Like seeing live music? Well GOOD NEWS, we've got every concert in the city worth a pair of ear plugs right here for you to comb through, and we add to the list each day.
Kelis is cooking with fire
Better Than: Soul food with an emphasis on screaming, shaking, censor-free soul. You knew the evening would be special as soon as the mac n' cheese came around. Before Kelis took the tiny stage at the McKittrick Hotel--made all the tinier by her 12-piece, brass-ridden band--concert-goers were more ... More >>
The eleven alternative weeklies of Voice Media Group are responsible for a tremendous amount of music writing: This year, we produced thousands of pages of printed stories and tens of thousands of blog posts. We're proud to present the very best of that work in the second annual Voice Media Group Mu ... More >>
So many reality shows, and so many of them are terrible. But people watch this stuff, despite feigning revulsion. "Trash culture" is on the rise, and with everyone from Consequence to The Game are landing "roles" in a reality show, we wanted to get in on the action and list some potentially quality ... More >>
Tomorrow is the fourth of July, which means the celebration of American independence from Great Britain, which means Americans gathering in various wide-open spaces in order to watch things blow up. The big New York fireworks party is sponsored by Macy's, with the featured entertainment being none o ... More >>
Not very many hours after Beyoncé gave birth to their daughter Blue Ivy Carter, Jay-Z commemorated the occasion in song. "Glory" sounds humbled and relieved, and soft enough to bear some marks; at certain points, Jay's voice almost seems to quaver. He goes from revealing a past miscarriage to shari ... More >>
As you may have heard, Björk's latest album, Biophilia, has been specially designed to work best on an Alphasmart 2000 word-processor. This pioneering piece of multimedia is likely huge fun for tech-heads, but for music fans it might also be the aural equivalent of playing with your food. And Björ ... More >>
theage.com.auPretty yes, but he's no PadmaBecause there can't be more than two weeks without a Top Chef show on the air, Season Three of Top Chef Masters premieres tonight on Bravo at 11 p.m. Nevertheless, this season is shaping up to look exciting.
all photos by Rebecca SmeyneTrash Talk bleed for their fans OFF!/Trash Talk/Cerebral Ballzy Santos Party House Saturday, March 26 Saturday night at Santos, hardcore-elders OFF! played alongside Trash Talk, one of their more ferocious descendents. Stylistic nuances aside, both bands are characteriz ... More >>
So Weezer's next album is named Hurley, and that's the cover: an unadorned photo of Hurley's face. Even if you consider this a terrible idea, you must admit it doesn't crack the Weezer's top 25 worst ideas of the past five years; in fact, the idea of records inspired by Lost characters has po ... More >>
"Milkshake" singalong! Robyn/Kelis Webster Hall Thursday, August 5 The All Hearts Tour, featuring co-headliners Robyn and Kelis, made its final stop last night at a Webster Hall filled with very, very sweaty men. Both women are best known for chart-topping hits of yesteryear ("Show Me Love" and " ... More >>
Hey, Marty. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week a former member of the Fugees declared his intention to run an entire country, despite his gross lack of qualifications for said job, we started a campaign against him. Sorry 'Clef, but this is ridiculous.
King of Hearts, the long-awaited posthumous solo debut from Def Jux rapper-producer Camu Tao (who died of cancer in 2008), is finally coming out August 17. To whet your appetite, the label's offering a free download of a 2005 EP called Forever Frozen in Television Time, credited to Central Se ... More >>
And she's badass, to boot
It may not be the summer of love (in fact, we're pretty sure it isn't), but that doesn't mean that you can't spend the next two months "jamming to the familiar hiss of hippie crack." In this week's cover story, John H. Tucker goes inside the Nitrous Mafia, a surprisingly organized group made ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, our cover story is on the Nitrous Mafia, the gas-fueled drug gang that is terrorizing music festivals up and down both coasts. Elsewhere, Rob Harvilla talks with OutKast's Big Boi on the long-delayed occasion of the release of Sir Lucious Left Foot, Jessica Hoppe ... More >>
The matriarchal disco diva reinvents herself on Flesh Tone
In this week's Village Voice, we present our annual summer guide, featuring all sorts of seasonal picks for music, film, art, dance, theater, food, etc., not to mention Mikael Wood on the club-pop reboot of Kelis, Ben Davis on Lightning Bolt's Brian Chippendale, Jed Lipinski on Pulitzer winne ... More >>
With her new album Flesh Tone, the "Milkshake" singer tries on some club-pop
In the week SOTC blood kin Christopher R. Weingarten swore up an absolute storm in defense of music criticism, we memorialized his cascades of profanity in a very special video edit, then rode out on the battlefield once more to sort out the critical scrum that broke out in the speech's wake. ... More >>
Kelis Santos' Party House Wednesday, April 21 Last night's show at Santos proved that Kelis is back and, surprisingly, stronger than ever. After a few years of silence (not so far as the gossip blogs were concerned, of course), the raspy-voiced starlet's "Acapella"--a dance collaboration with Dav ... More >>
Two years ago, William Bowers compiled this playlist. Any further additions? This holiday's abstract mandate can be sorta barren for us patriotically-challenged atheist vegetarians who maintain cosmic equidistance from our bloodkin. The term for it is even weird: "Thanksgiving" is a syntactical c ... More >>
You know, the smash songs from performers that quickly fell through the trap door into oblivion. Here are mine: "Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band. A sweet litle ditty about midday shtupping. So bad it's good. "Toy Soldiers" by Martika. I love anyone with one name, except Bono. And someone ... More >>
Sound of the City roots for the blue home team. So does Impose Magazine's Jeremy Krinsley. Obviously, this was the week of the many Obama Odes. Presumably Big and Rich has been taking the last few days off. For the record, this is still where my head is. Jay-Z premiered his ode to O, "History," ... More >>
21 Lily Allen, "LDN" (Capitol) Live on SNL [Culture Bully] 22 Pipettes, "Pull Shapes" (Memphis Industries) [Obscure Sound] Cassie, "Me & U" (Bad Boy) [The Cowmonkey] Band of Horses, "Funeral" (Sub Pop) [The Muso] 25 Peter Bjorn and John, "Young Folks" (Wichita/V2) [Quick Before It M ... More >>
Christmas is upon us, so enjoy yourselvesbut don't go around grabbing people's lips
Akon's singer-who-awkwardly-raps routine was stolen and perfected by the ladies he covets
Nevertheless, Nas still sounds like a man who's thinking even when he'd rather not be
EMI cleans house, Elektra merges, Arista folds, what's left?