There's a lot of bad music out there, and at the end of the day, the most reviled and defenseless genre of all is nu-metal. Too whiny to be intimidating and too dumb to be complimented on its wimpiness, nu-metal is generally not much more than a relic of the '90s and early '00s that we're all still ... More >>
We know you've had a busy week, but don't lose steam and sleep the weekend away. That would be tragic. We've got your entire weekend all mapped out with exhibitions, shopping, and more importantly, a killer party.
Village Voice music editor Brian McManus asked me to write a little about legendary music writer Steven Wells, who passed away four years ago today. I'm not sure I can write just a little. See also: Steven Wells: In Memoriam
Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
This week, Swedish progressive metal band Meshuggah have been performing alongside a cardboard cutout of their singer, Jens Kidman, whose fearsome voice was completely annihilated by the flu. (Don't worry, he's recovering.) Whether he'll join his bandmates onstage tonight at the Roseland Ballroom re ... More >>
These are the best metal shows in NYC this month. See also: The Ten Best Metal Albums of 2012
Charlie Lookerschoolteacher, classical music composer, guitar improviser, ex-ZS member, Antony and Morrissey enthusiast and visionary behind Brooklyn's niche-less trio Extra Lifeis celebrating the release of Dream Seeds (Northern Spy) in his typical, adverse fashion: on a bill with bl ... More >>
Grunge days, revisited
Benjamin LozovskyThe Creators Project October 15-16 Better than: A representative of the Intel Corporation laboriously explaining to me the superiority of their microprocessors. If you're suspicious that The Creators Project is all just a way for the Vice Empire to class up its image beyo ... More >>
Lustmord caps off the Unsound Festival
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Tonight, the second viewing of Blood Into Wine, the documentary on Tool frontman James Maynard Keenan's brass-knuckled corkscrew domination of the Arizona winemaking frontier, aptly commences at the City Winery. Meanwhile, cowboy punk Reverend Horton Heat delivers his second sermon of "epically s ... More >>
In yr face. Photo by Rebecca SmeyneIn the week the world learned how dangerous a truffle-flavored french fry really can be, we watched in horror as the New York Times Magazine penned a brutal takedown of M.I.A.--who retaliated by going after the journalist who wrote it, of course. Were you pe ... More >>
"But hopefully they'll end up waking up one day, open up that bottle of wine and go, 'Holy shit. He's right,' and give me a nod rather than drop to their knees." With mindless celebrities attaching their name to any vanity project that comes their way--Cadmium-laced Miley Cyrus bracelets pri ... More >>
Tool frontman takes on a new side project
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--Sufjan Stevens has announced an intimate fall tour. In what Asthmatic Kitty Records are calling an "east-of-Lake-Minnetonka tour," the run focuses on eastern states, kicking off September 21st at Philly's 250-capacity Johnny Brenda's. Stevens wraps the tour with four New York dates: October ... More >>
I wore straight-up hiking boots to this motherfucker, clunky and impenetrable, and sloshed invincibly across acres of gushy, foul-smelling New Jersey mud like a hovercraft, like a Range Rover, like God moving across the face of the waters. The mud is what we'll all remember about APW, first broug ... More >>
The goal for day two of All Point West, at least in the eyes of the promoters, was to make you forget that just 24 hours ago, you or someone you know got drenched. And probably complained about it, or warned you to stay away. So they cut a deal: if you bought a Friday ticket, you could come back S ... More >>
Big gigantic music festivals featuring people with names that even those living deep in the Amazon forests or on the wild, wild plains of New Zealand have heard of tend to suck up most of the cultural airspace when they come to town--All Points West being no exception here. But this is an ex ... More >>
Like Coachella, and just a ferry ride away
Despite a free Polvo/Obits show on Friday at the South Street Seaport and a dreamy sounding Saturday show in Prospect Park at which Dean & Britta will be performing their scores to Andy Warhol's screen tests, this week and weekend in NYC belongs to All Points West. On Saturday, APW announce ... More >>
As we get closer to next weekend's three-day All Points West fete (and we mourn the terrible news that forced the Beastie Boys' cancellation), we're* finding it easier to admit that the band we're most eagerly anticipating is, yes, Coldplay. Yes, more than Tool. Shocking, we know. Perhaps this styli ... More >>
One of New York's great anti-pop heroines wields her influence
As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city (and, this week, in Jersey). Sign up for it here! Herring & Aquavit Festival Russ & Daughters June 17, 6-9 pm Sample a world of herring, including herring with mustard and dill, curr ... More >>
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