About this time five years ago, I was driving around with the radio tuned to a classic rock station when whatever super-computer Clear Channel uses to program its stations decided it was time for "Heart of Gold." "That was Neil Young," the DJ bantered afterwards. "Congrats to him for winning his fir ... More >>
The twenty-something, NYU-bred noise-rocking brainiacs in Brooklyn's Big Ups are nestled in a corner booth at Greenpoint's Manhattan Inn, downing Buds while barely looking old enough to drink, cracking wise-ass all the way. They shoot down their own goofy name ("It's a really bad band name"), squash ... More >>
Considering his college education, the time he spent studying with poet Delmore Schwarz, his impressive erudition, ironically, Lou Reed may be remembered for those three little rock and roll words, sha la la. Not shotgunned out like Van Morrison, who's been known to shout them, in order to limn rele ... More >>
Reviewed herein: Merle Haggard:The Running Kind by David Cantwell Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades of Nashville by Michael Streissguth Surprisingly, since it stands as the finest and most thorough work of Hag-gazing any critic has yet mustered, David Cantwell's Merle Haggard:The R ... More >>
Here are the 10 best concerts this weekend, in no particular order.
Sex takes center stage on his sophomore album
Sound of the City's search for the quintessential New York City musician enters Round Two this week, with battles in the Round of 32 daily. Keep up with all the action here. Last time around Patti Smith showed John Zorn who has the power, and Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground got all "Venus In ... More >>
His remastered Darkness on the Edge of Town doesn't exactly show a light touch
Our host, in his elementLook, when you get an email with that offer, you say yes. It's just a fact. And thus do I find myself on a bus yesterday evening with 20-odd publicists, journalists (OK!, In Style, Vibe, Entertainment Weekly, etc.), and TV/radio people, a merciful lack of ironical "LOL ... More >>
A hefty collection of articles and photos plumps up the legacy of the blues great
Glen (the friendly Irish dude) and Markéta vacuum up your love
Glenn Mercer's solo debut could be a Feelies reunion. He's just too nice to make it one.
Sifting through the broken dreams of a great candidate who failed to connect with New York's most powerful constituency: liberal Democratic voters
Patti Smith revives Horses on stage and disc to honor its 30th anniversary
The scene at the San Gabriel morgue, stopover for Katrina's dead
Real-deal emo-soul-folk-pop posers trip over their introspection while posing tautologies
Ray Charles compels 12 disciples to tell us just exactly who they are
Where the fuck is for example the Z100, gangsta-rock, and Merina-Senegalese fusion?
A worldwide phenomenon and a transworld music, but usually not both at the same time
For as it was not necessarily prophesied by Karl Rove and Stanley Crouch, so it shall be
Taking a manifestly skillful, manifestly simplistic oeuvre seriously now that it's news
New York Parties Like Its 1975
Sex Workers and Alcoholics Dominate Popular Music Once Again
Moby and Merritt Vs. Hitters and Cheerleaders in a Bad Year for Nerds