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Lana Del Rey

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Who Should Star in Aaliyah's LIfetime Biopic?

    Last week, Zendaya Coleman stepped out of her role as Aaliyah in Lifetime's made-for-tv biopic after a shit ton of criticism was levied by the entire internet (and Aaliyah's family). Luckily, the network that brought us modern classics like Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret and Grumpy Cat's Worst Chri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Katy Perry's Mummified Dancers Are Not Racist

    [Ed note: Tomorrow, Voice Clubs Editor Brittany Spanos offer a counterpoint to this essay entitled "Katy Perry Must Be Stopped"] The chic thing to do on the internet this week is to moan about Katy Perry's Prism tour backup dancers. According to all the Wendy Whiners out there, because the faceless ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    The Divine Comedy of Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence

    In an interview maybe eight years ago, I saw Kanye West let loose one of his ludicrously self-aggrandizing statements and then -- seemingly, anyway -- briefly choke down laughter at the audacity of what he'd just said. I like to think, perhaps wishfully, that it was a glimpse of the man behind the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Lana Del Rey Fandom Is Exactly the Same as Pro Wrestling Fandom

    Most of the world has given up on Lana Del Rey. Her tomb was built when Born to Die's gothic white-girl rap was a little too weird, and a little too macabre for critics looking for her to cash-in on the assigned narratives. Instead they got an unabashedly cinematic menagerie of sugar daddies, cars, ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 5, 2014
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    February 25, 2014

    "I Fucking Hate This Generation": Memorable Comments on Our 50 Most NYC Albums Story

    We received more than a few nods of approval for last week's cover story, "The 50 Most New York City Albums Ever," regarding our #1 pick -- Illmatic by Nas -- but many weren't as happy with the order and selections for the other 49.

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    T-Pain Did Not Get the Concept of "Royals"

    For a song that's been turned inside-out by a variety of takes and unique approaches, "Royals" surprisingly hadn't been revamped in a way that had completely shifted its message. That is until Cher-inspired rapper T-Pain got a hold of Lorde's breakout hit and made the anti-consumption, broke kid ant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll: Top 10 Singles By Year, 1979-2013

    Singles were added to the Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics' poll for the music of 1979 issue. Before that, only albums were ranked in the poll, which began in 1971, then stopped for three years before returning for good in early 1975 to recap the music of 1974. Here's a rundown of the top ten singl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Lady Gaga Was a Glorious Hot Mess on SNL

    The third time was apparently the charm for a nearly-perfect Lady Gaga, as her most recent SNL hosting stint was ratings gold: Saturday night's SNL brought in the most viewers since Justin Timberlake's episode on March 9, and matched Miley's hosting stint in the coveted 18 to 49 market. Her hosting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    16 Signs You're Addicted to Pure Heroine

    It probably started off simple. You sang along to "Royals" on the radio one day and knew a few more lyrics than you thought you did. You bought the album and listened to it on repeat once or twice. THEN YOU WERE ADDICTED. But just to make sure, check yourself against these 16 signs you're addicted t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    The Welcome Contradictions of Lorde

    The other day, a friend of mine who recently moved to New York from Salt Lake City was lamenting the collective fashion sense of her Williamsburg brethren. Back home, she explained, you could automatically tell who was alternative and who was a square, based simply on the way they were dressed. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    EXCLUSIVE: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of Alexz Johnson's New Album

    Since we last spoke to her before she kicked off her second US tour in February, Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Alexz Johnson saw her campaign for her upcoming album get fully funded via the crowdsourcing site PledgeMusic. As she continues recording with producer David Kahne (Regina Spektor, Lana ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Breakup Songs: Why is Adam Levine a Hero Where Taylor Swift is a Punchline?

    The cultural appraisal of Taylor Swift is simple. She is a country-laced pop-star who dates a lot of famous people, and sings a lot of songs about her exes. This isn't untrue -- she admitted it herself when I saw her play a few weeks ago. It's become the narrative. Taylor has taken thinly-veiled sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Lana Del Rey's 'Great Gatsby' Greatness: Maybe Her Second Act Actually Doesn't Suck

    Remember when Lana Del Rey was controversial? If you're fortunate enough to have missed the back-and-forth that bitterly split the Internet toward the end of 2011 and beginning of 2012, the argument went something like this: Her dour Lolita shtick was phony, her music was caked in retrograde artifi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    How to Best Spend the Money Our Band Earns? Press Photos? A Video? Gas Money? Recording?

    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

    May 9, 2013

    Jay-Z's Great Gatsby Soundtrack is a Failure

    When the first trailer for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby was released a year ago, it was set to the music of Jay-Z and Kanye West's "No Church in the Wild," from the sometimes duo's incredibly self-important Watch the Throne album. On the surface it made sense. Jay-Z -- who retired as a rapper in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    We Should Be Less Cynical About Albums That (Want to) Change The World

    One of the most talked about songs on Taylor Swift's Speak Now was a ditty called "Mean," which my BFF Theon Weber focused on in-depth in his review for this paper. "It's chipper and funny, because the narrator is predicting escape from someone she dislikes: 'Some day, I'll be living in a big ol' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Ten Potential X-Factor Replacement Judges

    The list of former judges on FOX's The X-Factor reads like the attendance list at a Passages Malibu: Addiction Cure Center for celebrities obsessed with proving their talent (Nicole Scherzinger, 2011 and Demi Lovato, 2012), relevancy (Cheryl Cole, 2011 and LA. Reid, 2011-12), sanity (Britney Spears, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Lil Wayne: Human After All

    Friends. Romans. Martians. I stand before you not to bury Lil Wayne and I Am Not A Human Being II, nor do I intend to praise it. Instead, I implore you to marvel at this album's sheer existence, because yet again, Lil Wayne has managed to accomplish something only great artists can: he's made someth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    An Exclusive First Look At Some of Taylor Swift's Trashed Fan Mail

    Of the many things that Taylor Swift is known for, her extremely dedicated fan-base has to be the most notorious (Haha it's totally not, and you know what is, but let's just go with it). Unfortunately for them, it was revealed earlier this week that instead of their fan mail reaching her beautiful b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    No One Trusts the Tastes of Teenage Girls, But Should: Why Justin Bieber Is the Next Beatles

    At what point did teen girls suddenly just become wrong? "Serious" music fans seem to have universally accepted a critique of quality that befalls any artist who willingly sells to the rabid teen girl market and stigmatized the fans who dare to sometimes be male or at least above the age of 18. It's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    The A$AP Rocky Drinking Game

    This month buzzier-than-thou rapper A$AP Rocky released his major label debut, Long.Live.A$AP. You may have heard. We've thought long and hard about the album, and want you to have the optimal Rocky listening experience. Among its tracks you'll find several tropes and repetitive aspects. A$AP Rocky ... More >>

  • Music

    January 23, 2013

    A$AP Rocky Lights Up The City

    Harlem's crack-slinging bad boy cleans up, puts New York rap back on the map

  • Music

    January 16, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Should My Band Hire a Publicist?

    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

    December 26, 2012

    Frank Ocean Is Boring: The Year Lifeless Music Found Critical Praise

    In 2012, nothing was as popular as being massively boring. Frank Ocean drained the sexiness and excitement out of r&b, to widespread critical acclaim. Lana Del Rey sighed listlessly over string arrangements in a tight dress, like some kind of Kristen Wiig character who stumbled out of the Holodeck a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Our 20 Most Popular Posts of 2012

    We covered a lot of music ground in 2012. You loved all of it. But some stories were more read than others. Here now, our 20 most popular posts of the year. Thanks for reading. The Ten Best Reissues of 2012 The Ten Best Noise Tracks of 2012 The Ten Best Metal Albums of 2012 The Ten Best Country Alb ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 26, 2012

    F U 2012!

    UCB mocks the year’s worst

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Our 20 Most Popular Stories of 2012, 10 - 1

    We've covered a lot of music ground in 2012. And you loved all of it. But you read some stories more than others. Here now, our 20 most popular posts of the year, from 10 - 1. (20 - 11 here.) The Ten Best Reissues of 2012 The Ten Best Noise Tracks of 2012 The Ten Best Metal Albums of 2012 The Ten B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    The Best Albums Pitchfork Hated This Year

    Since Purity Ring, Death Grips and Tame Impala didn't exactly take off this year like Arcade Fire or Animal Collective, Pitchfork's cultural influence might be cooling off, which is bittersweet since their writer stable is probably better now than it ever was (some of us don't miss those novelty rev ... More >>

  • Theater

    December 5, 2012

    Tube: Analog Antics From Digital Doin's

    Van Cougar's new piece at Incubator Arts takes online offline

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    The Least Likely Music Headlines of 2013

    For the last six months, the Sound of the City Supercomputer (a 1998 Compaq Presario) has been analyzing the structure and content of every pop news headline in the world in order to create a highly detailed predictive model of the music industry. While this project has important practical uses, suc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Fan Landers: How Can I Bootstrap My Way To Pop Stardom?

    Are you a musician? Is your band having issues? Our advice columnist Fan Landers (a.k.a. Jessica Hopper) is ready to give you Real Talk about any problems your musical outfit might be having—whether professional, practical, or sartorial. Send your problems to sotc at villagevoice dot com; conf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Live: The Cops Shut Down Fool's Gold Day Off; DJ A-Trak Throws Out More T-Shirts

    Check out our slideshow from the party. Fool's Gold Day Off: French Montana, Danny Brown, Brothers Macklovitch, Just Blaze, Flosstradamus, Flatbush Zombies, Nick Catchdubs, Ricky Blaze, Party Supplies, #BEEN #TRILL, Telephoned, and more City Winery Monday, September 3 Better than: Rain. Last yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Meet The A$AP Mob: Talking To Ant, Ferg, J. Scott, Nast, Twelvy, And Yams

    No city in the world can assemble a musical motley crew of disorderly young gents like New York, although simply forming a quartet isn't enough. Wu Tang Clan, Boot Camp Clik, The Diplomats—we're talking wolf pack numbers. The A$AP Mob's A$AP Rocky has been getting worldwide attention this ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Fan Landers: "Helpful" Yet Sexist Fans; When To Hire A Manager

    Are you a musician? Is your band having issues? Our new advice columnist, who we're going to call Fan Landers (a.k.a. Jessica Hopper), is ready to give you Real Talk about any problems your musical outfit might be having—whether professional, practical, or sartorial. Send your problems to sotc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Live: AraabMuzik Bridges The Gap Between Old And New At East River Park

    Araabmuzik w/Flosstradamus, Teengirl Fantasy, Nick Hook East River Park Monday, August 20 Better than: Drinking Red Bull to get through just about anything else. Watching the Manhattan-by-night sightseeing cruises pass behind East River Park's Summerstage during last night's Araabmuzik-headlined s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Will Marina And The Diamonds Make The American Pop Charts Sparkle Once More?

    As far as pop princesses go, Marina Diamandis—stage name, Marina and the Diamonds—dazzles because she turns the archetype on its nose. The title of Marina's latest album, Electra Heart, evokes images of a Cinderella-type character throwing her glass slippers to the wind and crying mascar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Fan Landers: "I've DIY'ed Myself Into Oblivion. How Do I Climb Out Of It?"

    Are you a musician? Is your band having issues? Our new advice columnist, who we're going to call Fan Landers (a.k.a. Jessica Hopper), is ready to give you Real Talk about any problems your musical outfit might be having—whether professional, practical, or sartorial. Send your problems to sotc ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 20, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Lana Del Rey's Top Six Hip-Hop Connections

    She's no longer an Internet phenomenon, but the moody singer Lana Del Rey has turned into something of an infatuation for rappers, who are more than eager to collaborate and canoodle with her. In honor of her headlining a series of shows at Irving Plaza this week, here's a short list of her notable ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 6, 2012

    OFF TO THE RACES

    Lana Del Rey moves from 
YouTube to Irving Plaza

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Asshattery In 140 Characters Or Less: Which Musicians Are The Biggest Klouchebags?

    If you're on the Internet you might have heard of Klout, a pseudo-scientific way for measuring the slippery ideal of "online influence." Taking into consideration a variety of factors, it has (despite its often being utterly gameable and as a result off the mark) turned into a way for people online ... More >>

  • Music

    December 7, 2011
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