Sufjan Stevens Reimagines the Rodeo With 'Round-Up' at BAM

Fringe, dust, rust, rope, leather, and ample helpings of red, white, and blue: All of these Americana adjectives and artifacts conjure a specific, classic image when the conversation loops around a rodeo. Men tipping cowboy hats, bucking, beautiful beasts, and a chorus of "YEE-HAW!"s are guaranteed to present themselves when a spectator moseys up to an arena or a fairground to watch one of these rough-stock extravaganzas in person. When rodeos are portrayed in movies or cartoons, the scenes are familiar — from the setting to the characters involved, right down to the spur in their step and the twang in their accent.

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This Is Why Marky Ramone Picked Andrew W.K. to Sing for His Ramones-Centric Band

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Marky Ramone, Andrew W.K.
In one corner of a voluminous Brooklyn rehearsal room, party hard–meister (and Voice advice columnist) Andrew W.K. — wearing his trademark all-white outfit from shirt to sneakers — noodles at a grand piano. Next to him, relaxing on an orange sofa, sits Marky Ramone, drummer and icon of one of the world's most recognizable and beloved bands — clad in black, head to toe.

In his fifteen years with the Ramones, Marky weathered his share of punk rock tours, but now it's his first time doing a punk book tour — along with full-band performances with W.K. on vocals — to promote the new Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone (Touchstone; $28).

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Dr. Dog Continue Their Eight-Date NYC Run by Reimagining the Bowery Ballroom

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Photo: Nicky Devine
Dr. Dog, sans beanies.
A knit, pom-pommed beanie would seem terribly out of place in a vintage oasis that looks as though it were yoinked from the set of a John Waters movie. But that's exactly the kind of sight in store for those looking to experience Dr. Dog's latest endeavor.

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Interview: Neneh Cherry on a New Brand of Feminism in Pop Culture

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Photo by Kim Hiorthoy
Neneh Cherry plays New York on January 9.
Neneh Cherry has had four top-ten hits, collaborated with everyone from Peter Gabriel to Gorillaz, and performed on Top of the Pops while seven months pregnant. But on January 9 she's finally going to do something she's never done before: play a solo show in New York City.

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Jewish Rapper Kosha Dillz Tells Us About ISIS Hacking His Website

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Kosha Dillz
Last month, self-professed "Best Jewish Rapper in Koreatown" Kosha Dillz got his website hacked by terrorist group ISIS. Not a joke or a publicity stunt, the Los Angeles-based New Jersey native found his website seized and defaced, leading to Dillz speaking with Homeland Security and eventually being interviewed everywhere from Fox News to local CBS affiliates regarding the story.

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Harmonizing Duo Kings Anchor Inaugural Big Gay Country Holiday

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Jarrod McCabe
Kings, littorally.
I would date boys in high school and college who happened to play the guitar; then I realized, instead of dating them, I wanted to be them," says Steph Bishop, one-half of the poignantly pure-voiced duo Kings, accurately self-tagged as "queer country folkies" with "tight vocal harmonies, strings, stomps...intelligent, inventive songwriting, politics, humor."

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Listen to 'I Can't Breathe,' the Haunting Song for Eric Garner, by We Are Temporary

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Mark Roberts, an electronic music producer who works under the name We Are Temporary, knows his latest song, "I Can't Breathe" -- out Tuesday and about the death of Eric Garner -- is manipulative.

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Interview: AC/DC Are Enjoying Themselves Too Much to Retire

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For a larger-than-life multi-millionaire rock star, in person, Angus Young is almost scarily diminutive, low-key and frail-seeming. In conversation he's as basic as AC/DC's music -- not many frills or furbelows. As Young and singer Brian Johnson hang outside a midtown Manhattan office building, smoking and joking like the old friends they are, not a single passerby recognizes the duo.

Yet it's been an uncharacteristically busy news cycle for the lineup: Drummer Phil Rudd was arrested on November 6 for the extraordinary charges of attempting to arrange a murder, threatening to kill, and possessing meth and marijuana. And in September came the incredibly sad news that Angus's elder brother Malcolm was suffering from dementia, necessitating his permanent retirement from the band he co-founded in 1973 as its rhythm guitarist.

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Quintron and Miss Pussycat Might Write a Song About You

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Photo by Andreas Staebler, provided by Quintron's publicists
Quintron
It was a snowy Christmas Eve with harpist (and transgender performance artist) Baby Dee and a huckster named Chicken John, at Coney Island High," begins Quintron. "And nobody came to the show. But we played, and at the end of the night, Chicken John got drunk and let a dog hump his leg, and two long-haired acid-head guys who were really into Hawkwind who had heard us on WMFU playing our puppet soundtrack came to see us. And that," declares the singer/organist/inventor, "is my memory of the first show Quintron and Miss Pussycat played in New York back in '96 or '97. It was a beautiful night."

The New Orleans-based duo have enjoyed many wild and wooly adventures since then. Putting out 14 records since the mid-'90s, the pair might be very loosely described as kitschy if quirky-smart party rock -- think an organ-based version of the Cramps meets the B-52's, with puppets -- but there's much more than the festive personas and performances that meet the eye.


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An Interview With Jimmy Page: Turning Led Into Gold

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Jimmy Page plays guitar better than you.
To paraphrase Led Zeppelin's 1969 psychedelic classic: "What Is and What WILL Never Be." In short, a Zeppelin reunion is what will never be. Seemingly, at least. Guitar genius/producer Jimmy Page wants it; vocalist Robert Plant vociferously does not. So it's not the elephant in the room -- or in this case, on the phone line from London. It's oft-discussed, but Page, uncharacteristically talking to the press and doing public events in the U.S., is laser-focused on promoting his book (the succinctly titled Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page) and the massive year-long-plus Zeppelin reissue/remastering campaign offering previously unreleased "companion audio." Page, 70, is charming and articulate, if slightly cagey, and though there's so much fans want to ask -- ZoSo! Crowley! John Bonham! The Riot House! -- the elder statesman of rock has earned and demands a respect few others can claim.

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