How did we go from the Rolling Stones to Fartbarf?
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 >>
Cruise through this index of the Voice's top ten albums from 1971 through 2013, according to its annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, started by Robert Christgau. The poll has run every year since '71, except for a three-year hiatus after that first year. The prominence of legacy artists on the inaugu ... More >>
Diamond Rugs w/Alabama Shakes, Robert Ellis Central Park Sunday, June 24 Better than: The pre-concert City Parks commercial featuring our mayor eating nuts, saying, "Oh, hello. I'm Mike Bloomberg, and I'm nuts!" If you're a new band, it has to be hard taking an outdoor, festival-like stage to perf ... More >>
Ten years ago, audio engineer Mark Johnson boldly decided to part ways with a career that had him recording the likes of Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, and Los Lobos. He decided to chase after a new pipe dream that must have seemed at once both wildly ambitious and thoroughly hare-brained. Spurred into ... More >>
Globe-spinning, dangerously funky New York crew Nation Beat go one step beyond "fusion" on their third CD Growing Stone (due September 16 via BarbĂ©s). Sure they're rooted in a mash-up of big-booming Brazilian maracatu rhythms and the percolating rat-tat-tat of New Orleans second line (their ... More >>
Along The Watchtower, the debut novel by Constance Squires, is a story of an Army brat whose tumultuous upbringing was kept steady in part by her discovery of rock and roll. It's published Tuesday, and in honor of its impending release and the coming holidaydon't forget, Monday's Ameri ... More >>
West Coast homies are back!
White Crosses revels in the suddenly anomalous thrills of power chords
Indie rock is the new Springsteen, but not in the way you think
Last night the President attended a "Fiesta Latina" at the White House, taped for PBS broadcast and featuring George Lopez, Gloria Estefan, Los Lobos and other familiar names. At one point singer Thalia got Obama to dance with her for a couple of seconds. Amazingly there has been no rightblogger ... More >>
Real Dives: In which we recommend authentically divey dive bars. A real dive bar (not an ironic dive bar) may be characterized by low prices, clientele over 60, trucker hats only on actual truckers, a long history, lotto, lack of ironic PBR, and a sense that it is not trying to impress you, or any ... More >>
Three folk acts in denial
Add to the many things not to be thankful for this year 13 CDs that will make your gorge rise
Michael Azerrad Chronicles Indie Rock His Way
A Tribute to Art and a Tribute From the Heart