Alexz Johnson really loves Brooklyn. It shows on her face with the way she lights up whenever her neck of the woods is mentioned. The 26-year-old singer-songwriter/actress relocated to the borough with one goal for herself as an artist: total scene immersion. It's a pretty good goal when you have to ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
Jimmy Castor was a smart aleck; a wise guy; a clean shit-talker with so much joie de vivre you had to laugh even when his truth-telling smacked you upside the head. So when he died this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 71 near his home outside of Las Vegas, far away from the streets of Harlem he o ... More >>
Thanks to her husband, Katy Perry considers herself as an honorary Brit. But as the most frequent current inhabitant of the Billboard charts, she must wish we were all anglophiles.
If only America had a Christmas No. 1 competition as rabid and media-fueled as Old Blighty's! Katy would have t ... More >>
K. Leander Williams/tru2blupixDavid Murray Cuban Ensemble
Skirball Center at NYU
Thursday, November 17
Better than: Contemplating State Department travel restrictions.
There's a complex irony in the timing of tenor saxist David Murray's latest foray into Cuban music. We're currently smack ... More >>
Chart fandom makes strange bedfellows. Six months ago, if you'd asked me what act I'd root for in a head-to-head chart battle between pop princess Katy Perry and electrodance goofballs LMFAO, I'd probably have picked Perry, whose song catalog includes at least one or two gems. Her current hit ... More >>
by David Raposa
Saturday's Northside Festival show at Europa will showcase four well-traveled acts from far-flung corners of the indie-rock diaspora: Eleanor Friedberger, Ida, Rebecca Gates, and Pete Nolan. The bill's highest-profile member is also the only one with an album scheduled to co ... More >>
F2K10 is a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Track our progress here.
If the New York Times called Liz Phair's 2003 pop album "an embarrassing form of career suicide," then "Bollywood" is her ghost coming back to toilet paper her grave. After all of indie-rock's circa 2003 hand-wringi ... More >>
Everybody just stop yelling, OK? Photo by Daniel Snyder.In the week we talked about Odd Future, kidnapping and murder, and why we sometimes like the things that repel us, we also saw the group live--alongside every other music critic in the city. They struck a weird balance to the other big r ... More >>
Darren AnkenmannWe were sent this.
Over July 4th weekend, Liz Phair released Funstyle, her first full length in five years. For just five dollars for a full album download, the 11 tracks came with a message: the music within cost her relationships with her management company and ATO Records, who'd ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives.
January 5, 1967, Vol. XII, No. 12
A Requiem For the Rube
By Norman Mailer
Editorials are best in the brief cause they are jockey shorts -- designed to hold up the balls of the American public. So here's a brief on the death of Jack t ... More >>
The New York Times says vinyl is hot again. Not only old-fashioned record sales but also turntables sales are up. (The 35 percent lift in LP sales still doesn't put vinyl above 1 percent of the music market, but it's exciting nonetheless.)
They talk to J&R Music, which normally sells CDs, an ... More >>
all photos by Rebecca Smeyne
If you were cynical you might say that Jimmy Eat World, who took the stage at Terminal 5 last night in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their 1999 album Clarity, were dropping their Foo Fighters-covering-the Outfield radio rock of recent days to cash in on the rel ... More >>