Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance and pulsing grooves of electronic dance music. The last time pop was so infatuated with the dance floor was 1979, the year disco died. This time around fans are more sa ... More >>
Sam Sparro w/Nomi Ruiz (DJ set) Dominion NY Monday, October 3 Better than: Jack Sparrow's last few bloated outings. If Sam Sparro's sophomore album Return To Paradise mirrored the 1998 film of the same name, then Sparro would certainly be Joaquin Phoenix's imprisoned mad geniusalbeit ... More >>
The Topic Prince: pop titan, funk master, scary multi-instrumentalist ("You've got to learn your part," New Power Generation bassist Levi Seacer Jr. told Spin in 1991; "Prince can always come over and play your part"), master songwriter, greatest pop star of the '80s, unending inspiration to ... More >>
Here be monstersIt seems that even people you'd think would hate that Monsters of Folk record warmed to it -- more monster, less folk, I guess. The M. Ward/Conor Oberst/Jim James/less famous dude partnership hits United Palace Theatre tonight and the Beacon Theatre Sunday.
This is why this man gets work with FOX News. Fucked Up photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week everybody dressed like some version of themselves from 15 years ago--or just said fuck it and went all in and pretended to be a giant bag of cocaine--we killed worthless punk nostalgia dead at that Vic ... More >>
Felix Buxton, on the right. We think. Basement Jaxx don't come to the States very often. The London-based duo of Felix Buxton and Simon Radcliffe has always had trouble booking shows at American venues, and so a lot tends to happen between their U.S. gigs; the last time they made it to our shores, ... More >>
Basement Jaxx returns with 'Raindrops'
Do we have any idea what Brooklyn's own Santigold would sound like if backed by, say, a single, tasteful acoustic guitar? Has any singer in the last few years (besides, you know, the obvious) had busier backdrops over which to kind-of emote? Here she does her sardonic ska-siren thing while Basemen ... More >>
Monstah Black helps fuel new rhythms at Joyce Theater
Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson. Harlem, the world. Greg Tate. Michael Jackson. Bed-Stuy. Jean Grae. Michael Jackson. Gary, Indiana. Jessica Hopper. The Village Voice Michael Jackson Archives. We all know about the Albany Coup and how bad it makes everyone look. But who really benefited ... More >>
The perils of hyping dance music you can't really dance to
They got it bad, and that ain't good.
Gogol Bordello's mastermind single-handedly improves your boring life
Two halfway-through-the-decade disco contenders come out of their corners a bit guarded
Hey Get Ya Mom a Crazy Milkshake in Da Club
Annual Pre-Pazz & Jop Handicappers' CG: Whose faves are whose? Tune in next week . . .
Early '00s stuck in early-'80s dance-rock via early-'90s dance-rock time-warp shockah!
A New Federal Law Could Spoil Your Summer Fun
New Boots and Panties
City clubs take back the night
It Takes a Rave Nation of Millions to Hold Armand Van Helden Back
Rephlex Records Knocks Techno Off Its High Horse