Here's a list, in no particular order, of the ten best concerts to check out this weekend. Follow us @SoundoftheCity, like us on Facebook.
Two of my "best bashes in history" were casino galas that were outrageouly lavish and star studded, just the way events in a glitzy gambling temple should be. First of all: The opening of the Mohegan Sun Hotel and spa in Connecticut in 2002 How's this for a gala weekend? Friday night in the bi ... More >>
This will be a six-part series detailing the most fabulous bashes I've ever attended, and also the most rotten. Believe me, I remember every free canape, cheap scent, and guilty grope. THE BEST *New Year's Eve at Studio 54 On December 31, 1978, there was only reasonable place to be--Studio 54 ... More >>
Last night at xl, BeBe Zahara Benet--the very first winner of RuPaul's Drag Race--proved she truly earned her crown. The Cameroon-born drag star put on her elaborately entertaining Beto Sutter-produced show called Creature, which mixes bits of Grace Jones, Kevin Aviance, Julie Taymor, Leigh Bowery, ... More >>
Just say that to yourself over and over again: "Grace Jones singing 'Tomorrow' from Annie" until you believe it--because it was a reality, honey. In 1977, the exotic Jamaican-born disco chanteuse lipsynched her version of the bouncy moppet showtune on a syndicated TV show called Celebrity Cabaret ... More >>
Enough with canned PR at nonevents—I miss poorly behaved stars
I'm truthin'! The legendary '70s disco--and specifically the rise and fall of Steve Rubell, who co-founded it--is the subject of a Tommy Tune-directed musical trying out in Florida! In case they're open to some disco-survivor input, I have a few glittery recollections to share from my water ... More >>
The weekend starts early, as we're desperately trying to take advantage of the pleasant weather and gallivant around the city by foot. Start your Thursday night off at Sway for the relatively new Reality Bites throwdown -- yes, a reference to the '90s film classic. (Note: We're basically will ... More >>
Norwegian disco producer Hans-Peter Lindstrøm is notorious for his extended, drawn-out, cosmic dance tracks. His success lies in never-ending synthed-out grooves that brood without ever hitting a point of explosion--the entire point for his particular brand of space disco. In the past severa ... More >>
Eddie Brannan"I was at M.I.A.'s secret birthday party two days ago when Drew Barrymore walked in," says a smitten-sounding Theophilus London, the much-championed young M.C. who, contrary to his rap name, hails from Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood. "M.I.A.'s brother invited all her friends, p ... More >>
Sex, drugs, and rock and roll? Lets find out!
Namely, Boomerang. Grace Jones. As Strangé. In the world's scariest perfume commercial. Just with better cinematography and a hot-pink convertible. Some world-class facial expressions here, but is Nicki not slightly more appealing when she's a one-verse guest-star atom bomb for chumpy dudes? ... More >>
Lot of New York bands representing: LCD Soundsystem, Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer, Lucero, Sleigh Bells, Dirty Projectors, De La Soul, Julian Casablancas, Matt & Kim, Gil Scott-Heron, etc. Pretty fucking good show. Some other big ones--Public Image Limited, Grace Jones, Gorillaz, P ... More >>
A photographic history of rock 'n' roll
Neko Case performs, gloriously. Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images.Neko Case In Conversation with Sasha Frere-Jones The New Yorker Festival Stage 37 Saturday, October 17 "Boobs ruin everything," Neko Case said from the stage at Saturday's New Yorker Festival, referring to the pervy onslaught ... More >>
Plus Abe Lincoln's logs and more than 15 minutes at Warhol's birthday party.
New Yorkers can do a lot of things other people can't: ride the Staten Island Ferry at midnight, have lunch in Central Park, etc. But we can't buy a damn bottle of wine at the grocery store. This year we had a chance to change it -- but the state's liquor stores and their lobbyists blocked it ... More >>
Jared GruenwaldNot available at H&M: Grace Jones In this week's Village Voice, Mike Powell joins fathers and sons and dudes screaming 'GIVE IT TO LARRY' at Steely Dan's Beacon run. Cristina Black on how a Connecticut liberal arts school somehow gave birth to the surrealist Brooklyn pop of M ... More >>
In the TV business, you sort of expect executives to pad their expense accounts, use station employees to run personal errands, and even do personal work for profit on company time and equipment. But it's a little different when taxpayers foot the bill. Tom Robbins lays out how the city's broadcas ... More >>
A legend comes to town, with a few costume changes
Rebecca SmeyneThese Are Powers' Pat getting his temperature taken in China In the week leading up to All Points Wet (har har), vandals insulted the word "gay" in describing Coldplay, we came up with suggestions for a Beastie Boys tribute on Friday at All Points West, and there were plenty of ... More >>
DJs do battle in a bookstore?
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla sets out to discover the worst lyrics of 2008. Spoiler alert: Katy Perry does not win. Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond on the method behind Beyoncé's multiple-personality madness. Mordechai Shinefield makes promises about Fall Out Boy's Folie a Deuz ... More >>
A glorious, excess-fueled visionary returns, gloriously and excessively
"It was an insane time, we would stay up for days at a time and smoke George Burns cigars and listen to Henny Youngman standup routines and watch W.C. Fields movies and write jokes, homemade jokes, jokes with missing punchlines. Those were really good times." By the age of 22, Harmony Korine had ... More >>
A deep-house icon who dabbles in the occasional crossover pop smash
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Style Slumps at the Met
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Grace Jones appeared in rainbow-colored wings to address us as 'my subjects' while Lee Majors danced wildly with the ballsy puppets.