Whatever illuminati votes on inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is undergoing its deliberations for the class of 2014. The process apparently includes much backstage lobbying, as induction can lead to a real spike in sales of back catalogues and "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee" looks ... More >>
How refreshing to find a vocal artist starting a cabaret show with a different "I'm Still Here" song. The one Sarah Dash did at 54 Below the other night was fiery and proud and alive--and not the same old one everyone else does (which I also adore, mind you). Dash has always been individual.
One of my favorite actress/singers, Sally Kellerman was Oscar nominated for M*A*S*H and has also popped up through the years in some of my other personal classics like The April Fools, Lost Horizon, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and Welcome To L.A.. And she sings, in a wonderfully lithe and relax ... More >>
Nobody can sell a song like Lorna Luft, and last night--in her Lorna's Living Room show at Birdland--she really delivered. In the Jim Caruso-produced night, Lorna paid tribute to three women who changed music with their intelligent, passionate gifts: Dorothy Fields, Betty Comden, and Laura Nyro. I ... More >>
Terry & Gyan Riley Skirball Center, New York University Friday, September 14 Forro in the Dark, Debo Band Skirball Center, New York University Sunday, September 16 Better than: A Pink Floyd laser show. A couple of what used to be called "world music" actslocal Brazilian expats Forro in the ... More >>
This weekend, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its class of 2012, which consists of Donovan, the Beastie Boys, the late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, the Small Faces and the Faces, blues guitarist Freddie King, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Guns N' Roses, although not lead singer Axl Rose, wh ... More >>
This week, our search for New York's quintessential post-1955 musician is about to get hectic, with the winner crowned as the calendar flips to April on Saturday night. (A rundown of all the matches so far is here.) So for the Round of 16 matchupsfour of which will happen today, four tomorrow ... More >>
Sound of the City's monthlong tournament to determine the quintessential New York City musician (since 1955, the year of the Village Voice's founding) is taking over our site all March. The full schedule and results (as of March 23) below; you can also follow along with our bracket.
Sound of the City's search for the quintessential New York City musician enters Round Two this week. Today, all the remaining contenders in the Uptown division battle it out in the Round of 32. Keep up with all the action here. In a stunning upset, No. 10 seed Laura Nyro has upended the brackets ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in this planet's many happenings, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. To break down the chaos, a few of Village ... More >>
This morning the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2012 inductees, and topping the list is the snarling chroniclers of Sunset Strip decadence Guns N' Roses. (Will they get back together for the induction dinner? Is Axl Rose only going to call up Izzy for the big night? How does Tracii ... More >>
Guns N' Roses ca. 1987: If nothing else, that pouf should be immortalized for eternity. The Cure, Eric B. & Rakim, and Guns N' Roses are among the new-to-the-ballot artists on the list for for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame's class of 2012, announced this morning; they join previous nominees ... More >>
Yes, "album." It was that long ago. It's a 1971 gem by Laura Nyro and Labelle called Gonna Take a Miracle, and it can never be topped for sheer power and style.
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The Stooges, who patiently rocked behind Iggy while beer bottles flew at the Michigan Theater in the late 60s and early 70s, have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rendering the honor bittersweet is guitarist Ron Asheton's death earlier this year, and music in general. Also ... More >>
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Celebration Madison Square Garden Thursday, October 29 The first half of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's two-night benefit concert and 25th-anniversary celebration lasted six hours, ended at 1:30 a.m. and featuring star-studded sets by curators Bruce S ... More >>
Summit EntertainmentWatch out: Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla on the cheerfully combative Midwest noise-pop of Wussy. Ira Kantor follows the thread from deceased cult-folkie Laura Nyro all the way to her gritty rapper son, Gil-T. Larry B ... More >>
Harlem rapper Gil-T seeks glory by communing with his mother
Twitpic by aturkel. Hurrah, the Queer Issue! So what's the new thing? "The lipstick lesbian has given way to a new butch..." Double hurrah! The "power lesbian" paradigm has apparently shifted toward the model of Rachel Maddow, whose "androgynous sensuality," some guy from a fashion magazine says, ... More >>
Alicia Keys is still a few albums away from her masterpiece. She'll get there.
Peggy Seeger, First Woman of Folk, Returns to New York
Kirsten Childs Joins the New Musical Elite