Excerpted from the book Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, published by It Books and available May 14
New York is a music mecca—the Brill Building, Broadway, street performers, subway buskers, the Metropolitan opera—but it's not known for its abundance of successful ... More >>
Rush fans have been very angry for a very long time. Not at the long-lived Canadian prog-rock trio--no, they worship them unequivocally. The "world's biggest cult band" has a fanatical following heavily composed of dudes, and in the last decade, those dudes have been pissed, ranting about the Rock a ... More >>
In 1978, the Sex Pistols would have hocked snot at the idea of being associated with prim layouts and orderly type. Sublime's signature colors were not purple, pink, red, and gray; The Replacements had no ties to concentric squares. Dr. Know and Gorilla Biscuits never put pinwheels anywhere i ... More >>
Niles J. FullerScratch Acid in 1984. David Yowthe beer-swilling, crowd-surfing, lunging, occasionally dick-waving, shirtless, human sweat-mop frontman of post-punk iconoclasts the Jesus Lizard and Scratch Acidis quite the congenial dude, despite the juicy belches meted out in my ... 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 >>
Uproot Andy and Geko Jones are the two DJ diplomats behind Que Bajo?!, one of New York's most popular parties. Their musical mutations are often described as "tropical bass," which basically means a grab bag of Latin, African, Afro-Carribean and especially South American music subverted throu ... More >>
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.
Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery--and whose style has been ... More >>
Stephen SlaybaughBob Pfeifer.
Cleveland Confidential Book Tour, moderated by Luc Sante and featuring Cheetah Chrome, Mike Hudson, and Bob Pfeifer plus Eric Davidson
Saturday, April 9
Better Than: Watching the East River burn while sitting in a swank DUMBO loft.
There must ... More >>
The 2011 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
Monday, March 14
Better Than: Whatever was happening at Death by Audio tonight that Bruce Springsteen didn't show up to, for whatever reason.
First off, let's tell you what you want to hear: Tom Waits stole the show ... More >>
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Simon Frith's London dispatch--it ran in Frith's regular 'Brit Beat' column--on the bonkers media spectacle that broke out when Jackson came to town in 1988.
By Simon Frith
August 16, 1988
"Pandemonium broke out in Soho, ... More >>