Ben Harper Played Rockwood Music Hall Last Night with His Mom

Posted April 22, 2014 at 10:00 am

Even a rockstar like Ben Harper gets nervous around mother. With good reason. The duo, accompanied by backing band, debuted their new collaborative effort last night at Rockwood Music Hall in front of an intimate audience of music industry folk (and some press). And it was allegedly the first ever gig together as “Ben & […]

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10 Questions with Indie Outfit Detective Agency [INTERVIEW]

Posted April 16, 2014 at 11:04 am

Sometimes when you start a detective agency, a band is born. That’s about all you can dig up on the Seattle garage-pop foursome, Detective Agency. If that isn’t a testament to their sleuthing skillz, we don’t know what is. What we do know is they are cracking the musical code with super upbeat, gritty oldie-sounding […]

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Moby’s New Video for ‘Saints’ is a Rat’s Journey from Lower East Side to Paradise [VIDEO]

Posted April 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Moby’s latest longplayer, Innocents. We ranked it one of last year’s best. The former Lower East Sider chose the neighborhood as setting for the new music video single, “Saints.” Directed by Brad Hasse, the instrumental gem follows a puppet rat as it navigates the snowy streets. From […]

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Max Fish Saluted with Jay Shells ‘Rap Quote’ on Ludlow

Posted April 1, 2014 at 6:03 am

Prolific artist Jay Shells hit the Lower East Side this week to add another street corner to his wildly popular map of Rap Quotes signs. The junction of East Houston and Ludlow was chosen as muse this time around, in order to commemorate the utterance of Max Fish in the hip-hop canon. Rather timely considering […]

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40 Years Ago Today: Television Debuted at CBGB on the Bowery

Last modified April 2, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Those of us who’ve been marking punk’s 40th anniversary this month – a contentious dating scheme, I know – pin our claims on a show that happened 40 years ago today, when the band Television played its first set at CBGB + OMFUG, the club that occupied 315 Bowery from the end of 1973 to 2006. […]

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Chrissie Hynde to Issue ‘Stockholm’ This June

Posted March 31, 2014 at 11:05 am

It’s been six years since Chrissie Hynde and her band, The Pretenders, released anything new—2008′s superb Break Up the Concrete being the most recent collection. And she dropped the Fidelity LP with Welsh singer J.P. Jones under the J.P, Chrissie and the Fairground Boys moniker in 2010. But here we are, with news that the […]

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Artist Spotlight: Sleeper Agent

Posted March 19, 2014 at 10:22 am

You may or may not be in-the-know about Sleeper Agent. In 2011, the kids from Bowling Green, Kentucky put out their peppy, jagged debut, Celebrasion, and it’s been full steam ahead for the sextet. These guys are definitely a band to keep your ears on. Why? Well, what’s not to love, really – the tracks from Celebration […]

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When Madonna Opened for… The Smiths? [VIDEO]

Posted March 18, 2014 at 11:18 am

Some of you out there in the blogosphere might already know this, but we were fascinated to learn recently that the one and only Madonna opened for The Smiths three decades ago. Say what? The Material Girl was a popular mainstay and a sometime-coat check gal at Danceteria when Morrissey and Co. made their first […]

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Album Review: Phantogram’s ‘Voices’

Posted March 7, 2014 at 11:07 am

Swirly synth duo Phantogram has finally issued a sophomore LP, Voices. A continuation of the self-titled EP they dropped in 2013, Voices strays from their characteristic ethereal atmosphere, and instead adopts coarser melodies to surround Sarah Barthel’s saccharine vocals. The new album doesn’t come as much of a surprise; Phantogram’s prior EP comprised of half […]

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He Said, She Said: A Two-City Concert Review of Augustines

Last modified March 6, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Touring in support of their sophomore self-titled LP, we knew the night wouldn’t disappoint before Augustines even took the stage at the Bowery Ballroom on Monday. The same was true before their gig in Boston yesterday. Boogie writers Holly and Elie pick apart the finer elements of both. Gig Location Elie: Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey, […]

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