If you need even more shows to choose form, be sure to check out our comprehensive and constantly updated New York Concert Calendar. These are the 10 best this weekend.
Better Than: Having one foot in the grave. Imagine Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers drop a new LP, and it's just killer. Not just "killer" in that Echo or Mojo way, as in a killer document of a killer band doing what it was hatched to do. I mean in that Wildflowers or Full Moon Fever way, that damn ... More >>
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Miami stoner rock band Torche write music that's something of a paradox. It's definitely heavy, but it's also sunny and pop. Is it metal? Some say yes. Some say no. You can decide for yourself if you see them play Saint Vitus Saturday night. Guitarist Andrew Elstner spoke to us from Florida, where t ... 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 >>
Alexz Johnson really loves Brooklyn. It shows on her face with the way she lights up whenever her neck of the woods is mentioned. The 26-year-old singer-songwriter/actress relocated to the borough with one goal for herself as an artist: total scene immersion. It's a pretty good goal when you have to ... More >>
Brooklyn's post-hardcore noise addicts clean up but won't turn it down
Kings of the Stone Age
By John Seaborn Gray Used to be you'd have to hit bar after bar until you found just the right jukebox, which promptly became your own personal lair of alcohol consumption. Folks demanded more freedom of choice, however, so many bars have switched over to Internet jukeboxes, where you can download ... More >>
Kip Moore Bowery Ballroom Friday, August 3 Better than: Having to take the train to Long Island or bus to New Jersey. Nearly halfway through his set, after opening with Up All Night favorites "Crazy One More Time" and "Beer Money" and throwing in a Ryan Bingham cover for good measure, Kip Moore di ... More >>
20. Tom Petty, Into The Great Wide Open 19. Skid Row, Slave To The Grind 18. Teenage Fanclub, Bandwagonesque 17. Prince & The New Power Generation, Diamonds & Pearls
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F2K10 is a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Track our progress here. Here is the moment where Jeff Lynne finally captures the hard-earned title of "second worst Wilbury."
A thing that happened. Photo by Phil Freeman.In the week we debated whether 2010 was the best year for music ever (you guys know that was a joke, right?), we pitted Chris Brown against Katy Perry, Titus Andronicus against LCD Soundsystem, Taylor Swift against M.I.A., and house music against h ... More >>
May we all look this relaxed in this situation. Photo by Sam Horine.In the week the words "Kanye West" became synonymous with social media, the rapper performed at Facebook while dissing Twitter, performed at Twitter while dissing his mother's old boyfriends, then joined Twitter, a thing he t ... More >>
Another time at MSG Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Buddy Guy Madison Square Garden July 28, 2010 Tom Petty looks like an anorexic monkey, and his voice is so nasal it makes Bob Dylan sound like a death-metal grunter. But he's a hell of a songwriter, and the Heartbreakers are one of the two or thre ... More >>
Well, that was fun while it lasted. Sometime this morning, the Rolling Stone website disappeared from the Internet, leaving only a goofy placeholder page and the catcalls of thousands of people who were all too ready to believe that the dinosauric old-media mag had either a), let its domain n ... More >>
Local bivalves: Peconic Bay and Blue Point oysters Mermaid Oyster Bar, new sister restaurant to the Mermaid Inns, was described by owner Danny Abrams as being "meant to invoke the feeling of being on vacation at the beach."
You'll never be this young again. Surfer Blood photo by Rebecca Smeyne.You feel sorry for Surfer Blood, you really do. It's CMJ Tuesday, there's some invisible wheel turning, and when you walk into the basement of Cake Shop at 4:30pm on a sunny afternoon you all of a sudden know where the arr ... More >>
The only time the DFA-signed, cheerfully glam Philly quintet Free Energy has let us down so far was at the Mercury Lounge, where they awkwardly shuffled through a set that was surely affected by the visibly uncomfortable jeans the frontman was wearing. (They'll hopefully avenge themselves on New Y ... More >>
The author's view Paul McCartney Ed Sullivan Theater Marquee Roof Wednesday, July 15 Like everybody else, the helicopters await Paul. First one, chopping ambiently over Broadway, then two more. When the 67-year old ex-Beatle finally comes onto the marquee roof of the David Letterman-occupied Ed Su ... More >>
The official theme of last night's Happy Ending Music and Reading Series at Joe's Pub was "taking risks." Host Amanda Stern credited this idea to musical guests Vampire Weekend, claiming that she'd polled disparate subjects (her landlord, a 311 operator, a physicist, novelists John Wray and Arthur ... More >>
Mr. Petty inspires more Full Moon Fever, but not much else
Tsuris-racked Christian spends her own money on Tex-Mex Disney breakup set
Punk vets bury a radio anthem in forgettable complaints
Lots of heretofore unthinkable cover versions assure first place for the little British guy
Lucinda Williamss Essence Comes Quick and Goes Slow