• Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Austin Mahone - IZOD Center - 8/20/14

    Better Than: Those summer nostalgia tours featuring the d-list pop rock bands of yesteryear. (Do we really need you, Spacehog?) When asked to list the loudest sounds on earth, most people have similar answers: explosions at wartime, the constant and consistent shrill of ambulance sirens, jet engine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Sudanese Model Ataui Deng Missing Since August 6

    Ataui Deng, a Sudanese model who has lived and worked in New York since 2008, has gone missing. On Monday afternoon fashion industry insiders, like fellow model Ajak Deng --who appeared in a Benetton spread with Deng--and Deng's friend Roblé, asked for the public's help locating the model on Instag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Tell Us About Your Best of NYC in Our Best of NYC® Readers' Poll

    Vote for Best Dance Club, Best DJ, Best Karaoke, Best Live Music Venue, Best All Ages Club and more in our 2014 Best of NYC® Readers' Poll, which is now open. And this year we're doing something a little different by offering readers a chance to be in the Voice. Details below:

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    Watch Jon Stewart Rock Out Backstage to the Wu-Tang Clan on Last Night's Daily Show

    Last night the Wu-Tang Clan formed like Voltron on the set of the Daily Show, sitting down with a surprisingly giddy Jon Stewart (we had know idea he was such a Wu Stan) and performing two songs, the new "Ron O'Neal" off their coming-in-November A Better Tomorrow and the first track on disc two of 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Top 5 Greatest Lily Allen Outbursts

    As anyone in her native UK will tell you, Lily Allen has been suffering (or thriving, depending on your perspective) from a lack of filter ever since she emerged with her charisma-laden debut full-length, Alright Still, in 2006. Mouthy, quick-witted and -- as her fellow Londoners would say -- a bit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Chad VanGaalen Makes Snow Piss Drawings and So Much More

    Psych-folk artist Chad VanGaalen is quite content to spend days in his Calgary home fiddling with Frankenstein instruments he crafted himself. After a crushingly long winter, he finally emerges to tour in support of his fifth full-length, the wildly warped Shrink Dust. He's a man who knows how to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy in NYC This Week, 5/7 - 5/13

    This week in Cheap Laughs, we have everything: funny Norwegians, Tinder titillation, boy burlesque, street toughs, secret passwords, cheerleading cancer, and the enduring lure of Quebec. We do it right, baby. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    The "Wu-Tang Affiliate" Who Cut Off His Penis Is Not Affiliated With Wu-Tang, Says Wu-Tang

    Earlier today TMZ ran a disturbing news item about a "Wu-Tang-Affiliated" rapper named Andre Johnson who had attempted suicide by cutting off his penis and jumping from a second story balcony. Now, via Instagram, Wu-Tang Clan is denying Johnson was ever affiliated with the group in any way. They see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    High on Home Cooking: Celebrate 4/20 With the High Times Cannabis Cookbook

    Publishers love to send us cookbooks here at Fork in the Road, and often those books come straight from the chefs at some of New York's best restaurants. So we decided to share the love, and each week, we'll feature a new book, a recipe, and a few thoughts on cooking from the authors. Check back eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    The Worst of Coachella 2014

    Coachella's first weekend was amazing this year! Except when it wasn't. Here are the parts of the festival that rubbed us the wrong way. See also: The 50 Most Beautiful People at Coachella

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    10 Things to Do for Less Than $10 in NYC This Week

    That right there, pictured above, is James Franco doing his best to channel Cindy Sherman's famous "Untitled Film Stills" series for his latest art contribution, fittingly titled "Film Stills." His opening reception is on Thursday, among many (many) other events going on. So go ahead and double-book ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Alfredo 100 Honors Classic and New Age Fettuccine Alfredo

    Alfredo 100's (7 East 54th Street; 212-688-1999) recent opening of what owner Russell Belanca calls his new "flagship location" is not your typically "timely" restaurant opening. In case you weren't aware, fettuccine Alfredo is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. While singing the happy birthd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Like Radio Raheem Mixed With The Goonies: Meet Flatbush Rapper Archie Bang

    [Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.] Representing Flatbush Vietnam, Archie Bang dropped his Never Say Die Vol. 1 ('80s Babies Edition) mixtape earlier this week. The 15 track project introduces ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Lee Bannon Remembers Being Roommates With Pro Era

    [Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.] Lee Bannon saw his hip-hop profile bloom after supplying beats to Flatbush rapper Joey Bada$$, not least with the slinky jazz-styled "Hilary $wank" on the Pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2014

    Our 20 Most Read Stories of 2013, the Complete List

    We covered a lot of music ground in 2013. You loved all of it (especially if the word "douchiest" was in the title). But some stories were more read than others. Here now, our 20 most popular posts of the year. Thanks for reading, and see you next year!!

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Our 20 Most Read Stories of 2013, 20 - 11

    We covered a lot of music ground in 2013. You loved all of it. But some stories were more read than others. Here now, our 20 most popular posts of the year, 20 - 11. Thanks for reading, and see you next year!! See also: The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2013

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Donald Trump: "Nelson Mandela and Myself Had a Wonderful Relationship"

    When a towering figure like Nelson Mandela dies -- a revolutionary, an emancipator, South Africa's first black president, one of the most beloved figures ever in the struggle against not just apartheid, but racism and oppression in all its forms -- the most important thing to do is immediately estab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Don't Ask Nick Cave About His Reputation as a "Dirty Old Man"

    Nick Cave is sitting in front of a camera somewhere in Germany, looking in character, which is to say, terrifying. He's got on a black suit and a thinly-pinstriped blue shirt; his fingers are loaded down with heavy gold rings, and a pair of aviator shades hang jauntily from his collar. His video pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2013

    This Morning's Banksy Asks Who the Asshole Is Here, Really

    Good morning. Banksy's still here, and we're pretty sure he thinks you're an asshole. The British scourge struck horrifyingly earlier this morning, while your humble bloggers were still caffeinating and thinking up more unkind jokes about the English. The newest piece is on the back of a truck in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Banksy's New Piece Is a Blurry Witch in the Bowery?

    Looks like the Graffiti Marauder is participating in the holiday spirit. Banksy updated his Instagram at 6 p.m. (at some point during the day he pushed back the time by an hour), showing what seems to be a witch sitting on a Delorean? A frocked goat riding a bumper car? Somewhere in between? Spooooo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    Banksy in New York Day 8: Find This Fake Plato Quote Somewhere In Greenpoint [Update]

    Banksy had us worried there for a second. When we hadn't seen an update on his site by noon, we figured his possible outing this weekend to reporters had scared our favorite street artist off. But at 12:30 p.m. Banksy updated his Instagram with the latest entry in his city-wide exhibition: simple t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Day Four of Better Out Than In: Banksy Posts Three New Artworks in One Day [UPDATE]

    Wowza! New York woke up this morning to not one but three new Banksy works in one day, scattered across the Lower East Side, Bushwick, and Williamsburg. The new set is called Random Graffiti Given A Broadway Makeover (An ongoing series), and they're the best ones yet. Update, 10:50 a.m.: (We think) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Banksy's Third Artwork in Three Days Appears, This Time in Midtown

    Better settle in for this one, folks. At this rate, we might have daily Banksy updates during the month. At around 9 this morning, Banksy posted his third stencil to his Instagram and website in as many days. Keeping the good humor coming, this latest piece shows the silhouette of a dog taking a lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    The MTA Is Not at All Amused by Aflac Putting a Duck in a Subway Station

    The photo you see to the right washed up on the shores of Reddit yesterday. It's a duck in a subway station. "Why is that duck in that subway station?", you ask. The short answer is: Aflac publicity stunt. The longer answer: poorly thought-out Aflac publicity stunt, one that has the MTA rather steam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    NYPD Creates Fake Facebook Profiles of Young Women to Spy on Suspected Gang Members

    As the New York Times reported on Thursday, the NYPD has a new anti-gun violence strategy called Operation Crew Cut. One part of this strategy involves keeping tabs on suspected gang members' social media feeds, to try to spot any simmering tensions or vows of retaliation. That means following the y ... More >>

  • Art

    September 11, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Diarrhea Planet Have Matured Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

    Jordan Smith was literally born to shred. "Ever since I was born, the only thing I've wanted to do is play electric guitar," the frontman for Nashville six-piece Diarrhea Planet tells me over the phone from Los Angeles before heading out for some pre-show rattlesnake sausage with his band mates. "My ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Cab Driver Who Mowed Down Cyclist, Took Off Tourist's Foot, Has Not Been Charged With A Crime

    Twenty three-year-old Sian Green counted down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until her New York City vacation. The young woman, a citizen of the U.K., posted a shot of her countdown clock on Instagram with the caption, "New York plzzzzz hurry up! #NewYork #excited #August #lovinglife." Green ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Every Person, Place, and Thing on Magna Carta Holy Grail: A Checklist

    If while listening to Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail, you experienced an indescribable sensation that you were actually listening to an encrypted invitation to a very luxurious party with a super exclusive guest list and even more ridiculous gift wish list, you were right!!! We made note of every pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Is It Okay to Buy Records at Urban Outfitters?

    The other day, I found myself flipping through records in massive clothing chain Urban Outfitters. I know. I had certain expectations about what I'd find: Bob Marley, Dr. Dre, maybe some new dance records like Niki & The Dove, and not much else. Basically, the vinyl equivalent of a sidewalk dorm roo ... More >>

  • Music

    May 8, 2013
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    April 30, 2013

    Spoon Drummer Jim Eno Adds "Record Label Owner" to His Very Long Resume

    When Jim Eno converted his garage into Public Hi-Fi Studios in 1998, he didn't think owning a studio would involve doing anything other than making music. About a month before he launched Public Hi-Fi Records in March, however, everything hit at once. "Studio owner = booking agent, tech, IT support, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    We Smoked Weed With Total Slacker at the Olive Garden in Times Square

    "Are you excited to be here?" I ask. "I'm, like, fucking cumming in my pants," replies Tucker. It is 8:45pm on a Sunday evening, and I am waiting in a fake Tuscan piazza with the members of Total Slacker (Tucker Rountree, Emily Oppenheimer, Dave Tassy and Zoe Brecher) -- a Brooklyn band who specia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    The Crucial Mistake Most Bands Are Making With Facebook

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Why Artists Should Stop Playing Their Seminal Albums Live

    On a wispy evening last October, my housemate and I went to see GZA perform his magnum opus Liquid Swords in full at D.C.'s swanky Howard Theater. I wasn't the only one with high expectations. The crowd's hunger escalated with Killer Mike slaying his opening set, pulling out perfectly punctuated sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Maybe You Should Give British Rap A Chance?

    About fifteen million years ago on the Internet (a/k/a at the beginning of January of this year), my friend Skinny Friedman issued an errant tweet claiming something to the effect of, "Grime is going to be big in 2013." Though he was joking (I think?), that got me thinking. I can see where he's comi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Beauty and the Vernacular Beast: Street-Art Meets Ballet at Lincoln Center Art Series Opening

    Hunter S. Thompson, in his landmark book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, said that "every now and then the energy of a whole generation comes to a head in a long fine flash, for reasons that nobody really understands at the time -- and which never explain, in retrospect, what actually happened." Re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    How Do We Remember Things That Happen In The Past Without 'Best Of...' Lists?

    The minute December 1st was upon us, the Internet and print media alike began to fill its shelves and papers with content-heavy, link-heavy and rank-heavy lists, all of which give the reader some sort of guidance as to what actually happened over the past 365 days. Of course, we here at the Voice we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Barack and Mitt Will Have Lunch Today; Here's What They Could Talk About

    It has been almost a month now since America went to the polls and re-elected President Obama to another four years of running this whole place. Since then, we've collectively done well in the whole "taking our minds off the election" business. We've had Petraeus, the progress of the Sandy recovery, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Does Spotify Mean the End of the iPod and Your Music Collection?

    By Dan Moore When I bought my first iPod--this was the first iPod, when the scroll wheel actually spun around--it was a severe blow to my nerd-cred, which I guarded pretty jealously at the time. (It was the only cred I had.) Relying on iTunes and its untouchable database to maintain my MP3 collecti ... More >>

  • News

    October 31, 2012

    Enduring in Red Hook

    Stairs, barbecues, and disaster tourists

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Waka Flocka Flame - Irving Plaza - 10/9/2012

    By Drew Millard Better Than: Watching Waka Flocka shop for shoes. Gucci Mane came onstage at Irving Plaza last night. GUCCI MANE CAME ONSTAGE. AT IRVING PLAZA. LAST NIGHT. I don't know another way to stress the importance of seeing Gucci Mane come out onstage at this point other than making th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Seven Must-Dos For The Modern Young Weed Rapper

    Wiz Khalifa is in love with weed. The Pittsburgh-raised rapper has established himself as a hip-hop superstar by making songs that are largely hooked around getting high. While it's not all that a unique pastime—the likes of Snoop Dogg and Cypress Hill ushered in the first great rush of weed r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Red Mango Launches 'Honey Badger' Flavor

    "Try it...or not. We don't care." In true Honey Badger fashion, that's the motto of Red Mango's new flavor -- named after the Honey Badger video that went viral to draw nearly 46 million views since January 2011. The Honey Badger flavor is made with nonfat frozen yogurt and honey.

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    Live: Lil B Brings His Light To NYU

    Lil B (lecture) Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, NYU Wednesday, April 11 Better than: College. Lil B walks onto the stage of the Eisner & Lubin Auditorium in a dayglo yellow shirt, which combats for brightness with the stage lights. Those first images you get when you stare at the sun and then close you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Live: The Black Keys Strut Under The Disco Balls At Madison Square Garden

    The Black Keys w/Arctic Monkeys Madison Square Garden Thursday, March 22 Better than: A Nickelback concert. For Black Keys guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach, less is more—or at least it was last night. At the second of two Madison Square Garden gigs this month, he addressed the foaming-at-the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Ahead of its Exhibition in Soho: The Origin of the Holga Camera

    It is ironic, considering today's age of technological advancements, that sharing faded photos with saturated colors--known as vignetting in technical photography term--has become something of a trend--browse through your Facebook or Twitter feed and you're bound to come across a photo that's been a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2012

    Katz's Deli Hosted A Wedding Reception Last Night

    This afternoon EV Grieve posted about a party that really takes the cake, or rather, the pastrami sandwich. A couple had their black tie wedding reception yesterday at Katz's Delicatessen. Ivanka Trump tweeted about the event including pictures of the menu and the party favors. We talked to Kevin ... More >>

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