Tag: Yeah Yeah Yeahs

  • 2004 Pazz & Jop: Freedom for Every-Which-Where!

    Whine about Lil Jon and Ashlee Simpson if you want. There was still plenty of good news in popular music this year, and it’s all over the 31st or 32nd Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll, our largest ever hey hey hey. Any album list headed by The College Dropout, in which young Kanye West proved […]

  • 2003 Pazz & Jop: Reasons to Bother

    How laughable, cracked wiseacres in re the 30th or 31st Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll, for hopefuls in this nation’s other flawed, fragmented democratic exercise to claim hip-hop — Howard Dean enlisting Wyclef Jean, Dennis Kucinich employing a campaign rap called “Go Go Dennis” (sounds great, huh?), and, drop the bomb, Wesley Clark quoting “Hey […]

  • Karen O.

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman, Karen O will release her full-length solo debut, Crush Songs, on September 9, the same day she begins a three night run at the McKittrick Hotel. It’s a small space for a star of her stature, but Karen has specifically chosen more intimate venues to showcase an album that is made […]

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a New York avant-punk band whose infectious griminess makes for quirky yet danceable tunes. Evolving over the past decade from garage rock-meets-art pop to edgy glam rock, Karen O has sealed the band’s overall sound with her idiosyncratic vocals that range from riot grrl growls to disarmingly desperate croons. Dancing around […]

  • BLITZKRIEG BOP

    Once a group of New York City punks unafraid to mess with a little rhythm, 2009 It’s Blitz! singles “Zero” and “Heads Will Roll” made the Yeah Yeah Yeahs! a favorite first at downtown dance parties and then (with the help of an irresistible A-Trak club edit of the latter) at proto-EDM festivals around the […]

  • SWAN SONGS

    The members of Swans might be a bunch of dreary-faced LES expats, but they have much to celebrate. Like phoenixes, the group has risen from the ashes of its quasi-industrial negative-rock past. In their original ’80s formation, they were a volatile fringe collective that predicted sludge metal and goth ethereality and, by the time they […]

  • WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

    Concerts by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs often have a theatrical quality to them, from Karen O’s big stage presence to designer Christian Joy’s sumptuous costumes. So it’s no wonder the beer-spitting frontwoman has written her very first “psycho opera” Stop the Virgens. To help her out, she’s enlisted a small army of super talents, including […]

  • Wormrot

    Straight outta Singapore, the land of canings and banned chewing gum, comes one of the fiercest grindcore groups to have formed in recent years–and the only band who can boast an LP on “worm-colored vinyl” (a hue that is, apparently, peach and brown). Wormrot emanate the same sort of disgust for mankind that has fueled […]

  • VELVET ROPE

    Nick Zinner was studying to be a photographer until he met Karen O and happily agreed to a life of beer-soaked nights as the lead guitarist of Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But he never put the camera down and now has three photo books that document all the late-night debauchery and lazy afternoons of life on […]

  • ‘Ronnie Spector’s Xmas Party’

    The girl-group queen has a newish album out, The Last of the Rock Stars, on which she collaborates with the Raveonettes, Patti Smith, and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, among others. But tonight’s show is Spector’s annual Christmas party, so expect a set long on seasonal gems such as “Frosty the Snowman” and […]