Hey guys! SXSW is just around the corner! It's the most exciting time for the music industry! With so much relevant stuff happening, it can be hard to process it all! Don't worry, deep breaths, we got you! We have the inside scoop on where all the hip kids are going to be this week, and you're in lu ... More >>
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 >>
A quarter pound of fatty brisket plus a side of mac n' cheese at Morgan's (267 Flatbush Avenue, 718-622-2224), $8.50 Meat smoked the old-fashioned way and a host of Texas sides are on offer at this Prospect Heights BBQ joint.
It's when Marnie Stern, bundled in a gold puffer jacket, steps away from the Starbucks counter that I see she's covered from waist down in day-glo, neon lemon shoes sticking out from electric cerulean pants declaring her the brightest person on the Upper East Side before she's even opened her mouth. ... More >>
Security and Cops Gettin' Wild: Look, I get it. Every drunken dickhead in town "knows someone" or thinks he has pull at the door, but that doesn't mean the hammer goes down on everyone. I was stopped by two cops who didn't want me to walk 50 yards from where the Smashing Pumpkins would be playing an ... More >>
Great lamb ribs are one of Gonzales Food Market's eccentricities. Founded in 1958 on the north side of Gonzales, Texas' courthouse square, Gonzales Food Market is still youthful in Texas barbecue years. Yet, in its relative obscurity and unreconstructed nature (the place still functions fully as a ... More >>
Here are the 10 best shows around the city this week, in no particular order.
Park City's Breakouts
So many years later, and still most musicians in the trashy rock'n'roll underbelly can't shake that Ramones rush. In fact, there has been a Rockaway Beach-like surf rolling in for the past couple years; boffo bands from all over have their debt to the four leather-clad lads instantly assessed, in th ... More >>
Last night, the James Beard Foundation's winner's list was completed--the media awards were over the weekend and listed here yesterday. In addition to major excitement over the first ever Outstanding Bar Program award other highlights included a tie for Best Chef Southeast (a hot dining destination ... More >>
In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images. This week, we packed up our paint and headed down to Austin for the annual hurricane of musical adventure that is South By Southwest. I feel both like I just got to the jam ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in this planet's many happenings, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. To break down the chaos, a few of Village ... More >>
Brooklyn's econo-electronics-mishmashing, art-rocking noisemakers Parts & Labor are calling it a day and throwing a farewell jamz bash to ring in the band's indefinite hiatus on Friday at 285 Kent. Conceived in the early aughts by electronic gnaw artists and dueling vocalists Dan Friel and (bassist) ... More >>
The puffy tacos on Mexican Mondays at Goat Town An old friend of mine, Julie Farias, recently took over as chef at Goat Town, an East Village bistro. Julie was born and raised in San Antonio, and with her assistance, I made a trip there a couple of years ago. The Central Texas city is one of the c ... More >>
On October 18 Patrick Stump will release his solo debut Soul Punk (Island), a fantastic, hooky pop-soul record, full of choruses that soar into the stratosphere and crystalline lyrics. The Fall Out Boy lead singer plays every instrument on the record, and the album lays bare his appreciation for bot ... More >>
And why the American Immigration Council is Great!
We spoke with swampbuggy bad-ass Quintron very briefly on Monday afternoon, amid the throes of a pre-tour van emergency. But since then something else far more harrowing has developed, specifically an undisclosed "family emergency at home," which has sadly forced cartoon lady Miss Pussycat and her o ... More >>
The comedian/writer/rapper is on a collision course with stardom
Explosions In The Sky/Low/Eluvium Radio City Music Hall Wednesday, April 6 Better Than: Sitting around and waiting for season five of Friday Night Lights to start. Explosions In The Sky have one of the strangest approaches to designing a set that I've ever witnessed. As soon as the Austin, Texa ... More >>
Rocky Business at the Mercury Lounge last week. Photo by Nate "Igor" Smith.With three weeks to go and counting, we figured we might as well make it official: please join us in welcoming the 2011 Village Voice SXSW party, presented in concert with Frank 151, and starring the Wu-Tang Clan, Fish ... More >>
The year in music, circa 2010, started at the Cake Shop, with a shred-down to the New Year courtesy of Siren Festival MVP-to-be Marissa Paternoster and her band Screaming Females. After a tour through the NYE fetes of the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, that night ended amidst a marathon sh ... More >>
What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the feds got off their duffs?
Well allow him to retort. Oh my. Beloved SOTC cohort Christopher R. Weingarten, he of the remarkably profane rants against music-blog culture, has ascended to such heights that he has now inspired an SXSW answer panel. This March, get down to Austin, Texas, by any means necessary for... Curatoria ... More >>
In Austin, Voice friend Josh Olson -- screenwriter of A History of Violence and author of last year's popular screed, "I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script" -- served on a SXSW panel with Alex Tse, who wrote the screenplay for Watchmen. Olson tells us Tse surprised him with a gift his wife Li ... More >>
Rebecca SmeyneVivian Girls The biggest shocker of this year's SXSW was that it was bitterly cold in Austin on Saturday. Seriously freezing, out of nowhere, 37 degrees. The kind of abnormal Texas temperature that had yours truly shamefully wearing legwarmers purchased off the street (?!?) because th ... More >>
Hello from Madison Square Garden, where once may be enough
Enter the labyrinth with Mica Levi
Hey Mr. Sax Man, you're the hidden king of rock and roll, or whatever it is
Proof that no matter how hard we pretend to be, we're all fragile
Where the fuck is for example the Z100, gangsta-rock, and Merina-Senegalese fusion?
A roll call of this year's bands at Coney Island's favorite freak show
Peaceful universes in which the strange and the familiar lie down and leap up together
Dull Heads Among Windy Spaces
The Rapture Is Coming
Tap Fest Redux
Performance Theater's Intimate Surprise
A Veteran of the Abortion Struggle Looks Back