In the span of just a few years, A Place to Bury Strangers has experienced a whirlwind of heat, flash and action. APTBS has been dubbed "the loudest band in New York"; they went from being reigning Pitchfork darlings to dwellers of the site's doghouse; and they've weathered countless Jesus and Mary ... More >>
Calvin Johnson is one forward-looking dude. He brought strict punk rock ethos and DIY aestheticssupporting community, contributing to 'zines, booking showsto underground rock, and played an integral role in revolutionizing it. Johnson's K Records (which he launched in the early '80s) w ... More >>
When the subject of women in punk and rock is broached, the usual suspects often come up: Kim Gordon, Kathleen Hanna, Patti Smith, Kim Deal and Debbie Harry. The injustice here is how punk-rock bassist Kira (born Kira Roessler) is rarely mentioned in the same breathnot that she cares m ... More >>
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Brooklyn bubblegum-sludge bashers Hunters are the bastard children of Lollapalooza 1996, a perfect blend of Boss Hog cheer and Melvins churn. Led by co-frontscrungers Isabel Ibsen and Derek Watson, ... More >>
Guess which one is Chris.
After a five-hour jaunt through various LES watering holes, downing beers and knocking back shots while grilling guttural-throated bawler/guitarist Chris Spencer of Herculean noise-rock face rippers Unsane, yours truly ended the night on the pavement, covered in my own puk ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing new and emerging MP3s from local talent.
Brian FroustetBrooklyn avant-metal crew Cleanteeth are a fascinating mush of at least a dozen colors of abrasive. The sludge-pop soar of the Melvins and the misanthropic distorto-angles of '90s AmRe ... More >>
Last year's Stupid Party in Crown Heights. All photos by Rebecca Smeyne.We're closing up shop early today, and getting a head start on the New Year by doing snow angels outside for a while. Last minute guidance on your own New Year's Eve plans can be found here and here. In the meantime, plea ... More >>
The people behind the Snuggie know they are bugging the crap out of you, and it's working out pretty well for them. The cultural impact of the sleeved blanket, largely due to those unbelievably campy commercials by Allstar Marketing Group, might've exceeded that of any other "As seen on TV" produc ... More >>