B.J. Rosenberg

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    September 11th, 2001 Was a "Super Tuesday" of Album Releases

    The music industry was in a very different place 13 years ago. Record stores were thriving, profits were record setting and certain Tuesdays each year were marked as "Super Tuesdays," when the various record labels would roll out several major releases at once, often resulting in fans making multipl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Staten Island Teachers Furious Their Union Didn't Want Them to Wear NYPD Shirts to the First Day of School

    A group of public school teachers in Staten Island planned to wear T-shirts supporting the New York Police Department to the first day of school yesterday, but most backed off after warnings from their union, the United Federation of Teachers. The Staten Island Advance reports that more than 600 sh ... More >>

  • Film

    August 13, 2014
  • Voice Choices

    July 16, 2014


    OOIOO’s minimalism is anything but minimal

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Ask Andrew W.K.: Should I Start Doing Heroin?

    [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 scored a big batch of Oxycotin not too lon ... More >>

  • 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 7, 2014

    Despot Pays Tribute to Ratking: "That Is Some Very Particularly New York Shit."

    [Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.] After signing to EL-P's Definitive Jux label a decade ago, Despot has teased fans about his long-rumored debut album with a series of one-off tracks and came ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Avonte Oquendo's Mother Warned School He "Liked to Run," Requested One-on-One Supervision, Report Shows

    The search for missing autistic boy Avonte Oquendo came to a heartbreaking end in January, when his remains were found near Powell Cove Boulevard in Queens. A new report released yesterday by the agency in charge of investigating New York City's public schools shows several blunders in Avonte's care ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 2/3/14

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

  • Voice Choices

    January 22, 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

    Bishop Nehru Reveals Details Of His Collaborative Album With MF DOOM

    Bishop Nehru seeped onto the scene last year with his Nehruvia mixtape. That project presented the (then) 16-year-old rapper from upstate New York as someone blessed with an endearingly slurry flow and a mature and accomplished take on the world. Since then Bishop Nehru's stock has been steadily ris ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 1, 2014
  • Voice Choices

    January 1, 2014


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  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Poll: Who's the More Horrible Media Troll, Richard Cohen or Lori Gottlieb?

    It's been quite a week for people writing what appear to be deliberately stupid editorials, but then, isn't it always? Earlier this week, the internet was in an uproar over Richard Cohen, Washington Post columnist and musty old bigot, who finds a new way to bum us out almost every Tuesday. As a remi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Chick P's Shakshuka, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Shakshuka from Chick P (490 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, 718-783-1525), $9 This belly-warming bowl of stew will fortify you against the cold -- or give you a good base for a beer-fueled night at Barclays Center.

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    The Secret to Getting Publicity for Your Band

    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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 16, 2013
  • Voice Choices

    September 25, 2013


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  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    What's Happening This Weekend: NYC Pizza Run, Taste the West Village, Hammer & Claws, Stone Street Oyster Festival & More

    You could head upstate on an apple picking trip this weekend, but if you're feeling like it's a little early for that, there are plenty of fall activities happening in the city to get you in a more autumnal mood. Here's a look at where to head.

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    The Strangest Sandwiches in the City Come From Sunny & Annie's

    The deli sandwiches from my neighborhood bodega are reserved for particular times of day: 4 a.m., when I'm stumbling home drunk, or around midday after a big night out when I'm stocking up on water and Advil and don't have the willpower to wait for a more decent meal to soak up the hangover. Sunny ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 8/23/13

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

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Killer Mike and El-P - Webster Hall - 8/14/13

    Better Than: That time Killer Mike rapped about Scooby Doo with Matthew Lillard The final night of Killer Mike and El-P's Run the Jewels tour finished up last nightt in the city 3/4 of its featured acts call home. Kool A.D. (formerly of Das Racist), Despot, Mike and El all looked to finish strong a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 8/12/13

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

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    The Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 7/5/13

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

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2013

    Rightbloggers' Scandal Spring Gives Way to Summer of Same Old, Same Old

    The recent round of DC scandals has been good for rightbloggers -- for about a month they've been devoted to plumping up Benghazi, IRS, NSA, and other controversies, and have succeeded in knocking down the President's approval ratings. High fives all around! But seasons change, and Scandal Spring i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    M. Wells Dinette Reincarnates Its Famous Breakfast Sandwich for LIC Flea & Food

    Over ninety vendors and thousands of visitors showed up for the overwhelmingly successful launch of the LIC Flea & Food this weekend, which commandeered a lot overlooking the Long Island City waterfront at 5-25 46th Avenue. And one of the most anticipated merchants showed up on Father's Day with a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Cheek, In Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    Swine is the word! It started out as a mere public health emergency. Some kids got sick in Queens and they closed their school. Then it went viral, so to speak, becoming the new thing everyone's enemies caused. Another Queens school closed. A kid died in Texas. Two Brooklyn schools closed. The Israe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Matt and Kim, Naked--Seriously, Naked--in "Lessons Learned" Video

    Dear Matt & Kim: If there was anything you could do to "push away" the cute factor, the above video for "Lessons Learned" that premiered today on MTV is it. Streaking in Times Square, ogling the tall buildings like you're newborn aliens, and then having a cop throw Matt to the ground and wail on him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Pols, Peeps Protest Prince St. Post Office Closing Threat

    Well, it's not a tea party, but pretty good for a local event: This morning about 150 citizens protested at the crappy Prince Street Post Office to protest its possible closing. The P.O. used to be where the Apple Store is now, but when the Macs moved in the branch got squeezed into a little nook ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Open & Closed

    Tonda opened in the former E.U. space featuring a fancy revolving wood-burning pizza oven. Bob Giraldo and partner Luigi Comandatore of Bread Tribeca are at the helm. [Grub Street] Harbour, a seafood joint on Hudson headed by Chef Joe Isidori, will serve up urban market cuisine, affordable wines an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    The Bourgeois Mothers' Underground!

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 25, 1962, Vol. VII, No. 14 The Bourgeois Mothers' Underground Beatniks and bar flies are the complete population of Greenwich Village in the popular image. No one writes and no one reads about the solid citizens who raise children, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Tony Conrad vs. Genesis P-Orridge: Experimental Violin Grudge Match

    In what will almost surely be a pair of completely face-melting concerts, violin drone wizard and Dream Syndicate veteran Tony Conrad and Psychic TV vet Genesis P-Orridge are combining in a "meeting of two fabulous violins" this coming Saturday and Sunday at ISSUE Project Room. Conrad's concerts are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    Merry Mets Christmas, Kids!

    While the Yankees were out spending taxpayer money on superstars, the Mets were being nice to kids. Last week Mr. Met joined pitchers Mike Pelfrey, John Maine and new acquisition Francisco "K-Rod" Rodriguez at a holiday party for elementary school students from all five boroughs at the CitiCorp Buil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Spank Rock Wild Style No Show Theory: "Charity Rate" Not Worth Getting Out of Bed?

    Sound of the City roots for the home team and so does Impose Magazine's Jeremy Krinsley Amazing Baby, "Pump Your Brakes" I saw this first as an advertisement on subway walls, and it is probably the last format in which I will see it, but Elvis Costello has a show, and he's now announcing his pres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    Spitzer Gets Off! No Charges for Fallen Gov

    As Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer made many a white-collar miscreant feel the hot breath of the law on his neck, but he apparently won't feel it himself (at least not from the Feds): the serial user of prostitutes has escaped criminal charges in the Emperors' Club V.I.P. case, per an finding of "in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    Weekend Voice Readers Update

    Photo by David Caplan Why's this kid in the Voice box? He's there to make a point. Some folks we read, and some we never heard of, have been rummaging through the Voice of late. Local musicblogger Brooklyn Vegan, for example, likes Sound of the City's Fucked Up (the band) coverage and amplifies wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2008

    NYC RFD: Fashion Week, Mets & Yanks, Double Ds, and Zendorsements

    Our relief that we did our Fashion Week time early and indie continues unabated. After the previously-reported "near riot," we now hear from Time Out New York that on Sunday the Bryant Park air rang with PETA chants, and the runway ran with Donna Karan. "The clothes were what you would expect from D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2008

    RIP, Mr. Fashion a/k/a Gerard Little

    photo by Jacob Burckhardt I sadly received this email yesterday from scene survivor Jacob Burckhardt about one of the downtown bright lights who've made my years and years of clubcrawling all the more luminescent: "Just to let you know, Gerard Little, aka Mr. Fashion, aka Mahogany Plywood, passed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2008

    Anonymous Readies 'Operation Sea Arrrgh' Scientology Protest

    The June offering of Anonymous will focus on the reported misdeeds and forced labor of Scientology’s private navy. Saturday’s protests, called “Operation Sea Arrrgh,” will focus on what Anonymous describes as “the cruel, inhumane practices of Scientology's paramilitary missionary group: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2008

    Olafur Eliasson's Take your time at P.S. 1

    Olafur Eliasson's Take your time exhibit opened at the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center this weekend. Done in conjunction with MoMA, this major survey of Eliasson's work contains installations that can be seen for the very first time. The exhibition will be on view at The Museum of Modern Art and at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2008

    Dark Meat: Tonight with Monotonix, Tomorrow at Union Pool

    photo by Rebecca Smeyne One of the most claustrophobic spaces in New York gets downright harrowing. First up, Dark Meat, a multi-headed psych-rock mutant that’s a cross between tent revival and bad acid trip, a big and brassy 17-member typhoon lighting up a venue that holds, like, 100 people. No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    Obama Volunteers Get Out the West Village Vote

    Two Obama volunteers — Peggy Kerry, the sister of Sen. John Kerry, and Steven Nicks, a member of Obama's LGBT Policy Committee — get ready for action as the sun rises in the West Village. Ray Dominguez represents the change we’ve been hearing so much about this campaign season. “In 2004, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2008

    Hugs and Kisses #25: Kate Nash Interview, Part 2

    In case you're just joining us, a little background. Today marks the 25th installment of Hugs and Kisses, a weekly column from UK-based music writer Mr. Everett True, author of Nirvana: The Biography (da Capo Press)--one more fucking book about one of the most overrated bands of the Nineties--and pu ... More >>

  • News

    November 7, 2006
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    September 27, 2006

    Singer to East Village: Don't Blame Me

    You have to hand it to developer Gregg Singer. Last week he took out a full-page ad on the back of The Villager blaming local politicians for the looming "eyesore" of P.S. 64. "Old P.S. 64 stands as an eyesore in your neighborhood because of inaction on the part of your representatives," begin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2006

    Pols Blast, Sort of Warn P.S. 64 Landlord

    On Monday, a posse of politicians and community activists finally showed up on East 10th Street outside the old P.S. 64 school building to shake their fists at the ongoing demolition of its now landmarked facade. Owner Gregg Singer began chopping at it nearly a week ago, using a preexisting alterati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2006

    Another Village Demo Targets Church

    Parishioners of St. Brigid's on Avenue B held a vigil today, but not inside their Roman Catholic Church that dates to 1848. Instead they were on the sidewalk, watching with dismay as a wrecking crew assembled scaffolding in a first step to taking the historic church down (see slideshow here). This c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2005

    Tick Tock Transit

    Transit union leader Roger Toussaint took time out from last-minute contract bargaining this evening to fire up his troops for what he suggested was a likely strike. "As we stand here right now, with six hours to go, things do not look good," Toussaint told a throng of several thousand members and s ... More >>

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