To supplement this year's Pazz & Jop launch, Sound of the City asked a few critics to expand on the reasonings behind their voting. This dispatch comes from Carol Cooper, whose ballot went far beyond the boundaries of the United States and its pop charts.
These days American pop music sounds too fa ... More >>
My Chemical Romance go . . . Styx. Photo by Neil Krug.In this week's Village Voice, Brandon Soderberg profiles the 21-year-old rap producer AraabMuzik, Christopher R. Weingarten is not impressed with the new record from My Chemical Romance, Francis Davis praises new efforts from Bill Frisell, ... More >>
Corin Tucker, closet Twilight fan. Photo by John Clark.In this week's Village Voice, we present our annual Best of NYC issue! Relevant to SOTC readers will be Rob Harvilla's sublime essay on Nicki Minaj and our fulsome Arts & Entertainment and Bars & Clubs sections, but be sure to consult Peo ... More >>
New York City: The Best in the World, no doubt. And every year, the Village Voice is as close to the eye of the swirling chaos that it is, and every year, we take one step back to say: this is the best shit in the best city in the world. Normally, 2010 would be no different, but this year, gu ... More >>
Ted Leo, blowing a vuvuzela. Photo by Mark Hewko.In this week's Village Voice, we get ready for Siren Festival by talking to Ted Leo about the rumors of his impending retirement (not true!), while Rob Harvilla attempts to sort through former Siren headliner M.I.A.'s new Maya, Chuck Eddy round ... More >>
Shorn Jones, where the magic happens. Photo by Christopher FarberIn this week's Village Voice, Michael D. Ayers talks with Brooklyn soul queen Sharon Jones, Tom Hull provides a new installment of his Jazz Consumer Guide, and Tad Hendrickson profiles Ethio-jazz godfather Mulatu Astatke.
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In this week's Village Voice, Carol Cooper writes about Italian stadium pop star Jovanotti.
Michael Downes introduces Antibalas offspring Fu-Arkist-Ra.
Adam Ganderson digs into the toxic stew you ignore and finds No, Pollution, who are defiantly not on Twitter.
In Film, Scot ... More >>
Is it Trekalicious? Or Trek Jerky? Robert Wilonsky weighs in on the Star Trek movie, in which Spock is a "tormented youth in revolt." Ward Sutton does the funny cartoon version.
We're accustomed to think of William Thompson as Mr. Clean. But he's a friend of William Howell, and as city comptrol ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla gives us "Hipster Runoff Explained (Maybe)," a possibly illuminating chat with the Internet's latest mystery man.
Stephen Slaybaugh investigates the sweet pop pleasure of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
Aidan Levy on the ambitious 'Searc ... More >>
Graham Rayman has been following the "Fight Club" cooked up by Rikers Island guards for a couple of years, and the Bronx D.A. has started dishing out charges. Inmates used and rewarded as enforcers, beatings arranged so as not to leave marks, victims intimidated into silence (and a few killed) -- t ... More >>