The opening guitar lick and two furious snare blasts of the Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun" are as classic a riff as "Smoke on the Water," "Smells Like Teen Spirit" or "You Really Got Me"--riffs that serve as salvos, as calling cards for their respective genres. Add to that the mystique of the ... More >>
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I can't get enough of these, for some reason. The following are from The Official Book of Sex, Drugs, & Rock 'N' Roll Lists: 1. "Homemade," Sebadoh No, it's not about jam. Or is it?
Back in 1991, Perry Farrell created the Lollapalooza Festival as a farewell tour for his then six-year-old band, Jane's Addiction, populating that year's outing with--besides Jane's--Nine Inch Nails, Ice-T & Body Count, Butthole Surfers, Rollins Band, Violent Femmes, and Rage Against the Machine, a ... More >>
Don't expect much news (or even set times) from the Sunday Supplement, the on-site newspaper for the All Tomorrow's Parties festival this weekend, edited by Brooklyn-based duo Tall Firs. The group, composed of Aaron Mullan and Dave Mies, has become something like a house band for the festival, and t ... More >>
This month, to celebrate the Internet's unbridled love for wallowing in nostalgia and even greater relishing of talking about why certain cultural artifacts are horrible, Sound of the City presents First Worsts, a series in which our writers remember the first time... they ever hated a song enough t ... More >>
During my high school years in the early 2000s, I wanted to be in a ska-punk band. This fantasy could have been sparked by an Operation Ivy record, Save Ferris's prom-night concert in 10 Things I Hate About You, the genre's sartorial trappings, or the sound of trumpets. But one thing's for sure: Any ... More >>
Thurston Moore/John Zorn Duo St. Mark's Church Friday, May 4 Better than: Bumming about MCA alone. Free improvisation always has religious overtonesthe major free-jazzers of the '60s acknowledged this with album titles like Ascension and Spiritual Unityso there is hardly a better spa ... More >>
The Suzan The Delancey Thursday, March 29 Better than: A dive-bar jukebox stuffed with the hits of The Shirelles and The Thompson Twins. There are a thousand ways for an up-and-coming band to raise their profile these days, and it's safe to say that The Suzan are familiar with at least a couple hu ... More >>
Like a defiant cannonball splash disturbing the tranquility of an adult swim, the Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete lives on. Over three seasons between 1993 and 1996, the show followed the adventures of two brothers each named Pete Wrigley, their parents, their friends, and the entir ... More >>
It's almost Halloween, and if you're like me, you've been spending your free time watching scary movies and thinking up costume ideas. These sorts of movies are usually known for blood, boobs, and bad jokes, but the music that accompanies them is important, too. For instance, high-pitched s ... More >>
A nation (or, at least, a city) of music dorks called a day of mourning when the long-running indie-oriented video show New York Noise was unceremoniously cancelled by New York City's NYC-TV last year. But you can't keep a good fan down for long. Noise creator/curator/editor/producer Shirley ... More >>
Chefs crank up the heat with chile
Like a cool shower giving respite from a heat wave, the U.S. women's soccer team rolls on, distracting us from ugly political and economic news and -- for at least a few moments -- bridging the country together. Today's 3-1 victory over France's Violent Femmes secures the U.S. team's positi ... More >>
Matt Berninger makes awkward look cool and despair sound hilarious
So Continuum has released a 27 album-long shortlist of prospective books for the next 33 1/3 go-round. Those partial to counting might notice that exactly one record on this list could conceivably classified as hip-hop. That'd be Lil' Wayne's Da Drought 3, which seems like a pretty arbitrary random ... More >>
In this week's installment of Hugs and Kisses, Everett True reports back on his DJ set, the one he was fretting over last week. One week less than last week nine more months until ATP NY [sigh]. Hugs and Kisses The Down Under Outbursts of Everett True This week: ATP Australia, part two So t ... More >>
Is high school coming-of-ager Rocket Science quirky for good or evil?
For the week of June 1319, 2007
Don't Call Them Spinal Tap! The Theatre Collective Banana Bag & Bodice Love Myths and Beer.
Hiphop's future is cloudier, but not necessarily darker
After Sundance short-shrift, American independent films get their due in Rotterdam
Young indie Canadians make a life together before their own lives can tear them apart
A Squawk to Remember
Jack and Meg Find a Little Place to Fight 'Em Off