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    April 17, 2014

    Look for the Punks This Weekend, New York's Alright 2014 Gets Underway Thursday

    For the second year running, and this year maybe to fill the void left by now-finished Chaos in Tejas festival in Austin, the New York's Alright punk/hardcore festival is here. From Thursday through Sunday, various spots throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan will be drenched in feedback, d-beats, leathe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    How I Accidentally Became a Drug Dealer

    [Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning scribe and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] The biggest concern in my life recently is that every show on my DVR is the regular definition version, rather than the high definition version. As you can see, things have a ... More >>

  • Film

    October 2, 2013
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    July 24, 2013

    Which Music Festivals Are Dirtiest?

    Our music feature this week focuses on the environmental impact of music festivals, which tend to be--surprise, surprise--ecologically problematic. For the piece we talked with Tucker Gumber. Known on his blog as The Festival Guy, he goes to just about every festival imaginable. In fact, he's been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    If You're Not Paying Attention, You're Part of the Problem: The Black Angels Get Real

    The unapologetically lo-fi, imperfect recordings; the discordant, impassioned political balladry punctuated by frustrated calls-to-action; the telltale, metallic sojourns of psychedelic rock: at first play, Indigo Meadow, the latest from The Black Angels, sounds like it could've been ripped from a b ... More >>

  • Film

    March 27, 2013
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    March 18, 2013

    The Best Shows at SXSW This Year

    This year, our sister papers the Dallas Observer and Houston Press teamed up to document the SXSW madness for your amusement and/or edification. Here are the 12 best shows and moments they saw.

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2013

    The Ten Dumbest Things Overheard at SXSW

    For every insightful conversation I have heard or had at SXSW over the years, whether it was talking to Matt Pinfield while walking the streets of Austin talking about David Bowie, or telling The Clash's Mick Jones that he was in fact, in The Clash, I have overheard a thousand awful ones. See Also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    The Five Biggest Sellouts at SXSW

    SXSW is not a music festival so much as it is an experiment in excess. In honor of the world's most bloated city this week, we present the five biggest sellouts at SXSW. See also: Why We'll All Try to See Justin Timberlake at SXSW, and Why That's Completely Wrong

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    The Most Overused Terms In SXSW Band Bios

    By Craig Hlavaty Before I take any trip to Austin and SXSW, I always take more than a few days to peruse the schedule and check out a few of the hundreds of names on the roster and read their bios. Some years there are more bands with "wolf" and "space" in their monikers than usual, and some year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    The Story of Kolaches

    The apricot version at Brooklyn Kolache Co. After high school in Dallas I went to college in Austin, so for the first couple of years I hitched rides between the two places several times a year. For UT students, there were several popular stopovers on the four-hour ride, including a little bakery ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    In Luling, TX, A Shop Devotes Itself Almost Exclusively to Watermelons; All Hail the Thump Queen!

    The sheer quantity of watermelon-themed merchandise is bewildering. Luling is an important whistlestop on the Central Texas barbecue trail. Sitting on the main drag just across from the railroad tracks that bisect the town, City Market is one of those venerable pits that grew out of an early-20th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    SXSW Nostalgia: Breakfast Tacos at Downtown Bakery

    Two to an order, the breakfast tacos are not far from those you had in Texas. Generations of SXSW attendees have returned from Austin totally addicted to breakfast tacos. They've been treated like drug users on a cold-turkey program due to lack of supply in the city. You'd think some canny restaur ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 7, 2012


    Don’t stay away from Charli XCX

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Four Top Five Lists From The Spits

    Ever-touring, ever-spazzing, ever-wig-donning punk rock nutsos The Spits have a brand-new album out on In the Red, their fifth. It's called, as all their albums are, The Spits, and it's another buzzy blast of freaky fun, if a tad darker than the rest of their gonzoid garage catalog. To celebrate its ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 24, 2011


    A new film fest opens in Hell's Kitchen

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Rock-Critic Pop Quiz #11: How Many Members Of Butthole Surfers Can You Name?

    Woe betide anyone who actually bought this record​For weeks, scared rock journos could avoid participating in this important "Are You Smarter Than a Rock Critic?" pop-quiz shame exercise by blocking our AIM name or not picking up their cell phones. But this week is SXSW! The yearly blowout whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: Bad Tenants and Gnarly Neighbors

    ​This week in the Voice, Elizabeth Dwoskin introduces us to New York's 10 worst tenants. Scam artists, murderers, and hoarders all make this list of nightmare neighbors. Next time you feel like complaining because the people upstairs are playing their music too loud, be thankful you don't live ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Posts of the Week

    Huzzah, it's Friday afternoon. Time for a little bit of nostalgia: We ranked Our 10 Best Vegetarian Street Foods. Just in time for South by Southwest, Our Man Sietsema provided an eating guide for New Yorkers who find themselves in Austin. A battle of the ostrich burgers between Bare Burger and E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    James Beard Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists Announced

    opentable.comThe product of blood, sweat, and tears​It's almost time for the Oscars. That is, the Oscars of the food world: the James Beard Foundation Awards. Today marked the announcement of the restaurant and chef semifinalists, who were chosen from a record 28,000 online entries. Finalists ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Crocodiles, Dum Dum Girls Cancel Their Tours

    ​Alas. Crocodiles (left) had a show at Maxwell's in Hoboken tonight; Dum Dum Girls were set for Music Hall of Williamsburg with Frankie Rose and the Outs on November 1. Both shows/tours have been scrapped entirely, per a family emergency (Brandon Welchez from the Crocs and Dee Dee from the Dum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Dish No. 51: Migas at General Greene

    ​ ​Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, Fork in the Road's handy list of some of our favorite dishes -- old standbys and new finds alike -- compiled daily. Today's pick: Migas ($8) at General Greene General Greene 229 DeKalb Avenue Ft. Greene, Brooklyn 718-222-1510

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Crystal Head Vodka Banned in Ontario; Shocker: French Study Shows Wine is Good

    ​Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka has been banned in Ontario because the bottle looks like such a lifelike skull. Oddly, Canadian-born Aykroyd thinks the decision "kind of makes the product more appealing." [Globe and Mail] Meanwhile, Crystal Head Vodka has reached the one millionth bottle ma ... More >>

  • Music

    March 24, 2010

    Todd P’s MtyMx Mexican Standoff

    The chaotic, contentious, possibly dangerous, proudly defiant scene at the promoter's Monterrey festival

  • Voice Choices

    March 24, 2010


    Spoon rock Radio City Music Hall

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2010

    I Saw Butterfly Explosion at SXSW and They Are Not a Band of Hippies

    Shoegazer shoes Butterfly Explosion March 17 Habana, Austin, Texas When you go see a band because they're labeled "shoegaze," you get a smile on your face when you see them set up 19 different foot pedals on the stage. You don't need to double-check your SXSW schedule. You know you're in the right ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Eugene Mirman on Beef Navels, the Brooklyn Food Scene, and Babies in Bars

    Eugene Mirman, with friend.​Eugene Mirman is a very funny man--so funny that this very publication dubbed him New York's best stand-up comedian in 2009. You've probably seen him on Flight of the Conchords or at Union Hall, where he hosts Tearing the Veil of Maya with Michael Showalter. Last ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Posts of the Week

    It's sweet, sweet Friday. An ideal time to look back, through the wind and rain, at the best posts of the last five days. Alone in the kitchen with a pig's uterus... Pulino's Beth Ann Simpkins talked about pizza, bi-coastal pizza obsession, and her 100 percent carbohydrate diet... ...While Eugene ... More >>

  • Music

    March 9, 2010

    SXSW Cheat Sheet 2010

    Our finest exports to this year's Texas fete, starring Maluca, Naam, Shellshag, MNDR, and Twin Sister

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2010

    Great Barbecues of Texas: The Salt Lick in Driftwood

    ​What's that curious yellow fluid? Read on to find out. In many ways, the Salt Lick Bar-B-Que in Driftwood, Texas is the odd man out among Central Texas barbecues.

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    The James Beard Awards Semi-Finalists Have Been Announced

    Will the spirit of James Beard smile upon New York chefs?​The James Beard Foundation announced its list of semi-finalists for the annual James Beard Awards today, kicking off the food world's very own Oscar season scrum. The semi-finalists were selected from a pool of 21,000 online entries; th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    7 Political Ads That Might Be Weirder Than Carly Fiorina's "Demon Sheep"

    The internet gazed in wonder yesterday at the "Demon Sheep" campaign ad put out by Carly Fiorina, Republican candidate for the Senate in California. It has many brain-searing qualities: a tortured sheep metaphor (teased out with pigs, an alpha sheep that tumbles from a pedestal through a storm-rip ... More >>

  • Film

    September 15, 2009
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    April 28, 2009

    Some More Drag Queen Names!

    A few of these I stole from actual drag queens, while others were made up in the sequined closet of my mind. But wherever they were born, these super fun drag names are all tucked and pretty and begging to be ripped off by any lady with razor stubble. Kitty Porn, Sue Veneer, Bessie Mae Mucho, Sybil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Handicapping the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

    The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party has grown to be one of the great culinary events of the summer. This year the 7th annual edition will be held on June 13th and June 14th in Madison Square, from 11 am till 7 pm, which is two hours longer than the previous year. As usual, the collection of barbecues ... More >>

  • Music

    September 23, 2008

    ATP Rocks the Catskills

    Reporting live from Kutsher's, starring a loud-as-hell My Bloody Valentine

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2008

    SXSW: Kate Nash at the Q Magazine Party

    Kate Nash Driskoll Hotel, Austin Saturday, March 15 Kate Nash is taking her boots off. She has slipped off her acoustic guitar and is settling in behind the keyboard, pulling her legs underneath to reveal two little feet covered in bright blue socks. The room—at least the front half of the room ... More >>

  • Music

    April 10, 2007

    Roky's Inferno

    The unlikeliest (and wildest) of comebacks roars improbably on

  • Music

    March 20, 2007

    The Power of Soul Compels You

    Risking drunken pawing from her grabby admirers, Sharon Jones obliterates your cynicism

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2006

    Report: We're Doomed!

    "Please stand clear of the end of civilization!" (MTA) It was 8 p.m. by the time I got the family truckster out on the road last Friday. The Merritt's first few miles of gentle curves lulled us into a sense of security. Then, all of sudden, around a bend, there's this sea of brake-lights, and this ... More >>

  • Music

    July 11, 2006

    History Lessons

    Brazil, Beliz, San Antonio, Soho, Mother Africa—all journeys into paradise

  • Music

    March 14, 2006

    A Level Field

    1,500 up-and-coming acts take the music-biz mat in Austin

  • News

    April 5, 2005
  • Music

    October 12, 2004

    Competing With Life

    Annual clusterfuck pulls in hordes except when it doesn't

  • News

    May 11, 2004

    Big Spam Hunter

    In which our hero tracks the hairy beast behind a skeezy mortgage offer

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    May 14, 2002
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    March 5, 2002
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    May 8, 2001
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    February 15, 2000
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