Maura Johnston

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    This Week in the Voice: Rikers Con Job

    This week in the Voice, out today, Graham Rayman chronicles a Corrections Department jail con, which has resulted in investigations for "falsifying reports, beating inmates, and violating department regulations." In food, Robert Sietsema heads to Hazar, a Turkish newcomer in Bay Ridge, and finds th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2012

    BREAKING: After a Multi-Alarm Fire, 4Knots Blazes On

    If you have following Twitter about #4Knots, you know by now that a fire broke out in the South Street Seaport. With help from music editor Maura Johnston, fellow scribes Nick Murray, Eric Sundermann and Robert Sietsema, we have a detail dump on the happenings in Downtown. Here is what we've found o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Orion Festival In Photos: The Bands, The Scene, And The "Potato Tornado"

    I spent the past two days at Atlantic City's Bader Field, which played host to the inaugural Orion Music More Festival, a two-day "music, arts and lifestyle" bonanza put together by the thrash kings in Metallica. It was pretty great all around—James Hetfield kept referring to the bash as a " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Sound Of The City's Top Seven Northside Festival Shows

    This weekend marks the return of the Northside Festival, the Brooklyn-blanketing series of concerts, films, art shows, and discussions of "entrepreneurship" now in its fourth year. The music lineup is pretty jam-packed with bands both local and visiting, and in order to assist you the SOTC staff has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    This Week in the Voice: The War on Mexicans Has Gone Too Far

    This Week in the Voice, out today, the Village Voice Media series "Crossing The Line" offers several different perspectives on U.S. immigration policies. Chuck Strouse writes of Sunday voting bans: "In a brazen attempt to steal this fall's election, Florida's Republican lawmakers have outlawed votin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    This Week in the Voice: "Gary Jones" Wants Your Nudes

    This week in the Voice, out today, Camille Dodero writes about the FBI's investigation of revenge porn entrepreneur Hunter Moore, noting: "as more unsuspecting subjects ended up on Is Anyone Up, more of them claimed that they'd been hacked -- that someone had actually gained access to their e-mail a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Year of the Takeout Day 123: Congee Village (Bowery)

    Roast Duck and Meatball Porridge from Congee Village (207 Bowery, 212-266-2828)

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    This Week in the Voice: Kate Bornstein's Amazing Voyage

    This week in the Voice, out today: Tony Ortega tells gender outlaw Kate Bornstein's story, and her attempt to rekindle a relationship with her daughter: "I told her that it did seem like an odd strategy -- that in order to reach out to a daughter who has shunned her for more than 30 years, she would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Jezebel's Guide to 'Hipster Racism' Examined: Is 'Thug' Off-Limits?

    Jezebel's Lindy West has just weighed in on hipster racism, joining the ranks of many who have recently felt compelled by Girls to comment on cool kids' ostensible obsession with all things white. Now, most of the author's "complete guide" is pretty solid. Basically, West makes the argument that i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    This Week in the Voice: Occupy Spring

    This week in the Voice, out today, Nick Pinto tells the story of Occupy Wall Street's warm-weather return: "Dedicated Occupy activists dismissed the possibility that the movement had already run its course and promised an 'American Spring,' kicking off a new season of activism with May Day events co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    This Week in the Voice: Daniel Martin-McCormick's Spin Control

    This week in the Voice, out today: Michaelangelo Matos details Daniel Martin-McCormick, the musician who is half of the rock-gone-electronic duo Mi Ami and the sole member of Ital: "He's personable, quite alert, and friendly, and it doesn't feel like a chore. He gives the sense that he's exactly wha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    A Word From Your Humble Guest Editor

    Your guest editor, about to be eaten by Pac Man​ Good morning. Your friend and mine Maura Johnston is currently overseas, enjoying grog and mead (I'm assuming) and generally being awesome. When you hear about the show she is seeing, in all probability you will die of jealousy. Expect a full r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    This Week in the Voice: Our 39th Annual Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll

    This week in the Voice, out today: Our 39th Annual Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll. Maura Johnston notes that many songs transcended the disappointments and uncertainties of 2011: "A lot of the albums and singles that performed well had a sense of wonder about themselves, inviting the listener along on jou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    This Week in the Voice: The 100 Most Powerless New Yorkers

    This week in the Voice, out today: Steven Thrasher's listing of the 100 most powerless New Yorkers. Among them: weed-delivery guys and the transgendered sex workers of Hunts Point. Maura Johnston notes the many aesthetic links between David Lee Roth and Kanye West.

  • Books

    December 21, 2011

    The Best Books of 2011

    Voice writers pick their favorites of the year

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: The Year in Film, 10 Best Live Shows

    ​This week in the Voice, out today: our new Year in Film poll along with criticism from J. Hoberman, Karina Longworth, and others. Winner of Best Film: The Tree of Life. Winner of Worst Film: I Melt With You. Maura Johnston rates the 10 best live shows she saw this year, including BeyoncĂ©, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    People Who Died 2011: The Year In Obituaries

    Amy Winehouse passed away on July 23. ​In memory of the people, places, and things that passed away in 2011, here's a collection of links and streaming-video artifacts.

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: Wheelchair Sports Camp's Incredible Badassery, Lana Del Rey

    ​This week in the Voice, out today: Camille Dodero's cover story tells the wild tale of Wheelchair Sports Camp, a hip-hop trio (or as they call it, "krip-hop") from Colorado who raised money through Kickstarter to come play CMJ. Wheelchair Sports Camp's frontwoman, Kalyn Heffernan, is a disabl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Da Capo's Second-Best Music Writing 2011: 112 Of Last Year's Most Notable Music Stories

    The 2011 edition of Da Capo's annual anthology Best Music Writing— which this year was guest edited by The New Yorker classical writer and The Rest Is Noise author Alex Ross; Daphne Carr has been the series editor since 2006—contains 32 essays and is augmented by a a jumbo-sized "Other N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: Heathens, Cloves, and Christmas

    This week in the Voice, out today: Steven Thrasher looks at the career of Dan Halloran, the first heathen elected to office in America -- specifically, to the 19th City Council District in Queens in 2009 -- and "no garden-variety pagan." Robert Sietsema reviews the Indian Clove, a restaurant near ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: Ray Kelly's Secret List, Boring Married People

    ​This week in the Voice, out today: Graham Rayman reveals the existence of Ray Kelly's list of police officers who cannot be transferred without his personal approval. "The list, which the Voice obtained from an NYPD employee, is part of a 23-page spreadsheet that contains the names of 2,300 o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: Lost Boys, Life Under Occupation

    ​This week in the Voice, out today: Kristen Hinman explores new research on teenage sex workers. Rosie Gray discusses how the community around Zuccotti Park is reacting to Occupy Wall Street's continuous presence. Michael Musto gets personal with fading stars and is determined to get one deg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: Brooklyn on Film

    ​This week in the Voice, out today: James Hughes talks to director Walter Hill, whose early work, The Warriors, kicks off the Brooklyn Close-Up series at BAM on Halloween, followed by a screening of "his most underappreciated and airtight film," The Driver, starring Ryan O'Neal, at MOMA on Nov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: Footloose Remake, Begging Your Pardon, Mr. Obama

    ​This week in the Voice, out today: Graham Rayman details the activities of Obama's Pardons Office. Rayman discusses policy and some heartbreaking cases. Robert Sietsema checks out North Carolina-style East Village restaurant The Cardinal, which is partially owned by Dov Charney. Maura Johns ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: Inside Suckadelic Enterprises, R.E.M.'s Reckoning

    This week in the Voice, out today: Camille Dodero profiles the Sucklord, 42-year-old Morgan Phillips, who lived with his mother till the age of 36 but is now an important figure in the designer toy world despite thinking that everyone sucks. Maura Johnston takes stock of R.E.M.'s breakup in light o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: Bachmann's Bright Idea, Eataly's New Beer Garden

    ​This week in the Voice, out today: Nick Pinto explains how federal efficiency standards are phasing out old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs in favor of those coiled energy-efficient ones -- thing is, those are full of crazy toxic stuff. And one of the only big-name politicians to fight the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: Inside the Shomrim; Why Musto Hates Fashion Week

    ​This week in the Voice, available in those red boxes today: Nick Pinto takes a look at the Shomrim, the community patrols of Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish NYC neighborhoods. They're using taxpayer money, but the NYPD doesn't always get clued in to what they're doing. Harry Siegel asks: who's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: Anatomy of a Bike Accident, Plus Kenny Chesney and Beyoncé

    ​This week in the Voice, out today: Camille Dodero explores the fallout from a bike accident in Greenpoint that happened in October. A Brooklyn couple, James Paz and Michelle Matson, were hit by a car on McGuiness Boulevard, and Michelle was severely injured. They've learned that if you get in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Fact-Checking The New York Observer's Media Power Bachelorettes List

    New York Observer ​Fellas! The media power bachelorettes are here, courtesy of pink listicle factory the New York Observer. Full disclosure: Jen Doll and Maura Johnston of this here Village Voice are both on the list, lending it a distinctly 36 Cooper Square flair. This blogger was spared, whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: The Choice to Marry

    ​This week in the Voice: Steven Thrasher tells the beautiful love stories of two same-sex couples. But while Kawane and Jeanette Harris got married on July 24, the first day they could in New York, Kevin Beauchamp and Howard Orlick -- both legally blind -- are staunch gay marriage advocates wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: 4Knots Music Festival Preview

    ​This week in the Voice: It's the preview issue for our 4Knots Music Festival, set to take place July 16 at South Street Seaport! Maura Johnston previews the lineup, which includes the Black Angels, Titus Andronicus, Oberhofer, Eleanor Friedberger, Mr. Dream, and Davila 666. She also muses on ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 20, 2011


    A look at fandom in the 21st century

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Week In Review: Grade It On A Curve

    ​Five days! Many items! A look at the last week at Sound of the City is below. We weighed Salem and fake Salem and the Internet and the slippery notion of "truth" online We chatted with Mike Watt about being on crutches, taking naps, and "the Neutral Milk guy." We counted down Kool Keith's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Tonight: See Village Voice Music Editor Maura Johnston, Punk Hero Amy Andronicus, and More Read About Music at Housing Works

    ​OK, well, soon-to-be music editor anyway--our pal Maura Johnston, who starts here in just one more short week, will be at the Housing Works Bookstore tonight, reading words with SOTC buddies Amy Klein (a/k/a the formidable punk presence that is Titus Andronicus's Amy Andronicus), It's the Rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Presenting Popdust, A New Pop-Music Blog Costarring One Maura Johnston

    ​The birth of any new music-writing outlet is cause for ecstatic celebration, particularly when it happens to involve writers we know and love. So please welcome Popdust, the new concern of former Blender/Billboard dude Craig Marks, featuring the blogging talents of one Maura Johnston, who yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Was 2010 The Best Year For Music Ever? American Idol Wobbles, R&B Thrives, And The '90s Rise Again

    Welcome to Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: Rob Harvilla, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. We'll be here all week! At least one song on this record is really good!​Gent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Was 2010 The Best Year For Music Ever? House Music vs. Hashtag Rap

    Welcome to Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: Rob Harvilla, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. We'll be here all week! The most important artist of 2010.​Hi everybody! To ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Greg Tate, Raquel Cepeda, And Other Best Music Writing 2010 Honorees Are Reading At SoHo's Housing Works Tonight

    ​This year's edition of Best Music Writing, guest-edited by Ann Powers, is so loaded with rock-crit superstars that it'll take two nights of readings to honor them all: The fun begins tonight at Housing Works in SoHo and features Sasha Frere-Jones, Alex Ross, Robert Christgau, Starrene Rhett, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Reminder: The Ludicrous CMJ Panel "Curmudgeons Of Rock" Happens Today At 2

    ​A quick programming note to complement our exhaustive CMJ panel coverage: "Curmudgeons of Rock," the greatest symposium of them all, is happening today at 2 p.m. at NYU's Kimmel Center, featuring the notably non-curmudgeonly opinions of Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, Charles Aaron, Nitsuh Ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Congrats To Raquel Cepeda And Greg Tate For Making Best Music Writing 2010

    ​Da Capo's annual Best Music Writing series is as close as rock scribes get to the Oscars; we are happy to report that this year's edition, out November 9, features two Voice pieces: Greg Tate's Michael Jackson eulogy "The Man in Our Mirror" and Raquel Cepeda's "Another Love TKO: Teens Grapple ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Presenting "Curmudgeons Of Rock," The Best/Most Ridiculous CMJ Panel Of All Time

    ​CMJ is next week, in the likely event that snuck up on you, so as you map out your schedule (factoring in Friday's Marnie Stern-starring Voice day party, of course), note also the finest panel of the week, going down Wednesday at 2 p.m. It is called "Curmudgeons of Rock." I am involved. I did ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Regular Old Williamsburg People Fight for Bike Justice in Brooklyn

    ​Earlier this month we wrote about Brooklyn novelist Jami Attenberg's daring sting-op retrieval of her stolen bike with the investigative help of Voice writer Maura Johnston. That little tale, which involved smarts, diligent detective work, and a bit of luck with Craigslist, had an adorably ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    This Week's Voice: The Arcade Fire, Lilith Fair, Neu!, and More

    Win Butler, serenading The Kids. Photo by Kim Erlandsen.​In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla takes on the grandiose, unintentional comedy of the Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, Maura Johnston wanders around the revitalized Lilith Fair, and David Cotner breaks down the long-awaited Neu! retro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Week in Review: Female Guitar Players Are the New Black

    The beach is in Bed-Stuy, suckers. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.​In the week we asked a Georgia-certified divorce attorney whether The-Dream had left his wife while she was eight and a half months pregnant because he would have had to pay more child support had he waited the full nine (or was it ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    We Live In A Country In Which Godsmack's Oracle Is #1

    ​Real convincing proof of SOTC chart guru Maura Johnston's twin theorems regarding Billboard success: a), terrible rock bands sell, and sell, and keep selling, for years at a time, and b), what's old is new, and what passes for nostalgia on Billboard charts looks a lot like what was popular on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    This New Kelly Clarkson Song, "Naked Eye," Sounds Awful Familiar

    As estimable friend-of-SOTC Maura Johnston notes, the verses here are straight outta Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)," just sung with a little more... force. And pep. And tunefulness. And so forth. It also sounds like the trance remake of itself, in advance. That's Kelly, always innovating.

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Please Welcome the Backlash to the Taylor Swift Backlash

    ​Her multitudes await, says Jon Caramanica. There's a contrarian streak in culture, where it's a lot easier to share an animosity towards a figure, whether it's the government or a pop star, says Maura Johnston. Also, you try holding onto four Grammy Awards without dropping at least one. (Robo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    This Week in the Voice

    ​Pazz & Jop needs no introduction. The main page, the albums, the singles, the ballots, and essays by Sean Fennessey, Mike Powell, Rich Juzwiak, Chuck Eddy, Zach Baron, Maura Johnston, Rob Harvilla, Mikael Wood, Clover Hope, and Das Racist. The celebrity sudoku known as blind items is a mena ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    A Eulogy For Tower Records

    Tower, no more. Photo via yanec's photostream.​Courtesy of F2K mastermind and SOTC affiliate Maura K. Johnston: Chains of Fools, an aughts-spanning retrospective ode to those sad big box retailers that "shuffled off the turnpikes during this decade." Circuit City, Bennigan's (ha!), and Steve & ... More >>

  • News

    November 25, 2003
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