B.J. Rosenberg

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    October 30, 2014

    A Salute to the Supporting Cast of Run The Jewels 2

    By now, you've had most of the week to play EL-P and Killer Mike's magnificent Run The Jewels 2 album on repeat. (If not, quietly chastise yourself and then head over here and download it now). While the chemistry between Mike and El is an undeniable draw, the Run The Jewels movement has also bloom ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York this Weekend, 10/17/14

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

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    September 30, 2014

    The Best Noise Music in September: Eric Copeland, Bloodeath

    [Ed. Note: In Please Enjoy Responsibly, columnist Raymond Cummings tracks down the best noise music of the month, while keeping an eye out for the best of recent months and saluting noise triumphs of yesteryear.] The buzz of the fan, the mumble of the air conditioner, the numbing hum of central air ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014

    What It's Like to Be Part of the All-Female Wine Team at a Manhattan Steakhouse

    Washington state transplant and sommelier Jessica Certo, now a decade deep into her NYC residency, knows how to work the floor of a steakhouse. She's so good at her job, she can sell a glass of Chardonnay to a lawyer ordering a filet. And Certo doesn't work at any old steakhouse, but the impressivel ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    The 10 Best Punk Rock Movies

    Punk rock has been a part of cinema ever since the music blasted out of New York, Los Angeles, and London in the mid to late '70s. In film and on TV, portrayals of punk are often misguided or straight laughable (Hello Quincy! Hi C.H.I.P.S!) But sometimes they get it kinda sorta right. Here now, ou ... More >>

  • Art

    August 13, 2014
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    July 18, 2014

    The 6 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 7/18/14

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

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    July 1, 2014

    Jesse Schenker: "This Is Not a Career, It's a Livelihood"

    That Jesse Schenker's cookbook collection is more than 350 volumes deep is not so much a reflection of his use of recipes at it is a window into his utter obsession with food--he thinks about his craft constantly, even when he's not at work, and he has since he was very young. The chef grew up in So ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Ask Andrew W.K.: Letting Go of Stress

    [Editor's note: Every Wednesday New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions, and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask:\ Dear Andrew, I'm literally drowning in stress. Anxiety ha ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    Bluestone Lane Brings Specialty Coffee and Good Food to the West Village

    I've wondered before in this column why good coffee and equally good food couldn't be paired together more often in the city. And yet again, it took a group of Australians from Melbourne to open a coffee shop with a full menu; or is it a restaurant with great emphasis on coffee?

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    May 28, 2014

    Ask Andrew W.K.: On School Shootings and Hatred

    [Editor's note: Every Wednesday New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions, and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask:] In this week's column, a bit of a departure. Given the ter ... More >>

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    May 14, 2014

    Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy in NYC This Week, 5/14 - 5/21

    This week in Cheap Laughs, we have television's finest improvisers, live dubbed sitcoms, Freudian drama, black talent, white talent, and a literal trip to comedy hell. Wear breathable fabrics, because it's going to be a hot one. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comed ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 14, 2014


    Celebrate Haitian Flag Day in Brooklyn

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    March 18, 2014

    10 Things to Do for Less Than $10 in NYC This Week

    Our job, here, is to make your work week be less stressful and more enjoyable. A great way to start is by taking in some shows during this year's NYC Improv Festival, which features both local and international comedy groups. Also, House of Vans is hosting an open house that includes free indoor ska ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    10 Things to Do for Less Than $10 in NYC This Weekend

    The countdown to spring (March 20, if you're keeping track) begins this weekend. Spring means love and better weather, and both are in the air. Here's how to celebrate them: Urban Park Rangers will host an evening of gazing at the stars with a "Night Sky" talk at Belvedere Castle, in Central Park. A ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    The Doppelgangaz: "We Hold Dipset Near and Dear to Us"

    [Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.] After dropping the marvelous HARK last year, the Doppelgangaz have opened their 2014 account with this week's 11-track Peace Kehd project. It's another fine ... More >>

  • Film

    February 12, 2014
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    January 29, 2014

    My Son Talked to God and Got Him to Cancel School

    Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book. In his column, he writes about his life and times. Perhaps you do not know this because you do not follow weather trends of the Southeastern United Stat ... More >>

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    January 28, 2014

    10 Ideas Under $10 for Your Week: Wrestling Mania, Never Have I Ever, and Super Bowl Fun

    New York City is gearing up for Super Bowl weekend, and festivities are underway this week to celebrate the big game. Parts of Time Square will be closed off to traffic to make way for Super Bowl celebrations, plus Latino pop star and Bronx native Prince Royce performs a free concert in Bryant Park. ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 12/30/13

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

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    November 13, 2013

    Six Nu-Metal Bands You Shouldn't Be Ashamed to Like

    There's a lot of bad music out there, and at the end of the day, the most reviled and defenseless genre of all is nu-metal. Too whiny to be intimidating and too dumb to be complimented on its wimpiness, nu-metal is generally not much more than a relic of the '90s and early '00s that we're all still ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 10/28/13

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

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    October 24, 2013

    The President's Visit to Crown Heights Will Shut Down Prospect Park for Six Hours, Reroute Buses

    President Obama is scheduled to address students Friday at Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), a full two miles from Prospect Park. And yet, the park announced via its website that it will be shut during the President's visit. There are also scheduled service changes to bus ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Is My Band Playing Too Many Shows?

    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 >>

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    September 16, 2013

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 9/16/13

    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.

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    September 3, 2013

    Which Candidate Has the Best Plan for Taking Our Food Supply Local?

    Food fanatics and environmentalists have been singing the praises of a local diet for years: The food travels fewer miles to your table (compared with the national average farm-to-plate distance for industrial produce, a whopping 1,500 miles), keeps dollars in your locality, and may even make you he ... More >>

  • Theater

    August 14, 2013
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    June 25, 2013

    The Athlete Rap Albums We Should've Gotten in the '90s

    There was a time in the mid '90s where the idea of an athlete releasing a hip-hop album was a radically new concept. It seems almost quaint now; athletes are still putting out rap music today and athletes will be putting out rap music for the foreseeable future, that's just how branding works. But t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    Home Team Round-Up: These Are Powers, 50 Cent, Animal Collective (Of Course)

    Sound of the City roots for the home team and so does Impose Magazine's Jeremy Krinsley. Alia Raza did the above video for Violens, a band that plays soft-heeled indie pop that is not in any way Lansing-Dreiden light, despite the band's frontman being first and foremost a member of that collecti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Breakfast Smell Recurs in Manhattan

    The Times notes several 311 calls from Manhattan complaining of a maple syrup smell in the air. A similar phenomenon had been reported in October of 2005, as was its disappearance, its December 2005 reemergence (this time "with Eggos, or pancakes," per one complainant), and a similar sighting, or sm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Pedophilia Panic Ruins' Poor Kids' Christmas

    Christmas is less than a week away, and the Times informs us that the Post Office's Operation Santa -- by means of which Good Samaritans can pick out and answer children's letters to Santa with gifts -- has been suspended at the Farley P.O., with "no boxes, no letters and no explanation." The Times ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    The Clipse's Pusha T Endorses A.P.C. Jeans

    The grapeshot hipster burst that is "Swagger Like Us" adds another degree of swirl to its sucking nexus of random downtown signifiers. Clipse, whose mixtape slash EP-length promo for their new clothing line, Play Cloths, is out today--it's called Road to the Casket Drops (find it here)--manage to sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    Pulp Fictions: Grant Morrison's Batman

    Comics come out on Wednesday, and so does Richard Gehr's Pulp Fictions. "Batman R.I.P." Grant Morrison DC Comics Hardcover "Come on, hit me," taunts the Joker as the Batcycle bears down on him during the brain-rattling climax to The Dark Knight. Can do—and can identify. Critical opinion on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2008

    East Village Radio Music Festival: It's Hard Out There for a Pirate

    KRS-One, performing somewhere far from the South Street Seaport East Village Radio, the sponsor of Sunday's South Street Seaport-hosted Music Festival, began life in 2003 as a pirate radio station, but as host KRS-One noted, while staring contemplatively out over the East River, "It's real hard to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2008

    Waste Deep in the Big Muddy: Reps Seek Superfund for Newtown Creek

    Green Brooklyn applauds Representatives Anthony Weiner's and Nydia Velazquez's letter to the EPA, which asks the agency to "conduct preliminary tests at Newtown Creek" with an eye toward getting Superfund money to clean up what is generally referred to as the Greenpoint Oil Spill. As Green Brookly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2008

    Voice Choice: Neal Medlyn's Unpronouncable Symbol

    Bisexual performance artist Neal Medlyn has described his life's journey as...

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    June 27, 2008

    Times New Viking ACME Tonight at the Whitney

    Kinder than Eat Skull, catchier than Jay Reatard, cleaner than No Age, Times New Viking is the everyman’s lo-fi band: probably too gross for labelmates New Pornographers, but still poppy enough to steal a few of their fans. Watch them peel the paint off the instillations at the Whitney and then ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2008

    Photos: Battles, MGMT, Circus Freaks at Bonnaroo 2008

    Battles; all photos by Mark Austin Bonnaroo: Day One MGMT, Battles, Superdrag, circus freaks Thursday, June 12 photos by Mark Austin Nick Anderman will be checking in a little later today from the 'Roo. But until he's done shaking off that hippie-juice hangover, enjoy Mark Austin's glorious pho ... More >>

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    June 12, 2008

    You Better Work! (With a New Class of Visa): The Foreign Model Dilemma

    What do fashion models and computer whizzes have in common? It's usually not their looks. If they aren't U.S. citizens, they share the same work visa class, the H-1B. Rep. Anthony Weiner thinks this is a problem because it means that models have more difficulty getting into the country. After all, c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2008

    Updated: Deerhunter Playing a Todd P Show This Friday, April 11

    Atlas Sound, the other project of Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox, will be at a space TBA. Would guess this'll be just Bradford Cox solo and not the full Atlas Sound Music Group. It's Deerhunter. Also, it appears that Deerhunter will be playing with the Black Lips at McCarren Park Pool this summer ... More >>

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    January 17, 2008

    Mel Cheren Memorial

    From Gay City News: A memorial service honoring and celebrating the life and achievements of Mel Cheren will be held on the evening of Thursday, January 17 at Saint Peter's Church in New York City from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 pm. Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern Ben Dav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2007

    AC Newman on Rock Writers, Dan Bejar's Dick

    We know you all read Nerve for the articles, so where was the 60-comment slow-news post on this Q&A from AC Newman talking about Dan Bejar's writing process ("I kind of write with my heart, and Dan writes with his dick, I guess") and how his band gets called "nerdy"? You've joked about being a ner ... More >>

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    December 5, 2007

    iVoice Team Exclusive: Andrew Bird at Beacon Theater Soundcheck

    iVoice Special Team correspondent/hacker Jon Bois managed to sneak into the Beacon Theater last Friday early afternoon for Andrew Bird's soundcheck. What follows is an exclusive real-time IM transcript re-enactment of the events he witnessed. **OnlineHost** Welcome to And ... More >>

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    July 17, 2007

    Why the Handsome Furs Couldn't Get Into the U.S.

    If you've been using something other than the Voice as your San Loco placemat (try holding the Onion on that burrito, friend), you probably missed a rather snifferific piece in last week's paper that explained why your favorite Canucks keep canceling their U.S. tours. Personally, I always suspected ... More >>

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    November 10, 2006

    No Recount Needed: 23 Dead in 9 Days

    Here's an illustration of the difference between change and the mere potential for change: In the first nine days of November, this country has seen a shift in the control of both houses of Congress and the departure of the Secretary of Defense. Meanwhile, in Iraq—even after bloody October— ... More >>

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    November 7, 2006

    Election Report: Surly Crowd in Dallas

    Apparently voters in Dallas are sparse and grumpy. Or so reports Unfair Park, the blog for our sister paper the Dallas Observer: At 9:12 a.m., there was a handful of folks voting, but there was plenty of room, which wasn’t the case at 7 a.m. According to one poll-watcher, there was quite the line ... More >>

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    July 27, 2006

    P.S. 64: Singer Just Keeps Drilling

    Workers were back hammering off the architectural detailing from P.S. 64 on East 9th Street Wednesday. But while there's been much outrage voiced on the Web over owner Gregg Singer's wanton destruction of this century-old former school's now landmarked facade, there wasn't a peep of protest on the s ... More >>

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    June 13, 2006

    Rudy's Bank Balance

    One thing you have to say about Mayor Giuliani: He liked really big sandwiches. (City archives) Word that Rudolph W. Giuliani's PAC is raising money tonight led Power Plays to the former hizzoner's filings with the Federal Election Commission, which reveal that as of April 30, Rudy's Solutions Amer ... More >>

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    December 15, 2005

    Transit Countdown

    All the holiday buntings, Christmas wreaths, and ringing Santa Claus bells up and down East 42nd Street this evening weren't enough to cheer up the grim negotiators who are trying to work out a new contract for 34,000 transit workers tonight. At 4 P.M. Thursday - with just eight hours to go until th ... More >>

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    November 8, 2005

    Council Hopefuls Get a Cameo

    Mayor Bloomberg's specter loomed over the City Council race in District 4, on the Upper East Side, as candidates Patrick Murphy and Dan Garodnick greeted passers-by Tuesday on the corner of 75th street and 3rd Avenue, just steps away from the voting booths in nearby P.S. 167. Signs festooning traffi ... More >>

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