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Arts, Entertainment, and Media

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    East Village Radio Is No 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    What the Hell Is Babymetal?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    How Not to Run an Indie Rap Label

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    XXL's Editor-in-Chief Defends This Year's Freshman Class

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    The 2014 XXL Freshmen: A Statistical Analysis

    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 >>

  • Film

    May 7, 2014
  • Voice Choices

    May 7, 2014
  • Voice Choices

    May 7, 2014

    GOING FOR BROKE

    See Dave Markey’s classic music doc

  • Voice Choices

    May 7, 2014

    FAIR PLAY

    Go art hopping between this week's expos

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    The 10 Best Jazz Shows in NYC This Month

    These are the best jazz shows in NYC in May.

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    The Six Best Male Dancers in Contemporary Rock

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Audio: Listen to These NYC Poets Read Their NYC Poems

    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.

  • Film

    April 30, 2014
  • Voice Choices

    April 30, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 4/28/14

    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Creature of Rebelmatic: The Patriarch of NYC's Hip-Hop Underground

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Kelis - McKittrick Hotel - 4/23/14

    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 >>

  • Art

    April 23, 2014
  • Theater

    April 23, 2014
  • Voice Choices

    April 23, 2014

    RHYME AND REASON

    Hear the poets from our recent poetry issue

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Five Better Producers for Michael Jackson's New Album

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Time Is Illmatic: New Doc Goes Behind the Scenes of Hip-Hop's Greatest Album

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Here's the Story on the Wu-Tang Affiliate Who Appears to Have Cut His Penis Off

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Music

    April 16, 2014
  • Voice Choices

    April 16, 2014

    WEIRD SCIENCE

    We Are Scientists experiment at Bowery Ballroom

  • 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

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