M. Ward w/Yo La Tengo, Wyatt Cenac
Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell
Tuesday, August 7
Better than: Having your appendix removed (get well soon, absent Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew).
There was a quiet in the air as I approached the Prospect Park Bandshell, home of the Celebrate B ... More >>
It's been a busy year for Bruce Springsteen. In March, he released Wrecking Ball, his seventeenth studio album and tenth release to top the Billboard 200, and after packing in arenas across America throughout the spring, he took the E Street Band to Europe. His name is also in a top-40 entry on the ... More >>
The forgotten major-label power pop albumthose records that, even after all these years, remain perfect amalgams of beaming Rickenbacker guitar hooks, la-la-ing and handclapping, and nervous Buddy Holly charmis ideal summertime listening, thanks to the way they, at their best, blend lo ... More >>
That Dog. are proof that the '90s were a very different time, one when an alt-pop band with three women, one guy, extraordinarily catchy songs ("Never Say Never" and "Long Island" were every bit the equal of "Buddy Holly" and "Say It Ain't So"), and a cool gimmick (full-time violinist Petra Haden) c ... More >>
Photos by Emmanuel Garcia; more below.Patti Smith
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Friday, December 2
Better than: Whatever Met gala I'll never be invited to.
About three-quarters of the way through an impossibly good, set-closing rendition of "Gloria," Patti Smith tried something newand fa ... More >>
By Nick Minichino
Weezer/Flaming Lips w/Yeasayer
PNC Bank Arts Center
Thursday, July 28
Better than: Not seeing Bush at the Bowery Ballroom.
It's extremely easy to forget the advantages of an large-scale concert if you've gone, say, a decade eschewing such shows. Massive venues with lawn seatin ... More >>
Glenn Mercer, singer/guitarist/co-founder of New Jersey's modestly legendary Feelies, is a warm, soft-spoken guy who hasn't altered much of anything about his music in, oh, twenty years. Sound of the City recently chatted with him about his band's new and old material--Here Before, the Feeli ... More >>
Patti Smith, leading the charge as always. Pic by Tracy Ketcher.21st-Annual Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert
Starring The Flaming Lips, the Roots, Taj Mahal, Michael Stipe, etc.
Thursday, March 3
Better Than: "Auld Lang Syne"
"Beauty is power -- violence is weak," we are told ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives.
July 14, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 39
The Apocryphal Teeny Bopper
By Howard Smith and Jack Newfield
A 13-year-old blonde-on-blonde named Cher Zimmerman, dressed in flowered bell-bottomed pants and a fur vest over her knish-size breasts, com ... More >>
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here.
It's a shame the legacy of impossibly gifted MC Notorious B.I.G. is limited to two classic albums and one decent-enough comp--but, hey, better than the Pollard-style recording jags that Tupac has mysteriously maint ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesMarch 25, 1965, Vol. X, No. 23Dylan Meets the PressBy J.R. GoddardFour years ago a thin, aquiline-faced boy of 19 got off the subway from Hibbing, Minnesota, to come up for air in the Village, bearing with him no more than a battered guita ... More >>
M. Ward and Vivian Girls
I suppose M. Ward has Zooey Deschanel to thank for his first ever gig at the Apollo Theater last night. Volume One, the debut record from She & Him--Ward's much-feted (and highly over-rated) collaboration with Ms. Deschanel--sold 123,000 copies, far mo ... More >>
Every week, Sharon Steel watches the Real World Brooklyn so nobody else has to. Last week, Chet acted like a boob instead of touching one. This week, everybody's favorite MTV Morminator interviews Pete Wentz.
Pete Wentz and Orville Redenbacher
A disturbing, self-motivational movement has swept ... More >>