Linda Leseman is a freelance journalist who writes mostly about music for the Village Voice. Her work has appeared in other Voice Media Group publications, as well as in The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and American Theatre Magazine. She holds a B.A. in Theatre and Dance from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Journalism with a focus on Cultural Reporting and Criticism from New York University. Before moving to New York, she spent a quarter-century in Texas but is from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
12 months ago | Heavy Metal
There are those who say metal offers the broadest musical canvas for experimentation, and there are those who find it limiting. Both camps are correct. On one hand, extreme music can blow any barrier to creativity clean off its hinges. The rules a...
John Dyer Baizley on Baroness' 'Purple' and the Trauma Behind It: 'I'll Be Suffering From It for the Rest of My Life'12 months ago | Interviews
Three years have passed since the near-fatal bus crash in England that fractured Baroness — physically, emotionally, and psychologically. On that day in 2012, three of the four band members were seriously injured, two of which — drummer Allen Blic...
12 months ago | Interviews
It doesn’t feel accurate to call Sawyer Fredericks a kid. The winner of the eighth season of NBC's The Voice is just sixteen years old — the youngest winner in the show’s history — yet his folk songs convey an emotional wisdom far beyond...
1 year ago | Heavy Metal
“I hope you have your marijuana screen up,” says the band manager, as he opens the door to the proverbial green room at Webster Hall. Inside, three-fourths of The Sword — John D. Cronise, Bryan Richie, and Kyle Shutt — huddle around a guy counting...
1 year ago | Rock
A historical happening is going down at The Stone on November 8. Guitarist and composer Nick Didkovsky has assembled a group of dedicated musicians for a live performance of the first Alice Cooper record, Pretties for You. The album was relea...
1 year ago | Interviews
For thirty years and counting, guitarist and composer Nick Didkovsky has been a fixture of New York's downtown experimental music milieu. He's most recognized for the mind-bending metal/jazz compositions of the octet Doctor Nerve, which he founded...