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Nirvana and Sonic Youth have been the news a lot of late, both for reasons we all wish they weren't. So maybe now is a better time than ever to think back to happier times. Specifically, to 1991: The Year Punk Broke.
In hard partying news, Andrew W.K. has been tapped by the last remaining Ramone to provide lead vocals in Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg - a Ramones cover band - on their upcoming world tour. Formerly led by Misfits' singer Michael Graves, Blitzkrieg has been carrying the torch of the Ramones' punk leg ... More >>
Sex, drugs, and Richard Hell
Once upon a time, Sunday afternoons in the Bowery would come alive with the sounds of the hardest of hardcore bands as part of CBGB's matinee series. While it's been close to a decade since the venue closed its doors, hardcore punk returns to Sunday afternoons this weekend with a killer line-up at T ... More >>
Brooklyn's post-hardcore noise addicts clean up but won't turn it down
These are the best concerts in New York this week, in no particular order.
By Bob Ruggiero The Best of Punk Magazine Edited by John Holstrom It Books. 372 pp., $30. While the thought of a hardcover, slick-papered, coffee-table book anthologizing the decidedly low-rent, ragtag Punk magazine might seem the antithesis of punk, even a curmudgeon like Johnny Rotten would hav ... More >>
From pulling needles full of dope out of Iggy Pop's arm just before showtime and helping turn Jim Morrison into a sex symbol (becoming Morrison's sworn enemy in the process), to unleashing the Ramones upon the world and later becoming one of the globe's leading music journalists, Danny Fields has be ... More >>
Henry Rollins is not a man who likes to sit idly by. Actor, author, activist, musician, journalist, TV host, spoken-word artist; he's got as many careers as he's got tattoos. Which it to say, a lot. He doesn't do the relaxation thing well. Henry Rollins: The Long March is at Joe's Pub November 8, ... More >>
Here's a list, in no particular order, of the ten best concerts to check out this weekend. Follow us @SoundoftheCity, like us on Facebook.
The collector-scum world can get disturbingly insular, curtains-drawn creepy, and far removed from, you know, fun. Which is why Jeremy Thompson's label Sing Sing Records and his brand-new book, Wired UP! Glam, Proto Punk and Bubblegum European Picture Sleeves 1970 - 1976, are a welcome blast of Pop ... More >>
So many years later, and still most musicians in the trashy rock'n'roll underbelly can't shake that Ramones rush. In fact, there has been a Rockaway Beach-like surf rolling in for the past couple years; boffo bands from all over have their debt to the four leather-clad lads instantly assessed, in th ... More >>
‚ÄčThe Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musicianis a little jam-packed today, with six matches on the docket. (The schedule and results so far are here; the full ... More >>
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musiciancontinues, and you get to vote on who makes it to Round Two. This face-off pits two evenly matched heavyweights: lea ... More >>
Local hits for the drunk and alone crowd
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 >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Sunglasses-clad Brooklyn team Young Boys make delicious, fashion-forward darkwave drone-punk wrapped in a leather jacket and a smile. With the Ramones' hooks, the Jesus and Mary Chain's suffocating fuzz, ... More >>
No.Ah, another shitty year is ending, and we find ourselves trying to buy our way out of it with Christmas presents while struggling to block out the same old endless stream of yuletide muzak. Luckily, there's always a few notable holiday-album standouts to break the tedium, this year includi ... More >>
Extra PlaceWell, it's not that secret--both The Fader and the CMJ Music Marathon have already made use of Extra Place (we've been there before, too), the new private, "never open to the public" performance space that is located on, wait for it...Extra Place, the blind alley off 1st Street bet ... More >>
photo by Steve GullickFar right: Stephen McBean Vancouver's Black Mountain are usually considered two things: 1) a musical collective spearheaded by guitarist/vocalist Stephen McBean; 2) heir apparent to some vague Black Sabbath torch. While the former isn't necessarily true--they've settled down a ... More >>
She couldn't get into the Drake show either. Pics by Kiernan, more below.Best Coast/Male Bonding/Small Black Bowery Ballroom Wednesday, September 29 Better Than: Going to a show in California. Just before Small Black took the stage at the sold-out Bowery Ballroom tonight, Best Coast's Betha ... More >>
Music and mayhem with MoB and Fucked Up
Tucked away in the shade between two rows of cast-iron buildings at 76 Mercer Street stood Mayor Bloomberg, Billy Joel, and Clive Davis, all gathered on a temporary stage to announce that this would be the site of the New York annex of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The sign behind the trio read, ‚ ... More >>
Both papers feature coverage of the Grammy awards on their front pages. The Daily News chooses to give away the major news of Amy Winehouse winning five awards but getting shut out of Album of the Year by Herbie Hancock (?!) on the front, while the Post sticks with the glamour angle. Their front pag ... More >>
You wanted the best you got the best: Legends of Rock
Sweltering jams for the imminent doldrums
Photos by John E. Coli Nikolai A girl with an angel-winged Joey Ramone tattoo Arturo Vega, the Ramones artistic director Thrill Kill Jill of The Tyler Fyre Lucky Devil Circus Sideshow and a very big snake The Bullys A girl from the circus sideshow showing her ass while escaping from a stra ... More >>
How to program your baby's musical tastes and pretend to not be trying
War all the time: Punks and councilmen fight for their landmark
With Johnny as the downbeat, documentary charts the rise and fall of the Ramone empire
Conceptually inclined emo kids' seriously absurd prog-metal fantasies hit the big time
Retro Girls Go Gore Crazy