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 >>
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.
Opening for Kool AD this Thursday night at Webster Hall is hip-hop-infused punk outfit Rebelmatic, a group fronted by MC and DIY-innovator Creature, a face familiar to anyone who's ever even walked near a hip-hop event in New York City in the past two decades. From his '90s output with his group Tri ... More >>
Better Than: Soul food with an emphasis on screaming, shaking, censor-free soul. You knew the evening would be special as soon as the mac n' cheese came around. Before Kelis took the tiny stage at the McKittrick Hotel--made all the tinier by her 12-piece, brass-ridden band--concert-goers were more ... More >>
Don't call her a dish
Hear the poets from our recent poetry issue
Like most right-thinking people, we were disappointed when producers decided to capitalize on unreleased Michael Jackson material with the album Michael just one year after the King of Pop passed away. It was a crass, money-making maneuver, and the album showed it. They're doing it again this year ... More >>
Nas entered the Beacon Theater in a suit. It was a nice suit, a cool grey number with a blue tie, well-tailored. He looked sharp. But Nas in a suit is not the same as Jay-Z in a suit. Jay-Z in a suit looks like a man who has worked hard all his life so that he can rock a Tom Ford custom that costs m ... More >>
As we reported yesterday, rapper Christ Bearer apparently severed his penis and jumped off of his Studio City apartment balcony, in what appears to be a suicide attempt. But despite his affiliation with Wu-Tang Clan, most people -- Wu fans included -- know very little about him. Here's his story: ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
We Are Scientists experiment at Bowery Ballroom
The Village Voice poetry issue.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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
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 >>
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 >>
These are the best jazz shows in NYC in April, otherwise known as Jazz Appreciation Month! Read more about JAM and the JazzApril campaign.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
When rockers have to grow up
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Todd Selby talks fashion
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 >>
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 >>
Rom-coms used to be a cash cow --and wildly popular with audiences. What happened?
Banksy and Swoon on wheels
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 >>
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 >>