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  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Ariana Grande Doesn't "Break Free" of Mediocrity on Saturday Night Live

    By most accounts, Chris Pratt and Ariana Grande have won the summer of 2014. Guardians of the Galaxy, the geek blockbuster bonanza that catapulted Pratt from Parks and Recreation bit-player to major Hollywood heatthrob status, is still breaking records for both its soundtrack and its box office appe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Anna Lunoe Promises "Good, Sweaty, Fun" at Brooklyn Bowl Tonight

    Tonight, Sept. 29th, Anna Lunoe is headed to the Brooklyn Bowl alongside Kygo as one of the many stops in her All Out Fall Out Tour. Lunoe first discovered her passion for music when she began hosting a radio show in her home country of Australia in 2005. Since then, she has mastered both DJing and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 9/19/14

    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 9/15/14

    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

  • Voice Choices

    June 4, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 6/2/14

    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Five Better Producers for Michael Jackson's New Album

    Like most right-thinking people, we were disappointed when producers decided to capitalize on unreleased Michael Jackson material with the album Michael just one year after the King of Pop passed away. It was a crass, money-making maneuver, and the album showed it. They're doing it again this year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    M.I.A. - Terminal 5 - 11/4/13

    Better Than: Flying like paper and getting high like planes. Between the beat cavalcade, the dizzying light show, the nonstop frenzy and a delivery so enigmatically unapologetic it could only be called her own, M.I.A.'s live show is a (mostly) successful demonstration in excess -- and even then th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    The Weeknd - Radio City Music Hall - 10/7/13

    Better Than: Watching porn alone at home. The "WARNING: MATURE CONTENT" sign in Radio City Music Hall's lobby last night was there for a reason. "Fucking sexy New York," said Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a. the Weeknd, about halfway through the first of his two back-to-back all-ages shows at the venue. "If I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Drake's New Album Reviewed Using Sex and the City GIFs

    Drake's new album, Nothing Was The Same, is due out today, but it leaked last week. It is one of the year's best projects, as has been the case with any album Drake has released, with the possible exception of Comeback Season if you want to be particular. So, let's review Nothing Was The Same usin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Juicy J - Irving Plaza - 5/15/13

    Better Than: DJ Paul's barbecue sauce (just kidding). These days, it seems that Juicy J's renaissance is having a renaissance. With his group Three 6 Mafia stagnating, the man born Jordan Michael Houston took a single rap line--"You say no to drugs, Juicy J can't"--and turned it into a mantra, a ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    French Montana's Excuse My French Listening Party - HiLo - 5/7/13

    Better Than: Keeping track of when Excuse My French is finally coming out. French Montana has three glittering chains around his neck (one of which is a jewel-studded Pillsbury Doughboy), a pinkie ring so large and sparkly I consider whether it's been wholly carved out of a giant diamond, and fresh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    What Ray J's I Hit It First is Really About

    Current President of MENSA/musical artist Ray J recently released what has been described by every human with ears as a Kanye West diss track about Kim Kardashian, called I Hit It First. But former Rhodes Scholar Ray J insists that we are wrong and that I Hit It First is not about his sexual escapad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    From Buried in Books to Behind the Bar, Solana Rowe Sings Her Way Out

    For the longest time, Solana Rowe just wanted to be Lisa Simpson. "She was so jazzy. She played the saxophone. She was an outsider," the 23-year-old musician giggles in a basement bar in the East Village, leaning back into a brick wall. She touches the pile of floppy curly hair on top of her head, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Jeremih's Late Nights: Like The Weeknd Without the Druggy and Pretentious Horseshit

    There's no way I should tell you to be on the lookout for Jeremih. Dude made "Birthday Sex." His last hit had 50 Cent on it, and that dude has eardrums made out of tin. Again, he made "Birthday Sex." That's one way of looking at it, at least. See also: Live: Jeremih Headlines Ladies Night At Webste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Up Your Early Adopter Alt-R&B Cred By Seeing Inc. and Kelela Tonight

    If you want to see what alternative R&B will look like in 2013—if the term itself, which already looks sort of old fart-y, still exists—you should check out Los Angeles-based musicians Inc. and Kelela at (le) poisson rouge tonight for "A No World Takeover." The songs on Inc.'s full-lengt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    The Kanye You Once Loved Is Dead and Gone

    Well, thanks for getting Kim Kardashian knocked up, Kanye? Ever since the rapper announced from the stage that the world's most famous (and least talented) Armenian is now carrying his seed, everyone's on Kimye baby alert. To tell the truth, I'm starting to think that all the attention being paid t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 10/26/12

    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.

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Q&A: Tim Vocals On Pickup Lines, Why Harlem Is New York City's Mecca, And Reworking "Marvins Room"

    Is Tim Vocals the "future of gangsta R&B"? That's the way the young uptown singer's debut mixtape, Live From Harlem, is being billed, thanks to Vocals's knack of turning songs like Drake's "Marvins Room" and Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" into grittier tracks that include lines about bullets meeti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Live: Drake Brings Dipset, Busta Rhymes, A$AP Rocky, And More To Jones Beach

    Drake w/ J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, French Montana Nikon Theater at Jones Beach Saturday, June 16 Better than: That other suburban rap mega-show. Well over halfway through his set, having already given the crowd a festival's worth of openers and played everything but his bigg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Dirty Money Honeys: Dawn Richard And Kalenna Get Off The Bad Boy Train

    When Last Train To Paris, the sole album by the hip-hop/R&B trio Diddy-Dirty Money, landed in stores 16 months ago, it would've been fair to assume it was the end of something, not the beginning. The mogul formerly known as the artist formerly known as Puff Daddy had been more of a professional cele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Q&A: 4th Pyramid On Touring With Too $hort And Wu-Tang, Hooking Up With Cosmo Baker, And The Makings Of A Good Hypeman

    Back in February, Adam Farag sat at the bar of scuzzy East Village drink spot The Library with an envelope stuffed with $500 in singles. It was early afternoon and he was alternating pints of beer with whiskey shots while telling stories about touring with the Wu-Tang Clan, recording in El-P's basem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Pazz & Jop 2011: Alex Macpherson On Pistol Annies, PJ Harvey, And Why You Should Always Trust Diddy

    To supplement this year's Pazz & Jop launch, Sound of the City asked a few critics to expand on the reasonings behind their voting. Here, the British critic Alex Macpherson finds protest music and love songs that were worth holding on to past the end of the calendar year. Every year, I cavil about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    The 39th Pazz And Jop Poll Is Live

    Hooray and huzzah, the Pazz & Jop poll, calculated from the ballots of 700 critics around the globe, is up and running and ready for your perusal. Congratulations to Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, whose w h o k i l l walked away with the albums poll; and Adele, whose inescapable yet compelling even o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    53 More Great Songs From 2011

    Earlier today, Maura offered a list of the 47 songs on her "2011 Awesomeness" Spotify playlist; to complement that, here are the 53 songs from my less cleverly named playlist, "2011." As is the usually the case with these mega-lists, I compiled mine a bit haphazardly, throwing together a substantial ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Sound Of The City's 11 Clickiest Posts Of 2011

    We're about to close up shop here until 2012, and what better way to send out the year that birthed trollgaze than to run down the 11 posts on Sound of the City that generated the most pageviews over the course of the past 52 weeks? Enjoy this look back on the psyche of our readers, and have a happy ... More >>

  • Music

    December 21, 2011

    The 10 Best Live Shows of 2011

    The best stuff we saw on stage this year, from thrash to Kpop