Author: Jeanne Fury

  • Q&A: The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins On Being Surrounded By Drama, His Pre-Rock Star Life, And Learning From Lady Gaga

    Fans of falsetto-laden cock-rock and spindly Englishmen in catsuits have been shit outta luck since the Darkness broke up in 2006, amid out-of-control tension and lead singer/guitarist Justin Hawkins’ heading off to rehab. Then a performance at last year’s Download Festival heralded the reformation of the lineup that appeared on 2003’s glammy, hammy blockbuster Permission […]

  • Q&A: Gossip’s Beth Ditto On Pop, Politics, And Being ‘Related To Half Of Arkansas’

    Portland, Oregon, trio Gossip—singer Beth Ditto, guitarist Nathan Howdeshell, and drummer Hannah Blilie—are celebrating the release of their fifth album, the remarkably bangin’ A Joyful Noise, tonight at Terminal 5. We wrangled some time with the magnificent Ms. Ditto to talk about the odious glamorization of poverty, ABBA’s perfection, and the importance of proper undergarments […]

  • Andrew W.K. Reflects on 10 years of I Get Wet

    Sitting in Webster Hall’s tiny greenroom, Andrew W.K. is two hours away from celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his debut, the party-metal landmark I Get Wet, with his adopted hometown. For a city that parties damn hard, the expectations are at a fever pitch for a show that will leave revelers’ brains dripping from their […]

  • Live: The Darkness Return, Bringing Glam And Sweat With Them

    The Darkness Irving Plaza Saturday, February 4 Better than: Your ironic love of hair metal. There’s a sea of white people two-fisting 24 oz. Bud Lights the size of Pringles cans and dudes in collared shirts amusing each other with their cartoonish falsettos. Sure, glam rock may not be as popular as the tightened-up variety […]

  • The Offspring’s Downer Return

    These dudes were certainly never feeling the wistful teenage nostalgia of Bryan Adams’s “Summer of ’69″—over 20 years, the Offspring became experts at penning dark accounts of modern youth set to buzzsaw guitars and a rapid-fire beat. But unlike their contemporaries in Green Day and Rancid, the SoCal quartet surfaced as a punk band largely […]

  • Bitchin’ Songs of Faith and Devotion

    “They were fucking awesome! Write that down!” barked a dude with potato-chip breath half an inch from my face when he saw me scribbling away during the Donnas’ set at the Highline Ballroom. Normally, his fragrant remark would’ve been poorly received. But I was in complete agreement: The Donnas were all that and a bag […]

  • She’s Gotta Have It

    Juliette and the Licks “Hot Kiss” From Four on the Floor (Hassle) Their debut EP set pants on fire with brass-balls-to-brick-walls rock ‘n’ roll. But Juliette and the Licks’ full-length paled in comparison. So to hear “Hot Kiss” tumble out of the speakers with a rhythm as ferocious and playful as a barbed-wire hula hoop […]

  • She’s Gotta Have It

    Juliette and the Licks “Hot Kiss” From Four on the Floor (The Militia Group) Their debut EP set pants on fire with brass-balls-to-brick-walls rock ‘n’ roll. But Juliette and the Licks’ full-length paled in comparison. So to hear “Hot Kiss” tumble out of the speakers with a rhythm as ferocious and playful as a barbed-wire […]

  • Beer-soaked bard emcees the ultimate showdown

    Reid Paley, Brooklyn’s bard of tough luck, weathered souls, and lots of highballs, proudly romanticizes his rapscallion ways with a gruff, booming voice that could give Tom Waits goose bumps. What would be considered pissing and moaning in the mouths of others is an honorable call to arms in Paley’s. His frustrations are palpable, musically […]

  • Cooing Mega-Bitch Demands Disrobing, Helps You Pitch Tent

    Morningwood’s lead vamp Chantal Claret aims to be the Samantha Fox of the TRL generation. She sounds like a typically frustrated young thang who wants to have some fun, move her body all night long, then go home and pass out on the cat. Like the calculated space-age power rock on the NYC band’s self-titled […]