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After a dozen years in the public eye, the man proves he can still surprise us
This week neo-pop superstar Beck announced the release of Song Reader, a new "album" in the form of sheet music. The finished product offers nothing to listen to; just 20 sheets of notation collected in a "lavishly produced hardcover carrying case," according to the publishing outfit McSweeney's, wh ... More >>
In this week's Voice I wrote about the recently flipped 101.9 FM, whichafter an abortive effort at being an FM news/talk hybridis back to playing commercial "alternative" rock. I listened to a lot of the station's programming during its first seven days on the air, and while I was ofte ... More >>
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences introduced the Best Alternative Music Performance category in 1991 in anticipation of punk breaking later that year (and permanently renamed the award in 2000). Over the past two decades, the changing demographics of the nominees have reflected the ... More >>
Brian Chase (l) and Alan Licht (r) perform at Kenny's Castaways on June 23. Second Annual Undead Jazzfest Kenny's Castaways, Sullivan Hall, (le) poisson rouge, The Bell House, Littlefield, CrossFit Gym, Homage Skateboard Training Facility Thursday, June 23 through Saturday, June 25 Better ... More >>
The voice of Holly Golightly--a British singer who first entered the music world as a member of Thee Headcoatees, the all-lady spinoff of Thee Headcoats, and who has also lent her vocals to songs by Rocket From The Crypt and the White Stripes--is a whiskey-soaked marvel, communicating pain an ... More >>
Thus it beganThe most painful thing about the breakup letter the White Stripes just sent to an already distraught Internet is the red, white, and black border -- yet another example of the painstaking dedication and attention to detail that made Jack and Meg White megastars in the first place ... More >>
Alex White, letting you know what her name is. All photos by Rebecca Smeyne.White Mystery, a duo compromised of Chicago garage insurgent Alex White and her younger brother (no White Stripes) came to town last night, paying forward the "Female Guitar Players Are the New Black" 2010 zeitgeist a ... More >>
Fear them. All photos by Rebecca Smeyne.Jack White plays drums in the Dead Weather, but that didn't stop the White Stripes frontman from making his way to the microphone at some point during his band's set in Prospect Park last night and asking: "You probably read Brooklyn Vegan too, right?" ... More >>
Smudged, thick, glorious riff-rock from two boldface names
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Brooklyn's Shellshag have been playing mucky, minimal punk throughout Brooklyn and beyond for over a decade, touring all the time and putting out records under the radar. Rumors In Disguise, their t ... More >>
A solemn tribute to once-hot-shit trends that (mostly) won't be joining us in the '10s
Or slicing, or muscling—anything but letting up, really
Our Dylan, in action. So this is making the rounds lately, and aside from that first quote (the first line of the piece, following a please-young-people-don't-kill-me disclaimer), key sentiments include: * "Three stages were surrounded by hipsters, and for a short while I actually hung out with D ... More >>
Alex Grazier G'SellDead WeatherThird Man Records/Home Sweet HomeThursday, July 16Dead Weather's free noontime gig at Jack White's Third Man Records' pop-up store was mobbed. Clearly, New York radio stations and just about every music blog in the world got the word out: By the time we arrived at the ... More >>
Jim Jarmusch shows you clips from his new sure-to-be-awesome film
The Danish duo dabble in less cuddly, more carnal emotions
Wonky, shambolic, nonsensical, and tremendously appealing
Emperor reigns. J Mascis rocks. And Panda Bear goes all California.
Music so unlikely it could be written and performed rather than researched and found
Bottoms up! OU812! 5150! Hike! Stop! Hammer-on time!
Why should indie-rock bands go pop when webzines everywhere think theyre so cool?
Trumpeting, flapping, crying: a cultural history, from Ding Yunpeng to Gus Van Sant
Violin wires bass whiz as jazz turns toward small gestures and skewed conglomerations
You Didn't Know That Rock 'n' Roll Burned