Pop culture -- especially music -- has always had its own respectively fringe and seemingly misunderstood populations. From Phish Phans, to Justin Bieber's bloodthirsty teenage following, and beyond, there always seems to be a group of people deeply saturated in a culture of fanatic obsession ... More >>
Jay-Z and Eminem kick-start Detroit's recovery. Photo by Kevin Mazur.In this week's Village Voice, Camille Dodero reports live from Insane Clown Posse's Gathering of the Juggalos, Michael D. Ayers compiles an oral history of Pavement's New York City, Tom Breihan heads to Detroit to see the fi ... More >>
The typical college student's time abroad is used primarily for escaping into lands of legal-age drinking and assorted other debauchery. Cooper Union student Emily Henochowicz ended up doing something slightly different with her time: protesting in the West Bank this past May. That was when s ... More >>
Spiritualized's Jason Pierce. Photo by Suki Dhanda.In this week's Village Voice, Michael D. Ayers revisits the rock 'n' roll grandeur of Spiritualized's Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space as the band prepares to perform the album at Radio City Music Hall, and Phillip Mlynar chronic ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, Michael D. Ayers writes our cover story on the National, who make the awkward look cool and despair sound hilarious. Elsewhere, Mike Powell hangs out with creepy chillwave godfather Ariel Pink, Ben Westhoff on the massively divergent fates of Memphis rap crews Th ... More >>
They say there's a fine line between comedy and tragedy. But what about the lines between despair and hilarity? Brooklyn's band of the moment, The National, knows where they lie, and they also know how to blur them, argues Michael D. Ayers, writing this week's Voice cover story: The National' ... More >>
Shorn Jones, where the magic happens. Photo by Christopher FarberIn this week's Village Voice, Michael D. Ayers talks with Brooklyn soul queen Sharon Jones, Tom Hull provides a new installment of his Jazz Consumer Guide, and Tad Hendrickson profiles Ethio-jazz godfather Mulatu Astatke.
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An undergraduate was killed during the making of a student film for NYU's highly-esteemed and well-regarded film program. What could've been done to prevent it? Why isn't anyone talking about it? And just how dodgy has NYU been over this? Village Voice staff writer Steven Thrasher investigate ... More >>
Who moved my cheese? Illustration by Shane Harrison.In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla reads 50 Cent's surreally insightful self-help book, The 50th Law: "This book is actually kind of sad, in the bleakness of its cutthroat, shoot-nine-times-or-be-shot-nine-times worldview. Trust no o ... More >>
Tina ChouIn this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla reports back live from the somewhat Michael Jackson-themed Amateur Night at the Apollo: "It is extraordinarily difficult to impersonate, mimic, or pay entirely reverent homage to Michael Jackson without coming across like you're makin ... More >>
I have tremendous sympathy for bands whose new records leak months prior to their release dates, perhaps borne of a vivid, unpleasant memory of a 2006 Shins CMJ gig wherein all the stage banter was them moaning, in an unconvincingly jocular manner, about the recent inadvertent Internet unveiling of ... More >>
The Voice looks at that other "Craigslist Killer" and his victim, Katherine Olson, slain in 2007 by a man advertising for babysitters near Minneapolis. Actually there have been a few so-called Craigslist Killers, including the one who recently murdered Julissa Brisman of Queens, and reporters Matt S ... More >>
I often wonder if the legends born out of CBGB ever get tired of talking about CBGB. Certainly, at last night's Tribeca Film screening of Burning Down The House: The Story of CBGB, the "Behind the Screens" panel of Tommy Ramone, ex-Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz, director Mandy Stein, and Jes ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Mike Powell on the radical serenity/serene radicalism of Animal Collective.
Michael D. Ayers sits down with Antony Hegarty.
Carol Cooper reports back from GlobalFest 2008.
In Books, Zach Baron reviews Noise: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth.
In Film, ... More >>