"In this season, the man of goodwill will wear his heart up his sleeve, not on it." —W.H. Auden "Wu-Tang forever." —Drake There are only so many ways to conceal your backpack past. You can auto-tune your voice to sound like an answering machine or submerge it in a chopped-a ... More >>
Ben Davis sums up art, class, and criticism in 9.5 Theses
The world-renowned composer is still a neighborhood staple
On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the worl ... More >>
After the jump: An ID of the man, "David Statter," who is behind the Squirrel Busters siege. A stunning article was posted late last night by Corpus Christi Caller-Times reporter Mark Collette: one of the Squirrel Buster's freelancers is blowing the whistle on the Scientology goon squad's ef ... More >>
Rathbun and his wife Monique: Cluing in the neighborsUpdated after the jump: Video from this morning of Scientology's goon squad filming Rathbun's house from a paddle boat! Surveillance never looked so unseaworthy. Somehow, Marty Rathbun continues to outdo himself at his blog, "Moving On Up ... More >>
Janet ReitmanOn Tuesday, we sat down with Janet Reitman, author of the terrific new book Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion, which is just hitting bookstores and will be released officially in July. Inside Scientology is a masterful telling of the Scientology ... More >>
In 2003, this paper sent the writer Elizabeth Mendez Berry to profile Jay-Z on the eve of the release of what was then supposed to be his retirement record, The Black Album. Toward the end of the piece, which was published almost exactly seven years ago, Berry transcribes an interaction she h ... More >>
The brand plays on at the Brooklyn Museum
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. October 26, 1967, Vol. XIII, No. 2 Vigil at the Battery: Backing Up the Troops by Joe Flaherty Apart from the ugly slogans on the signs, the scene at the Battery Park on Saturday was reminiscent of old photos depicting band concerts at ... More >>
A country star critics can love, with Obama-era tendencies Music Row can tolerate
Which doesn't make The Blueprint 3 a classic. But we'll take it. For now.
Jay-Z and his arch-nemesis T-Pain, together at Summer Jam last night Released late Friday, Jay-Z's new single, "D.O.A (Death of Auto-Tune)," from the now thoroughly-announced The Blueprint 3, is less a Martin Luther-like cry for hip-hop reformation than an awkward slab of concept rap. The concept: ... More >>
Brooklyn crew's furious rap-rock taps a new, fresh vein of gangsta militancy
Genius mingles with dementia in a crucial seven-disc funk love letter
Think the music industry invented copyrights? Behold the Vatican's old score.
Two recent books don't quite tell all about the Benjamin
Art and agitation: Parmigianino as the inventor of a new kind of art-for-art's-sake beauty
When the Pope Says He's Sorry, What's a Jew to Do?