In my years attending punk and metal shows, often as the only one with a pen and pad in the middle, I've noticed there are a few unwritten rules when participating in a mosh pit. The seemingly amorphous fits of aggression that explode from the center of certain crowds have some unspoken guidelines t ... More >>
Better Than: It's Alice Cooper. It's better than everything. They say that after a nuclear holocaust, there will be two things left: cockroaches and Cher. It's time to add a third likely survivor: Alice Cooper. The original shock rocker, now 65, commanded the sold-out Beacon Theater last night wi ... More >>
Sorry James Franco, this Oz is neither great nor powerful
Destined to be in the Guinness book of world records, or die trying
There was talk of just such a project right before the male-disrobing epic opened, and since it had a boffo (or buff-o?) weekend at the box office, the musical will surely come. And I know who should star! It has to be the Broadway types I've pictured for you; these guys have truly got it and know ... More >>
This month, to celebrate the Internet's unbridled love for wallowing in nostalgia and even greater relishing of talking about why certain cultural artifacts are horrible, Sound of the City presents First Worsts, a series in which our writers remember the first time... they ever hated a song enough t ... More >>
Check any sports page or web site today and you're bound to find some story to the tune of "The Biggest Question Marks For The Yankees." Sample: "Can Mariano continue to defy age?" and "How long can Derek Jeter continue to play shortstop?" and "Can A-Rod avoid injury and get back on track?" and "Can ... More >>
Hunny is the turn-of-the-millenium "return of the rock" played out in real time; it formed when the members of YIMBY-approved Staten Island dance-pop crew Paragraph got bored with glossy beats and threw their drum machines in the trash. The bruising grunge-metal gnashers' debut I'm History w ... More >>
Mike Cirino, culinary madman. You might have heard of Michael Cirino, the culinary mastermind behind A Razor, A Shiny Knife, after his infamous L train luncheon landed on the pages of the New York Times. Now he's trying something equally as crazy: cooking an entire steer whole for the upcomin ... More >>
How their sludgy 1992 album Lysol became the blueprint for the metal underground
Jeff Grow, mixologist-illusionist. Jeff Grow has a title you don't come across very often. He's a 'bar illusionist' at Albert Trummer's recently opened-to-the-public Theater Bar (114 Franklin Street) in Tribeca. He discusses just how manages to mix drinks with magic and why the two are a grea ... More >>
It's time for us to get serious about naming the Bronx Zoo cobra. The submissions are rolling in and they're terrible. The Houdini theme is popular (get it -- because she escaped out of her cage): "Bronxdini," "Zoodini," etc. Jesus -- Bronxdini? "Twitter" is also an early front-runner.
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. November 23, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 47 Let George undo it by Joe Flaherty Well, with the election over and the inevitable results in, the inevitable has happened -- the pogrom has begun. Not, however, the one that was expected. In a perv ... More >>
Courtesy Minnie McSorley, from her Facebook pageYesterday we mentioned that Minnie, the McSorley's cat facing a lawsuit from a woman who claims she was "seriously injured" by the mid-sized feline, has a Facebook page. Curious to hear Minnie's perspective on her legal drama, we got in touch, a ... More >>
Not as easy as it looks!Let no one say that Jose Rodriguez, 27, is not good with his knees. After being apprehended by police this afternoon in a Fort Lee Holiday Inn parking lot for questioning in a nonfatal shooting, plus charges of DUI and parole violation, he managed a movie-esque escape, ... More >>
Move over, David Blaine
Eerie Brooklyn metalheads dig deep and listen to the bells
As documented by our own Phil Freeman, deathless, matchless sludge-rockers the Melvins joined the farewell-tour-bound Isis for a Friday-night Webster Hall headbanging spectacular, and NYT Taper was there; though Isis are audio-taping-averse, the Melvins set alone is pretty stupendous, if only ... More >>
I love Yankee fans. Depressed and devastated over Game 1's loss and being antagonized by pathetic assholes who have nothing in their life beyond taking joy in someone else's misery, I got my rejuvenation from other Yank fans. Who all agreed we're down, but not out. Not by a long shot. How ... More >>
I don't know if I should be writing this right now. I have a hair trigger temper when it comes to baseball, and an uncensored tongue when it comes to lashing out at, well, anyone who crosses my path after a loss. It may well be the most telling litmus test of my friends. The ones who try to ... More >>
I-minus zero! Today, in addition to the swearing-in and speechifying, it is announced Obama will attend 10 inaugural balls: five for regions of the country, one apiece for the Obama and Biden home states, a Youth Ball, and the Commander-in-Chief's Ball with the military. But we are told there has b ... More >>
A Brooklyn jury found Nixzmary Brown's stepdad guilty of second-degree manslaughter this morning but exonerated Cesar Rodriguez of second-degree murder charges in a horrific case of child abuse that ended the 7-year-old's life, shocked the city, and raised serious concerns about the city's child wel ... More >>
Seamless but faceless electro-pop for yawning arenas
In two new compact volumes, Edmund Wilson still looms large
No R.I.P. for the rock album just yetSonic Youth's seminal Daydream Nation lives again at McCarren Pool.
Rinne Groff's conjuring act pulls off a hell of a trick
The notorious K.I.M. finally lets the sex boasts go and spits from her gut
Steel Magnolias gives women what they want, but not the quality they deserve.
Organ Harvesting, Leprechauns, Thoreau's Alien Abduction, and the HMS Donkeyballs
On Still Being Smitten With Matthew Barney
Pick Up the Ball, Barry. Pick It Up.
Thanks for the Memories, You Yankee Role Players. Now Get Out of Here.
French Tries, by Romanian Eugene Ionesco, Come Alive
Burt Reynolds and Bobby Simone Pass in the Night
When I asked Jane Horrocks if she's a gay man trapped in a woman's body, she said, 'No! If so, I haven't discovered it!'
Jennifer Miller Wows 'Em in the Nabes