Aretha Franklin

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    August 20, 2014

    Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy This Week, 8/20 - 8/26

    This week in Cheap Laughs, we have cake shops, chaotic performance art, gift shows, shift shows, the black Daria, and two triumphant celebrations for the Brooklyn Comedy Festival (all of which has shows you should consider attending here). Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    The 10 Best Jazz Shows in NYC This Month

    These are the best jazz shows in NYC in June.

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    The Best Live Music Venues in New York City

    Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon, the Bowery Ballroom, the Blue Note: all these destinations for live music have earned their place on New York City's perennial favorites list year in and year out. We love them, too, but we're not going to rank them here. Our favorite venues have less to do with pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Questlove Extras: Leftover Quotes and Anecdotes From This Week's Cover Story

    This week's cover story is an in-depth look at one of music's most talented and intelligent, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the Roots. It's a great longread, if we do say so ourselves. (Check it out). And it could've been much longer. As writer Jenna Sauers discovered, Quest is full of insight and an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Those "Influential" Albums Being Discussed on Facebook? They're Garbage is a "quiz" one of your Facebook friends might've posted, boasting "Very few people own 70 or more. How many have you got?" and listing 100 albums ranging from the duh (Blonde on Blonde, Pet Sounds) to the hmmm (Gerry Rafferty? Felt??) to the genuinely bizarre (well, see below) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    What I Got For Christmas

    Santa was extra generous this year! Here are some of the kitsch treasures he bequeathed me with: Homework, a sublimely trashy film with Joan Collins as "Sheila's mother," a horny lady who pounces on the ass of a teen boy who's classmates with her daughter. The film is filled with gratuitous sex fl ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 23, 2012

    HELLO. . . .

    Is it Lionel Richie you’re looking for?

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    Sonic Youth (5) And Arthur Russell (12) Close Out Round One Of SOTC's March Madness

    ​The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madness—in which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musician—finishes this weekend, with the Round of 32 kicking off Monday. (The schedule and results so far are here; the fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    A Comeback For Whitney Houston?

    ​ The wonderful thing about showbiz is that it allows for extra chapters upon chapters for those who've got what it takes, the public always managing to rally around a tarnished celeb bravely trying to rise from the ashes one more time. Whitney Houston is aiming for just that kind of re-ascen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    My 13 Favorite Duets Of All Time

    "It takes two, baby," as Marvin & Tammi once sang. So here are my all-time favorite twosomes -- musically, that is. (13) "Cruisin'," Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis, 2000 This cover version of the Smokey Robinson hit came from a rotten movie about karaoke, but it grabbed me, with Gwynnie's creamy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2011

    Clarence Clemons, R.I.P.

    manu_gt500/Flickr​The Big Man has left the building. Clarence Clemons—Bruce Springsteen's main onstage foil for most of both men's careers, a tall, broad, black saxophonist whose unflappability contrasted physically and temperamentally with the small, feisty, white frontman to great comi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2011

    Justin Bieber and Usher: What's With That?

    Is anyone else getting a little embarrassed by all the mutual loving displayed by Justin Bieber and his mentor Usher, as seen on tonight's Grammy awards? We were gushily told it's a "beautiful relationship," then watched the two eye each other as Usher remembered, "I saw you in the parking lot..." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    The Top 10 Christmas Albums Of 2010

    No.​Ah, another shitty year is ending, and we find ourselves trying to buy our way out of it with Christmas presents while struggling to block out the same old endless stream of yuletide muzak. Luckily, there's always a few notable holiday-album standouts to break the tedium, this year includi ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 24, 2010


    Sympathy for the model

  • Dance

    December 15, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    The Worst Opening Act Ever

    ​The most treacherous thing about going to concerts--aside from having large people in front of you insist on standing and belching along through the whole thing--is that the opening act tends to be a total crapshoot. Sometimes it's an up-and-coming talent who's an absolutely perfect fit for t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    A Gay Bravo Show About Tops?

    Remember Greg Scarnici, the white guy who did the hilarious Aretha Franklin homage which I posted on this blog after the inauguration? No? Well, now he's done a parody of Top Chef as if it were a gay Bravo show called Top Top!

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Live Blogging the Michael Jackson Memorial

    Live Video streaming by Ustream For all the lovely grace notes, homages, and eulogies that have flowed from any number of erudite and compassionate individuals in the wake of Michael Jackson's untimely death at the young age of 50, a celebrity's death is not over in American until the huge, gaudy, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    33 1/3 Shortlist Drops, And It Is a Pale List Indeed

    So Continuum has released a 27 album-long shortlist of prospective books for the next 33 1/3 go-round. Those partial to counting might notice that exactly one record on this list could conceivably classified as hip-hop. That'd be Lil' Wayne's Da Drought 3, which seems like a pretty arbitrary random ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    So How Did The Inauguration Stack Up Today?

    I was right there watching it--in my living room--so no one is more equipped than I am to size up the varying facets of today's historic induction, rating it as if it were an Olympic event. And it WAS, honey. Let's start with the most important thing--Michelle Obama's outfit! It was a bunchy, spark ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2008

    The Grammys' Award-Winning Moments

    Which of the perverse telecast's random pairings was the looniest—Alicia Keys and dead Sinatra, Alicia Keys and half-dead John Mayer, or Carrie Underwood and the refugees from Stomp? I'll call it a tie—along with the tooth-achingly kitschy Beatles tribute and the three instrumentalists vying for ... More >>

  • Music

    January 8, 2008

    Soul Summit

    Here is the bland soul-karaoke record you did not request

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2007

    Hugs and Kisses 24: The Kate Nash Interview!

    Kate Nash headlines the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, January 9. It is already sold out. photo by Alice Rosenbaum Hugs And Kisses The Continuing Outbursts of Everett True THIS WEEK: Kate Nash, part one Listen. I conducted this interview--what--almost two months ago, same night as a Kate Nash sh ... More >>

  • Music

    November 20, 2007

    Extensions of a Woman

    Alicia Keys is still a few albums away from her masterpiece. She'll get there.

  • Music

    August 15, 2006

    Billie in a Bottle

    On Xtina's noble but knuckleheaded plea for diva greatness

  • Columns

    July 18, 2006
  • Music

    July 4, 2006

    Still in Love With Him

    Singing the praises of Al Green

  • Music

    May 23, 2006

    Mouse & Masque

    Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse elate, punk the masses

  • Music

    February 7, 2006

    Hatbox Hits

    Zircons Amid Generics and Bombs

  • Columns

    August 16, 2005
  • Dance

    August 16, 2005

    Angels at Work

    From Soho to Clinton, some dancers are out of this world; others just pretend to be

  • Books

    February 3, 2004
  • Music

    September 23, 2003

    The Commoner Queen

    Mary J. Blige Retains Her Hip-Hop-Soul Amateur Status and Makes Her Prose Sing Again

  • NYC Life

    September 16, 2003
  • Music

    June 3, 2003

    God Goes Goth

    50,000 Tears Under the Sea

  • Music

    April 8, 2003

    With God on Our Side

    Today's Pop-Gospel Albums Affirm the Persistence of Faith Through Adversity

  • Film

    December 24, 2002
  • Columns

    September 17, 2002
  • Music

    August 20, 2002

    Striving for Ease

    Randy Travis Stays With Us

  • Dance

    July 16, 2002
  • Music

    February 26, 2002

    Singing Cool and Hot

    Cassandra Wilson and Dee Dee Bridgewater Enter the Pantheon

  • Music

    December 5, 2000

    Paranoia Jumps Deep

    It's My Party and I'll Catfight If I Want Candy

  • Columns

    May 9, 2000
  • Music

    May 2, 2000

    21st Century History

    John Hammond’s Best and Brightest

  • Columns

    December 7, 1999
  • Music

    November 23, 1999
  • Dance

    September 28, 1999
  • Music

    June 1, 1999
  • Music

    January 12, 1999

    Imajinary Stories

    Ultimate Compilation Mania, 1999

  • Music

    November 3, 1998
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