In 2010, this poll had a high voter-count of 712. In 2013, only 457 critics filed ballots (offset slightly by the percentage of completed ballots rising from 66 percent to 75 percent). The results, however, are rather similar. In both years Kanye West won handily, appearing on more than a third of a ... More >>
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Get ready to plug this in your bookmarks, iCals, sticky notes, and religious shrines, because the ultimate guide to free summer concerts in New York City is here! Seriously, scroll down and don't be stingy - share with your friends. Concerts aren't fun without friends. Just ask the lucky gal above e ... More >>
I totally fell for the roots rock band Alabama Shakes, particularly lead singer/guitarist Brittany Howard. To me, she's Kate Smith crossed with Tiny Tim crossed with everything else I like. And she can sang! Brittany even gave Mavis Staples a run for her money in the Levon Helm tribute. And how ... More >>
The story of Tennessee music is a tale of two cities, really: Nashville and Memphis. But to count out Chattanooga is to ignore the origins of the Impressions, the long-running, socially conscious soul group that launched the careers of Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield. On the street corners of mid-t ... More >>
In the grandstand, away from the heat of the Fair Groundsthe horse-racing track that becomes a music stadium for each New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivalstood an exhibit of black-and-white photos that suggested much of the music going on outside. "Faces of Tremé," drawn from 30 years ... More >>
One recent trend in pop music has seen a number of old souls producing albums by the young at heart. Gospel goddess Mavis Staples's latest album, 2010's You Are Not Alone, was produced by Wilco wunderkind Jeff Tweedy; rockabilly vet Wanda Jackson's The Party Ain't Over, released in 2011, was oversee ... More >>
via VH1VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul Hammerstein Ballroom Sunday, December 18 Better than: Whatever Ryan Seacrest is going to cook up for VH1 Soul. Last night's VH1 Divas taping existed both as a performance and self-contained, 24-hours-out advertising opportunity for its broadcast. (Tonight at ... More >>
A pack of thoroughly modern throwbacks
Star-studded lineup videos: now a thing. Yes, the Tennessee mega-festival, now in its tenth (!) year, has announced its initial lineup, the usual melange of rappers, rockers, and jam-band monoliths, this year headlined by Eminem and Arcade Fire, only one of whom won the Album of the Year Grammy 48 ... More >>
Time to learn about this albumPazz & Jop's album chart is officially ranked by points: Each voter has 100 to hand out, with no album receiving more than 30 or less than 5. There are, of course, a bunch of ways to turn that mass of music data into revealing lists. Here are four of them.
The soul icon/golden girl hooks up with Jeff Tweedy and charms the world anew
This week in the Voice, Graham Rayman details the disaster that is CityTime, a project of the Bloomberg administration meant to automate the city's payroll system. Last month, one CityTime consultant, Spherion, was indicted for defrauding the city of $80 million. Over the last 12 years, CityT ... More >>
Mavis Staples: For kids aged 8-80. Photo by Chris Strong.In this week's Village Voice, Amy Linden talks with soul icon/golden girl Mavis Staples about her collaboration with Jeff Tweedy, and David Cotner profiles local wailer Shilpa Ray.
But don't look for that persona-grooming bassist
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 10, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 39 Consumer Guide I by Robert Christgau Unless you are very rich and very freaky, your relationship to rock is nothing like mine. By profession, I am surfeited with records and live music. Virtually every r ... More >>
Featuring the odd return of 1995, in the persons of Soundgarden and Green Day, modern arena-rock surrogates the Strokes, Arcade Fire, MGMT, Phoenix, the National, and the Black Keys, and who else but Lady Gaga? Music is a befuddling tapestry in which Cypress Hill will always have a home. Comp ... More >>
Touring the South, the legend talks about Led Zep and Alison Krauss. Mostly Krauss.
Annual collaborative fest puts the 'O' back in countronica
Hip-hop pied piper sustains multisyllables for long runs, cuts bravado with melancholy
Where the fuck is for example the Z100, gangsta-rock, and Merina-Senegalese fusion?
Stephen Collins Foster is back on earth, wrestling with race: the entity in the woodpile
Serious musician demonstrates the virtues of hard work to the Save the Music foundation