This wintery weather sure makes us suckers for the holidays (even more so than usual), and this weekend we're not short of holiday events. Get cozy with Neil Gaiman as he reads A Christmas Carol, partake in the annual holiday tradition of Unsilent Night at Washington Square Park, and sing along to t ... More >>
Ben Folds Five are performing Tuesday night in Prospect Park as part of the Last Summer on Earth tour. Since Barenaked Ladies are also on the bill, we understand the urge to stay away will be overwhelming. Here, then--to balance out the prospect of having to hear the Big Bang Theory theme song in it ... More >>
How does one explain God? How does one explain faith? How does one explain Limp Bizkit's cover of George Michael's "Faith?" The answer, of course, is you cannot explain that which is ineffable, and also Fred Durst is playing at a club in Long Island tonight. Either way, the equally ineffable Lil B i ... More >>
A look at the week's hottest pop clips, including the frolicsome ribaldry of Robin Thicke, the mansion malaise of 50 Cent and the insufferable wackness of Somethingorother Yacht Idiots.
When My Morning Jacket play live, they tend to come off as an elemental force. They play three hours, paradoxically leaving you wanting more and leaving you absolutely spent. MMJ gives everything live, but also requires a lot of you, pulling you through blissed-out calms into twisting, peaking jams ... More >>
I've never been happier to be wrong about something. Two weeks ago, the last line of my column read: "Probably won't happen. But wouldn't it be fun if it did?" The event I didn't think could happen was Adam Lambert scoring a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 album chart with his second disc, Trespas ... More >>
Surely you've seen There's No Business Like Show Business, the overstuffed but enjoyable 1954 movie musical with Ethel Merman and the gang as a traveling vaudeville clan with multiple outfit changes. Well, one of the offspring is an effeminate guy who practically pops off the screen as if he were a ... More >>
The national star-making machinery only begins to take you seriously when you command the field more than once. Just like, say, GOP presidential candidates, pop acts can't chart one strong number and assume dominance is permanently theirs. They've got to come back on top, week after week, sur ... More >>
Later this week, Billboard is expected to announce its tallies for the biggest hits of 2011. And what a year for music it's been. Remember all those big hits: "Like a G6," "We R Who We R," "Raise Your Glass," "Fuck You!" and "What's My Name?" What's thatyou say the songs I just rattle ... More >>
Pop-chart record-keeping can be as contentious as baseball's, and we've got quite the steroids-style asterisk forming atop Billboard's Hot 100. On the most recent chart, the most pervasive radio star of the last half-decade brushed past a couple of legends into the hall of fame. And like Barr ... More >>
The lady sitting atop both of Billboard's major lists this week has made enough news in 2011 that I'm tempted to rename this column "This Week in Adele." The British thrush is certainly making enough sad news these days, canceling her tour and preparing to undergo much-needed throat surgery. ... More >>
Plus, the Improbable Theatre punches in
Whenever I think of sassy camp queen Bette Midler, I always think of magisterial Oscar winner Helen Mirren. Well, maybe not. But someone obviously does. You see, Bette just hurt her back and had to drop out of playing Phil Spector's lawyer in the HBO movie about the convicted kille ... 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 >>
via RickeyOne thing about The Voice that bugs me: Way too many people getting sent home way too quickly. It's hard to develop that much of a connection to the contestants when half of them get axed once a week. So on this results show, people were, once again, just dropping like flies. Would ... More >>
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 >>
A (possibly) illuminating chat with Carles, the Internet's latest mystery man
Video shoot cashes racial catwalk
Slovenly young Turks fight backlash with pulverizing volume
Hugh Grant goes out on a low note in this dopey rom-com
In which an American Idol runner-up tops it all by blow-drying his chest
In which the new music editor emerges from hiding to get clocked in the head
'Mommie Dearest' and sultan of Brunei run with Scissors
How visa procedures have blocked European musicians from the U.S. since 9-11
Sud-slinging santas toast the season
Hip-Hop and R&B Artists MIA in Music Industry Struggle
Paula Abdul, the Little Engine That Could, Rolls Into Manhattan With a Hollywood Musical
Jesse Jackson Marches in the Penitents Parade
Moby and Merritt Vs. Hitters and Cheerleaders in a Bad Year for Nerds
Mr. Mayor, you are so cute, the way you continually fuck with my schedule!
At the HX Awards, everyone was on their best behavior until the Lee Press-On claws inevitably emerged through the white gloves.
Ivana Trump made a surprise appearance at the Roxy and special-requested a visit to the go-go boys' dressing roomno doubt to compare jewelry.
Dusty Springfield, 19391999
Why the resistance to Cher's single? One insider told me, 'American radio doesn't go for older artists.' Perhaps they'd like some of her boyfriends.