This week in the Village Voice: It's the comics issue! We're celebrating by having Ben Westhoff talk about wine with Sadat X, host of YouTube's premier hip-hop-and-wine show True Wine Connoisseurs, and giving Greg Tate the opportunity to dissect Marsha Ambrosius' slightly Stepfordized new alb ... More >>
Three-day weekend ahead for most of us, which is another reason to file over to Sunday night's spectacularly loaded tribute to too-soon departed Ari Up at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Even without the excuse, there's so much planned to honor the riot-grrrl ancestor on the eve of what would have ... More >>
This year's edition of Best Music Writing, guest-edited by Ann Powers, is so loaded with rock-crit superstars that it'll take two nights of readings to honor them all: The fun begins tonight at Housing Works in SoHo and features Sasha Frere-Jones, Alex Ross, Robert Christgau, Starrene Rhett, ... More >>
The door at Coco66, circa October 26th. When last we checked in with Greenpoint's Coco66, the club had been raided in the midst of CMJ, shuttered for the crime of having 350 people crammed into a 75 person capacity venue. The venue first told us that "we were misinformed by the NYPD" and that ... More >>
Da Capo's annual Best Music Writing series is as close as rock scribes get to the Oscars; we are happy to report that this year's edition, out November 9, features two Voice pieces: Greg Tate's Michael Jackson eulogy "The Man in Our Mirror" and Raquel Cepeda's "Another Love TKO: Teens Grapple ... More >>
Ah, the Brooklyn Book Festival, a five-year-old, free, all-day blowout of panels, readings, and extraordinary quasi-literary happenings, where you might see, say, Ian MacKaye complaining about people who say "just type it in" when they mean "Google it." (On a panel with Thurston Moore and Lup ... More >>
Yep. June 25, 2009. A genuinely shocking and oddly unifying moment, when a couple decades of profound decline and ugliness were washed away instantly, leaving everyone with the powerful urge to hear "Billie Jean" again as soon as possible. (Or "Beat It." For me it was "Beat It.") Around here ... More >>
Roswell Rudd has my favorite of the snapshots collected hereEarly January's Winter Jazzfest, a two-night, multi-venue fete that lured thousands of folks into Greenwich Village to see dozens of downtown-jazz stalwarts (Voice poll darlings Vijay Iyer and Darcy James Argue were among the star at ... More >>
Barring a massive surge of readership between now and Thursday night (and with Michael Musto half-naked on this week's cover, anything is possible), we can safely say that the following stories generated the most interest from our readers this year. (And watch out for #3 -- it's definitely Not Safe ... More >>
Michael Jackson. Harlem, the world. Greg Tate.
Michael Jackson. Bed-Stuy. Jean Grae.
Michael Jackson. Gary, Indiana. Jessica Hopper.
The Village Voice Michael Jackson Archives.
We all know about the Albany Coup and how bad it makes everyone look. But who really benefited ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, we remember Michael Jackson: Greg Tate on the man and his legacy, rapper Jean Grae on what Jackson meant to musicians everywhere, and Jessica Hopper, reporting live from Gary, Indiana the night Jackson died.
Elsewhere, Rob Harvilla describes the daffy sci-fi audacity ... More >>
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Stanley Crouch, writing in response to twin hit pieces on Jackson (by Greg Tate and Guy Trebay) published in the Voice two months prior.
Man in the Mirror
By Stanley Crouch
November 17, 1987
Because Afro-Americans have presented chal ... More >>
The news that obliterated the week that was: MJ. Our remembrance here, plus the complete Michael Jackson Voice archives, as written by the dream team of Robert Christgau, Chuck Eddy, Greg Tate, Vince Aletti, Stanley Crouch, Guy Trebay, Nelson George, Elvis Mitchell, Simon Frith, and Scott Poulson-Br ... More >>