In this week's Village Voice, out now: Andy Beta goes inside the record label recently launched by the downtown music emporium Other Music.
This weekend is the 4Knots Music Festival, and the Voice is taken over by people performing during the all-day event. Michaelangelo Matos talks to party auteur Jonathan Toubin, who's hosting the afterparty; Michael Tedder looks at the rise of indiepop in New York, which has been assisted by Hospital ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, now available near you (even if you don't live in New Yorkthese pieces are just a click away!): Andy Beta talks to the electronic-music artist Laurel Halo, whose new album Quarantine, she says, "has a lot to do with the idea of possession, isolation, and being in ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, out now: I dive into Jack White's relatively menalcholy new album Blunderbuss, and Andy Beta talks to the legendary house producers the Burrell Brothers about their days of crafting dance music in a New Jersey basement.
In this week's Village Voice, out now: Andy Beta catches up with the Brooklyn noise masters Black Dice, and talks about how they went as pop as they can on their new album Mr. Impossible; and Michael Tedder catches up with the Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt and uncovers his gearhead side, about wh ... More >>
This week in the Voice, out today: Camille Dodero profiles Hunter Moore, the hard-partying entrepreneur behind revenge porn site Is Anyone Up, writing: "Hunter Moore is trying to screw a 20-year-old woman on my lap. It's after 2 in the morning, we're squashed in a stretch limo with 11 others, stray ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, out now: I talk about Old Ideas, the new album by Leonard Cohen, and report from a listening session where the man himself appeared; and Andy Beta talks to the enigmatic Antony on the eve of his gala retrospective at Radio City Music Hall, Swanlights.
Amy Winehouse passed away on July 23. In memory of the people, places, and things that passed away in 2011, here's a collection of links and streaming-video artifacts.
In this week's Village Voice, out now: Andy Beta traces the rise of the New York disco big band Escort, whose long-in-the-works debut album has finally arrived (get a taste here); I talk about Lady Gaga's status as the biggest pop starexcept on the charts; and our New Year's Eve guide ... More >>
This week in the Voice, out today: Graham Rayman breaks the story of Angel Perez, the shady federal informant in Miami that scammed the government into a $2.5 million investigation of a false death threat against a U.S. Attorney. Robert Sietsema reviews Littleneck, a new clam shack in Gowan ... More >>
Ben LozovskyA member of SHINee soars above the MSG crowd on Sunday night. In this week's Village Voice: A few notes on the 10th birthday of the iPod; Andy Beta talks to Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never about his label Software and his rapidly amassing list of other tasks; and Michael T ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, out and about in New York City now: Christopher Weingarten talks to Anthrax's Joey Belladonna and Charlie Benante about the lead vocalist's latest return to the New York metal legends' fold; Andy Beta has a chat with August Darnell about Kid Creole and the Coconu ... More >>
In a feat of awesomeness, Camille Dodero introduces us this week to the stars of Bridge & Tunnel, MTV's shelved reality show about the kids of Staten Island. Meet Brianna and Gabriella DeBartoli, who Dodero calls "the original JWoww and Snooki: sharper, prettier, kinder, more discriminating, ... More >>
Kate GarnerIn this week's Village Voice, available now: Michaelangelo Matos checks in on the always-ahead-of-the-curve British dance producer Zomby, Andy Beta talks to the folks running the British "queer party for everyone" Horse Meat Disco about their imminent New York dates, and Chuck Eddy ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, out now now now: We preview this weekend's 4Knots Music Festival with my argument why the New York metropolitan area doesn't need its own Coachella, Michaelangelo Matos's profile of Eleanor Friedberger, and Michael Tedder's chat with the Black Angels' Alex Maas; ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, out now: Christopher Weingarten looks at the influence of the Melvins' 1992 album Lysol on the current underground metal scene; Andy Beta talks to the two Brooklyn soundcrafters who make up Mountains; and Jayson Greene raves about the ferocious new mixtape by Mik ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, available online and in a box near you (if you live in New York) today: Francis Davis discusses new economy- and ear-stimulating works from multi-reedist Steven Lugerner and saxophonist Matana Roberts; Andy Beta unearths the catalog of Dog Eat Dog (pictured), a N ... More >>
It's the Real: Guess which one of these guys is Just Blaze. Photo by Noah Kalina.In this week's Village Voice, Ben Westhoff profiles the white, Jewish comedy-rap duo It's the Real, Andy Beta rounds up an exciting new crop of outer-borough dance music labels (including WT, Golf Channel, and L. ... More >>
Crocodiles are kind of a thing for Avey Tare. Photo by Atiba Jefferson.In this week's Village Voice, Andy Beta talks with Animal Collective's Avey Tare about this new solo record, Down There, and Jesse Serwer catches up with Greg Nice at the quarter-century mark of his august rap career.
Nine 11 Thesaurus. Photo by Santiago Felipe.In this week's Village Voice, Andy Beta profiles Bushwick teen rap ensemble Nine 11 Thesaurus and the after-school program that produced them, Ray Cummings talks with Brooklyn noise pop band Sisters, Eavvon O'Neal on Salem and witch house, and Adam ... More >>
Every year, we descend on Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center to separate the hype from the heavyweights at American cinema's fall classic, the New York Film Festival. This year is no different, as legendary Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman weighs in with the hits and misses of The 2010 N ... More >>
As much stuff as one guy can operate crediblyPanda Bear/Gala Drop/Teengirl Fantasy Water Taxi Beach at Governors Island Saturday, September 11 Better Than: Watching cable news, on this day in particular He makes a hell of a racket, Panda Bear, a one-man maelstrom of stabbing synth washes, h ... More >>
Tom Waits wants to glue this man's hair to the wall. Illustration by Diego Tripodi.In this week's Village Voice, Christopher R. Weingarten sits down with director Jim Jarmusch to talk ATP and the time Tom Waits tried to kill him, Ryan Dombal scales Fame Mountain with Katy Perry, and Andy Beta ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, we present our annual summer guide, featuring all sorts of seasonal picks for music, film, art, dance, theater, food, etc., not to mention Mikael Wood on the club-pop reboot of Kelis, Ben Davis on Lightning Bolt's Brian Chippendale, Jed Lipinski on Pulitzer winne ... More >>
As you emerge from the schvitzy oven that is New York's subway system today, indulge in that new heat and sunshine with the help of the Voice's special pull-out 2010 Summer Guide. Keep yourself busy above ground during the three-month sweat-stained shitshow that is a summer in New York City, ... More >>
The Arms Around Haiti event at Public Assembly kicks off our Friday evening with a reminder that just because there haven't been any telethons lately doesn't mean the situation isn't just as awful as it ever was. The event spans over both rooms of the venue and boasts a lineup of over ten dis ... More >>
The Liars, acting out a scene from the sequel to The Hangover. Photo by Zen SekizawaIn this week's Village Voice, Jason Gross on how to fix--or blow up--the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Miles Marshall Lewis plays around with Gorillaz, Andy Beta talks with space-disco-and-beyond-producer Bob Bl ... More >>
If you want to actually read this thing, by all means, click here.In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla stages a brutal, single-elimination, March Madness-style tournament to determine the worst lyrics of the decade. Spoiler: the Black Eyed Peas are very much involved! Elsewhere, Christo ... More >>
Girls, probably telling the truth. Photo by Sandy Kim.In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla reviews Michael Jackson's mercifully goofy and cheerful This Is It, Reyhan Harmanci does some reporting and fact-checking on the improbably ridiculous backstory of San Francisco duo Girls, Andy Be ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, we present our annual Best of NYC issue, featuring New York's best in Arts and Entertainment, Shops and Services, People and Places, Sports, Recreation, and Sex, Bars and Clubs, and of course Eats and Treats. Elsewhere, Rob Harvilla gets to know the deliciously indulge ... More >>
Positively (as opposed to negatively) Springsteenian Jersey-punk rockers the Gaslight Anthem got hosed out of their All Points West slot by lousy weather. As did their fans. But if you bring yer ticket stub to Terminal 5 tonight, they'll buy you a beer. This appears to be a serious offer. (They're ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, we remember Michael Jackson: Greg Tate on the man and his legacy, rapper Jean Grae on what Jackson meant to musicians everywhere, and Jessica Hopper, reporting live from Gary, Indiana the night Jackson died. Elsewhere, Rob Harvilla describes the daffy sci-fi audacity ... More >>
Jared GruenwaldTropicalia in Furs In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Charly Wilder tracks down an East Village storehouse of Brazilian psychedelia at Tropicalia in Furs. Phil Freeman on the Jane's Addiction reunion and three-CD, one-DVD box set, A Cabinet of Curiosities. Andy Beta talks ... More >>
Oh come on. This picture, and Michael Musto interviewing Joan Rivers? Are you that straight you wouldn't enjoy it? New York hasn't had this good a mob trial in a while: Roger Khan, exiled drug dealer and a hero to some of his neighbors in Guyana, got picked up by the DEA; celebrity mob lawyer Bob S ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla on Superdrag's snarling, ferocious comeback, spiritual awakening notwithstanding. Erik Parker on rap battles, circa 2009, starring 50 Cent and Rick Ross. Plus Ben Detrick comes through with a particularly formidable catalog of spectacular rap ... More >>
50 Cent and Rick Ross have a beef. Will it be settled with guns? Actually, it will more likely be settled with internet videos and rapid response units. What what? Erik Parker explains the new state of the art. Burial societies are supposed to assure their members of a grave when their time comes. ... More >>
So how is Watchmen, you ask? "Although the ending has been somewhat modified from the novel's, let it be said that Watchmen doesn't lack for self-confidence or even entertainment value." But... well, let J. Hoberman tell it. Brooklyn Republican state senator Marty Golden "represents the flip sid ... More >>
Daniel S. Neuner In this week's Music Section, Rob Harvilla remains in the light with David Byrne as the once-Talking Head indulges old neuroses and gorgeous new hymns at Radio City. Andy Beta on the joys of DIY disco, courtesy of Revenge of the Nerds. Jesse Jarnow goes up against the anarchic to ... More >>
Catch up on a year's worth of musicology with the Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll, now in its 36th year of goading the nation's top parsers to struggle over the higher meaning of sonic culture. Review the singles top-1,761 and albums top-1,693, see how your favorite critics voted, and attend the deep thou ... More >>
Earthly appetites: The brilliant and curious career of steel-string demigod John Fahey