Metal is an ever-turning and twisting genre, following wormholes into subgenres and melding any and all techniques and sounds along the way in a constant struggle to create something new and original. It doesn't always work, and anyone who lived through the '90s can attest that the addition of hip-h ... More >>
Thrash metal icon (Anthrax). Rap/rock innovator ("Bring the Noise" with Chuck D). TV/reality staple (VH1 host; Supergroup). The (usually) red-bearded aggro-metal wunderkind known as Scott Ian is not going gently into middle age, despite the fact that his current incarnation, "speaking words," is mer ... More >>
How did we go from the Rolling Stones to Fartbarf?
Neil Hamburger and Tim Heidecker
Since October of 1955, when Norman Mailer and co. founded The Village Voice as a weekly paper for bros of the leftist pinko persuasion, we've done our dutiful best to preserve every word ever printed in our pages, tucking them away in our vast archival editorial library (pictured above). This summer ... More >>
When Lisa Kennedy Montgomery was 18 years old, her parents gave her an ultimatum: She could either stay home and pay rent, or they would pay her to move out. So Montgomery did the respectable thing and left her home in Oregon, moved to Los Angeles, interned at KROQ (L.A.'s famed alt-rock radio stati ... More >>
New York has a very rich history of strong contributions to heavy music. While the NYHC pioneers get worshipped (and justly so), New York often gets overlooked in discussions of other influential heavy music scenes. Our below choices for the Top 20 New York Hardcore and Metal Albums of All-Time will ... More >>
If you've got a lot of time on your hands and a heart full of darkness, you'd be wise to check out Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, out Tuesday on Harper Collins/It Books. The key word in that title is "Definitive." This is quite a weighty tome, over 600 pages across every twi ... More >>
Excerpted from the book Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, published by It Books and available May 14 New York is a music mecca—the Brill Building, Broadway, street performers, subway buskers, the Metropolitan opera—but it's not known for its abundance of successful ... More >>
Kim Gordon, ?uestlove, Andrew Bird and Andrew W.K. walk into a Masonic Temple ... these are the 10 best shows in NYC this week.
A night of musical collisions
Better Than: Getting moshed to death at Anthrax at Irving Plaza, I would imagine. They say you never grow old in rock 'n' roll, and last night at Saint Vitus, Raven proved it true. In all fairness, it's not like these guys are ancient. (We're talking mid-50s or so.) But they've got albums as old a ... More >>
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New York City is intrinsically metal. But, before we get into why: what makes anything "metal"? What does calling something "metal" mean? Among those uninitiated into the metal "scene" (a word used mostly by journalists and not so much by the occupants of said "scene"), metal conjures images of ext ... More >>
Friends. Romans. Martians. I stand before you not to bury Lil Wayne and I Am Not A Human Being II, nor do I intend to praise it. Instead, I implore you to marvel at this album's sheer existence, because yet again, Lil Wayne has managed to accomplish something only great artists can: he's made someth ... More >>
These are the best metal shows in NYC this month. See also: The Ten Best Metal Albums of 2012
Tomorrow, stoner-rock heroes Monster Magnet come to the Music Hall of Williamsburg to play their debut album Spine of God in its entirety. As career-making as that album was, talk of looking back on the group's legacy calls to mind their biggest hit, 1998's "Space Lord." While the song has since be ... More >>
On April 12, St. Vitusthe metal outpost in Greenpointturned one year old, but the birthday celebration went down between April 23 and April 28. Bands, cartoons, go-go girls, celebrities, sacrilege, and a metal magician were in attendance. "It was chaos," says bartender and co-owner Ju ... 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.
Sound of the City's search for the quintessential New York City musician enters Round Two this week, with battles in the Round of 32 daily. Keep up with all the action here. The Round of 32 closes out today, and what better way to finish things out with a battle between pop classicist Carole Kin ... More >>
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musiciancontinues, and you get to vote on who makes it to Round Two. The first pairing in our Queens division pits its top s ... More >>
If the triumph of tUnE-yArDs in this year's Pazz & Jop albums poll was one of the biggest upsets in the poll's history, then the companion singles poll offered one of its most predictable winners to date: Adele's "Rolling In The Deep." Smart money had been on that song taking the prize since it bega ... More >>
The best stuff we saw on stage this year, from thrash to Kpop
If any one-woman band can eclipse the delightfully volatile presence of Steve Albini and his stature in the annals of Amerindie rock and scrumptious food bloggery, it's the cerebral and dissonant classi-punk Helen Money, who's opening for Shellac at the Bell House tonight and tomorrow night. Helen M ... More >>
River Avenue, 3:45 p.m. Most of the Anthrax shirt-wearers were inside by this point. The Big 4: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax Yankee Stadium Wednesday, September 14 Better than: "Nationals beat the Mets, 2-0. WP: Brad Peacock (1-0), LP: Mike Pelfrey (7-12)" Truth be told, the crowd ... More >>
Now look what you've done. Last night Glasslands played host to a "secret" show by Lana Del Rey, an up-and-coming singer who was described by the one press release I received about her (in July) as a "gangster Nancy Sinatra" and whose overall aesthetic is like what would happen if you asked C ... More >>
How the band and its once and current singer were caught in an emotional mosh
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 >>
The unstoppable, zombie-slaying Anthrax album Worship Music is their first in 21 years with classic vocalist Joey Belladonna, and naturally, it's full of thrash that hearkens back to the halcyon days of Jams shorts and up-flipped caps. However, if rap fans check out "Devil You Know," they mig ... More >>
Mmm. wingy. A week from tonight, four titans of heavy metalMetallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayerwill come together at Yankee Stadium for The Big 4's East Coast concert. It's going to be great! The Bronx is pretty excited about the impending metal invasion, too, as evidenced b ... More >>
Get ready to be caught in a proverbial mosh, New York, because The Big 4 of thrash--that's Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax--are coming to Yankee Stadium, and tickets go on sale this morning! To all you non-headbanging SOTC readers, this event is essentially as important to metalheads ... More >>
via FacebookWho gave Mustaine the keys to the Photoshop demo? (Just kidding, Dave!)This is the news: The second concert event at the new Yankee Stadium has been announced, and oh boy is it a doozy. The metal deities Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax--d/b/a The Big 4--have announced, af ... More >>
Experimental metal crew
But don't look for that persona-grooming bassist
With her new album Flesh Tone, the "Milkshake" singer tries on some club-pop
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A rap-nostalgia bonanza feels like a rock show and sounds like a resurrection
In which an American Idol runner-up tops it all by blow-drying his chest