Better Than: That unimprovised Paisley/Cool J duet.
The format, in case you missed the emails, flyers, and Red Bull Music Academy promotional newspapers being handed out around the city, went something like this: One performer took the stage. He or she played for five minutes, at which point anothe ... More >>
Better Than: The last two times I've seen the band perform live.
With similar amounts of conviction, Muse can weave between whimsical space rockers to heavy metal gods to frenzied, late-'90's alt rockers that dabble in soft doses of dubstep. The transitions are so subtle sometimes that, upon reflec ... More >>
By Daniel Kohn
For music fans, there's nothing better than seeing your favorite band or checking out an up-and-coming act in person. While the records serve as a tangible finished product that fans can jam on until eternity, the live show experience explains more about a band than their recorded wo ... More >>
Better than: Paul Ryan's hair.
Disasters have a way of forgetting themselves. The attention span of the public is fickle; once the actual logistics of dealing with catastrophe replace splashy news coverage we often lose interest. See: Hurricane Katrina. Other news catches our attention, some o ... More >>
Bill Orcutt is an American noise music and experimental icon. For a too-brief but essential period in the '90s, Orcutt, with drummer and then-partner Adris Hoyos, terrorized audiences in the Miami-based Harry Pussy, a devastatingly atonal and confrontational noise animal that melted free jazz's spir ... More >>
Jones Beach Theater
Wednesday, July 4
Better than: Putting the freak flag in permanent cold storage.
"Goddard College!" Phish leader Trey Anastasio called out between verses during "Alumni Blues," the band's opening number at Jones Beach on Wednesday night, a rare onstage shout-out to the b ... More >>
Around this time last year, I saw R. Kelly at the Prudential Center, and it was one of the most impressive live spectacles I've been witness to in my two-plus decades of attending big arena shows; there was an onstage bar complete with cocktail-shaking mixologist, an acapella reworking of his 1994 s ... More >>
SummerStage Honors the Music of Jimi Hendrix
Central Park SummerStage
Tuesday, June 5
Better than: Exercising, which is apparently what you're supposed to be doing in Central Park.
Hendrix was really into covershis live sets were littered with songs by Cream ("Sunshine of Your Love"), Dyla ... More >>
Of many incredible recordings, here are the ones I'm personally fondest of:
The Star Spangled Banner
No, she didn't write it. And she didn't even sing it live--it was famously lipsynched. But Whitney put a whole lotta soul and spirit into our national anthem, turning something that's usu ... More >>
I first saw Whitney Houston perform when she was a mere teen, though she exuded the professionalism and power of someone three times her age.
In a Central Park concert, her mother Cissy Houston--a great singer in her own right--brought Whitney out as a guest star to do a number.
It was "Hom ... More >>
Whitney Houston, the big-voiced belter who dominated radio in the 1980s and '90s and whose cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" spent 14 weeks at the top of the Hot 100, passed away tonight at the Beverly Hilton, where Clive Davis's annual pre-Grammy party was about to take place. (Her c ... More >>
Jimmy Castor was a smart aleck; a wise guy; a clean shit-talker with so much joie de vivre you had to laugh even when his truth-telling smacked you upside the head. So when he died this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 71 near his home outside of Las Vegas, far away from the streets of Harlem he o ... More >>
Along The Watchtower, the debut novel by Constance Squires, is a story of an Army brat whose tumultuous upbringing was kept steady in part by her discovery of rock and roll. It's published Tuesday, and in honor of its impending release and the coming holidaydon't forget, Monday's Ameri ... More >>
Last night Sarah Palin met Mr. Donald Trump for dinner at Famous Famiglia's in Times Square, where the two -- horror of horrors -- ate their pepperoni pizza with a knife and fork (a knife and fork!). Today, Palin has continued in her authentic experience of our great city by touring Ellis and ... More >>
Photos by Steven ThrasherIt was quiet and foggy at Ground Zero this morning -- the first New York had woken up to knowing Osama Bin Laden was dead -- but not entirely silent. By 5:30 a.m., the impromptu all night party was still going on in pockets, most noticeably in front of the 9/11 Memori ... More >>
Are you an optimist? Do you think winter will be over after the upcoming deathstorm kills you and everyone you love? If Las Vegas is to be believed (which they always are), brace yourself for six more weeks of this crap.