From Richard Nusser's Riffs column comes this review of Lou Reed's first ever solo performance: "Saturday night Reed made his solo debut at Alice Tully Hall and reaffirmed the growing belief that he is a remarkable writer and one of the most gifted artists of our generation." The review in full fr ... More >>
Nearly four decades ago, frontman Peter Murphy and his bandmates in Bauhaus recorded what Murphy calls the "'Stairway to Heaven' of the post-punk period." But with the release of that tune, "Bela Lugosi's Dead," Bauhaus innovated a form of avant-garde rock that would influence artists ranging from l ... More >>
When Punk Authority (Software Recording Co.), Pete Swanson's new EP, is emanating from my iPhone, a funny thing happens: my German Shepherd rushes in from wherever else he was in the house, snuffling and whimpering and breathing heavily. The ears flatten against his head. His entire body heaves. "Fo ... More >>
Back in September of 2010, noted music journalist (and former editor-in-chief of SPIN and Vibe magazines) Alan Light was among 4,000 people sitting in the Jacob Javitz Center for Yom Kippur services when the Congregation Beit Simchat Torah choir took the stage to conclude the solemn proceedings with ... More >>
Alexander Cockburn, trenchant political writer and former Voice columnist, has died of cancer in Germany at the age of 71, announces his friend and collaborator, Jeffrey St. Clair. "He didn't want to blog his own death as Christopher Hitchens had done," writes St. Clair at their mutual endeavor, Cou ... More >>
Phish 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 >>
The opening credits of the Brad Pitt-starring Killing Them Softly are set to snatches of Barack Obama's 2008 Democratic Convention speech, focused on the notion of "the American promise," jarringly jump-intercut with scenes of Frank (Scoot McNairy) making his way through a tunnel onto a dismal A ... More >>
A Scandinavian spin on Americana
Looking for signs of the artist a quarter-century after he disappeared
Tracing the antecedents of punk rock is as easy as whipping out your trusty map, then looking toward Michigan (The Stooges' blood-stained, glass-stabbed, track-marked skuzzballness; MC5's Afro-sized destructo rawk-n-roll bombast), New York (The Dolls' lipstick-smeared, cross-dressing scum-blu ... More >>
Next year, in Hoboken
This month has seen quite a bit of ink spilled on behalf of the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind. But it's also a moment to remember the ways that lead singer Kurt Cobain's reach went beyond the scope of his band and that recordconsider one of his most beloved influences, the U ... More >>
Plus CSS, Adele, and other spring music picks
Georgia, Ira, and the Clean's Hamish Kilgour, leading a drummer summit. Pics by Liz Clayton, more below.Yo La Tengo/The National Maxwell's Wednesday, December 8 Better than: The other seven nights, kinda. Nels Cline sitting in Tuesday was pretty sweet. Ditto Jeff Tweedy a few nights earl ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Reverb-soaked New York art-crooners Translations are a lazy Sunday dream, tempering their drizzly indie-pop with the subtle shades of classic r&b. Drums rattle drearily and bass lines groove silkily ... More >>
Arguing about mellow indie rock, Lady Gaga, and the real grizzly bears
Historicity and records from other fresh faces take our 2009 jazz poll
The man behind some of Warhol's best work
A crucial 15-minute NYC hardcore origin story gets canonized at last
Phillippe Garrel's Relationship Memoir is Perfectly in Tune
On Returning with Mister Lonely
Pirate of the Guggenheim! How Richard Prince stole his way into the art world's heart.
Lou Reed hangs a photo show, and other tales of Fashion Week
Glenn Mercer's solo debut could be a Feelies reunion. He's just too nice to make it one.
Random obsessions and vexations, born of both young tyros and inexplicably still-rocking old people
An East Village staple evolves, but dies a little in the process
Brit lads get things like naked girlfriends out in the open
Come savor the beaty delights of European multiculturalism, Arabski kjuchek included
Pavement, the unheard musictreat it like an oil well?
Who's the Villain? Whos the Saint?
Scandinavian Garages and Carburetor Dung
The Lower East Sides First Underground Band Refuses to Burn Out