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    May 21, 2014

    Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy in NYC This Week, 5/21 - 5/27

    This week in Cheap Laughs, we have the best VHS crap on the internet, Ira Glass' dream improv perfomance, ravishing Finnish poker players, Bieber-powered pole dancing, relaxed gay manners, and the superstars of six-second jokes. In other words, we've got what you need. Here's our rundown of the best ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    The Worst Band Fan Names of All Time

    Lorde may only be 17, but this week she revealed herself to be wise beyond her years. In a recent interview with Look magazine, the songstress behind the No. 2 Pazz & Jop single "Royals" responded to a question about attempting to give her fans a cutesy name. "I find it grating to lump everyone in ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013
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    July 10, 2013


    Mindless Behavior and OMG Girlz take you to school

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    April 10, 2013

    Let Them Eat Cake

    You are cordially invited to the week’s best birthday party

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    February 24, 2013

    Seth As Oscar Host: My Thoughts So Far

    He's good. Funny and relaxed. Smiles at his own jokes, which deflates them of any real harm. Loved the Ron Jeremy reference, laughed at the Rihanna/Chris Brown joke, like the crack about Meryl not being nominated.

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    February 11, 2013

    I Watched The Grammys And I'm In Love!

    I totally fell for the roots rock band Alabama Shakes, particularly lead singer/guitarist Brittany Howard. To me, she's Kate Smith crossed with Tiny Tim crossed with everything else I like. And she can sang! Brittany even gave Mavis Staples a run for her money in the Levon Helm tribute. And how ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    Eight Quotes From Rihanna's Rolling Stone Cover That Attempt To Explain Her Relationship With Chris Brown

    Rihanna is gracing the cover of the March 2013 issue of Rolling Stone. In the story she addresses, for the first time, whatever the hell it is she and part-time pop star/part-time parking lot thug Chris Brown have together. We all know what brought us to this point; so no need to walk down memory la ... More >>

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    January 29, 2013

    Has This Guy Punched You in the Head Recently? (Updated)

    Updated 1:30 p.m.: NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly says the suspect was caught on a Texas-bound Greyhound bus and arrested. Police tracked his cell phone to a bus station, then stopped both buses that had departed the station overnight. Commisso was found on one of them, asleep. --- While Chris Brow ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    Who or What Will Chris Brown Fight Next?

    When you look at Chris Brown, what do you see? A bully with an entourage all too happy to start a dust-up over a perceived slight or a parking space? An emotionally crippled/stunted young man who is the sad victim of the cycle of domestic abuse? A wanton spreader of pink eye? The boo-hooingest cryba ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    Hot 100 Roundup: Brandy Comes Back, Lil Wayne Gets Gross, And More

    Editors' note: Each week in this space, chart-watcher Robert Myers will offer his reactions to all the new entries on the Hot 100, Billboard's big board for popular songs. The late-summer doldrums continue in the world of Hot 100 debuts with two less-than-stunning rap records that won't be on the c ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    100 & Single: The R&B/Hip-Hop Factor In The Music Business's Endless Slump

    Here are a few recent data points from chart bible Billboard and data provider Nielsen Soundscan as we move into the second half of 2012: • In its midyear music-industry report card, Soundscan reports a return to the dismal album sales climate; year-to-date disc sales are off 3.2% from the sam ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012

    Chris Brown Dedicates Video To MCA, Misses The Point (Yet Again)

    Today the perpetually troubled R&B brat Chris Brown released the video for "Till I Die," a collaboration with Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean that waxes semi-poetic about the joys of getting fucked up and eating shrimp-laden pasta. (Is that a sex metaphor? Please say no.) The song itself sounds like a reve ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Rihanna In Battleship: How Does She Do?

    Battleship is a long, headache-inducing blend of cliches and explosions, about a fleet of ships out to save the world while making money at the box office. One of the more notable things about it is that Rihanna makes her film debut as Petty Officer Cora 'Weps' Raikes, a kickass, sarcastic, but ba ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012
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    May 8, 2012

    Hit Machines: The Ten Best Singles Runs From Post-Confessions R&B Albums

    In his recent review of R&B singer Miguel's fantastic Art Dealer Chic series of EPs, The A.V. Club's Evan Rytlewski explained the singer's rise in popularity by floating the idea that his 2010 album All I Want Is You contained "arguably the most engaging singles run of any R&B album since Usher's Co ... More >>

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    April 24, 2012

    Radio Hits One: Dan Wilson, Linda Perry, And Other Pop Footnotes Turned Hitmakers

    It's a familiar scene to anyone who's seen VH1 programs like Behind The Music or Where Are They Now?, or the channel's endless lists of 'one-hit wonders' of the '80s and '90s: a musician whose brief fling with stardom is well behind them sits at the mixing desk of a studio, while the voiceover detai ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    Case Study: Celebrity Sandwich Dedications

    Dedicating a sandwich on your menu to a celebrity is usually a good idea, as long as you don't go about it like a complete idiot. The name of the dish will be instantly memorable and who doesn't want to eat a sandwich that reminds you of Woody Allen or Salma Hayek? But, as we found out over the week ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    Rihanna And Chris Brown Find Headlines In A Hopeless Place

    Last night, Rihanna and Chris Brown leaked two collaborations, a remix of her dessert-fetish track "Birthday Cake" and a rework of his Generic Club Banger No. 86 "Turn Up The Music." The releases inspired much rending of garments and gnashing of teeth, but how do they fit into the pantheon of trollg ... More >>

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    February 12, 2012

    Live-Blogging The 2012 Grammys: Tributes, Tribulations, Skrillex, And The Return Of Adele

    via Cats Who Look Like SkrillexWill this cat win Best New Artist?​Welcome to Sound of the City's liveblog of the 54th Annual Grammys, coming to you live from a couch in Astoria. There are quite a few questions lurking around tonight's ceremony. Will Adele sweep the three major categories in wh ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    The American Music Awards Nominations: Hey, Did You Know Adele Sold A Lot Of Albums This Year?

    Have you bought your copy yet? (Give it time.) ​You can have your Grammys and your Mercury Prizes and your Polaris Prizes and whatever other musical prizes honor things like "talent" and "artistry"—the most honest awards show in pop music, though, is undoubtedly the American Music Awards ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011
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    June 28, 2011

    The Many Faces Of "Marvins Room": Ugh, To Be Young And In Love

    It should never be surprising that the sort of R&B that burns up the charts and draws chatter at youth hubs like Twitter is the kind that adolescents identify with. And that's what "Marvins Room," in all its various incarnations, is. The original "Marvins Room," released by Drake in early June, is ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 22, 2011


    Hit the ultimate beach party

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    May 6, 2011

    Radio Hits One: The Disappearing Urban Crossover Hit Says "Look At Me Now"

    ​Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now" has topped Billboard's R&B/Hip-hop Songs chart for seven weeks in a row, and it recently peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100. In terms of Brown's career, it's notable for being the singer's first top 10 hit in the two years since that whole violent incident with then ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    American Idol: No Judging, Please, We're Only Being Paid Gobs Of Money To Do So

    Michael Becker/FOX​Hey, remember when enough people would get voted off American Idol and the show would go down to a much saner 60-minute running time? That was nice. Now, with only five people left, we still get a 90-minute show, with all the contestants singing twice. Maybe Fox is just dete ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Rosie O'Donnell Responds To My Chris Brown Blog

    ​The one in which I quoted her radio remarks saying that Chris Brown may be getting some racist treatment in the media. For those who didn't see the comment she left on that particular blog, I print it here in full. "here is what i think michael musto yes chris brown and rihanna had a viole ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Chris Brown Goes Into A Violent Rage!

    ​TMZ has the story that Chris Brown, who's on probation for the felony beating of Rihanna, is up to his old tricks, though at least it's just objects that he's beating now. Here's what went down: On this morning's Good Morning America, Robin Roberts kept asking Chris about the Rihanna situat ... More >>

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    February 7, 2011

    Chris Brown Is Now A Style Icon! Eek!

    ​Hey, ladies, there's a comeback in the air, so you'd better watch your backs. I just got this really inspiring press release. "With his singing career on the rise again, style icon and celebrated R&B artist Chris Brown showed off his unique, fashion-forward style by sporting a brand new [bl ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Zach Baron's Top 10 Singles of 2010

    Rich aliens, rich alienation. Still via​With sincere apologies to Chuck Eddy, my two favorite records of the year also produced my two favorite singles: funny how that happens. And though ten songs increasingly feels like about forty too few, especially when Dr. Luke is working, ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Was 2010 The Best Year For Music Ever? Death To Chris Brown

    Welcome to Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: Rob Harvilla, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. We'll be here all week! America's preeminent lady-beater weeps. Photo via Word Up!& ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Was 2010 The Best Year For Music Ever? The Final Chapter: Katy Perry Is A Bad Feminist But We Are All Vulnerable Somehow

    This has been Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: Rob Harvilla, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. We're sad to see it go. Sleigh Bells frontlady Alexis Krauss, you deserved your ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Week In Review: You Know We Were Kidding About That Best Year Ever Thing, Right?

    A thing that happened. Photo by Phil Freeman.​In the week we debated whether 2010 was the best year for music ever (you guys know that was a joke, right?), we pitted Chris Brown against Katy Perry, Titus Andronicus against LCD Soundsystem, Taylor Swift against M.I.A., and house music against h ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Greg Tate, Raquel Cepeda, And Other Best Music Writing 2010 Honorees Are Reading At SoHo's Housing Works Tonight

    ​This year's edition of Best Music Writing, guest-edited by Ann Powers, is so loaded with rock-crit superstars that it'll take two nights of readings to honor them all: The fun begins tonight at Housing Works in SoHo and features Sasha Frere-Jones, Alex Ross, Robert Christgau, Starrene Rhett, ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Congrats To Raquel Cepeda And Greg Tate For Making Best Music Writing 2010

    ​Da Capo's annual Best Music Writing series is as close as rock scribes get to the Oscars; we are happy to report that this year's edition, out November 9, features two Voice pieces: Greg Tate's Michael Jackson eulogy "The Man in Our Mirror" and Raquel Cepeda's "Another Love TKO: Teens Grapple ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    Week In Review: We're Looking At You, Wakey Wakey

    ​Even though we eat and sleep local music over here at SOTC, after countless hours of perusing the blogosphere and sifting through mail, we just had to say it: What the fuck, New York? We're talking to you, Wakey! Wakey! That's why we decided to create the First Annual Worst Band Name in New Y ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009

    Jeez, Chris Brown, Do Better

    We do not get paid enough to give the play by play of Larry King's interview with Chris Brown (his first since assaulting Rihanna earlier this year), which is alternately halting and stuttering and defensive and almost entirely objectionable. (King: "Why do you think you were violent?" Brown: "I d ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009

    News Roundup: Steven Tyler Crashes to Earth, Chris Brown Sentencing Delayed, Regina Spektor On Sale

    --Steven Tyler fell off the stage last night during Aerosmith's gig at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota and had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital ten songs into their set. The 61-year-old frontman was dancing to entertain the crowd after the sound system failed during "Love in an El ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    News Roundup: Chris Brown/Rihanna, Oxford Collapse, Sunny Day Real Estate, Coney Island Rockabilly Festival

    --Chris Brown reached a plea deal in court yesterday in his felony assault case. Brown will avoid jail time by receiving probation, doing 180 days of community service in his native Virginia, and attending domestic violence counseling classes. Brown is ordered to stay 50 yards away from Rihanna for ... More >>

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    June 1, 2009

    News Roundup: Brendan Flowers, Live Nation, Neutral Milk Hotel, Chris Brown/Rihanna

    --The Killers' Brendan Flowers likely got to live out a childhood fantasy Saturday when he joined Bruce Springsteen for a duet of "Thunder Road" at the opening night of the Neatherlands Pinkpop Festival. Nowadays, it's a right of passage for Springsteen-influenced acts to join their idol onstage. Th ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    Outrage Over a Chris Brown Plea Deal!

    Reports say that Rihanna beater Chris Brown may be close to a plea deal, and if that happens, Brown had better get out his umbrella-ella-ella to protect him from the hailstorm of appallment over it. Already I've heard from a law professor--Marisa Cianciarulo, who's the director of the Family Violen ... More >>

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    April 1, 2009

    Another Love TKO: Teens Grapple with Rihanna vs. Chris Brown

    An unsettling conversation, to oft-disturbing and potentially lasting effect

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    March 20, 2009

    Week in Review: A Punishing Turkish Prison Sentence of the Peter Green-Era Blues Explosion "Oh Well"

    In the week all your friends went to South by Southwest, New York got a bit rowdy. The old scumbags of Mötley Crüe nearly burned down Madison Square Garden, while Fleetwood Mac brought both punishing Turkish prison sentences and "Silver Springs" to the same arena only a few days later. The Pogues ... More >>

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    March 18, 2009

    Rihanna, Get The Fuck Out Already!

    I'm so weary of reading the comments of people trying to blame Rihanna for her situation with Chris Brown or saying she slapped him first, or reminding us that she's said there's been abuse in her past, blah blah blah. Whatever! The point is that she needs to get out of this mad love affair immediat ... More >>

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    March 17, 2009

    What Should The Rihanna-Chris Brown Duet Be?

    Credit: Gemma Mary Horrifyingly enough, Rihanna not only went back to her attacker, Chris Brown, but there were reports that she recorded a duet with him! Talk about ennabling! Well, those reports turned out to be misleading, but it's all too sick to ignore anyway, so let's just go with it: What do ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    Celebrities Return to a Chastened America's Front Pages

    Did you notice that a lot of the news this morning is about celebrities? "Morning Joe" has Pete Hamill and Peggy Noonan discussing Chris Brown and Rihanna. The Jon Stewart-Jim Cramer fight has been covered not only by us, but to a fare-thee-well in normally star-averse venues such as The Atlantic, T ... More >>

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    March 6, 2009

    Week in Review: You Can't Rush My Stimulus Baby!

    In the week the word Ickitt became noun, verb, adjective, and baby, we dodged Watchmen hype, welcomed the Roots' newest member, Jimmy Fallon, and tried desperately to forget the details of the Rihanna/Chris Brown police report. Broadway Jimmy Jones got his animated gif. An ailing Michael Steele vow ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009

    Full Blood Spattered Chris Brown/Rihanna Affidavit Not At All For The Faint of Heart, Or Anyone Else Really

    I do not recommend the harrowing reading that is the LAPD police report on the Chris Brown/Rihanna melee--not unless you too want the sentence "The assault caused Robyn F.'s mouth to fill with blood and blood to splatter all over her clothing and the interior of the vehicle" etched irrevocably in yo ... More >>

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    February 20, 2009

    Here's Rihanna's Face After The Bruising!

    As you know, TMZ got ahold of this startling official photo taken of Rihanna after the reported attack by Chris Brown. As expected, her face is a roadmap of welts and bruises and lacerations and contusions. She has more damaged blood vessels than Mickey Rourke on a bad day. So what say you dumbass d ... More >>

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    February 20, 2009

    Headlines: The Subtle Genius of Sean Delonas

    HARKAVY is now blogging at The Smart AssetYour headlines for Friday, February 20...The Post on the subtle genius of Sean Delonas: It was only Post-haters who didn't like the very funny cartoon about homicidal chimpanzees who write legislation.The Post puts Rihanna abuse photo on front page, The Dail ... More >>

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