Riot Fest storm Brooklyn
Balkan Beat Box Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell Saturday, June 16 Better than: Having to fight for the right to party. Balkan Beat Box have made nearly a handful of fine records, but they're no match for the power of the party band's live show. It's probably a measure of how fus ... More >>
Live music to sound off the new year
Surviving 2011 calls for a celebration. Your guide to ringing in 2012 with reckless abandon.
It's a Man Man's world
Star-studded lineup videos: now a thing. Yes, the Tennessee mega-festival, now in its tenth (!) year, has announced its initial lineup, the usual melange of rappers, rockers, and jam-band monoliths, this year headlined by Eminem and Arcade Fire, only one of whom won the Album of the Year Grammy 48 ... More >>
Ariel Pink says hi. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week we found out exactly how many professional music critics can actually name all nine members of the Wu-Tang Clan (the results may surprise and depress you!), we also found ourselves accusing Kanye West of maybe ripping off a Dr. Dog video ... More >>
Eugene Hütz, Gogol Bordello master of ceremonies. All pics by Ben Jay.Few New York bands put on a show more raucous, incendiary, and mustache-imbued than famed gypsy-punks Gogol Bordello, whose sweaty global fusion makes them the perfect band to welcome a hopefully far friendlier 2011. Joine ... More >>
Sounds for the masses
What the hell happened last night?
"Mixed with alcohol, it seems to be a remedy for just about anything," says Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hutz on the topic of music. This is especially true with his own stuff: GB mash traditional gypsy paraphernalia (accordion, violin, Borat accent) with inebriated, smash-bottle-on-head punk fe ... More >>
Featuring the odd return of 1995, in the persons of Soundgarden and Green Day, modern arena-rock surrogates the Strokes, Arcade Fire, MGMT, Phoenix, the National, and the Black Keys, and who else but Lady Gaga? Music is a befuddling tapestry in which Cypress Hill will always have a home. Comp ... More >>
Rock and experimental voices keep the fire alive
And finally, the misguided Borat jokes have begun to wane
In this week's Village Voice, we unveil our 2009 Fall Arts Guide: Dan Weiss on the Jane Austen alt-rock of Brooklyn locals the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Jed Lipinski in conversation with George Packer on the occasion of the author's forthcoming Interesting Times: Writings From a Turbulent ... More >>
Madonna's world tour seems destined to provoke international incidents. She had already riled Poles by planning to perform on the Feast of the Annunciation, and they retaliated by sending prayer-bombs to kill two of her stagehands. Now Madge has done the unthinkable in Romania: spoken in defe ... More >>
It's gonna be a nude ol' time
Photos by John Burlage Jemina Pearl Music Hall of Williamsburg Saturday, January 17 Jemina Pearl is one of the few world-class rock 'n rollers right now, especially if you factor in her age or breed--that is, riot grrrls, or riot anyone, who want the world and have the confidence, wit and sound t ... More >>
Gogol Bordello do three dizzying nights at Webster Hall
Orchestral giants seek deserved adulation
In Wristcutters, the afterlife is just a lousier version of real life. Oh, and Tom Waits is there.
New Year's resolutions, many of which are likely to be broken by the time you read this
The man who's reviewed 12,000 records reviews 32 shows in 30 days
Gogol Bordello's mastermind single-handedly improves your boring life
From Senegal to Austin T-X clear evidence of cooperation between or among principals
Come savor the beaty delights of European multiculturalism, Arabski kjuchek included
World's biggest egomaniac rolls around in goo, sneaks beauty in through the back door
Tsunami benefits and political parties, oh my! Stars shine.
Where the fuck is for example the Z100, gangsta-rock, and Merina-Senegalese fusion?
Jackie Farry and friends fuck cancer; filmmaker Scott Crary kills his idols
Eugene Hütz's Gypsy Punk Cabaret Takes New York