Squeal, noise junkies! The transcendent din of INC 2014 is almost upon us. Soon, there will be sabotaged guitars buzzing in the toilet, a sextet of howling amps getting kicked around the mosh pit, and maybe even obsolete electronics in flames. But as any International Noise Conference vet will g ... More >>
We all know that a sommelier is a trained wine professional. And we've each encountered beer snobs - perhaps less refined, but they have an equally enviable level of specialty knowledge. While wine and spirits experts are fine and dandy, in the world of gastronomers, it's certified cheese professi ... More >>
I had one of the best meals of my life in Wisconsin. In a signless, 18-seat restaurant called Forequarter in Madison, Wisconsin, every plate evinces epicurean talent: sautéed rainbow trout, pan-roasted quail, pork terrine. But there's no head chef at this place, which recently landed on Bon Appét ... More >>
"Hey Miami!" Of Montreal exclaimed via Facebook the other day. "We're kicking off our US tour with Wild Moccasins at Grand Central!" And boy, we were so hyped! Especially 'cause we'd just chatted with frontguy Kevin Barnes about the new album, Lousy With Sylvianbriar! And we'd even met Mr. Of Mont ... More >>
Like some kind of rabid half-human, half-beaver freakshow cooked up in the laboratory of Dr. Moreau, Of Montreal is plowing through the second decade of the new millennium with a psychedelic skill set that employs the best of seemingly disparate gene pools. Of course, the crux of the band's geneti ... More >>
According to the Internet, a ten year anniversary is to be celebrated with diamonds. Because "a marriage that lasts ten years is as durable and beautiful as a diamond."Now, "durable" and "beautiful" may not be the first words one associates with Frank "Rat Bastard" Falestra's annual International N ... More >>
According to Men's Health, the Miamians are dumber than the average person who actually reads Men's Health. The magazine took time out of doing crunches and crunched some numbers on the education levels of citizens in the 100 biggest cities in America. Miami came in dead last.
via Take Back the LandMax RameauIn 2007, amid the champagne-drenched corporate orgy known as the Super Bowl, a busload of reporters found itself on a very different kind of junket. Rather than locker-rooms full of millionaire fat guys, the journalists tiptoed through cardboard shacks populated by ... More >>
Photo by Paul SobotaGirl Talk worms out from the underground.A night out with sample-happy psycho Girl Talk (AKA Gregg Gillis) is never gentle. Imagine your brain being force-fed 36 hours of music in 36 minutes, pushed to the brink of seizure, and then fucked by a superpowered laptop that's been ... More >>
Your hardcore crash course instructor, Steven Blush.There are only five hours remaining till punk professor Steven Blush's hardcore master class convenes at Sweat Records. Word is, there might be a pop quiz. So ... Are you ready? Have you committed the entirety of the textbook -- American Har ... More >>
Photo by Mike NunnGet yr noise with Clang Quartet.Hey noiseniks, it's almost time again to put your auditory system through those 72 hours of awesome sonic abuse commonly known as the International Noise Conference. As always, Rat Bastard and Laundry Room Squelchers will be helming the whole th ... More >>
The excellent New York quartet Locksley opens for Rooney tonight (along with the Bridges) at Revolution. Still unsigned, thanks to their catchy Brit-inflected power pop, and a fierce penchant for self-promotion, the band already boasts an enviable string of high-profile television appearances and to ... More >>
Rooney and Locksley snap and crackle at Revolution.
Talking with Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go's.
This week’s Pic of the Week (courtesy of AFP photo) is Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. Daley riding a bicycle in Paris. During a visit to the City of Lights, he proclaimed yesterday that he wants a bicycle rental system similar to the Velib, a Paris’ new and truly revolutionary plan to increase bik ... More >>
Despite its location somewhere up north near the tundra, Madison, Wisconsin, has been named the nation's "Most Walkable City" by Prevention magazine. And despite its reputation as a tropical paradise, Miami barely cracks the list. (We are number 98 on a list of 100 cities.) Sad. City planner ... More >>
No tips for the weary; swan-eating croc irks park
Looking for music to accompany your protest? Expect the unexpected.
Reptile Palace Orchestra renovates banquet band routines
Rainer Maria perfects its brand of emotional indie-rock
A series has arrived that promises honest-to-god indie screenings