How did we go from the Rolling Stones to Fartbarf?
The twenty-something, NYU-bred noise-rocking brainiacs in Brooklyn's Big Ups are nestled in a corner booth at Greenpoint's Manhattan Inn, downing Buds while barely looking old enough to drink, cracking wise-ass all the way. They shoot down their own goofy name ("It's a really bad band name"), squash ... More >>
By Jena Ardell First, consider yourself lucky If you own one of the following t-shirts; then consider listing it on Etsy. These sellers are expecting mad cash for their rare band tees. Would you pay what they're asking to own one a piece of tour history? See also: These Odd Future Shirts Should No ... More >>
Quinn's gargantuan beef rib is like something an Inuit might have once wrested from the flank of a whale. Fork in the Road has reported admiriingly on the city's latest barbecue, an East Village joint called Mighty Quinn's. The place does brisket, Texas-style, and has a secondary specialty in Caro ... More >>
In this time of literal and figurative Armageddon, nothing is shocking in regard to musical reformations, reunions or resurrections. I could tell you a hologram of Jim Morrison was about to record a duet with Ke$HA at Sun Studios and you probably wouldn't bat an eye. But when rumblings came down the ... More >>
Violent Bullshit is, indeed, the shit. The band's five membersvocalist Jayson Green, dueling guitarists Byron Kalet and Andrew Reuland, bassist Matt Cash and drummer Dan Crowellprofusely bleed hardcore and its ethos on their face-ripping, manically ragin' yet ridiculously meticulous 14 ... More >>
Cubic Zirconia. CMJ Day Two: Gospel Music, Cloud Nothings, Widowspeak, Cubic Zirconia, Mux Mool, Teen Daze Better than: Walking around in the drizzle-cum-actual rain without an umbrella. Gospel Music had the best T-shirt of the day at Cake Shop yesterday afternoonmaybe of CMJ, perio ... More >>
Wilco w/Nick Lowe Central Park SummerStage Friday, September 23 Better than: Standing in one place for two hours in the rain in Central Park without Wilco. The dudes from NYCTaper peer up at the steady falling rain and the umbrella perched over their microphones, worried that the drops' patter ... More >>
Welcome to Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: Rob Harvilla, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. We'll be here all week! The most important artist of 2010.Hi everybody! To ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 6, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 18 Remember the Fillmore? By Lucian K. Truscott IV Out on the street, a group of black-clad, tough-looking longhairs who called themselves the Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers were distributing a handbill. I ... More >>
Delorean brings Barcelona to NYC
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. August 6, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 32 Riffs By Andrew Lycett LONDON -- The Beatles are dead, the Stones are playing bad, repetitive music. In fact, the English music scene has been in a state of unhappy hiatus for the last year or so. Gone a ... More >>
Are these kids at a Phish show or an Animal Collective show? You'll never know. Photo by Max Herman. Over the weekend, the Washington Post suggested that a shift was underway in the indie-rock community. As the headline went: "For indie rockers, 'jam band' increasingly no longer a shameful te ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 10, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 39 Consumer Guide I by Robert Christgau Unless you are very rich and very freaky, your relationship to rock is nothing like mine. By profession, I am surfeited with records and live music. Virtually every r ... More >>
Summer concert season means jamming to the familiar hiss of 'hippie crack'
Isis earlier this month, letting it all go. Isis/Melvins/Totimoshi Webster Hall 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 >>
The National Weather Service says it's pretty much definitely going to rain all weekend, so indoors is good. Go see the Wizard of Oz today and tomorrow at the Film Forum (double feature, with Captains Courageous)
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 >>
all photos by David Atlas "We miss Jerry!" some guy felt the need to observe loudly last night, during the quietest of last night's three sets by the band once known as the Grateful Dead. "You think we don't?" shot back, Phil Lesh, the Dead's 69-year-old beanpole bass player.
Photo via Namestage Animal Collective The Bowery Ballroom January 21 If at this point you've been exposed to the ark of Animal Collective buzz, you've likely already chosen to side with them or against them; as in the case of black licorice and Brooklyn Vegan message boards, it's less about middl ... More >>
Catch up on a year's worth of musicology with the Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll, now in its 36th year of goading the nation's top parsers to struggle over the higher meaning of sonic culture. Review the singles top-1,761 and albums top-1,693, see how your favorite critics voted, and attend the deep thou ... More >>
If you want them to buy it, make it free
Download My Morning Jacket's entire New Year's Eve show here. My Morning Jacket Madison Square Garden December 31, 2008 So My Morning Jacket isn't the new Grateful Dead. That was Phish. Except that Phish wasn't half as good as the Grateful Dead and only had about half a dozen great songs ("Wolfm ... More >>
Dark, minimalist drone, with occasional cloudbursts of light
Another great folk-music box targets everyday people who might even still be alive
Matt & Kim? Against Me? Patti Smith christens the Music Hall anyway.
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