Once upon a time in Phoenix, in the fall of 1980, my high school journalism teacher, Mrs. Finerman, was standing before the class, her voice thick with Willy Wonka mystery. "This is a very special room," she told us. "Years ago, right here, a man by the name of Vincent Furnier wrote for this schoo ... More >>
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Shout at the devil one last time.
A tune by Death pumped through the speakers in the basement of SYNCStudio in Williamsburg. Halston Bruce, a tattooed chick with curly red hair, donned a headset microphone and mounted her stationary bike. This innaugural heavy metal cycling class (last Thursday) had been her longtime vision, and she ... More >>
There are a few rock stars whose careers were founded on the bedrock of infamy, and most of them owe a proverbial debt to Alice Cooper. The original shock-rocker (at least in America) is now the subject of a trippy documentary, Super Duper Alice Cooper, which premiered in NYC at the Tribeca Film Fes ... More >>
Last week the rock world was shocked and excited to hear veteran rockers Mötley Crüe would be calling it quits following their upcoming (appropriately titled) Farewell Tour. Joined by Alice Cooper, this differs from most bands' perpetual goodbye offerings by including a Cessation of Touring Agreem ... More >>
We covered a lot of music ground in 2013. You loved all of it (especially if the word "douchiest" was in the title). But some stories were more read than others. Here now, our 20 most popular posts of the year. Thanks for reading, and see you next year!!
We covered a lot of music ground in 2013. You loved all of it (especially if the word "douchiest" was in the title). But some stories were more read than others. Here now, our 20 most popular posts of the year, 10 - 1. Thanks for reading, and see you next year!! See also: Our 20 Most Read Stories o ... More >>
We all love action movies. There is no better way to escape from the brutal, sometimes flagrantly unfair world than to hunker down with a bunch of cool-looking people shooting each other. But sometimes our favorite action movies need something more. Perhaps a different selection of music will best e ... More >>
We all know the current trend of snotty white-people stadium-folk sucks. That's something near-universally agreed upon within critical circles. It's hard to take a single note of the stuff seriously, enough to make you reconsider the entire influencing legacy of Bob Dylan. But one thing that's been ... More >>
Lita Ford went to a party on Halloween night, and ... well, you know the rest. The former Runaway and a current bitch (no, really, her new live album is called The Bitch Is Back) is still going strong and dressing like this. Which is to say, she's still kicking (and baring) a lot of ass. In the midd ... More >>
Last Halloween Alice Cooper was guest editor of this blog. We've just now gotten the blood out of the carpet. The smell of sulfur still remains. And though he left the place a wreck, afterward we went trick-or-treating with him through the Lower East Side. He murdered the first person unlucky enough ... More >>
Better Than: It's Alice Cooper. It's better than everything. They say that after a nuclear holocaust, there will be two things left: cockroaches and Cher. It's time to add a third likely survivor: Alice Cooper. The original shock rocker, now 65, commanded the sold-out Beacon Theater last night wi ... More >>
In a recent interview with Fuse, Alice Cooper said calling Mumford & Sons a rock band is an "offense to rock 'n' roll." Boy oh boy! Now, we love us some Alice. He's a legend (and former boss). In fact, we're going to see him tonight at The Beacon Theater (review up tomorrow morning). But he and the ... More >>
By Bob Ruggiero Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History of Rock 'N' Roll in America's Loudest City By Steve Miller Da Capo Books, 312 pp., $16.99 "It's this beautiful place where you sacrifice your safety for a shitload of freedom," Rachel Nagy of the Detroit Cobras says of her band's namesake c ... More >>
We don’t care about history . . .
Hey: Albums! In case people still care about these things, here's a batch of potentially interesting releases arriving in the calendar year.
Sorry to throw salt in your New Year's revelry, but as something begins, so too something ends. And that makes us think about death. Because we're sick. And practical. Sickly practical. Practically sick. ANYWAY, the imminence of death begs an essential question: how will you be buried? It's never ... More >>
Remember when I told you about the Frankie's Friends benefit (to help sick pets) at the Cutting Room, where Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle were headlining? Well, it really happened on Tuesday night, both of those stars singing powerful, heartfelt country tunes to a roomful of rapt admirers. While ... More >>
Halloween on a Wednesday. It was a massive bummer before Sandy came and took a shit all over it. It makes sense if you've not yet picked out a costume. We've got some last minute, music-inspired costume suggestions. All of them are awful, maybe. But after all that's gone down these last few days, ex ... More >>
Today we're handing the keys to the blog to spook rock pioneer Alice Cooper. Here he talks about a few music artists doing him proud. By Alice Cooper See Also: - Ten Creepy Movies That Scare the Hell Out of Alice Cooper - The 25 Creepiest Heavy Metal Album Covers
To wrap up his day, guest editor Alice Cooper is sending you off into the frightening night with a list of his favorite songs. His own. Thanks for everything today, Alice! Don't worry about the blood stains you left in the office. We'll have an intern clean them up. Happy Halloween, everybody! S ... More >>
Tomorrow is Halloween, and we're taking the day off, handing over the keys to a frightening someone whose name evokes an appropriate level of ghoulish camp: Alice Cooper. Throughout the day Alice will be posting about his favorite scary bands, scary movies, and scary golf courses movie scores. He'l ... More >>
On August 14, Insane Clown Posse will deliver their 12th studio album, The Mighty Death Pop! The last time Detroit's finest punching bags released a full-length original album, September 2009's Bang! Pow! Boom!, they gave the world "Miracles," an unintentionally hilarious viral-video ode to giraffes ... More >>
What the hail? If you were in New York City yesterday, you are certainly aware of the inclement weather which loudly dumped several inches of rain and quarter-size icerocks on our fair metropolis -- resulting in at least four lightening-related injuries and flooding in subway and highway hubs, acc ... More >>
Why do people hate Nickelback enough to craft petitions inveighing against their inclusion in the halftime entertainment of a regular-season NFL game? (Even the Black Eyed Peas' Super Bowl appearance didn't inspire such e-ire!) I tried to figure this out two weeks ago and maybe sorta did, at ... More >>
It’s fowl play in Dina Martina’s latest
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. June 21, 1973, Vol. XVIII, No. 25 Hype! Hype! Hooray! by Arthur Bell A heat wave blew into town last week. So did Merle Oberon, Malcolm McDowell, the Burtons, Ron O'Neal, Alice Cooper, Marlon Brando, withered endives, chopped liver fro ... More >>
The 2011 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Monday, March 14 Better Than: Whatever was happening at Death by Audio tonight that Bruce Springsteen didn't show up to, for whatever reason. First off, let's tell you what you want to hear: Tom Waits stole the show ... More >>
Gore-obsessed black metallers muck up Santos Party House
As much of the Boom Boom Room as you're ever likely to see. Twitpic via grekotvFashion Week is a biannual rite in New York, and with it comes another biannual rite--awkward, private late night performances from bands that are either at the center of the zeitgeist (Kanye West on the bar at the ... More >>
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