Two Naked Cowboys, one Spanish-speaking SpongeBob, a headless Hello Kitty, and an ersatz version of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" all vie for attention on a teeming, muggy, late-summer Times Square afternoon. Unbeknownst to the masses, though, the coolest cartoon character of all is dining on s ... More >>
Today, Friday, July 25th, sees the release of the new sci-fi action film Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson. But despite the awe-inspiring special effects, this high octane thrill ride is facing quite a bit of criticism for basing its entire premise around the entirely untrue myth that "Humans only us ... More >>
Last night, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2014 was inducted at Barclays Center. The arena was packed with the star-studded roster of fan favorite acts that included Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, KISS, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, and the E Street Band. In the press room, several of t ... More >>
Face the Music: A Life Exposed By Paul Stanley HarperOne, 480 pp., $28.99 With the publication of this glitter-, greasepaint- and leather-slathered tome, all four original members of KISS have now penned their autobiographies.Not surprisingly, as one astute Web site pointed out recently by comparin ... More >>
On Monday, the New York Observer published a column on Miley Cyrus by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Orthodox Judaism's answer to Dr. Phil, asking "Is Miley Cyrus Harming Women?". Boteach pontificates frequently on sex, love and morality, but this time he reached way, way up on his tippy-toes and attempted ... More >>
On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Slim Whitman's Yodeling Country Songs. In an attempt to help avoid gift-giving mishegas this season, we've taken the stress out of speculating what your favorite mosher might hope to find under his blackened hull of a Christmas tree. (Or what ... More >>
When a CD starts with "Belial, Behemoth, Beelzebub, Asmodeus, Satanas, Lucifer ... Hail Satan, Archangelo," and features the song titles "Per Aspera ad Inferi" (From Hardship to Hell) and "Depth of Satan's Eyes," it begs the question: "Is your band promoting Satanism?" Said query was directed at a ... More >>
Egos have been around for a long time. Odysseus had an ego, Louis XIV had an ego, Wu Zeitan had an ego. For as long as we've recorded history, there have been people feeling themselves, sometime for good reason. So, naturally, many of the people on this list are responsible for some truly amazing mu ... More >>
On Monday night, I had the privilege of watching James Murphy salvage an interview that, in lesser hands, probably would have gone down in flames. Mostly, the interviewer seemed to suffer from poor posture (perhaps he should watch this dry-mouthed TED talk on the power of body language) and lack of ... More >>
If you've got a lot of time on your hands and a heart full of darkness, you'd be wise to check out Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, out Tuesday on Harper Collins/It Books. The key word in that title is "Definitive." This is quite a weighty tome, over 600 pages across every twi ... More >>
Playing the blame game in his new book, Makeup to Breakup
Last night I saw KISS and Morrissey perform live back to back shows. I came out the other side a changed man. A man who, because he'd just seen KISS and Morrissey back to back, questioned whether or not he even was one. I don't know anything anymore. Except this: I wanna Rock 'n' Roll all night, and ... More >>
By Brian McManus Lately we've noticed a lot of bands have their own brands of wine, including Motörhead, Kiss, AC/DC, and Ratt. (Even Warrant has a wine. Warrant.) One of our friends at Wine Spectator magazine showed us the piece they wrote in April about this trend, and noted they were going to r ... More >>
Sound of the City's monthlong tournament to determine the quintessential New York City musician (since 1955, the year of the Village Voice's founding) is taking over our site all March. The full schedule and results (as of March 23) below; you can also follow along with our bracket.
Kiss bass player/reality-TV star/political gadfly Gene Simmons let his legendary tongue loose earlier this week during a press conference announcing his band's summer tour with Mötley Crüe. The two-headed bill, which will be at the PNC Bank Arts Center on September 21 and Jones Beach on September ... More >>
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musiciancontinues.We continue matching up the Queens combatants with a face-off between the No. 3 seed, Neil Diamond, and KI ... More >>
Gene Simmons reportedly said so on CNBC, though I'm not sure how renowned an expert he is in forensics. And while Simmons meant he thinks Whitney literally offed herself in the tub, that other noted death pundit, Bill O'Reilly, feels Whitney simply wanted to extinguish herself in the long run.
The Darkness Irving Plaza Saturday, February 4 Better than: Your ironic love of hair metal. There's a sea of white people two-fisting 24 oz. Bud Lights the size of Pringles cans and dudes in collared shirts amusing each other with their cartoonish falsettos. Sure, glam rock may not be as popular ... More >>
You may remember the long long tongue of frontman Gene Simmons of Kiss -- who has since become a slatternly reality-show star. Rumors at the time suggested that he had had a cow tongue grafted onto his own. But take a minute to examine the splendid cow tongue currently being offered at Prune ... More >>
LMFAO w/Swizz Beatz Pier 36 Thursday, August 11 Better than: Watching the new episode of Jersey Shore. It was a beautiful coincidence that LMFAO, holders of the No. 1 song on Billboard's Hot 100 for most of the summer of 2011, headlined the trade publication's end-of-summer blowout at Pier ... More >>
It's been a little over a decade since Limp Bizkit's Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water became the fastest-selling rock album of all time, a record that's at this point unlikely to be broken. Generally speaking, being a cultural phenomenon on that scale for even a fleeting mome ... More >>
In the "top secret" filming location of Ted Leo's music video for "Bottled in Cork," I am waiting to choke a punk-rocking goon with my polka-dot ascot. Director Tom Scharpling sent a casting call two days prior, instructing fans to attend the shoot wearing nothing but their "finest theater- ... More >>
Since news hit of Gourmet's untimely demise, there's been plenty of sniping to go along with the mourning -- though the magazine's gone, charges of foodie elitism continue to fester, and will undoubtedly do so for a long while. But an article today in Salon argues that the magazine was for the "youn ... More >>
Your guess is not as good as mine. But go ahead and try.
photo by Ken PierceMarduk Marduk Gramercy Theater August 15, 2009 Black metal fans rejoiced (or whatever the black metal equivalent of rejoicing is) on Saturday night, as the legendary Swedish band Marduk returned to New York for their first performance here since 2001, preceded by a Friday night ... More >>
Here we have a video produced by Gourmet's website, in which we imagine that Ruth Reichl is called upon to go out and review restaurants once more, but must come up with iron-clad disguises. Who knew Reichl could do such a spot-on Amy Winehouse impression? Her Mickey Rourke is shockingly good too ... More >>
Smarter and bawdier than your average boys-to-men movie
It's Queens native Gene Simmons' Birthday! Celebrate with EV Grieve. Charlie Rangel gets a standing ovation at the National Democratic Convention.... 's New York Delegation Breakfast, per the Albany Times-Union. Good news, Greenpoint! Anthony Weiner and Nydia Velazquez announce that the EPA "has c ... More >>
Click here to read my interview with Kiss legend Gene Simmons about his new book on prostitution (which he wrote without ever having used a whore—much as I once did an article about Staten Island without having been there. PS: I went there since and everything I wrote turned out to be true.). Thin ... More >>
Kiss-and-makeup with Simmons; trophy-boy update; chats in the middle of the Maddin crowd
Rap stars see how the other half lives
Guitar Hero fans attempt to look sexy while playing video games. Results are inconclusive.
My tour of modern Grease. Plus a celebulecture and a swashbuckled queen or two or three.
Second life for a steel-bar-bending rocker and his muscles of love
Taylor Mac kicks off Queer@HERE Fest with drag novelty
Spring '04 on the Cheap
Mama's Got a Litterbox, Daddy Never Sleeps at Night
City Hall Has a New Boss. Wish It Were You?