday, April 20 Better than: Celebrating "4/20." Questlove's "Shuffle Culture" eventat which ten or so musical acts performed a handful of songs each, but never more than one at a time, as if the set list itself were on shufflewas at once st ... More >>
To supplement this year's Pazz & Jop launch, Sound of the City asked a few critics to expand on the reasonings behind their voting. We'll start off the series with Seth Colter Walls of New York City, who has a constant itch to do the deep dive and find the single-voter albums out there. Find his bal ... More >>
Eleanor Friedberger (le) poisson rouge Saturday, November 20 Better than: Any wedding you'll ever go to. There's something very romantic about the casual messes that Eleanor Friedberger's protagonists get themselves into, and that romanticism is particularly evident on "My Mistakes," the first son ... More >>
Anthony DixonChicago's Unicycle Loves You is unabashedly a noise-pop band, but not in the (mo-fi) sense that Sisters, Japanther, Railcars, or early No Age jams are noise-pop. Rather, singer/guitarist Jim Carroll, singer/bassist Nicole Vitale, and drummer J.T. Baker author lo-fi indie-pop bang ... More >>
Main Attrakionz. Sound of the City's staff has opinions about which bands to see at the CMJ festival, happening around the city this week. Here, Nick Murray offers his seven pickswell, six festival-affiliated artists and one dude who just happens to have a couple of NY-area shows this ... More >>
After a recent boisterous and discordant performance at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, Deerhoof's dressing room briefly felt like the center of the indie universe. Hanging out and sipping on the beer and wine that usually go to waste (Deerhoof is more of a tea-swilling bunch) were members of The Di ... More >>
A Brooklyn duo flaunts its frantic art-rock and homemade gear
Next May will mark Bob Dylan's 70th birthday. Expect an absolute flood of books (we'd be remiss for not mentioning our pal David Yaffe's Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown, which comes out that month), panels, symposiums, tribute shows, and the like. In fact, a bunch of this stuff is already ... More >>
photo by David WentworthSometimes we wonder if it's a good idea for designers to explain their inspiration on the show program. Case in point: At Vena Cava, the stylish line by Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai, the program said that the Fall 2010 collection was for "the Vena Cava woman to wear in her ca ... More >>
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"New York was going to get taller, there would be sex clubs in buildings that catered to hospital fetishes. And there would be freeze-dried drinks at bars. In reality, because of 9/11, it's a run for comfort. It's the proliferation of cupcake shops." If your resume includes being in the band Puss ... More >>
The analog pleasures of Radiohead's digital revolution
Folkies and avant-gardists chew both Juicy Fruit and scenery
White Magic stop to sniff the roses and the napalm
Boston postpunk legends return for more guttural howls and first-lady jokes.
Real Life Consumer Guide 2005: The music bargains start here
Where the fuck is for example the Z100, gangsta-rock, and Merina-Senegalese fusion?
A roll call of this year's bands at Coney Island's favorite freak show
Annual Pre-Pazz & Jop Handicappers' CG: Whose faves are whose? Tune in next week . . .