Free Energy find themselves in a strange new world. A fuzzy, poppy, rock 'n' roll band inspired by '70s acts like Big Star, Thin Lizzy, and The Cars, they grew up on rock. "Paul and I are both from the same small town," says Evan Wells, who started the band with his brother Scott and their friend P ... More >>
Better than: CIRCUS night at Webster Hall.
To say that Mac DeMarco and his band are a bit dotty would be an understatement. DeMarco acts like a backwoods Jeffery Lebowski, chugging beer on stage and burping into the microphone, all with a sort of "aw shucks" grin plastered over his face. And he's ... More >>
"I'm kind of like Ron Swanson -- I fucking hate paperwork."
Mike Donovan, figurehead of San Francisco rock band Sic Alps, is grinning in the kitchen of his ground-floor apartment, explaining what he likes about driving a cab for a living. Along with the fact that Donovan usually works only a couple ... More >>
Illustrations by Debbie Allen
CMJ is great. It's got all the stressful clusterfuckery of SXSW, but with none of the late night hot tub parties or surprise Kanye West performances! It brings a ton of acts to town all at once, and you can't really get mad at that. In honor of this grand industry tra ... More >>
By Jamie Peck
Illustrations by Debbie Allen
This weekend, we took advantage of Bushwick's ever-advancing gentrification to see a bill of relatively big bands---K-Holes, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall---without going more than ten blocks from our house. We got rained on a little in the process, but the stup ... More >>
Better than: That cousin of yours who has fantastic taste and knows he has fantastic taste coming to your house and playing you fantastic music and showing you a great time, and every so often you catch him looking at you in a condescending way and you want to enjoy yourself less but you just can't ... More >>
Ty Segall, White Fence, Strange Boys, The Men
Wednesday, May 16
Better than: Whatever the previous "Show of the Century" was.
It's hard to pinpoint the best part of last night's dizzying, unpretentious four-band bill at Webster Hall, which Bowery Presents billed as the "Show of the Ce ... More >>
Last winter, the Black Lipsalong with with fellow dumpster docksiders Ty Segall, Jacuzzi Boys, Turbo Fruits, and Vivian Girlsset sail on the Bruise Cruise, which sailed from Miami to the Bahamas. Those of you who couldn't get together the scratch for the trip, but who might be wonderi ... More >>
Time to learn about this albumPazz & Jop's album chart is officially ranked by points: Each voter has 100 to hand out, with no album receiving more than 30 or less than 5. There are, of course, a bunch of ways to turn that mass of music data into revealing lists. Here are four of them.
Major Lazer with Skerrit Bwoy at Jelly's Carniville
Our resident ninja photog Rebecca Smeyne spent her time at South By Southwest exploring the festival's badgeless margins--the shows anybody with a little creativity and a lot of patience could attend. From the party for Death Taxes Magazine wher ... More >>