Here are the 10 best shows around the city this week, in no particular order.
These concerts are all certified "Best of Weekend" by the mayor's office. We bring them to you by court order.
Taking a classic song that's perfectly fine as is and exhuming it for financial gain is awful enough, but when the result comes out sounding excremental, you want to cover the new artist with a blanket and make them stop. Here are my 10 least favorite cover tunes: (1) Britney Spears, "(I Can't Ge ... More >>
Last night, during the 55th Grammy Awards, we trudged through the bile and self-loating of angry would-be comedians and critics who took to Twitter to tell Jack White he looks like Edward Scissorhands and Johnny Depp he looks like the butt baby of Jack Sparrow and Steve Tyler and Adele she was dress ... More >>
What was supposed to be a simple inauguration for President Obama's second term is turning into the concert of the year. Kelly Clarkson will do "Breakaway." Usher's crooning "Something Special." Katy Perry will belt "Firework" one more time. John Legend is set to perform "Ordinary People."
"Alicia! Alicia! Over here!" shouted the front-row photographers at Alicia Keys, who had just arrived at Moynihan Station to see the EDUN show. Decked out in sunglasses, a white blouse, and white jeans with black tuxedo stripes, she pulled another woman with long brown hair into the shot. "Who's th ... More >>
I've never been happier to be wrong about something. Two weeks ago, the last line of my column read: "Probably won't happen. But wouldn't it be fun if it did?" The event I didn't think could happen was Adam Lambert scoring a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 album chart with his second disc, Trespas ... More >>
As March comes to a close, so does our month-ish-long battle royale between 64 New York musicians, all of whom were put in the mix to decide which one best embodied the spirit of the city. Each of the divisionsUptown, Queens, Downtown, and Brooklynhas now crowned a winner, and for our ... More >>
L'Arc-en-Ciel Madison Square Garden Sunday, March 25 Better than: Hearing critics just talk about weird foreign scenes and stylistic blends and collisions at the EMP Pop Conference. Japanese hard rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel have been in well-deserved self-celebration mode of late. They celebrated thei ... More >>
Sound of the City's monthlong tournament to determine the quintessential New York City musician (since 1955, the year of the Village Voice's founding) is taking over our site all March. The full schedule and results (as of March 23) below; you can also follow along with our bracket.
This is the biggest must-see tragic viewing since Michael Jackson's memorial (though her family wants quite a different feeling -- something smallish and intimate). It will be poignant, tearful, and filled with people who loved and felt for Whitney, as well as some who probably asked too much of he ... More >>
via Cats Who Look Like SkrillexWill this cat win Best New Artist?Welcome to Sound of the City's liveblog of the 54th Annual Grammys, coming to you live from a couch in Astoria. There are quite a few questions lurking around tonight's ceremony. Will Adele sweep the three major categories in wh ... More >>
VH1 spent last week counting down what the channel, and its panel of celebrities and "experts," consider The 100 Greatest Songs of The '00s. They certainly haven't been the first to assemble such a listRolling Stone and Pitchfork and every blog under the sun had their say about two years ago, ... More >>
In last week's breakdown of Lil Wayne's chart ubiquity, I noted that while Lady Gaga's Born This Way and its singles seemed to be everywhere, she hasn't staked out much additional Billboard territory with collaborations. Her only charting collab of late is "3-Way (The Golden Rule)," a little ... More >>
Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now" has topped Billboard's R&B/Hip-hop Songs chart for seven weeks in a row, and it recently peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100. In terms of Brown's career, it's notable for being the singer's first top 10 hit in the two years since that whole violent incident with then ... More >>
Pics by Sophia BetzThe Stepkids Mercury Lounge Thursday, March 10 Better Than: Being dry. Maybe. "I couldn't believe it, bro! "My mouth was hanging open the whole time!" Down in the basement dressing rooms of Mercury Lounge, a childhood friend of Connecticut band the Stepkids is trying t ... More >>
F2K10 is a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Track our progress here. In 2010, when pop musicians are struggling to have half the visibility of the latest news-cycle-spawned entrant into Google Trends, it's hard not to see charity endeavors as ego extensions. Recall "Just Stand Up!," ... More >>
The phenomenally successful Glee kicked off its second season earlier this week, with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' home-town anthem "Empire State Of Mind" showcased in the opening song spot. But while entire episodes of the show have been effectively hooked around the music of pop icons Madonna, La ... More >>
Jay-Z and Eminem began their triumphant two-city, four-show run last night at Detroit's Comerica Park, and if that show's any indication, when they show up at Yankee Stadium September 13 and 14, they'll be bringing along every famous rapper they (or you) can think of.
Needs more meth• Lindsay Lohan will head straight from jail to rehab at Morningside Recovery for 90 days, in order to be treated for addiction and bipolar disorder. According to a source, "methamphetamine and opiates are her 'drugs of choice,'" which makes cocaine and alcohol feel really le ... More >>
I was there when they dropped balloons at the LCD show. Pics by Puja Patel.LCD Soundsystem (Night #1) Terminal 5 Thursday, May 20 "We're here for four days -- tonight I will sleep in my own bed, and wake up and have coffee in my own house," announces James Murphy, with palpable relie ... More >>
For years, HBO's Sex and the City made New York City an excitable frontier of moneyed men, inexplicably well-off women (despite shitty writing jobs that realistically pay nothing), and a world where everyone is someone else's plus-one. And that frontier was then seized upon by basically every ... More >>
It took six weeks and over 3 million records sold, but Susan Boyle has finally bowed out of the #1 spot. Please welcome your new chart overlord, Ke$ha. Her Animal moved a modest 152,000 copies, good enough to rule an early January slate. In pointed contrast to Boyle's defiantly non-tech savvy ... More >>
So first the Providence proto-folk band picked up the unlikely endorsement of Brian Williams, kicking off the newsman's "BriTunes" program in a kind of deadpan surrealist interview. Then a cross-dressed John McCauley was a surprise guest on a St. Louis stage, randomly filling in for King Khan ... More >>
Because we just couldn't look at that Boyle record againYes that's right America, you've purchased a whopping 2,465,000 copies of Susan Boyle's I Dreamed A Dream in just four short weeks. How close is that to Taylor Swift, industry darling and seemingly uncontested 2009 sales titan? Pretty cl ... More >>
Whatever the official sports etiquette line is in terms of fair play and sportsmanship, we can safely say the Yankees organization crossed it, did a fake line off it, and then lit it on fire last night, parading Jay-Z (in a Yankee varsity jacket), Alicia Keys (purple), and backing band (Yankee jer ... More >>
Is it Jay-Z's turn to ether a Philadelphia sports team? 76ers fans will not forget the day, back in 2001, when Beyonce and the rest of Destiny's Child emerged at halftime for Game Two of the Finals, IN PHILADELPHIA, wearing Laker jerseys--the prelude to first a tremendous amount of booing, an ... More >>
So Tyler Perry--you know, the Madea guy--is writing and directing a film called For Colored Girls, based on the brilliant series of monologues called For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf. (The play surfaced in '75, when you had to have long, interesting title ... More >>
The Blueprint 3 tracklist is out, and the stats are in: four solo Jay songs, at least one of which is nearly guaranteed to be Jay going not so hard (unless "Venus vs. Mars" is about something entirely different than we think it is), and another one of which is "D.O.A." There is indeed a son ... More >>
Hiphop can never die so long as Bob Dylanwith story in his voice and lust in his eyesis alive
Touré indulges his writerly ego to insightful effect.