• Beleaguered CBGB Fights to Stay In Bowery

    There is nothing good New York lefties love more than historical preservation...except maybe homeless people. Both sides of the fight involving CBGB have liberal goodwill in their corner. The club's status has been in danger since the landlord, the Bowery Residents Committee (a nonprofit for the homeless) raised the rent. The current owner of the club, Hilly Kristal, is trying to keep the punk landmark alive by putting it on the national historic register, while the BRC is trying to get the back rent they feel they are owed. In response, Kristal has announced a tentative concert series to raise money for the club. According to Billboard.com, Kristal hopes to include acts like Patti Smith and David Byrne in the series. A local candy store, the Chocolate Bar, has joined the fray by donating funds from a CBGB-branded chocolate bar to support the ailing club.

  • Super Furry Animals Back for Cuddles

    Although SFA member Gruff Rhys made waves with his solo project, Epynt, earlier this year, he's returned to the fold to release another album with his bandmates, titled Love Kraft. NME.com reports that the first single off the forthcoming album, Super Furry Animals' seventh full-length, will be "Laser Beam." The band will play a number of shows in the UK, but no news yet of a US tour. For more information on Gruff n' Stuff, check out www.superfurry.com

  • Weezer live in NYC

    By: Henry BowlesMay 12 Despite the band's post-Pinkerton pretensions to the contrary, Weezer finally seems resigned to its role as the Godfather of Emo. As with any show put on by one of the band's derivatives, chanting along is not reserved for a few hooks on the singles: Every word that comes off the stage must be sung by every member of the crowd, and in dead earnestness. But most emo bands' fixation with fear and social anxiety is missing when it comes to Weezer. Instead, the band demonstrates the painful self-consciousness of those smart enough to know they're not cool. Weezer is about defiantly lamenting whiteboy un-hipness.


    The selections are all over the map: There was one tape that consisted of all those insane animated versions of Dr. Seuss stories (upon further review, The Lorax is seriously fucked up, isn't it?); another cassette featured a bunch of old episodes of WWF Primetime Wrestling, from when I was way into pro-wrestling (as opposed to now, where I'm only moderately into pro-wrestling). But the real find over the weekend was a tape full of stuff ganked from MTV. Carbon dating and some feverish Googling demonstrate that most of the stuff was broadcast some time in the summer or fall of '95.

  • Shout Out Louds

    In the grand tradition of the Cardigans, Ace of Base, Abba, and other former and extant members of the Swedish invasion, the Shout Out Louds are starting to make their mark like Vikings striking out across the great Atlantic. The Stockholm five-piece was born in a self-described "drafty rehearsal space" in 2002, and burst onto the American scene earlier this year with the release of a three-track EP, Very Loud, in February. There is a bit of lovelorn '80s crooning on the Shout Out Louds debut full-length, Howl Howl Gaff Gaff, due out on May 24th.

  • Lucero

    If Lynyrd Skynyrd were less Deliverance and more The Sound and the Fury, they could be Nashville, Tennessee's own Lucero. Lucero's new album, Nobody's Darlings, covers much of the same southern rock lyrical pantheon. Lead singer Ben Nichols sings of "double bourbon on the rocks on the weekend, "little girls down in Georgia," and "bloody knuckles...fought in a bar." But instead of pure, unfettered "Sweet Alabama" style love for his homeland, Nichols and company maintain a measure of distance from their southern heritage. Many of the songs off Nobody's Darlings are cheerful, anthemic combinations of punk and country ("punktry," anyone?). Singer Nichols, bassist John Stubblefield, guitarist Brian Venable, and drummer Roy Berry seem to be as influenced by Johnny Cash as by Sid Vicious.

  • Eclectic Openers for Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones have chosen an eclectic crew tojoin them on their upcoming On Stage tour: Pearl Jam, theBlack Eyed Peas, and John Mayer have been confirmed asopeners for Jagger and his boys. Maroon 5 will also openfor the Stones on select dates. For Pearl Jam, this will be the second time they've toured with the Stones: Eddie Vedder and co openedfor the World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll band back in '97. For more Rolling Stones tour info,

  • Matt Pond PA (feat. Kevin Devine)

    By: Rebecca Milzoff It's not too often that official band biographies approach anything near the truth. But somehow, Matt Pond PA, the charming indie-pop quintet, lucked out in this realm of bloated praise. His band's bio not only lets us know that one of frontman Matt Pond's ancestors was "a fur trader and an ass-kicker," but, more importantly, that his band specializes in "rocking softly." It's an unusually eloquent-and accurate-way to describe Matt Pond PA, and the band proved it with a stellar performance at Northsix in Williamsburg one recent Saturday night. After commendable opening performances by Soft and, notably, Kevin Devine, a young Brooklynite troubadour with a definite Oberst tremble in his voice, earnest folk-pop, and energetic stage presence (read: sudden Hendrix-esque writhing with guitar on floor), Pond and Co.

  • Anniemal Attack

    Norwegian pop darling Annie is all over the USA. She just finished a new video for her first American single, "Heartbeat," which was produced by fellow countrymen Royksopp and is sure to get your socks rockin'. Annie's debut full-length, Anniemal is due out June 7th on Big Beat records. For more on Annie, check out: www.anniemusic.co.uk

  • The Rock Lexicon

    "I don't read your magazine anymore," says my 36-year-old sister as we ride in a rental car. "I don't read your magazine anymore because all you guys ever write about is emo, and I don't get it." Now, for a moment, I find myself very interested in what my sister is saying. I absolutely cannot fathom what she could possibly hate about emo, and (I suspect) this subject might create an interesting ten minutes of rental-car discussion. Does she find emo too phallocentric? Do the simplistic chord progressions strike her as derivative? Why can't she relate to emo? I ask her these questions, and I await her answer. But her answer is not what I expect. "No, no," she says. "When I say I don't get emo, I mean I literally don't know what it is. The word may as well be Latin.

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