Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon, the Bowery Ballroom, the Blue Note: all these destinations for live music have earned their place on New York City's perennial favorites list year in and year out. We love them, too, but we're not going to rank them here. Our favorite venues have less to do with pe ... More >>
James Brown would have been 80 years old today, but who cares? What's worth remembering is not how many hits he had, how many millions he made and lost, or how many times he voted for Richard Nixon. No, when we talk about James Brown, we're talking about indisputably the single most important musici ... More >>
The truest part of a Charles Bradley performance doesn't happen onstage, where he falls to his knees, flings his arms from the microphone, blows kisses to the crowd, and pushes himself past the emotional brink, where words can't follow and a painful howling rises up instead. It's when he's off the s ... More >>
The year's coming to an end, but the impact of the storm is not. The New York State Labor Department reports a loss of 30,000 jobs in and around the city this November due to Hurricane Sandy. James Brown, an economist for the Labor Department, told City Room that during the end-of-year holiday seas ... More >>
In 2010, YIMBY praised the debut 7" of noise-punk night terror Yvette, a "hard-edged, ultraviolent, spooktacular response to years of the fluttery squish of Animal Collective." They've finally returned with a follow-up, "Erosion" b/w "Cold Sweat" (out this week on the God Mode imprint of piglet-fuck ... More >>
The Zulu Nation celebrates its 38th anniversary
There's a moment after the bridge to Musiq Soulchild's "So Beautiful" that the 33-year-old artist descends, in one phrase, from his effortless, flighty falsetto back into the baritone that made him famous more than 10 years ago. Last Tuesday night at the Highline Ballroom, he took a few steps ... More >>
We wouldn't want the accordion player to injure himselfPerhaps you were unaware that famed James Brown trombonist cohort Fred Wesley has recently been dallying in a "klezmer funk" band called Abraham Inc.; your unfamiliarity will last a little longer, alas, as their scheduled gig at Le Poisso ... More >>
A funk legend survives James Brown's mania and hip-hop's uncredited samples
Joan MarcusMillion Dollar Quartet has proven that by throwing together a low-budget show with actors imitating four music legends (in this case Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins), the tourists will come and you can make lots of cash while nabbing some acclaim and even a To ... More >>
Uh oh, people. The job market in New York City is officially perking up. Which means ... that old "nobody's hiring" excuse is just not going to fly. If you want to stay home and eat peanut butter and watch Law and Order all day, you better at least call yourself a "blogger" or something. Not ... More >>
LaRhonda Pettit, biological daughter of the late soul singer James Brown, claimed today that her father's body was missing. It had been left in the care of Brown's legitimate daughter Deanna Brown Thomas after the singer's death in 2006, in preparation for its installation in an as-yet unfin ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. November 25, 1965, Vol. XI, No. 6 James Brown: Knocking 'Em Dead in Bed-Stuy By Susan Brownmiller An hour and a half before show time they queue up in front of the Brevoort. The posters are stuck up everywhere, in the bars, the lunch ... More >>
"Simply put, we woke up one morning in the late '60s, turned the whole world black--and then looked upon our creation and decided it was better than good; it was superbad." Go now. And start anticipating his James Brown book.
Joey DiStefano called our attention to this amazing video, which Fork in the Road has just watched at least eight times in a row. Yes, that's really James Brown getting excited about instant miso soup. Get up-a!
A heartfelt singer keeps the faith
On Chan Marshall's oddly prolonged, possibly unhealthy cover-song fixation
Sister Betty Jean Newsome insists James Brown's 'Man's World' wouldn't mean nothin' without her
Obviously that's BVJB in red Photo: livejim.com Happened to catch Black Velvet James Brown at Cha Cha's Club Atlantis on the Coney Island Boardwalk Saturday night. I'm not a big tribute band fan. Don't really like impersonators either, but Black Velvet JB wrecked it. The producers at ABC's celebri ... More >>
Risking drunken pawing from her grabby admirers, Sharon Jones obliterates your cynicism
Accepting the things we cannot change and raising hell about the rest
New York nightlife titans salute James Brown, the most titanic of them all
(Cary Conover slideshow here) Thousands of New Yorkers sang and danced in the cold Thursday to give James Brown a final goodbye. The Godfather of Soul died over Christmas at age 73. Early yesterday morning, a white carriage pulled by two horses brought Brown's body to the Apollo Theater in Harle ... More >>
James Brown, Godfather of Soul, lies in state at Harlem's Apollo Theater on Thursday. Full slideshow on the way.
Seen on Wednesday outside the Apollo Theater on West 125th Street, where the late, great James Brown is to lie in state tomorrow
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Violent drum circle antics enrapture the bobbleheads
Call them the bike-lane liberation front. On Saturday afternoon in Manhattan, about 30 cyclists donned rubber noses and clown gear and set off from Washington Square Park in search of vehicles parked in bike lanes. "Nothing can shame a driver into moving out of the bike lane more than a pack of ... More >>
Westernizing Anglophone West Africa
100 Years of Ragged Beats and Cheap Tunes
Six of these 12 picks recast known compositions, and only two of the six are in the rock tradition. But I did find one medium-obscure alt band worth writing about. One.