Connan Mockasin is one of the most interesting, creepy, and compelling people of the year: he sings like a baby girl, wears silk dresses, and has the face of a German murderer. He's Klaus Kinski in a golden kimono, on helium. There's something about him that's both bewilderingly androgynous and tot ... More >>
Kim Gordon, ?uestlove, Andrew Bird and Andrew W.K. walk into a Masonic Temple ... these are the 10 best shows in NYC this week.
Daft Punk Fake-Out Friday and Saturday, all anyone could talk about was if Daft Punk was going to show up during Phoenix's set. Why? Because we were fucking teased. On the main stage before the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a long commercial for their new album played, and then we found out that members of the ... More >>
Though it's practically needless to say by now, this Saturday -- March 16 -- is a date that most rock fans have long had circled on their calendar: The 20th anniversary of Kid Rock's remarkable second album, The Polyfuze Method. See also: Scott Stapp Clears Up That Story About the Orgy on Kid Rock' ... More >>
How best to tag the restless, reactive folk-pop of Lady Lamb the Beekeeper? So many ways, dude: rambunctious, precocious, invigorating, probing, sweet, exasperating, quirky, self-indulgent, lunging, crackers, too sane, even. The outfit led by Brooklyn's Aly Spaltro, 23 -- named after something she s ... More >>
Being single on Valentine's Day is secretly awesome. You have to spend exactly $0 on someone else. You can buy a crappy box of chocolates without wondering if it's good enough for a significant other -- it's good enough for you! And you don't even have to think about sky-high prix-fixe menus for two ... More >>
Meet the smiths expert Tony Fletcher
The biographer reads at Book Court on Thursday with Rob Sheffield
Few guitar bands cleaned up this year like Japandroids, whose triumphant second album Celebration Rock brought them massive universal acclaim and a bounty of new fans in the spirit of Titus Andronicus' The Monitor and the Hold Steady's Separation Sunday. Just yesterday their Celebration Rock was nam ... More >>
For the last six months, the Sound of the City Supercomputer (a 1998 Compaq Presario) has been analyzing the structure and content of every pop news headline in the world in order to create a highly detailed predictive model of the music industry. While this project has important practical uses, suc ... More >>
"In my way of thinking, first there is Sonic Youth then comes Rat At Rat R then after that comes Swans -- that order was kind of their appearance in the New York scene. But Rat At Rat R just stumbled -- there was just a lot of bad luck. They'd get going and something would happen." Ron Anderson, pun ... More >>
A little while back, during one of his U.S. tours, we had the distinct honor of attending and photographing Morrissey in concert. He played mainly solo stuff, with a few Smiths nuggets mixed in, and we expect more of the same this evening when His Mozzer performs at Radio City Music Hall. Recently, ... More >>
Although Morrissey doesn't currently have a record deal, he hasn't slowed down one bit. Tonight, he will perform a sold-out show at Radio City Music Hall, playing hits from throughout his career as well as a few numbers that might surface whenever he releases the follow-up to 2009's Years of Refusal ... More >>
Cataloging the beautiful losers
Fork in the Road is proud to announce former Smiths bass guitarist and veteran DJ Andy Rourke will be spinning the wheels of steel at this year's Choice Eats tasting event. Which raises the question: Can you pogo while eating?
Emo kids know how to party!
Influential British folk guitarist Bert Jansch, 67, passed away on Wednesday night in London from lung cancer. Having watched Jansch in performance when he opened for Neil Young just over five months ago, it's shocking to say the least: "while Jansch's singing voice at times came out murmured and in ... More >>
Take a holiday with Vampire Weekend at the MTK Music Festival. And go shopping! After many stabs at hosting multi-day music festivals on Long Island (Field Day Fest, we knew you when), August 2011, at least for now, brings us two festivals happening on the East End: Escape To New York kicks off tomo ... More >>
"The word 'indie' is meaningless now. It's so over-used that people think it simply means green hair." The always-quotable Morrissey has some things to say about the current state of pop music in an extended interview with Billboard; he calls Madonna "McDonna" and wishes she'd be more ... More >>
The voice is both plaintive and bright; beguiling and stark. It knocks around a quiet range of expression, yet it sings directlyof Marx, erotic transgression, and "the Dinosaur law." And it might have cheekily soundtracked a Volkswagen commercial or two. The voice belongs to Laetitia ... More >>
Yesterday Brooklyn Vegan posted a query about about British act playing Mercury Lounge on May 27; the act goes by the name the Modern Weepers, and the Merc site claims that the Mancunian act is "well travelled and well known in their native England" and "thrill[s] audiences and critics alike ... More >>
Having already released two of the 21st century's most sublime minimal electronic albums--2004's Diamond Daze and 2007's This Bliss--on the esteemed German label Dial, it seemed like Pantha du Prince (a/k/a Hendrik Weber) had found a comfortable home. Then it was announced that the artist's t ... More >>
DJs Len and Cliff (the dejected alter egos of Carl Hill and Mike Toller) hail from the capital of gloom, London, where they hosted a long-running dance night called Feeling Gloomy, spinning dreary New Wave to a crowd of Debbie Downers. After they successful debuted the popular UK party at Gla ... More >>
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 >>
The novelist gathers up a wide collection of her essays.
Brooklyn transplants thrive with mopey, slightly insincere nautical-themed frivolity
Nate "Igor" Smith Heavy Trash Beauty Bar Brooklyn Thursday, May 28 The Beauty Bar Brooklyn, opening to the public this weekend, is a soccer-goalie's kick away from the Myrtle J/M/Z stop, about a block from everybody's favorite loft-show space Market Hotel. The place's awning still currently reads ... More >>
Morrissey, 1956Infinity: The drama queen is dead, long live etc
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The Smiths' aging bigmouth messiah risks ridicule, wags his finger, and stamps his feet
Show Me Round Your Snow-Peaked Mountains Way Down South