Thanks to the iconic Hoboken venue Maxwell’s shutting down, Yo La Tengo’s annual Hanukkah residency is over for good, but that doesn’t mean the band is through with quirky seasonal celebrations. They used this year’s Festival Of Lights as an occasion to share a new post-apocalyptic Christmas song called “Toymageddon” featuring This American Life host… More »
Yesterday Outside Lands ’13 kicked off in San Francisco, and there’s already been a ton of memorable moments, from food to comedy to many great sets. The first real highlight of the day was the Men. They’ve quickly evolved into such a diverse sounding band in just a few years, and played a nice, rough… More »
Not sure if musicians and comedians preternaturally get along together. But they definitely both hate cancer. So maybe this benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was more of a my-enemy’s-enemy-is-my-friend thing? Cancer-hating comedian Todd Barry hosted the Seattle event, which included past and present Sub Pop label mates Eugene Mirman, Isaac Brock, and Jame… More »
Paul Banks has been having plenti of fun masquerading around under the name Julian, releasing a debut LP at just around the same time (again) as that other smart-dressing NYC contemporary with the same first name. For his part InterPaul’s been prolific of late — a stop at Fallon’s, a video with Emily Haines, some… More »
Our second year at Kutsher’s was rainier than the first, but that didn’t matter so much to us or, seemingly, the other attendees: If anything, this year felt more celebratory (and debauched) than 2008. You wouldn’t be faulted for noting a certain hippie vibe. Visually, there were the tie-dyed shirts and hoodies (purchased at the… More »
New Zealand’s fourth-most popular guitar-based digi-bongo a cappella-rap-funk comedy folk duo joined forces for a tour through their deep (one-album-and-some-TV-shows deep) catalog at a sold-out Greek Theatre this past weekend. They played the hits — “The Most Beautiful Girl In The Room,” “Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros,” “Bowie” — and most of the rest, including “Sugarlumps” (which… More »
Just like last year, last night’s Bookeaters benefit was one of those all-time classic events, custom tailored for indie nerds and charitable lit geeks alike. Carl Newman, Grizzly Bear, Britt Daniel, Feist, Kevin Drew, Jim James, Demetri Martin … we’re still reeling. And so we really have no choice but to offer you… More »
As promised, here’s our last photo roundup of the shows we hit and folks we pestered on the streets of Austin during this year’s South By Southwest music festival. All in all we had a great time, saw some old friends, and constantly ran into Tim Harrington at the shows we chose to hit (again). More »
I’m as much of a comedy dork as I am a music dork. So every year at Bonnaroo I stop by the comedy tent. It’s air-conditioned. Some of my favorite comedians will be there this year, so I asked a few of them to put their iPods on shuffle and tell us about the first… More »
Eugene Mirman and David Cross go five rounds with Entertainment Weekly’s Laura Gilbert.
EW (Heineken): How long have you guys known each other?
Mirman (Dewar’s neat): I moved to New York four years ago, and we met maybe a year after that.
EW: So why’s David here tonight?
Mirman: I’ve guided him… More »