By most accounts, the last decade wasn't one of the easiest for Gil Scott-Heron, who spent much of the aughts in and out of New York prisons and drug rehab facilities. But credit to XL for getting him back into the studio--I'm New Here, out next week, is a real, serious record, affecting far ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 16, 1965, Vol. XI, No. 9 Whitey at the Apollo By Barbara Long ...The m.c., smooth-talking and confident but less than precise in his choice of words, announced: "The Apollo would like to take great pleasure in presenting a w ... More >>
The gong is out by the third song of the Akron/Family's set and is ka-bonged by their auxiliary drummer, Megafaun's Joe Westerlund. Surprisingly, it doesn't come back. It doesn't need to, though, not with all the other hand percussion, chants (some with onomatopoeic hand gestures), six-dude harmonie ... More >>
Sly Stone takes the stage! And even sings occasionally!
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Ho ho hee hee ha ha to the funny farm where life is beautiful