Jam. Band. Apart, these two words are innocuous. Put them together, though, and for whatever reason they become instantly polarizing. Whenever the subject of jam bands comes up, it seems to send some people into a frenzy of dogmatic snideness. So why the stigma? Well, to answer that, we've probably ... More >>
It began during Grammy Week. The members of Gov't Mule had convened in L.A. to see one of their own, frontman Warren Haynes, accept a Lifetime Achievement Award for his other band, the Allman Brothers. And while everyone was in town, they decided to jam out some new helpings of their signature brand ... More >>
Not that I'm endorsing this or anything. But with National Weed Day coming tomorrow, it's a good time to toke--I mean take--notice of which songs would be the best to inhale to. If that were allowed.
Here are the ten best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
You could hear the sigh of relief among pop fans a couple of weeks ago, when Carly Rae Jepsen's single with Owl City, "Good Time," broke into the Top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100. In his weekly chart roundup, veteran columnist Paul Grein remarked, "'Good Time' is an appropriately positive title for a ... More >>
Through a series of maybe not-so-unfortunate events, I was a teenage jam band scenester, which, when properly italicized and luridly capitalized, sounds like a sordid music-crit version of a '50s exploitation paperback. But the truth is, I wasn't seduced by drugs, sex, or anything else until college ... More >>
Furthur Beacon Theater Tuesday, April 17 Better than: String Cheese Incident. In the ongoing tussle between Deadheads and straights, the straights seem to have wondefinitely this battle, and possibly the War. A handful of vendors, selling pot paraphernalia and Steal Your Face blankets, ling ... More >>
And now, a look back at what was on the menu here at Fork in the Road this week. Bottoms up... it's Friday! We weighed in on that ever-important question: how much should you tip? We rounded up Our 10 Best Beer Bars in the city. The Extraordinary Cookbook author Stefan Gates explained how ... More >>
If you happened to miss the Village Voice-sponsored wine tasting/Grateful Dead cover band event Wine Unplugged at this year's Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, you can console yourself with the next best thing: a bottle of the just-released Grateful Dead "Steal Your Face Red Blend" wine.
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. Bruce Frankel/courtesy Allan Arkush Allan Arkush has executive produced a bu ... More >>
ViaLast year, in celebration of a Grateful Dead exhibit at the NY Historical Society, the Empire State Building was lit up in tie-dye colors, exciting hippies everywhere. This weekend, the colors went wild again (pictured above) but no one can seem to agree on why. Either it's a "private ligh ... More >>
Hearing the crowd's complex mixture of excitement, bewilderment, and trepidation when Built to Spill frontman Doug Martsch announces "This is a Grateful Dead song" is a wonderful thing, but longtime fans of the spectacularly bearded, voluminously noodle-y indie-guitar giants will hardly be su ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 18, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 62 Viewing the Remains of a Mean Saturday by Grover Lewis SAN FRANCISCO -- On the morning of December 10, a scattering of friends and kin gathered in a foggy cemetery in the bedroom commuter community o ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 9, 1968, Vol. XIII, No. 30 East is West -- A Ritual of Energy by Don McNeill Sunday the San Francisco sound came out in New York. Not that the past performances of the Grateful Dead or the Jefferson Airplane have been in any way a ... More >>
What's so funny 'bout bluegrass? Don't answer that.
The hippies are coming!
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. June 8, 1967, Vol. XII, No. 34 The Youthquake and The Shook-Up Park By Don McNeill The Ukrainians had had enough. Hare Krishna may be a song of love for the Lord Krishna, but it's a little esoteric for a Ukrainian grandmother who want ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. April 13, 1967, Vol. XII, No. 26 Albumin By Richard Goldstein A good album, like those long lasting cold remedies, is filled with tiny time capsules which burst open at their own speed. Cuts that astound at first fade as subtle ballads ... More >>
Well, after they lit it up for Red China, this was bound to follow: To celebrate the charity opening of The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society and the Grateful Dead Archive, the lights of the Empire State Building will go "psychedelic tie-dye" on Monday. We wonder i ... More >>
Neato Coolville/flickrThis evening, Virgil's will be holding Ribstock in conjunction with the Heroes of Woodstock concert taking place at the Nokia Theater. The barbecue restaurant is planning to give away about 200 racks to the general public, as well as the chance to see some of the show's ... More >>
We're in Totally Random mode around here today, preparing to embark tonight for the All Points West festivities, and I thus feel emboldened to revisit, apropos of absolutely nothing, the mighty Achewood's unforgettable Grateful Dead cartoon, i.e. the best piece of music criticism in the last ... More >>
David AtlasPerhaps all the angry Grateful Dead crazies who complained so bitterly about SOTC's past Grateful Dead coverage ("I hope you get a vial poured on your head asswipe village scenester dickwad, suck a d bitch!") might instead enjoy Slate's typography of Dead fandom, subhedded "What your favo ... More >>
In the week we got ourselves a whole new look, we celebrated by staring David Lynch and Kate Moss directly in their awesome, newly expansive faces. This was a bookish week at SOTC: Brian Evenson soundtracked his novel, Last Days, Jonathan Lethem reintroduced L.J. Davis and his walls of mucus in P ... More >>
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