Last summer, the good folks at Boo-Hooray and Gavin Brown's Enterprise held an open archiving of Afrika Bambaataa's 40,000 deep record collection prior to its delivery to Cornell University's vast Hip Hop Collection (CHHC), the largest archive of hip-hop materials in the world, spanning over four de ... More >>
[Ed note: Tomorrow, Voice Clubs Editor Brittany Spanos offer a counterpoint to this essay entitled "Katy Perry Must Be Stopped"] The chic thing to do on the internet this week is to moan about Katy Perry's Prism tour backup dancers. According to all the Wendy Whiners out there, because the faceless ... More >>
To hear most people tell it, the history of rap goes like this: MCs were originally rapping primarily to showcase their DJs. That is, until Sugar Hill Gang put out "Rapper's Delight" in 1979. It was the second rap record of all time, and an enormous hit, proving there was a market for rapping on wa ... More >>
Like seeing live music? Well GOOD NEWS, we've got every concert in the city worth a pair of ear plugs right here for you to comb through, and we add to the list each day.
Hip-hop is a youth culture, but Saturdays in June at Brooklyn's Rough Trade are seeing hip-hop culture inform the youth. Indie hip-hop favorite Princess Superstar is spending her Saturday afternoons this month teaching a hip-hop class for children ages 1-8 titled Princess Superstar's Playskool: Hip ... More >>
Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damagi ... More >>
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Kelis is cooking with fire
A decade ago the city limits of Harlem seemed to expand worldwide as the Dipset movement became a universally celebrated entity in hip-hop. From critics to customers, mainstream audiences to underground heads, traditionalists to avant garde indie kids, Dipset seemed to have something to offer everyb ... More >>
There will be fewer raucous ways to enjoy some live music Friday night than running over to the Bowery Ballroom to catch riotous Toronto hardcore sextet Fucked Up. Stories of the band's onstage wrecking sprees are legendary and well-documented, but at the heart of all the insanity is vocalist Damian ... More >>
Outkast have made something of an art form out of cleverly describing their own level of "cool." Though the Atlanta duo is far from the first rap group to do so, Big Boi and Andre 3000 have certainly made a game out of it, employing all manner of wordplay in their explanations of the matter. "Cooler ... More >>
It's been exactly one year since the Guardian published the first story exposing NSA surveillance on a scale that was, 366 days ago, still unimaginable. The news broke right in the middle of the Personal Democracy Forum last year, an annual technology and politics conference held at NYU's Skirball C ... More >>
There may be no one quite as busy as Jason King. Before we speak on the phone, he has just flown in from Dubai. Throughout the year he can be caught at either the NYU campus in Abu Dhabi or NYC teaching courses at Tisch's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music where he formerly served as artistic d ... More >>
Blue Note Jazz Festival, Helen Sung Quartet, and more lead a great month for live jazz
Twelve years ago, Non Phixion released the underground rap manifesto The Future Is Now. Consisting of the emcees Ill Bill, Goretex, and Sabac Red, plus the turntable talents of DJ Eclipse, the quartet resonated like a squad of rugged rap anti-heroes who weaved talk of conspiracy theories and governm ... More >>
See a modern great at the Jazz Museum’s annual concert
Binge on art at New York’s biggest block party
Frank O’Hara's masterwork turns 50
Ailey kicks off a new season with old favorites
These are the best jazz shows in NYC in June.
The Roots brought out the Lox. 50 Cent reunited G-Unit. Nas brought out Meek Mill and French Montana. MetLife Stadium didn't empty during Trey Songz set. Summer Jam is always packed full of surprises, and 2014's was no exception. And the biggest by far was just how dominant Nicki Minaj was. She put ... More >>
Was 1994 the best year for pop music in history? Quite possibly. Sure, some of it was terrible, but overall it was amazing: Nordic black metal, Britpop, pop punk, trip hop, and the best R&B of the '90s. (Boyz II Men were peaking). Hip-hop's Golden Age was winding down, but a new, arguably more co ... More >>
Brooklyn celebrates the art of puppetry
[Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.] Queens repping Meyhem Lauren is dropping his new Silk Pyramids project this week. Produced from top-to-bottom by the D.I.T.C. icon Buckwild, you can check th ... More >>
Arguably the hardest working woman in New York hip-hop, Dama Nilz's struggle is as heartbreaking as it is inspiring. Nilz has been a fixture of the underground rap scene despite life throwing her curveballs in-between her home-runs. Last winter she performed on "Jimmy Fallon," that spring she hit ha ... More >>
If you want to speak to Tommy, you have to somehow get ahold of his agent, who says the legendary drummer has retired. Joey, Dee Dee and Johnny are no longer alive. Marky emails you, "Ugh! That Bash is still going on? I want to steer clear of it. Don't think it has anything to do with the band!" In ... More >>
This Saturday, May 17th, the Hammerstein Ballroom will play host to an exciting historic night in professional wrestling. New Japan Pro Wrestling, the second biggest wrestling company on the planet, will be facing off against respected American wrestling promotion Ring of Honor for a rare cross-prom ... More >>
There are hip-hop interview archives, and then there's TheBeeShine. Launched by Jersey native Bryan Scheiner in summer 2010, it's since blossomed into one of the largest collection of hip-hop video interviews on the planet. Boasting over 1,600 interviews, Scheiner's disarming style has allowed for o ... More >>
Carly Wilford on EVR via When we paid a visit to the East Village Radio office two months ago for our profile on the station, there was no sign of financial trouble. In fact, station manager Peter Ferraro was planning for expansion, speaking to advertisers about sponsoring new shows and continuing ... More >>
Metal music is a genre that transcends all parts of the world and breaks all cultural and language barriers, from North and South America, to Europe and even Asia. From the early days of metal, and Judas Priest's classic 1979 live album Unleashed in the East (recorded in Tokyo), the music has always ... More >>
Ten years ago, Matt Diamond started Coalmine Records. The Brooklyn-based independent rap label's first release was "The Raw," a 12-inch single featuring the Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck, horrorcore-styled rapper Bekay, and one-time savior of New York hip-hop Saigon. Since then the Coalmine vault ha ... More >>
This week, XXL Magazine released their annual Freshman List to much fanfare and the usual fighting. The magazine's biggest issue of the year, since 2008 the Freshman List has become an easy-to-follow guide to which new artists are making noise in the rap game, as well as an increasingly more accurat ... More >>
The line-up for XXL magazine's 2014 freshman issue was revealed on Monday evening, with the "dirty dozen" of rappers on the cover including Chance The Rapper, Kevin Gates, Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dolla $ign and Rich Homie Quan. Troy Ave is New York City's sole inclusion. As with years gone by, comments s ... More >>
Intolerance screens Tuesday, May 13 at Film Forum
See Dave Markey’s classic music doc
Go art hopping between this week's expos
These are the best jazz shows in NYC in May.
If Elvis Presley taught us anything, apart from a love for peanut butter and banana sandwiches, it is that white men can dance. His successors such as Iggy pop, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, and Axl Rose are just as iconic for their showmanship as they are their music. All of these frontmen shake, sway, ... More >>
To go with our recent poetry issue, the Voice hosted an intimate poetry reading last night, Tuesday, April 29, at the Red Room (the new space on the third floor of the KGB bar, 85 East 4th Street). If you couldn't make it, listen to the poems below.
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.