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Next to "baby," "love," "yeah, "ooh," and "hey," the word "fuck" might be the most ubiquitous word in the history of pop. People love to curse in their songs. It's given us hundreds of memorable hooks, and hours of litigation. It's forced countless middle-schoolers to play Dookie through headphones, ... More >>
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It's often simple laziness that leads writers to discuss Solange through a comparison to her sister Beyonce; the former has been a compelling artist in her own right for some time now, thank you very much. However, Solange's new video for her single "Losing You" does something that both Knowles sis ... More >>
Of Montreal w/Jens Lekman McCarren Park Friday, June 15 Better than: Listening to Diamond Dogs during your "Poststructuralism and Feminist Theory" seminar. Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman's loss was serendipitous curation's gain during the Northside Festival's biggest show. Onstage alone du ... More >>
all photos by Rebecca SmeyneThe new King and Queen of the misfit teens. Of Montreal, Janelle Monae Terminal 5 Saturday, September 18 Better than: Any music currently being made by actual teenage girls. In a characteristically intellectual/saucy dis on his new album False Priest, Of Montreal fron ... More >>
I've been watching and re-watching Janelle Monáe's video for ArchAndroid first single "Tightrope" for a few months now, and though I've come up with lots of other music-related stuff to talk and think about since, it's stuck with me. Firmly. Not for Gaga reasons, either--it's not nine minutes lon ... More >>
As hard as she tries to claim that she's not a hipster, Solange has been pretty consistent about proving otherwise. Never mind the palling around with the Dirty Projectors on- and offstage, or recording with Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes -- now the budding starlet has taken to DJing. Yes, DJing. ... More >>
In yr face. Photo by Rebecca SmeyneIn the week the world learned how dangerous a truffle-flavored french fry really can be, we watched in horror as the New York Times Magazine penned a brutal takedown of M.I.A.--who retaliated by going after the journalist who wrote it, of course. Were you pe ... More >>
"I don't want this façade of me diving into the indie scene - there's not a conscious effort to that at all." Back in '08, when Solange Knowles released her sophomore album, the daffy, Motown-checking Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, she sang "I'm no soul girl equipped with no afro." No ... More >>
Listen to it here. No "Tightrope," but pretty lithe and groovy and weird. Super-weird. Topics: terrible fixations, androids dreaming of electric sheep, Peter Pan, Juicy Fruit. Great drum sound. (It's no "California Gurls," but what is?) Also: This is a straight-up Of Montreal song in which Ja ... More >>
All photos by Rebecca Smeyne If there's any metaphor for the price tag on elite higher education, just look to its student-run concerts. For Columbia's 250th anniversary a few years back, this alum remembers a blowout that included a no-show by Erykah Badu and one recently-hospitalized Wyclef Jean ... More >>
On the daffy sci-fi audacity of a fledgling r&b superstar
Rebecca Smeyne Of Montreal/Janelle Monáe Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday, April 16 "I wanna do my dance. Can I do my dance? It's called the Sophisticated Sissy." And then Kevin Barnes does the Sophisticated Sissy, which is pretty aptly named, and is but one element in an overpowering barrage ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice. . .Best Of! Arts & Entertainment is here; Rob Harvilla's essay on New York's music scene, "In Praise of the Hype Machine," is here; People & Places, Shopping & Services, and more, here. There remains, however, a regular Music Section, in which Maxwell stops by to say: ... More >>
Kevin Barnes loves loincloths and horses. Outback Steakhouse? Not so much.
CREDIT Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour Knitting Factory October 11th The main pachyderm in the room at the Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise was Jeff Mangum, for whom the Knitting Factory audience thrice crackled electrically, but STFU already. The once/future Neutral Milk Hotel singer bellowed in joy ... More >>
LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy sheds his cool and unites the Guitar Hero IIIaddled masses