The 500 Greatest Songs of the 1990s – 240 to 231

By Steve Crawford | September 19, 2020

a side door that leads into an alluringly destructive abyss


By Alyson Camus | May 13, 2018

Peter Hook & The Light are at the Wiltern on Friday

The Tricky Kid Is Back With New Skilled Mechanics

By Iman Lababedi | November 18, 2015

Just after this you will see a PR release for Tricky, the great Bristol man, who helped invent trip hop and who I first saw on stage opening for Bjork, in a mountain of smoke and the darkest of lighting and still blew us all away.

The Tricky Kid Is Awesome And Disses Everyone From Damon Albarn To Prince!

By Iman Lababedi | October 10, 2014

“I wouldn’t work with Damon Albarn again. We were walking through Leeds and we were in this fucked up area and I looked around and I said, ’These kids got nothing’, and he said to me, ’They’ve got us’… “

10 Songs: Monday, September 15th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | September 15, 2014

“I take a trip to Gaza, it’s really love I’m after” might be the point but “She’s got a giggle when she talks, she’s close to God, I treat her like a a dog” is the money shot. With air raid sirens as the hook, this is one of the most lovely songs and strange songs you’ll hear this year. Is he being ironic? Unlikely – A

10 Songs: Thursday, September 11th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | September 11, 2014

Sun Down – Tricky – With a fine young singer named Tirzah, on a song that sounds as much Portishead as Tricky or Massive Attack, the echoed beat is invaluable and the mood so completely 2014 it is as if r&b caught up with him – B+

Top 75 of the Nineties

By Rhonda Shore | June 28, 2014

Full disclosure: in the mid-90s I did a tropical Latin music show on WPFW-FM so I wasn’t paying attention in those years to Anglo-American music, and in the late nineties I had a kid and was too exhausted to keep up, but in the mid-00s, I did go back to fill the gaping lacunae. I’m sure I missed some major tunes, so feel free to let me know what they are.

Active Viewin': Concert Picks For the week Of September 30th, 2013

By Iman Lababedi | September 29, 2013

Blondie at Highline were just incredible, you could feel Debbie’s star power tingling and X? And John Doe performing “Look How We Are”? Worth the price of admission in itself. Both bands on the same bill is a real thrill, so get thrilled at Roseland on Friday October 4th

Hear ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 9-29-13

By Iman Lababedi | September 29, 2013

S.O.S. In Bel Air – Phoenix – The catchiest song off their last album and neither song nor album has lit the world on fire, but that doesn’t mean this catchy electronic pop rock shouldn’t have done better – B+