By Craig Hlavaty
Before I take any trip to Austin and SXSW, I always take more than a few days to peruse the schedule and check out a few of the hundreds of names on the roster and read their bios.
Some years there are more bands with "wolf" and "space" in their monikers than usual, and some year ... More >>
I just found the very first interview I did with late, great actress Susan Tyrrell.
It was in 1981, for Soho Weekly News (two years before the Details one I've been running excerpts from.)
Tyrrell had just gone into the off-Broadway play A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking. She spoke of t ... More >>
Kurt Wagner, ringleader of Lambchop, stops to chat with me for a few minutes outside his tour van. He's in White Plains, on his way to Philly, and he has about a cigarette break's worth of time. Thankfully, he's as verbose and animated in conversation as he is muttering, inscrutable, and downright p ... More >>
New York's clang-on-an-anything all-stars Skeleton Key have finally returned with their first new music in seven years. They spent the '90s as unlikely major-label signees and released the sawblade-bashing industrial quirk-pop masterpiece Obtanium in 2004. Their new independent hustle surrounding th ... More >>
Today Amnesty International releases Chimes Of Freedom, a really, really huge compilation of bob Dylan covers by artists both canonized and obscure. Trying to analyze such a huge undertaking can only be done in one way: Mathematically.
Amount of music in this collection: 73 songs on four CD ... More >>
Lee Ranaldo & Steve Shelley w/Yo La Tengo, "Mote"
Yo La Tengo: Hanukkah Shows
Better than: Christmas.
Hanukkah doesn't technically end until sundown Wednesday, but Yo La Tengo unplugged their electric menorah at Maxwell's last night, just after a post-midnight sign-of ... More >>
It's the return of the most talked-about Grammy Awards live blog--a collection of quips, blips, and arguably insightful observations that dares to match the actual Grammy telecast in terms of pure spectacle and Justin Bieber mentions. Please join our hosts Tom Breihan and Ryan Dombal below, and keep ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.
Silent Movies (out now September 28, via Pi) is a gorgeous and insular detour for downtown guitar visionary Marc Ribot, a dude best known for frenetic Tzadik -endorsed aggro-jazz, wild excursions wi ... More >>
Tuesday, January 19
Last night at the Bell House was Charlotte Gainsbourg's first live solo show "literally ever," in the words of her publicist, and the experience was a little like watching a rare Shoebill Stork at the zoo. We stared at her curiously, she sort of ... More >>
-- After abruptly announcing that Nine Inch Nails's appearance at Bonnaroo last month would be the band's last US show ever, Trent Reznor has decided to let fans down a little slower. NIN will play a series of holy-shit-they're-playing-there club shows later this summer to mark the band's supposed f ... More >>
Scarlett Johansson, the musician, was last seen being loathed for Anywhere I Lay My Head, her Dave Sitek-assisted suite of Tom Waits covers, a project that was probably doomed (critically, anyway) by her incredible beauty and success way before it even got started. But that record was better than it ... More >>
"I'd like to do something that involves an older woman, perhaps in the vein of The Graduate or Harold and Maude."
Gigantic: Dano and the girl of your dreams
There's a genuine quality to all the varied roles --whether killer (Taking Lives, 2004), mute older brother (Little Miss Sunshine, 2006), or ... More >>
photo by Liz Clayton Dawn Sutter Madell, via the Yo La Tengo diary
Eight shows, eight-and-a-half comedians, eight charities, eight mix CDs, 24 sit-ins, and three Velvet Underground covers later, Yo La Tengo brought another Hanukkah at Maxwell's to a close. But, as befits a band named in reference ... More >>