Forget Karaoke: Here Are 10 of NYC's Best Live Tribute Bands

You thought earnest, shameless tribute bands were just for Las Vegas, didn’t you? While New York obviously has a wealth of original music to offer, we’ve been thinking: singing along to live renditions of “Fat-Bottomed Girls” could in theory be a lot more fun than pretending to care about DIIV. It’s time to take a break from nodding to noise bands and take your pick from this fine array of tributes to the classic acts we all totally still listen to, even though we’ll only admit it at karaoke. … Read More

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25 Must-See Music Documentaries

Our favorite of this week’s several fine indie releases is Searching for Sugar Man, Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul’s investigative profile of Sixto Rodriguez, a singer/songwriter who should have been a giant star in the early 1970s and instead faded into obscurity (and then became a cult sensation in New Zealand, Australia, and apartheid-era South Africa). Bendjelloul’s warm, kind film is both a showcase for terrific music and a compelling human interest story; it deserves a place alongside the best music documentaries, and since it reminded us of them, we thought we’d compile a list of our favorite music docs. It’s a list that’s constantly in flux, so we’ve included some alternates (as well as where you can see them); we’d love to hear yours as well. Check it out after the jump. … Read More

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Ranking Intergenerational Musical Collaborations from Best to Worst

This week sees the release of The Bravest Man in the Universe, the intriguing new record that teams iconic soul vocalist Bobby Womack with Damon Albarn and XL Records founder Richard Russell, both of whom handle production duties. It’s an intriguing proposition on paper, and on record, the results are thoroughly excellent listening. The intergenerational nature of the collaboration, which also features an unlikely duet with Lana Del Rey — and the news this week that John Cale is working with Danger Mouse — has got us thinking about other occasions when artists from different musical eras have gotten together and produced music to bridge the generation gap. Sometimes it works, and sometimes, well, it doesn’t. We’ve ranked a few of the most notable such collaborations from best to worst. Let us know what you think. … Read More

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Famous Songs as Reinterpreted by Tech Nerds

If there’s one thing nerds on the Internet are really, really amazing at — you know, other than science and inventing and math and learning useless facts about science fiction franchises — it’s using technology and creativity to reinterpret their favorite things. Ever wonder who was the first guy to figure out how to play music using the tones on a Touch-Tone phone? It was probably a nerd! And technology buffs all over the globe have only expanded their efforts in synchronizing music and machines since then. Have a listen to some of these incredibly done covers and let us know what you think! … Read More

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Read Axl Rose’s Hilariously Incoherent Response to a Bad Review

The notorious Metallica/Guns N’ Roses joint headline tour of 1992 is right up there with Spinal Tap’s Smell the Glove tour in the annals of glorious/ridiculous/disastrous rock ‘n’ roll jaunts, and Letters of Note has recently unearthed a fax Axl Rose sent to a local newspaper in Indiana in response to a pretty scathing review… Read More

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Hulk Hogan Was Almost a Member of Metallica

And here we thought that it couldn’t get any weirder than last year’s Lou Reed/Metallica collaboration album Lulu. But if a new Hulk Hogan interview in UK tabloid The Sun is to be believed (and yes, we’ll be the first to admit that that’s a pretty big if), then the famed-wrestler-turned-reality-TV-star could have been Metallica’s… Read More

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Flavorpill’s Cultural Resolutions for 2012

Enjoy Saturday’s night of revelry, readers, because when you wake up the next morning (or afternoon, we don’t judge), it’ll be time to reassess your life and commit yourself to unreasonable goals in hopes of self-improvement in 2012. Resolutions come in all shapes and sizes, and while many are deeply personal, Flavorpill’s are very public. We’ve created a list of our cultural resolutions for the new year — changes we’d like to see in the arts and entertainment landscape over the next 12 months, from trends that need to die to movements from 2011 that should make a bigger impact in 2012. Read our resolutions after the jump, and leave your own in the comments. … Read More

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Watch Darren Aronofsky's Music Video for Lou Reed/Metallica's 'The View'

Well, if there was still any lingering doubt about whether Lou Reed was really serious about the whole Lulu thing, you can put it to rest now. “I am very excited about working with Darren Aronofsky on our powerful video ‘The View,'” Reed told IFC. “I feel Darren understood the power and range of the emotions fueled by the fire of Metallica. His strength and spirit are on display in every frame and I think he has caught the anger, rage and anguish at the bottom of the soul of real rock.” In equally grandiose terms, Black Swan director Aronofsky praised the song, gushing, “The first time I heard ‘The View’ I was stunned… I had never heard anything like it. Half was all Lou. The other half all Metallica. It was a marriage that on the surface made no sense, but the fusion changed the way I thought about both artists and morphed into something completely fresh and new. I couldn’t stop listening to it. Lou’s crushing lyrics, and the band’s incredible licks.” The video that resulted from all this love is good, with muddled, nightmarish visuals mixed with shots of stark contrast, but not much better than your average black and white rock video. Click through to take a look for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More

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Darren Aronofsky to Direct Music Video for Lou Reed and Metallica

Mark this one down under things we’re a little concerned about. Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky — who’s currently wrapped up with his Noah graphic novel release and plans for an upcoming film epic — is going to direct a music video for Lou Reed and Metallica’s “Iced Honey.” The song hails from their recent collaborative album, which has broadly been described as a horny, ear-piercing mess. Lulu was inspired by German playwright Frank Wedekind’s work of the same name — and tells the story of a seductive dancer who sleeps her way through German’s social circle, only to turn to prostitution later in life. Aronofsky’s cinematography partner Matthew Libatique is also on board, and the always cranky Reed hopes the video “can be [Aronofsky’s] next Black Swan.” We’re not entirely sold on all of this, but let us know what you think below. Click past the break if you’re brave (or bored) enough to listen to “Iced Honey.” … Read More

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10 of Rock and Roll’s Most Spectacular Crash-And-Burn Albums

Last week the Guardian ran an interesting piece about “band collapse syndrome,” the disconcerting phenomenon whereby a band’s hitherto loyal fanbase abandons it in droves. They cited a number of UK acts whose record sales have decline precipitously of late — Glasvegas, Kaiser Chiefs, and Duffy, amongst others. This seems to be something you see more and more these days, which we guess makes sense when you consider it in the context of a general decline in album sales and a public who seem to have a shorter collective attention span than ever. But it’s not a new phenomenon — there have been some pretty spectacular crash-and-burn albums over the years. Some of these have been genuinely terrible, others hamstrung by inter-band wrangling or emotional breakdowns, and others just in the wrong place at the wrong time. We’ve collected 10 of ’em after the jump. … Read More

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