"Why do you have to be so dirty?" a voice called from the darkness. "The show's called Cartoon Violence, but it's not about cartoons. There should've been a warning!" Michael Che paused. He was onstage in August 2013 during his second show at Scotland's annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It's true, ... More >>
Opening for Kool AD this Thursday night at Webster Hall is hip-hop-infused punk outfit Rebelmatic, a group fronted by MC and DIY-innovator Creature, a face familiar to anyone who's ever even walked near a hip-hop event in New York City in the past two decades. From his '90s output with his group Tri ... More >>
Wednesday, Wall Street's mecca of music, J&R Music World, unceremoniously closed its doors. According to New York Daily News, employees were handed their pink slips that day. Yesterday, customers looking to purchase from the electronics outlet were met with locked doors and a message on store's webs ... More >>
Last month marks five years since electronics and media giant Circuit City closed its doors forever. As a music fan, I miss Circuit City quite a bit. Not only were their prices on CDs usually exceedingly low, presumably in efforts to get customers to enter the store and buy televisions or whatever, ... More >>
About a year ago I attended an outdoor screening of the film Empire Records. I hadn't seen the film since long before I worked the final nine months of the Union Square Virgin Megastore's existence and revisiting the film revealed an accurate portrayal of what that record store life was really like. ... More >>
In some ways, the Friday before last looked like business as usual at Colony Records, the venerable Theater District music-and-sheet-music retailer that recently announced its impending closing after 64 years of operation. At the counter, Warren Tesoro, an employee for 25 years, asked a middle-aged ... More >>
Sound of the City's year-end roundtable, with contributions from Tom Ewing, Eric Harvey, Maura Johnston, Nick Murray, and Katherine St. Asaph, continues. Follow along here. Hi again everyone, Sure, there was lots of great music put out by women this yearmy Pazz and Jop top tens will ... More >>
The band closes the book on their legacy
Social and economic turmoil? Don't ask. At least we had Lady Gaga to tell us what to do.
Sound Fix's James Bradley is no stranger to the vagaries of record selling business. "I used to tell people to go to the Virgin Megastore," Bradley told us last year, when we asked him what happened when people came by the defiantly indie store inquiring about the Beatles, or Katy Perry. "But ... More >>
The much adored, lightly patronized NYC rap mecca that is Fat Beats will close on Saturday, following the lead of HMV, Tower, the Virgin Megastore, and pretty much every other non-iTunes record shop on the planet. "The closing of Fat Beats is just like one of my friends passing away," said DJ ... More >>
"The slogan is it's the 'Last Stop for Hip Hop," a Fat Beats employee told us last year. "But now it literally is. All the other ones closed down." From XXL now comes word that Fat Beats itself will do the same, shuttering both its New York and L.A. locations. (They'll continue on at fatbeats.com ... More >>
via DNAinfoMike Bloomberg ventured into the new, frighteningly massive Forever 21 in Times Square (you can't miss it; it's 90,000 square feet of fashion now occupying the space of the former Virgin Megastore) this afternoon, and, while surrounded by amazingly cheap, surprisingly decent knocko ... More >>
Can this man get Ted Leo paid?This week's album chart is topped by Justin Bieber, with the Canadian idol's My World 2.0 bubbling back into the No. 1 slot despite a 65% sales drop from the previous week. World moved 102,000 copies, enough to best last week's No. 1, Usher's Raymond Vs. Raymond, ... More >>
Mp3s take a hike!
This is your new Virgin Megastore in-store, I suppose. The brand new Union Square 24-hour retail outlet will host Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine , will.i.am, Major Lazer, and David Guetta for some sort of series of live appearances, starting at 4pm today. Asking "why?" is futile and probably pointless ... More >>
And with that, it's really over. The Union Square Virgin Megastore, which said its final farewell in June in a blaze of Current 93 and Melt Banana CDs, has now been boarded the fuck up, in preparation for its apparent conversion into a discount Nordstrom. We are not exactly sad. *Everyday Ch ... More >>
Photo of Jim Jones taunting hipsters by Rebecca Smeyne In the week Jim Jones put ten thousand dollars on a three-on-three basketball tournament sponsored by Converse and barred to the media, we got up in there anyway, and brought you the hilarious play-by-play. Take that, shoe company. Gera ... More >>
Rebecca Smeyne In the week one of us had to publicly defend himself against the crime of using the phrase "Fey Highwayman," we watched with amusement as close SOTC affiliate Christopher R. Weingarten became a viral video poster boy for the death of music criticism. Poetic choice of t-shirts, Chris! ... More >>
photo via Jeff Baum Yesterday was the final day of business for Union Square's Virgin Megastore, where random in-stores and greatest hits albums you didn't even know existed provided a convenient meeting place for friends on the way to the movies, or Irving Plaza. The Times quotes a former employee ... More >>
Sound of the City roots for the home team and so does Impose Magazine's Jeremy Krinsley. Psychic Ills will not rouse a large enough massive to encourage a large scale war of words, but there's a small, pitched battle drawn between those who are underwhelmed by their slow-boiling new collection on ... More >>
Absorbing the band's latest badass opus entirely in video-game form
No Context by Zach Baron Sia Apple Store SoHo January 9th, 4pm Sia Virgin Megastore Union Square January 9th, 7pm If you are a recording artist in 2008, there will inevitably come a day where you will have to sit down with whoever is manufacturing your new record and decide how to convince peopl ... More >>
In case you're just joining us, a little background. Today marks the 25th installment of Hugs and Kisses, a weekly column from UK-based music writer Mr. Everett True, author of Nirvana: The Biography (da Capo Press)--one more fucking book about one of the most overrated bands of the Nineties--and pu ... More >>
Watching a career sore. And hearing amid the praise for Day-Lewis: 'Huston. We have a problem.'
Guitar Hero fans attempt to look sexy while playing video games. Results are inconclusive.
Shopping on 14th Street, from Union Square to the meatpacking district
A Roundup of Thanksgiving and December Sales
Oversize cartoon primates sit still and answer questions
Seymore Butts and Mari Possa know how to make a relationship work
Cheerful exKid Rock sidekick has it Mame in the shade
Kmart Recently Filed for Bankruptcy Protection. Upset?
Fighting Terror on $1 Billion a Month
Treasure Hunting on 14th Street
The Surveillance Society: Part One