If you've been following Beyoncé on Instagram you know she's gone HARD in support of gay marriage these last couple days, even making the emptiest of gestures the incredibly bold, impossibly brave choice to post the ubiquitous pink equality = on her account (pictured above). It's a big step from t ... More >>
How best to tag the restless, reactive folk-pop of Lady Lamb the Beekeeper? So many ways, dude: rambunctious, precocious, invigorating, probing, sweet, exasperating, quirky, self-indulgent, lunging, crackers, too sane, even. The outfit led by Brooklyn's Aly Spaltro, 23 -- named after something she s ... More >>
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Hey: Albums! In case people still care about these things, here's a batch of potentially interesting releases arriving in the calendar year.
This week's Hot 100 debuts include big names and the viral video of the yearand, surprisingly, a nearly year-old track by Beyoncé. "Dance For You" was released on the deluxe version of 4 a little less than year ago and has been on the Hot R&B Songs chart since April; for a good but nowhere n ... More >>
People magazine has named Beyoncé the World's Most Beautiful Woman, and the singer replied that fresh after having given birth, she feels more beautiful than ever. That's all very lovely and heartwarming, but People really dropped the chance to honor someone even more gorgeous.
If the triumph of tUnE-yArDs in this year's Pazz & Jop albums poll was one of the biggest upsets in the poll's history, then the companion singles poll offered one of its most predictable winners to date: Adele's "Rolling In The Deep." Smart money had been on that song taking the prize since it bega ... More >>
Finding the bright side of 2011
Think of the orange car as a clue. The resurrected NBA season kicks off (thankfully, finally) on Sunday. To celebrate, we've paired each team with a notable album from the past year; the list, with tweet-sized justifications, is below. (NB, although the NBA-savvy of you might have already fig ... More >>
The best stuff we saw on stage this year, from thrash to Kpop
This week in the Voice, out today: our new Year in Film poll along with criticism from J. Hoberman, Karina Longworth, and others. Winner of Best Film: The Tree of Life. Winner of Worst Film: I Melt With You. Maura Johnston rates the 10 best live shows she saw this year, including Beyoncé, ... More >>
A number one song from 2011. Not really helping the year's case, this.Welcome to the 2011 edition of the Sound of the City Year-End Critic Roundtable, an epistolary back-and-forth about the year in music between five observers of the medium: Tom Ewing; Eric Harvey; Nick Murray; Katherine St. ... More >>
How many gift guides have you read that started off by reminding you that "the holiday season is fast approaching"? Probably too many by this point. If you're like me, you just get stressed out and close the tab before even realizing that some of them have awesome suggestions. Don't do that h ... More >>
Tina, Cher, Michael, Janet, Beyonce, Madonna, Gaga, Katy, and then some. They're all onstage at the Times Square Snapple Center (1627 Broadway at 50th Street), every Friday and Saturday at 11 PM. And they're men! Even Michael! Icons is the D'Angora Entertainment-produced drag show which wa ... More >>
...despite these black marks, Is This It was a decade-defining record that set the agenda for how rock sounded and even looked throughout the aughts. More importantly, Is This It remains (takes deep breath, steels self for commenter rage) the single best album released in the past 10 years." ... More >>
Beyoncé took a page out of Lady Gaga's book and sent pizza to her fans standing in line at Roseland Ballroom on Tuesday. It probably wasn't from her beloved Lucali's. [NY Pizza] The salmonella outbreak of 2008-9 that killed nine, sickened hundreds, and was traced back to peanuts was deconst ... More >>
This week in the Voice, out today: Camille Dodero explores the fallout from a bike accident in Greenpoint that happened in October. A Brooklyn couple, James Paz and Michelle Matson, were hit by a car on McGuiness Boulevard, and Michelle was severely injured. They've learned that if you get in ... More >>
This week in the Village Voice, out today: Martin Cizmar, Ellis Conklin, and Kristen Hinman explore the origins of a statistic about underaged sex-trafficking, slam Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore's new ad campaign, and shine a light on the celebrity philanthropy industry in their feature "Real ... More >>
Ellen von UnwerthIn this week's issue of the Village Voice, available in a bright red box on a street corner near you: Rich Juzwiak examines Beyoncé's just-released love letter to her life 4, and Darren Sands charts the Kanye West-assisted rise of Detroit MC Big Sean.
Pomplamoose Music Hall Of Williamsburg Friday, June 24 Better than: Watching broadcast TV without a DVR. Explaining where I was going on Friday night engendered one of two single-syllable reactions from my friends: "Ugh!" or "Who?" Pomplamoose, the male-female duo from San Francisco who became fa ... More >>
Beyoncé's 4 has been slowly revealing itself to the world in advance of its June 28 release date, and the latest track to leak is "Party," a sumptuous Kanye West and Consequence production with a wistful, syllable-bending assist from André 3000. "Party" flips the expectations put forth by ... More >>
Michael Becker/FOXThis week's endless two-hour American Idol was the annual show where the three remaining contestants all return to their hometowns to wave out of car windows at screaming children. It's an annual Idol ritual, and it really goes a lot way toward proving just how completely al ... More >>
The week that was in music: "Weird Al" Yankovic made Lady Gaga blink. Beyoncé overloaded everyone's eardrums. Fleetwood Mac is in rock critics' comfort zone.
In a Daily Beast article, Jacob Bernstein addresses the rash of adorable kids of the male persuasion flouncing around in YouTube videos as Beyonce and Lady Gaga.
Her multitudes await, says Jon Caramanica. There's a contrarian streak in culture, where it's a lot easier to share an animosity towards a figure, whether it's the government or a pop star, says Maura Johnston. Also, you try holding onto four Grammy Awards without dropping at least one. (Robo ... More >>
all photos by David AtlasLady Gaga at Radio City Music Hall"She's worn red latex to meet Queen Elizabeth, possibly dethroned a queen of a different sort (Madonna), collaborated twice with Beyonce, compelled Barbara Walters to say 'bluffin' with my muffin' on prime-time television, reminded th ... More >>
So the channel that doesn't show videos anymore gave its annual awards to videos, and as usual, there were weirdnesses. (For example, if Beyonce didn't win Best Female Video, how could she win Video of the Year?) But there were astounding performances, all reflecting the sense that no longer ... More >>
Which glorious singer with female private parts do you feel reigns over all the other pretenders (and no, this has nothing to do with "Now that Jacko's gone...") The top diva choices are: Lady Gaga. Her three songs are fee-eerce. Will her future be so bright she still has to wear shades? Rihanna. ... More >>
The news that WXRK, aka K-Rock, the preeminent local FM generator of legacy or "classic" rock, is switching to a top-40 pop format is headlined thus by EV Grieve: "New York commercial radio to somehow manage to become even suckier." Greybeards throughout the greater metro area will certainly be cr ... More >>
No one cares about Judy Garland anymore because Beyonce weirded up her memory with just 10-seconds' worth of "Over The Rainbow" at the Oscars. But one pair of the ruby slippers worn by Judy as she pranced to the Emerald City are gone, and attention must be paid! Thankfully, someone in Minnesota ha ... More >>
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