Once upon a time in Phoenix, in the fall of 1980, my high school journalism teacher, Mrs. Finerman, was standing before the class, her voice thick with Willy Wonka mystery. "This is a very special room," she told us. "Years ago, right here, a man by the name of Vincent Furnier wrote for this schoo ... More >>
Saturday night our favorite Christian hair metal act Stryper play B.B. King's. Say what you will about the Orange County collective, but you have to admire them for sticking to the script for three decades -- or is that scripture? Putting out new music as recently as last year, they show no signs o ... More >>
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The smell of the Clinton Park Stables arrives before the sight of them, a mixture of straw and manure and horse sweat. It rises from the pavement of 52nd Street, just east of the Hudson River, across from De Witt Clinton Park, from which the stables take their name. The smell makes you swivel your h ... More >>
It's true, that old adage about the road to Hell being paved with good intentions. Sometimes, there's a seed of a great idea, one that involves a number of powerful celebrities with household names combining the behemoths of their popularity for a noble cause. It blossoms, budding with it an awarene ... More >>
On Monday, the New York Observer published a column on Miley Cyrus by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Orthodox Judaism's answer to Dr. Phil, asking "Is Miley Cyrus Harming Women?". Boteach pontificates frequently on sex, love and morality, but this time he reached way, way up on his tippy-toes and attempted ... More >>
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is slightly loosening up its tie with their latest Costume Institute exhibition "PUNK: Chaos to Couture," which opens Thursday and is on view through August 14. "Punk began as an impulse, as a feeling," curator Andrew Bolton said during a press preview this morning. ... More >>
Last night, Mistaken for Strangers, a film that's sort of about the National and their tour for High Violet, but really turns into something else, debuted at the opening night of Tribeca Film Festival. It's a funny year for the band -- in June they'll headline Barclays Center, and tonight they hobno ... More >>
In 2007, Peter Michael Marino wrote a musical version of Desperately Seeking Susan with music from the Blondie songbook, though the show ended up desperately seeking an afterlife following its London and Tokyo engagements. Well, here it is: Desperately Seeking the Exit, Marino's one-man show about ... More >>
Thanks to Frankenstorm, a whole slate of concerts has been wiped out tonight and tomorrow, including this evening's Joshua Radin/A Fine Frenzy gig at Best Buy Theater--it's been rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 4. As it turns out, Alison Sudol, the brainy beauty behind AFF, is about more than just music ... More >>
Keith Morris, a few years shy of 60, remains typically snotty as hell, with trademark grimy dreads hanging from a head splotched with bald spots. But he also happens to be one happy camper. The iconoclastic ex-Black Flag bawlerwhose bratty freak-puke was on SST Records' initial release (the N ... More >>
Brought to you by an Englishman with a big crush on the Big Apple
A veteran English music writer, Kris Needs lived in New York City in the late '80s (he spent two years behind the counter at Bleecker Bob's). It was part of a longstanding fascination with the city thatlucky usnow culminates in Watch the Closing Doors: A History of New York's Mu ... More >>
The Voice has spent the week celebrating the 60th birthday of one of New York's greatest treasures, Joey Ramone. We've made our To Do Lists of things we "wanna do" and things we "don't wanna do," and we've stolen the "Joey Ramone Place" sign on E 2nd St. about a dozen times in the last 24 hou ... More >>
The late singer's friends and family come out to Irving Plaza for his birthday bash
"We live in the present. And we're digging it." Sylvain Sylvain (left) and David Johansen, actually requesting "Pills," not pills, for once. PIc by Anna Victoria.Sylvain Sylvain is an enchanting mix of contradictions. He's a founding member of wildly attired proto-punks the New York Dolls, a ... More >>
Talking with the stand-up rebel, followed by a heavy dose of—remember this?—nostalgia
In his new book, New York City's Best Dive Bars: Drinking and Diving in the Big Apple, Ben Westhoff riffs on the five boroughs' finest dumps. Here are his 10 favorites.
SUPERCUTE! are, in fact, super cute Don't let the glittery star stickers she wears on her temples fool you: 16-year-old Rachel Trachtenburg is a music industry veteran, and would like it if you treated her as one. At the ripe old age of six she was recruited to back her parents in The Trachtenburg ... More >>
A crucial 15-minute NYC hardcore origin story gets canonized at last
Taxi culture is a big part of New York lore -- Jimmy Cagney, Robert DeNiro, and Ernest Borgnine are among the many memorable movie hacks -- but real cabbies don't get much attention unless they're delivering a baby in the backseat or something like that. Amy Braunschweiger's Taxi Confident ... More >>
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