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Arts, Entertainment, and Media

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Exclusive Premiere: Shabaam Sahdeeq and DJ Spinna's "Do You"

    Back in the late-'90s, the Brooklyn-based Shabaam Sahdeeq and DJ Spinna formed something of an impromptu duo: Tracks like the Rawkus-released "5 Star Generals" showcased Shabaam's studied flow allied to Spinna's signature space-funk production. It's a winning chemistry that's back in effect with "Do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Kosha Dillz Presents: A Passover Playlist for The Ten Plagues

    Passover is in full effect. So what better way to celebrate the occasion than by lining up a broadly-rap-themed playlist devoted to the occasion? Enter Kosha Dillz, the top notch rapper and Gangsta Boo's favorite dining partner who not only took to the task with glee but decided to curate a cheery m ... More >>

  • Art

    April 9, 2014

    Free Verse: A New York Miscellany

    The Village Voice poetry issue.

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Ludacris: An Appreciation

    This is a statement that your brain will reflexively disagree with but also one that it will eventually accept as truth: Ludacris is one of rap's greatest and most unstoppable guest-verse performers of all time, and, despite his millions of album sales and shelf full of awards, he remains somehow un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Ratking Redefine NYC Hip-Hop on New Album So It Goes

    It's 6:30 pm on a Tuesday and it's hectic on West 14th Street outside Babycastles Gallery, where the three members of the up and coming hip-hop group Ratking are trying to figure out how to get all of their friends into their album release show. Upstairs, the two floors of the gallery are already fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Call the Village Voice Dial-a-Poem Service at (347) 618-6376

    As we mentioned in this week's cover story, we've set up a dial-a-poem service so you can hear many of the poems first published in this week's poetry issue, as read by the poets themselves. It's not an original idea by any stretch, but we're happy to continue the tradition. If you hate listening to ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 9, 2014

    NO MORE SILENCE

    Stand up for Ai Weiwei at PEN American center’s protest

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Challenge: Enter a Rap Battle

    Have you ever freestyle rapped? Please, right now, take the time to try it. Go to YouTube, find an instrumental, and just try to rhyme in rhythm off the top of your head about whatever you want. Seriously, try it. I'll wait here. See also: I Won an Evangelical Christian Rap Battle

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Free Verse: A New York Miscellany [The Poetry Issue]

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge famously drew a line: "prose -- words in their best order; poetry -- the best words in their best order." Granted, Coleridge was a poet, not to mention a stoner of the first order, and therefore probably had a tendency to be defensive about things. He was right, though. Had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    The New Wu-Tang Clan Album Should Not Happen

    Of late, Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA has been acting with a single-minded purpose: making a new Wu-Tang album happen, against all odds. He's already titled it A Better Tomorrow and dropped a couple singles to promote the album; even as projected release dates have come and gone, he's admitted he's strug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    The Best Jazz Shows in NYC This Month (Jazz Appreciation Month Edition)

    These are the best jazz shows in NYC in April, otherwise known as Jazz Appreciation Month! Read more about JAM and the JazzApril campaign.

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Do These Much-Loathed Rap Albums Deserve Our Ire?

    Last month marks five years since electronics and media giant Circuit City closed its doors forever. As a music fan, I miss Circuit City quite a bit. Not only were their prices on CDs usually exceedingly low, presumably in efforts to get customers to enter the store and buy televisions or whatever, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Tamara Tunie & Hamish Linklater to Host the 2014 Village Voice OBIE Awards

    Two stars of the stage, small and big screens will co-host the 2014 Village Voice OBIE Awards on May 19 at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street) in the East Village. Tamara Tunie, perhaps best known as the lead in the Public Theater's Troilus and Cressida (among more credits listed below) and Hamish L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Voss Brings Us Behind BET's "Freestyle Friday"

    This month, BET announced they're launching the second season of "Ultimate Freestyle Friday." What this means is more freestyle rap battle action will be hitting TV screens coast-to-coast, possibly launching new stars into the rap's collective conscience. But for a show that's been on the air for ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Hayley Williams Rock Star Life in Quotes

    Paramore is back and busier than ever. The band just completed its first destination cruise with fans (cleverly dubbed Parahoy!), which included four days and nights aboard the Norwegian Pearl, sailing from Miami, Florida, to Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. Fans enjoyed two outdoor shows by Param ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    M-TRI and DJ Leecy T Find Bliss in Hip-Hop Wedlock

    The one-MC one-DJ rap outfits have always shared a special bond, but none have shared holy matrimony. That is, until MTRI and DJ Leecy T. They recently released their new videos for "Rush" (with Ukraine artist Dee the Conscious One) and "Expression" (with Slovakia's Golias and DJ Muki), both filmed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Bob in the '80s: Diehard Fans Reclaim Dylan's Lost Decade

    "Is anyone out there wearing shoulder pads?" asked Dawn Landes as she took the stage at Music Hall of Williamsburg Monday night to perform her take on Bob Dylan's "Dark Eyes." The audience cooed in response, happy to humor her '80s reference and more than willing to listen to the Kentucky singer-son ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 26, 2014

    THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED

    When rockers have to grow up

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    The Allman Brothers' Still-Unfolding Saga Ain't Got But One Way Out

    One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band By Alan Paul St. Martin's Press, 464 pp., $29.99 Make no mistake. While only two of the six original members of the Allman Brothers Band were actual biological siblings, the fraternal ties of Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Which Philosophies Do These Metal Genres Exemplify?

    Metal bands have a beautiful combination of ballsiness and self-importance to put themselves out there, and risk looking hilariously self-serious. Simply put, there's no scene that gels better with my high school philosophy class than metal. You'd always rather read Kant listening to Ulver over Mode ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Diving into the Vinyl-Only World of Cotter Records

    Bobbito Garcia, the New York DJ and streetball legend, doesn't like the playlist on his East Village Radio show to be predictable. "I kind of pride myself on the fact that you can never guess what I'm going to play," he says in a recent phone interview. So how then does Garcia account for the fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    March 23, 2004: The Most Important Day in Indie Rap History?

    Where were you on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004? If you were a music fan, chances are you were picking up Usher's Confessions album, as it eventually went diamond and birthed "Yeah," a song that seems to get as much airplay today as it did 10 years ago. Or, if your radar picked up underground movements, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Have Already Made the Rap Album Of The Year

    Earlier this week, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib conspired to release the rap album of the year. Titled Pinata (or Cocaine Pinata to give the project its full and un-chain-store-friendly moniker), it's a 17-track listen that's shot through with the steely feel of a future classic. It's also a project tha ... More >>

  • Film

    March 19, 2014
  • Voice Choices

    March 12, 2014

    THE SELBY LIFE

    Todd Selby talks fashion

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    WNYC Doesn't Need Your Money: NY Public Radio Announces $10 Million Grant Barely A Week After Pledge Drive Ends

    On Monday, New York Public Radio announced a $10 million dollar grant from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation. According to the station, it's the largest gift ever given to a public radio station. The timing is convenient, as WNYC literally JUST wrapped up its winter pledge drive -- 9 days of ceasel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Weird Things Rock Stars Have Put Their Penis In

    We've built a culture that breathlessly responds to the reckless id of horny rock stars. It's either another colorful facet of pop culture or the crumbling of our basic human values, depending on how you look at it. What we do know, is that gross white men sticking their penis into esoteric things i ... More >>

  • Film

    March 5, 2014

    Who Killed the Romantic Comedy?

    Rom-coms used to be a cash cow --and wildly popular with audiences. What happened?

  • Voice Choices

    March 5, 2014
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    March 5, 2014

    WHERE IT'S AT

    Banksy and Swoon on wheels

  • Voice Choices

    March 5, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Revisiting Beat Street 30 Years Later

    Last week kicked off City College New York's fifth annual Is Hip-Hop History Conference. An annual conference aimed at preserving and promoting hip-hop culture, this year's opening night was a celebration of the classic hip-hop film Beat Street's 30th anniversary. Along with event co-founders Elena ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    My Goodness Prepares for Their "First Real New York Show"

    My Goodness is yet another slice of hard rock, ahem, goodness to come out of the Pacific Northwest. Hailing from Seattle, Washington, and the duo--comprised of Joel Schneider (guitar/vocals) and Andy Lum (drums)--are awash in soulful rock vibes, especially on their new album Shiver and Shake, due ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    The Question No One Asked: What's Jay Leno Been Up To Since Retiring?

    It was sad -- Jay Leno's 22 years hosting The Tonight Show ended with all the excitement of a guy farting at the mall. We all talked about his joke stealing and his talk-show stealing and how he'd played to the middle, threw away his talent. We were happy to see him go back to his garage and all h ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 26, 2014
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    February 26, 2014
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    February 26, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Why We Worship J. Dilla

    February might be the cruelest month for hip-hop fans. Despite being the shortest of the year, it reminds us in rapid succession of losing some of the most promising talents whose lives were cut just short of drastically impacting the rap world. Among those lost in this 28 day span are Big Pun (Febr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Which De La Soul Album Is the Best?

    Last Friday, Long Island rap greats De La Soul shocked and delighted the world in the best of ways by putting their entire Tommy Boy-released discography up for free download for 24 hours. Folks who've never experienced the group's output, or perhaps hadn't heard it in a while, flocked to their webs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Why Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" Is the Best Pop Video This Year

    I am a big Katy Perry fan. To me she's like a sister. I mean, she doesn't know she's like my sister, I've never met her, but in my heart she's family. Which means that, as her biggest fan, I'm also her biggest critic. I believe Teenage Dream is one of the top 5 pop albums of my lifetime, so I was qu ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 19, 2014
  • Film

    February 12, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Cerebral Ballzy vs. Pissed Jeans: Who Should You See This Sunday?

    For the discerning punk rocker, this Sunday, February 9th presents an epic dilemma for the ages: which amazing band should you go and smash shit up with? Pennsylvania's Pissed Jeans at the Knitting Factory, or Brooklyn's Cerebral Ballzy at the Gramercy Theatre? Let's weigh up the options... See als ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    The Voice's 2014 Obie Awards Scheduled for May 19 at Webster Hall

    Michael Feingold will return to chair the 2014 Village Voice Obie Awards -- Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway's highest honor -- to be presented Monday, May 19, at Webster Hall.

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    A History of Rappers and Boxing

    Yesterday, headlines were made and stomachs were turned with the news that Trayvon Martin-shooter George Zimmerman would be taking part in a "Celebrity Boxing" event. As if the notion of killing a teenager qualifying one as a "celebrity" wasn't enough, it was announced that Zimmerman's opponent woul ... More >>

  • Art

    February 5, 2014

    Artist Ben Eine Reveals How His Font Fixation Evolved From His Roots as a Rebel Tagger

    Street artist Ben Eine reveals how his font fixation evolved from his roots as a rebel tagger

  • Film

    February 5, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe: "We'll Be Absolutely Done As a Band"

    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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 5, 2014
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    February 5, 2014
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