James Chance And The Contortions


By Alyson Camus | September 9, 2018

Hooveriii are at the Echo on Friday

James Chance and the Contortions With Trap PS, Collapsing Scenery At The Echoplex, Sunday March 19th 2017

By Alyson Camus | March 21, 2017

a puppet only held together by the strings of funk.

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By Alyson Camus | March 18, 2017

his name should soon be a household favorite

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By Iman Lababedi | December 1, 2016

James Brown in hell

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By Iman Lababedi | November 10, 2016

Hopped up on acidity

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By Iman Lababedi | November 6, 2016

Funk grooviness

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By Iman Lababedi | September 7, 2016

A great band and a great production worthy of the material

The A+ List 8-8-14

By Iman Lababedi | August 8, 2014

Based on the simplest of romantic declarations, him to her about her, “Never change”, him to her about him, “I can change” and a falsetto which caresses the music just out of reach, the song has a simple romatic yearn and a deep seated loss.it is like James is stretching his hand to her, and also, like it is too late. The longing can’t save it, the pleas feel as though they are falling on deaf ears.

James Chances Contorts Paradise Garage

By Iman Lababedi | April 10, 2014

So I grabbed a beer bottle and I broke it and I slashed my own face. I started slashing my own face with it and blood was coming down. They completely backed off. I didn’t get the rest of the money but I didn’t get the shit kicked out of me

That Was The Week Of March 31st, 2014, That Was

By Iman Lababedi | April 6, 2014

The week belonged to Kraftwerk. Yes, there is only one original member left and, yes, the other three are hired hands and, yes indeedy, there isn’t much action. But having noted all of the above, the 3D Kraftwerk was a blast of sound and sign and numbers.

10 Songs, Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | February 4, 2014

12:51 – The Strokes – “Talk to me I’m older” Casablancas requests and it opens the door on what would have their eagerly awaited sophomore album which unlike this textured guitar fuzzy tuneful masterstroke, didn’t live up to exceptions – A

10 Songs, Monday, February 3rd, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | February 3, 2014

Terrific olde English minstrel song about the cowardly Sir Robin, Knight of the round table. After fighting for seconds and seconds, Eric Idle scarpers, his retreat immortalized in song: “When trouble reared its ugly head, he bravely turned its tale and fled” – B+

10 Songs: What rock nyc Is Listening To 1-25-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 25, 2014

Walking Back To Happiness – Helen Shapiro – A huge hit in the early 60s, the hook, the “hoop hah oh yeah” is the closest the UK ever got to trouncing US girl groups, an infectious blast – A+

10 Songs: What rock nyc Is Listening To 1-23-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 23, 2014

Me And Liza – Rufus Wainwright – “Famous till the day that we die….” After tributing her Mama, Rufus, on this Out Of The Game outtake, sings a pure pop Rufus style kiss to the legend; the song is a standard MOR sound which I kinda hope he grows out of – B+