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    November 11, 2014

    Was Chief Keef Too Gangster for Interscope?

    America in the 21st century is one of the most economically polarized and heavily armed societies in history. As the top rises, it becomes harder to see the ground through the clouds. Disconnected, nihilistic subcultures have developed in areas abandoned and forgotten by mainstream society. Such ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2014

    Power Rankings: The Worst Catcall Parody Videos

    With more than 35 million views, the video of Shoshana Roberts walking through Manhattan and being subjected to dozens and dozens of catcalls from men about her appearance and figure pulled back the curtain on an uglier part of our culture. It also spawned several cringe-inducing parodies by enterpr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    We Spoke to Cops About the Shooting Outside Freddie Gibbs' Rough Trade Show

    Shots rang out early Tuesday morning around 1 a.m. in front of Williamsburg's Rough Trade, shots that appear to have been meant for rapper Freddie Gibbs, who had just wrapped up a show at the Brooklyn record store and venue. See also: The 10 Best Pieces Of Freddie Gibbs Fan Art

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    So You Think You're Too Good for SNL Cast Member Michael Che's Catcalls, Ladies?

    Ladies, do we really have to go over this again? Catcalls are flattering! The latest defense of street harassment comes not from the New York Post (where we would expect it) but from comedian Michael Che, late of The Daily Show, now the co-host of SNL's "Weekend Update," and recent Village Voice cov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Karen O - McKittrick Hotel - 9/10/14

    Better Than: Getting a note from a Secret Admirer In June 2004, Karen Orzolek told SPIN magazine: "The only reason I wanted to be on a major label was for people to hear 'Maps'... I knew it would be huge from the moment we wrote it. I am a fuckin' sucker for love songs." Now, almost a decade later ... 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 11, 2014

    Warhol, Wizards, and Dolls: Here's the Cool Stuff of the Antiques Roadshow in New York

    It was hard to avoid comparing the New York stop of the Antiques Roadshow to a low-key casino without the seedy underbelly. The temperature in the Javits Center on Saturday was meat locker-freezing, Rascal scooters zipped by every few minutes (often with paintings and other wrapped ephemera jammed i ... 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

    July 30, 2014

    "Brooklyn Boys" Perfectly Spoofs "Brooklyn Girls"

    A couple weeks ago, you'll recall, the internet did what it did best and lost its collective mind when a young music artist with seafoam colored hair, Catey Shaw, held a mirror up to Williamsburg and showed it exactly how the world sees it in her song and video "Brooklyn Girls." She was immediately ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Getting Naked With Charlie "Bird" Parker at the Wildest Party in L.A. History

    Charlie "Bird" Parker has been called the greatest saxophonist who ever lived, a jazz legend who not only spearheaded the bebop movement but also laid the foundations of modern jazz. He was also a party animal. In 1952, Los Angeles would play host to one of Parker's wildest exploits. The New York- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg on Angie Martinez's Departure: Like the Yankees Without Jeter

    On Wednesday iconic Hot 97 DJ Angie Martinez announced via Instagram that she'd resigned from the station and was on to new things. Rumors swirled shortly after that those "new things" included hopping over to Hot's biggest competitor, Power 105, and just yesterday it was announced that Martinez had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Louis C.K. Asks TMZ to Take Down Tracy Morgan Crash Footage, and Asks the Rest of Us Not to Watch It

    Comedian Louis C.K. is asking gossip purveyors TMZ to take down the footage of the aftermath of a fatal collision that killed comedian James McNair and critically injured several other people, including actor and comedian Tracy Morgan. And since it's unlikely that the site will actually pull the vid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2014

    The Start and Stop of Juelz Santana

    A decade ago the city limits of Harlem seemed to expand worldwide as the Dipset movement became a universally celebrated entity in hip-hop. From critics to customers, mainstream audiences to underground heads, traditionalists to avant garde indie kids, Dipset seemed to have something to offer everyb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    This is What the NYPD's Failed Muslim Surveillance Program Actually Looked Like

    On Tuesday, the NYPD announced it would dismantle its Demographics Unit, the controversial squad of plainclothes officers tasked with monitoring and gathering intelligence in New York's Muslim neighborhoods. The announcement was greeted with a mix of praise (for the move, considered long overdue) an ... More >>

  • News

    April 2, 2014

    27 Ways to Better Yourself This Summer in NYC

    [Summer 2014 Education Supplement]

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Alec Baldwin Takes Ball, Goes Home

    Alec Baldwin is done with all you tiny, pathetic ingrates. New York has just gotten too mean. A man can't live peacefully in this town anymore. The days when you were free to call people "queens" and "faggots" and "cocksucking fags" as you saw fit are over. Alec Baldwin bids you to say goodbye to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Kendrick Lamar's Surprisingly Calm Grammy Snub Reaction, Translated

    XXL Magazine tried to do some Erin Andrews instant-reaction journalism yesterday, releasing part of an interview done with Kendrick Lamar shortly after his unexpected loss in every Grammy category that he was nominated for. But Kendrick was perfectly cool, calm, and collected about the whole thing i ... 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 14, 2014

    The 10 Best Birthday Bars in New York City

    Greenwood ParkBirthdays are hard. Of course it's about you. But really, it's about everyone else, especially if you're stepping up to plan the party yourself: whom to invite, whom not to invite, how to congratulate yourself for being born without feeling too self-important, whether to celebrate the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2014

    The 10 Dumbest Rightblogger Ideas of 2013, Part 2

    We hope it's been long enough since listicle season (only a few days, but hell, your attention spans have all been shot to pieces by the internet, right?) that you won't mind if we present part 2 of the roundup we began last week. Herewith items 5 through 1 in our list of the dumbest ideas that wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Tek From Smif N Wessun Would Rather Be Riding Dirt-Bikes

    Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Earlier in the month, the Brooklyn-based rap duo of Smif N Wessun dropped a slinky, six-track reggae-infused EP. Titled Born and Raised, the project has the vene ... More >>

  • 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

    December 5, 2013

    Kosha Dillz's Guide to Dining With Gangsta Boo

    Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. The usually hyper-local Tweets is Watching takes a broader view of the world this week as we cast our Twitter-based questions in the direction of Kosha Dillz, wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Banksy Doesn't Update Today Because of "Police Activity"

    So this is a first: Banksy announced on his Instagram that there will be no stencil today. In simple black font on a white background, Banksy puts simply: "Today's art has been cancelled due to police activity." Easy there, partner! Runnin' Scared is sure someone will be doing art today besides you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Glenn Beck: Bill de Blasio Will Make New York a Living Hell With His "Occupy Wall Street Attitude"

    A few weeks ago, TV person and spittle-flecked bow-tie-wearer Glenn Beck revealed a shocking truth to a blissfully unaware nation: New York City is well on its way to electing a " radical leftist" named Bill de Blasio as its next mayor. "New Yorkers may be begging for their benevolent dictator H ... More >>

  • Art

    September 11, 2013
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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Meet Music's Next Superstar: Shia LaBeouf

    Last week, actor and LSD-enthusiast Shia LaBeouf and synth-pop duo Future Unlimited debuted the gloomy video for "Haunted Love" directed by none other than everyone's favorite Michael Bay leading man. LaBeouf has had many an odd foray into music video. From a thirty-minute musical of interpretive da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Paramore Kitten - Hammerstein Ballroom - 5/16/13

    Paramore Kitten Hammerstein Ballroom 5/16/13 Better Than: Anything J.J. Abrams has done in 2013 Before seeing Paramore tonight, I went to the movies with my best friend. We're both huge sci-fi/fantasy dweebs, so we, of course, had seen the new Star Trek movie on its opening day. The movie was ... 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 >>

  • News

    April 24, 2013

    Stoya, Pop Star of Porn

    The Internet explodes for Brooklyn's own Stoya, America's sweetheart of smut

  • Film

    April 24, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Andrew McMahon Doesn't Want to Rewrite History, He Wants to Own It

    "I think, for me, more than anything, [the name] Jack's [Mannequin] had run its course," reflects Andrew McMahon, the engine that had driven Jack's Mannequin from solo experiment to full-fledged movement. In 2012, however, McMahon retired the moniker of his more intimate solo project that manifested ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    DJ Whoo Kid Thinks Snoop Dogg Should Have Been the New Pope

    Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Last week DJ Whoo Kid helped launch the video for A$AP Ferg's new track "40 Below," which also appears on his SXSW Social mixtape. When not granting assists to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    The Very Intentional Self-Destruction of Justin Bieber

    Unlike many a male performer before him who created an epic legacy through their unique musical talents and tragic deaths (SHOUT OUT to Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Freddie Mercury, Kurt Cobain, Tupac Shakur, and Hugo Chavez!), Justin Bieber has chosen a different path towards earning res ... 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

    January 3, 2013

    Fantasia's Homophobia Was Taken "Out of Context"???

    The most popular celebrity excuse for saying something really offensive is "It was taken out of context!" And that's exactly what former American Idol star Fantasia Barrino is pulling with her latest scandal (on the heels of missing a lot of Color Purple performances, not causing a couple's divorce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Ten Things We Should Expect To See In 2013

    As you may know by now, today is the last day of the year. Take advantage of these few hours before midnight to review every 'Best Of 2012' list out there because their timeliness will soon be quelled by the imminent switch in our non-Mayan calendar. Once that clock strikes 12, mankind will turn the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    The Last Year Of My Life, Brought To You By Facebook

    On average, an ordinary, freedom-loving American spends about eight hours a month on Facebook. That's sixteen minutes a day, seven day a week, ninety six hours a year. Simple math aside, Mark Zuckerberg has you under his watch for eight full days. And, if you have Facebook on your smartphone, well t ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 7, 2012

    Autograph Convention Report: Virginia Madsen Nice, Penny Marshall Not Nice

    At Chiller Theatre, the answer to "What's in a name?" is $45

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    A Few Reasons Why Overhyping Hurricane Sandy Is Probably a Good Thing

    The current situation in New York: The subways are closed; upon the Hozziner's request, Zone A has been forced to evacuate; Broadway shows have been cancelled; Bloomberg, Christie, and Cuomo are hosting storm watch conferences; my door keeps slamming by itself, even while locked; and the quieter-tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    New Pornographers' A.C. Newman Is Going To Start A Jam Band

    Carl Newman, the New Pornographers frontman who also records apart from the group under the moniker A.C. Newman, just released his third solo offering, Shut Down the Streets, a couple of weeks ago. The album's equally inspired by two recent events -- the death of Newman's mother and the birth of his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Haven's Kitchen Wants You to Enjoy Sustainablity

    Alison Schneider is all smiles in Chelsea. Alison Schneider hates to get all "hippie/new agey" on you, but sometimes she just has to, especially when it comes to talking about the energy in Haven's Kitchen. "The space is pretty, the people working here are happy and honest, the chef is psyched to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    KISS and Morrissey: Together At Last

    Last night I saw KISS and Morrissey perform live back to back shows. I came out the other side a changed man. A man who, because he'd just seen KISS and Morrissey back to back, questioned whether or not he even was one. I don't know anything anymore. Except this: I wanna Rock 'n' Roll all night, and ... More >>

  • Film

    September 26, 2012

    In Hotel Transylvania, A Comic Dracula Still Kills

    Everybody knows I'm a movie-favorite monster

  • 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 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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