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Arts, Entertainment, and Media

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Should Rap Lyrics Be Used in Criminal Trials?

    Legions of angry parents were already up in arms when gangster rap arrived on the scene. After the 1985 PMRC Senate hearings helped institute "Parental Advisory" stickers, albums by Ice-T and N.W.A. were among the first to be branded. Since then, rap as a musical form has continued to take its lumps ... More >>

  • Music

    January 29, 2014

    The History of Terrible Band Names

    How did we go from the Rolling Stones to Fartbarf?

  • Voice Choices

    January 29, 2014

    BY ANY NAME NECESSARY

    2 Chainz comes to Roseland Ballroom

  • Voice Choices

    January 29, 2014

    OOH LA LA!

    Tap your foot to Gigi

  • Voice Choices

    January 29, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Legendary Texas Punk Tim Kerr's Tribute to Folk Hero Pete Seeger

    This morning the world woke up to sad news. Pete Seeger, folk singer and hero of the working class, has died. He was 94. If you don't know it already, everyone ought to learn today about how Pete Seeger was dragged before the House Un-American Activities Committee and refused to testify but offered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    If Every Concert Were A Benefit, Pete Seeger Would Be Frank Sinatra

    [The following article, written by Tom Smucker, ran in The Village Voice on October 16, 1976.] See also: Legendary Texas Punk Tim Kerr's Tribute to Folk Hero Pete Seeger

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    'This Land Is Your Land': Portrait of a Song as a Bird in Flight by Pete Seeger

    [This article, written by Pete Seeger, first ran in our paper onJuly 1, 1971] See also: If Every Concert Were A Benefit, Pete Seeger Would Be Frank Sinatra

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Why the Grammys Don't Matter

    About this time five years ago, I was driving around with the radio tuned to a classic rock station when whatever super-computer Clear Channel uses to program its stations decided it was time for "Heart of Gold." "That was Neil Young," the DJ bantered afterwards. "Congrats to him for winning his fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    Will Madonna Join Pussy Riot Onstage in Brooklyn?

    We're hearing yes. Earlier this month it was announced that weirdos (Flaming Lips), jocks (Imagine Dragons), legends (Ms. Lauryn Hill), and the recently released from prison (Pussy Riot) will take the stage at Barclays Center on Feb. 5th for Amnesty International's Bringing Human Rights Home concert ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 22, 2014

    OUT OF HIDING

    Neutral Milk Hotel plays three nights at BAM

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Looking Back on Some Hilariously Overwrought Things Written About American Idiot

    This year marks the 10th anniversary for one of the weirdest moments in recent pop music history. Green Day somehow released one of the most critically acclaimed rock operas of all time. They were an entity primarily known for a series of respectable snot-punk slammers throughout the '90s, and then ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2014

    The Best Concerts in New York This Week, 1/20/14

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

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    50 Things We Learned From the 2013 Year in Movies

    At 8:30 a.m., this year's Oscar nominations will be announced, also known as national Gah! What Were Those Idiot Voters Thinking Day. We can't wait, so in the meantime, we give you this:

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll: Top 10 Singles By Year, 1979-2013

    Singles were added to the Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics' poll for the music of 1979 issue. Before that, only albums were ranked in the poll, which began in 1971, then stopped for three years before returning for good in early 1975 to recap the music of 1974. Here's a rundown of the top ten singl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    The Year's Most Acclaimed Hip-Hop Artists Transcended Backpack Pasts

    "In this season, the man of goodwill will wear his heart up his sleeve, not on it." —W.H. Auden "Wu-Tang forever." —Drake There are only so many ways to conceal your backpack past. You can auto-tune your voice to sound like an answering machine or submerge it in a chopped-a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Bow Down: Beyoncé Finally Lets Us In

    Beyoncé fans began 2013 believing they wanted, even deserved, a certain kind of truth from their pop idol. As is the case when a celebrity begins sparkling too brightly, we had gotten curious (if not outright suspicious), after 10 years of überstardom, about the diva's bulletproof, halo- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    My Bloody Valentine, Mazzy Star, and the Year in '90s Indie Rock Revivals

    No one expected a new My Bloody Valentine album in 2013. There were a few signs pointing to its pending arrival — the shoegaze pioneers had announced that the follow-up to their seminal 1991 record, the stunning and ethereal Loveless, had been mastered. They didn't provide a release date, trac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll: Top 10 Albums By Year, 1971-2013

    Cruise through this index of the Voice's top ten albums from 1971 through 2013, according to its annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, started by Robert Christgau. The poll has run every year since '71, except for a three-year hiatus after that first year. The prominence of legacy artists on the inaugu ... More >>

  • Music

    January 15, 2014
  • Film

    January 15, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Can a Band Overcome Bad Early Albums?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    Songs OutKast Should Play at Their Reunions to Please True Fans

    It's official: Outkast is back. Live, at least. Fans would no doubt love to hear the duo is back in the lab working on something new, but knowing that they're headlining Coachella in April and then Governors Ball in June is good enough. Dre and Big Boi can, of course, patch together a set of big hit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    The Audible Doctor Discusses 50 Cent's Jenga Skills

    Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. As part of the Brown Bag Allstars, The Audible Doctor has held down an esteemed position in the New York City rap underground for a while now. 2014 is shaping up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Yuna Wants to Break Listeners Free of Their Fantasies

    Since moving to Los Angeles three years ago, Yuna has encountered a host of interesting faces and talents. "I love seeing their ideas, their passion," she states. "I feel driven and motivated by these people." The people in question are a growing list of talented collaborators like Frank Ocean's pro ... More >>

  • Music

    January 8, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Five Rappers Who Will Be Big in 2014

    Hip-hop turned 40 last year. One constant throughout its history? There's always a new act just around the corner, ready to completely flip the game with a new style. So who's on deck in 2014? Here are five MCs we are confident will be much discussed over the next twelve months. See also: Five NY ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Hip-Hop Classics Turning 20 in 2014

    There's a reason "bring it back to '94" had become such a heartfelt calling card for hip-hop traditionalists. While it's always been a primarily singles-driven genre, you would be hard pressed to find a single year with more endlessly influential, important and well aging rap classics than 1994. A l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Will These Delayed Rap Albums Finally Come Out in 2014?

    The year was 2009 AD. After countless years of delays and speculation, Wu-Tang Clansman Chef Raekwon unleashed upon an unprepared world Only Buily 4 Cuban Linx II. Originally slated for a 2005 release, the exceptionally big gap between its announcement and its hitting store shelves was quickly forgi ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 1, 2014
  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    The 2013 NYC Rap Report: 8 Artists Give Their Take On The Year

    With 2013 drawing to a close, we checked in with eight New York rap artists who contributed notable releases to the schedule and pressed them for their own take on how they felt the year in hip-hop went. Read on to hear what Homeboy Sandman, YC The Cynic, CJ Fly, Steel Tipped Dove, the Doppelgangaz, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Meet Knowledge the Pirate, The First Gangster To Rap Over Neptunes Beats

    Knowledge the Pirate counts himself as a member of the rapper Roc Marciano's inner circle. Alongside KA, who we recently nominated as recording the best New York City rap album of the year, Knowledge appeared on Marci's acclaimed Reloaded project and was also around during the recording of that proj ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    The Best Country Albums of 2013

    The most frequent complaint non-country listeners make about today's Nashville is that the music doesn't sound like it used to. That's true. But it's not that the hitmakers have abandoned their base -- it's that they've annexed the audiences abandoned by rock when rock went crabby after Nirvana. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    9 Fantastic Old-School Hip-Hop Christmas Songs

    Looking to freshen up your faithful ol' holiday playlist with a little hip-hop? Well nix thoughts of falling back on that foul-mouthed Christmas On Death Row album -- rappers were penning joyful and funked-up holiday ditties long before Snoop and Dre and Suge decided to congregate around the metapho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    What Would an Action Bronson Cologne Smell Like?

    If New York City Subway advertisements are anything to go by, the absolute most important gift to bestow upon a loved one this December is the opportunity to smell like Nicki Minaj, whose new perfume Minajesty is now out and available for purchase. But why should the chance to rock somebody's nose l ... More >>

  • Film

    December 18, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    The 10 Best Folk Metal Bands

    A distinct subgenre of heavy metal called "folk metal" has developed over the past few decades. Spawning from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the mid '80s in Europe, the harmonies and melodies of power metal, were combined with traditional instrumental folk music to create a visceral, nature- ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 18, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    What We Can Learn From Beyonce's Feminism

    There are moments when Beyonce not only references her past but displays clips from it like awards on her mantel. In "***Flawless," she frames an anthem of exuberant self-love and feminist rage with clips of her appearance on Star Search as a pre-teen with her group Girl's Tyme. The first one is the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Read the "Stomach-Churning" Sexual Assault Accusations Against R. Kelly in Full

    It's been nearly 15 years since music journalist Jim DeRogatis caught the story that has since defined his career, one that he wishes didn't exist: R. Kelly's sexual predation on teenage girls. DeRogatis, at that time the pop-music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, was anonymously delivered the first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Chase N. Cashe: "Troy Ave Has the Best Rap Album of 2013"

    Chase N. Cashe may be the most popular guy in hip-hop. In a few short years, the New Orleans rapper/producer has ingratiated himself with seemingly everyone; being memorably name-checked by Drake on "9 am in Dallas," winning Grammy Awards, clocking production credits with the likes of Beyonce and Li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Four New York Rappers Before They Were Famous

    Nothing ever truly disappears from the internet--or so we're told. It's a rule that applies for a bunch of currently-feted New York rappers whose prior songs, images and MC monikers can still be found online in the nooks of outlets like SoundClick and YouTube. Here's a trek through the ages of the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    21 Movie Romances That We Loved in 2013

    In 2013, love came in many forms: girl on zombie, boy on smartphone, and James Franco on -- count 'em -- two hot bikini babes at the same damn time. Sure, romantic comedies are as extinct as Oprah Winfrey's chances of winning Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes, but audiences had plenty of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Jingle Ball 2003: The Time A Simple Plan Was Billed Over Jay Z and Beyonce

    It's the most wonderful time of the year. The stockings are hung, the lights are shining bright and that can only mean Z100's Jingle Ball is near! One of New York's most beloved traditions, since 1993 the Jingle Ball has served as both the holliest AND jolliest of non-stop pop performances, as well ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Five Things You Will Find at Every Massive Pop Show

    Justin Timberlake is currently touring his immaculately conceived three-hour 20/20 Experience extravaganza. It is the perfect pop show, utterly devoid of commentary--just the larger-than-life presence of a star and his silky-smooth musical meal. Lest we sound disparaging here, it should be said: You ... More >>

  • Theater

    December 11, 2013
  • Music

    December 11, 2013
  • Voice Choices

    December 11, 2013

    ALL I WANT FOR XMAS IS . . .

    The holidays are meant for singing terrible tacky music

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    The 10 Best New York City Rap Albums of 2013

    The mainstream end of New York City's 2013 rap output might have seen uptown upstarts A$AP Rocky and French Montana putting numbers on the board, but the city's most fertile and invigorating offerings came from less glitzy-reaching enclaves. Consider this round-up a salute to the rap albums that bes ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 4, 2013
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