Ten Great New York Bands (Pt. II)


A few years ago, Patti Smith said, “New York has closed itself off to the young and the struggling…New York City has been taken away from you. So my advice is: Find a new city.”

New York is a paradox. What makes New York great is that it’s in constant flux. What makes it hell on earth is that it’s in constant flux.


Ten Great New York Bands

While I was compiling the list of great New York bands, I decided to keep the emphasis on the word “band.” There is a distinction between a “band” and an “act” or “group.” A band constitutes guitar, bass drums, vocals and occasionally keyboards.

Then how do I explain Run-DMC making my list? I don’t have an answer, but I consider Run-DMC a band in every sense of the word. Notable New York City acts such as Simon and Garfunkel and Lady Gaga have been left off.


Those Kooky Lead Singers

Do you enjoy the exploits of the narcissist lead singer or do you prefer the humility of the tortured poet? No matter what personality is fronting the band, the narcissist or the poet, the lead singer is the driving force, the focal point, the barometer as to whether the band is successful or not.

It all starts with those kooky lead singers.

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Steve Forbert’s First Concert

When we last spoke to singer-songwriter Steve Forbert, he was prepared to release Over With You, ten songs “that took a lifetime to make.” “You don’t just pull these songs out of thin air – you have to live them,” said Forbert.

Now, Mr. Forbert is set to release his sixteenth studio album, Compromised, on November 6. Forbert co-produced Compromised with John Simon, who also produced 1979’s Jackrabbit Slim. “The album’s roots-rock stylings are reminiscent of Mr. Forbert’s The American in Me (1992).”

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