As anyone in her native UK will tell you, Lily Allen has been suffering (or thriving, depending on your perspective) from a lack of filter ever since she emerged with her charisma-laden debut full-length, Alright Still, in 2006. Mouthy, quick-witted and -- as her fellow Londoners would say -- a bit ... More >>
Better Than: Pretending like you don't have a small place in your heart for Fall Out Boy and their contemporaries, or that you don't majorly appreciate 2006's big musical comeback this year. During the From Under the Cork Tree era, Fall Out Boy had been convinced that they had found the cure to gr ... More >>
Elton John may be one of the most silently pervasive artists ever. At award shows, tribute concerts, and even on random albums, including his most recent stint on Fall Out Boy's currently #1 Save Rock and Roll, the "Candle in the Wind" crooner knows how to steal the spotlight from whichever star is ... More >>
Last night, Lisa Loeb stepped out of a cab in front of Highline Ballroom with an orange guitar case slung across her shoulder, her hair pulled into a low ponytail, and her eyes hidden behind her iconic black-framed glasses. She is petite with a somewhat soft voice, and speaks thoughtfully and intell ... More >>
Ellie Goulding celebrates a new album
By Kai Flanders Last January Brooklyn-by-way-of-Australia indie-pop songsters High Highs released a self-titled EP. NPR called it's under-watery layers "immediately endearing" and NME listed them as one their 50 best new bands of 2011. Their phone rang. Elton John's people were on the line. They we ... More >>
It's in today's New York Daily News, in an article by Nicole Lyn Pesce centering on a panel coming up dealing with Madonna vs. Gaga. (I'm not on the panel, but I managed to get my views out in the article anyway.) Said I:
About a year ago, the movie Bridesmaids opened in the U.S. and was the subject of a rather unusual awareness campaign. Female movie fans, largely independently of the film's producers, compelled women to go see the film in its opening weekend and defy common Hollywood wisdom that non-rom-com movies ... More >>
Feuds have made Madonna exciting again, from Elton John snarling at her at every swivel to Lady Gaga appropriating Madonna's chord progression -- not to mention her spotlight -- in a "reductive" way. And I've figured out what this all reminds me of!
Madonna had just won Best Song for cowriting something that pops up in the February release W.E.. Sir Elton (who's British royalty just like Dame Madge herself) hadn't won for "Hello Hello" from the animated movie about lawn gnomes in love.
Sure, the Golden Globes are a big excuse for celebrities to get soused and congratulate each other, but this year's offering of Best Original Song nominees has a neat wrinkle: Lady Gaga and Madonna are facing off against one another, with Gaga up for her weirdly Bee Gees-evoking Elton John co ... More >>
"Welcome to a movie about Meat Loaf and Gary Busey," said MC Denis Leary at last night's Tribeca Film Festival opening gala. Before the huge outdoor crowd started suicidally leaping into the water, he corrected, "Kidding. It's about Elton John and Leon Russell." Whew. We were indeed there ... More >>
Tonight the Tribeca Film Festival kicks off with a free outdoor screening of Cameron Crowe's Elton John/Leon Russell documentary The Union at the North Cove at the World Financial Center, and the movie will be followed by a live performance by the Rocket Man himself. The screening starts at 8 ... More >>
Michael Becker / FOXJames Durbin makes the piano catch fire for no reason This week is Elton John week on American Idol, and it's the same week Elton John is hosting and playing musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Why so much Elton John all of a goddamned sudden? Did God hear "Rocket Man" on his ... More >>
The 2011 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Monday, March 14 Better Than: Whatever was happening at Death by Audio tonight that Bruce Springsteen didn't show up to, for whatever reason. First off, let's tell you what you want to hear: Tom Waits stole the show ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. March 18, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 11 Sweet Brother James By Don Heckman The prospect of James Taylor at Madison Square Garden didn't strike me as one of the most enlightened ideas of recent memory. Not, of course, that there was any questi ... More >>
Your fake name is good enough for him--Sam Beam chats about his new album
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. November 26, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 48 Who is Elton John? By Don Heckman Look at it this way. If you could put Mick Jagger's viscera into Reg Dwight's body, give it the pianistic prowess of Jerry Lee Lewis and the voice of Jose Feliciano, ... More >>
Last Friday night brought me back to Rush--no, not the pompous right-winger who had Elton John sing at his fourth traditional wedding. I'm talking about the multi-level club on Sixth Avenue and 16-17th Streets which I've always loved for its youthful energy, pronounced multi-culturalism, and ... More >>
Vig27, the comfortable gay lounge on East 27th Street, has put me in a promoter's mood.
Yes, the verbally gay bashing rapper has now surpassed his old duetting partner, Elton John by coming out in favor of gays marrying! Elton, you'll remember, was not only Rush Limbaugh's paid minstrel at the conservative's traditional marriage ceremony, but he said in an interview that he fee ... More >>
Did Elton John sell us to the Nazis by singing at Rush Limbaugh's wedding the other night?
A rendering of the new lanes.• Starting in October, New York City buses will get express lanes on 1st and 2nd Avenues. The Department of Transportation and the MTA hope this will improve bus travel times by 20 percent. New bike lanes will also be added to part of the route. • Two New Jer ... More >>
Tonight, The Deli's "Best of NYC" festival kicks off with Beach Fossils, the sensitive, disaffectedly distorted surf bums with a mobile drummer. At the Abrons Art Center, the Joshua Light Show splashes lava-lamp gurgling, polka-dotted hallucinogen projections atop Woods, a lo-fi folk act whose psy ... More >>
Elton John and Lady Gaga band together for a good cause
The 2010 Tony nominations are out, and the yearly ceremony that becomes more and more designed to persuade people from anywhere but New York City to spend money on theater is soon to follow. The idea behind the Tonys is simply to get Broadway to appeal to the rest of America in a big, fancy ... More >>
Michael Becker / FOX Baby-Hugger Simon Cowell Two hours? Really? Because tonight's annual philanthropic extravaganza adds an extra hour onto the already too long results show (far too much to ask of any live-blogger, in my opinion), I'll be checking in intermittently throughout the night, ... More >>
Is that your card catalog or are you just happy to see me?Hold onto your library cards, peeps. Will Manley has released the results of the librarian sex survey that Wilson Library Bulletin refused to run in 1992 -- the one which he got fired over. The results are... less than scintillating. B ... More >>
A breathless call came in from a friend the other day. "I saw Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson on TV," she said, panting, "and I realized something: They're gay! They're bearding for each other! They come off completely 'that way'!" Yikes! Could it be true? Two actors in a movie actually ... More >>
Here are some photos by Alex Geana of me carousing with twinks, muscle bears, and other various slap happy party folk the other night at the long-running weekly Beige bash at B Bar. That's the grand diva Sophia Lamar making the "OK" sign; a male model in the checked blue shirt (duh); and a D ... More >>
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