In the grandstand, away from the heat of the Fair Groundsthe horse-racing track that becomes a music stadium for each New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivalstood an exhibit of black-and-white photos that suggested much of the music going on outside. "Faces of Tremé," drawn from 30 years ... More >>
During the first episode of HBO's Treme, members of the Rebirth Brass Band and the show's trombone-playing character Antoine Batiste end a jazz parade in front of a neighborhood bar owned by Batiste's ex-wife, LaDonna Batiste-Williams. The uncomfortable nature of their reunion is underscored ... More >>
Target audiences: they happen.The New York Observer hits the big time, getting a cameo on Gossip Girl. And who from their editorial staff was there? Gawker gets murked by some Taiwanese guys. Business Insider is making another hire. Speaking of which, Media Party Season has arrived, unless, o ... More >>
We've come a long way from Talk Magazine, back when a bunch of writers doing something new meant a Robert Isbell-planned party on Liberty Island and George Plimpton drunkenly screaming at Salman Rushdie while he was busy trying to close on Padma. Yet, now, in an era when "editorial launch" me ... More >>
The Wire creator David Simon's new show Treme has been called both "TV that viewers ask for but rarely get" and by another: "Boring." Most of us here, however, think it's pretty wonderful. Especially since the show now features a character who works at the Village Voice on it!
Don't write Steve Zahn off yet, folksDavid Simon's Treme is, as has been mentioned far and wide, clearly not going to be The Wire. Sure, it's dealing with rampant corruption in a major American city and the frustration of human beings forced to deal with that corruption, doing so with an unca ... More >>
So David Simon's post-Katrina New Orleans drama Treme premiered last night on HBO -- our comprehensive, local's-eye-view feature is here -- and though it might not be perfect (agree with this, for starters), it must be said that this is a music lover's dream: Wendell "Bunk" Pierce playing trombone ... More >>
New Orleans reborn. Illustration by Goni Montes.In this week's Village Voice, Larry Blumenfeld writes our cover story on David Simon's Treme and how the show can get New Orleans right, Rob Harvilla reviews Erykah Badu's newest, Rich Juzwiak takes on Usher, and Vijith Assar profiles the ex-NY ... More >>
Now with actual humans, after an initial zombie instrument preview--including Wire stalwarts Wendell Pierce and Clarke Peters (that'd be Bunk and Lester), The Corner vet Khandi Alexander, and some incongruous new additions, namely Steve Zahn (?!) and John Goodman (!!). "Zahn will play a dancer, DJ ... More >>
Davy Rothbart's third and latest Found book--Requiem For A Paper Bag: Celebrities & Civilians Tell Stories of the Best Lost, Tossed & Found Items From Around the World--stars a fantastically intricate cover by former Voice illustrator M. Wartella (left), and the happenstance discovery stories of fo ... More >>
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 ... More >>
Minutes before the Pogues' Saturday set, one ponytailed concertgoer, sporting fuchsia sunglasses and the only suit in a horde of green rugby shirts, cut the queued skinheads in a bid for his will call ticket. His audacity provoked intervention from David Sim ... More >>
Can't get enough of Obama's January 17 train ride. Here it is again.
Even before today's inauguration, Barack Obama's whistle-stop trip to D.C. brought the best of two worlds to America.
Besides being just a really cool thing to do — complete with speeches by the mellifluous new president t ... More >>