Michael Feingold will return to chair the 2014 Village Voice Obie Awards -- Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway's highest honor -- to be presented Monday, May 19, at Webster Hall.
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.
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 Beyoncé, ... More >>
This week in the Voice, out today: Nick Pinto asks if NYU is really worth all the student debt. Michael Musto gives us 35 reasons to hate nightlife.
This week in the Voice, Michaelangelo Matos writes of the Rapture's return to DFA Records with their new album, their "soul record," In the Grace of Your Love. The band will be playing Webster Hall this Friday. Steven Thrasher explores Mayor Bloomberg's Young Men's Initiative, a program tha ... More >>
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 >>
This week in the Voice, Graham Rayman brings light to another case involving Kenneth Moreno, Franklin Mata, and a young, intoxicated woman. Just a few months before the alleged rape for which they were acquitted, the two were accused of being verbally abusive to a woman, refusing to take her ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Michael Feingold muses on the current state of theater, cost-cutting and all. "The arts can find ways out of their straitened financial situation," he says, going on to talk about the folks in New York theater who help, and have helped, give it meaning. Related: Eric G ... More >>
In this week's issue of the Voice, J. Hoberman helps us understand the year in film that was 2010. The Social Network is this year's top choice in the annual critic's poll. Hoberman also provides an amazing top 10 list of the year's best films.
In this week's issue of the Voice, Steven Thrasher takes on the supposed racial discrimination of the New York City "6019" firefighter's exam. Black candidates have passed the test with flying colors and yet have been prevented from joining the FDNY after the test was deemed racist by federal ... More >>
The last year in Broadway theater saw the appearances of names like Scarlett Johansson and Catherine Zeta-Jones not just on stages, but in the same award categories as their Loyal-to-New-York-Theater co-stars. The trending caused our own lead theater critic Michael Feingold to pen an epic scr ... More >>
Camu Tao: Doing good, even if he's not here to see it. Photo by TONE.In this week's Village Voice, Phillip Mlynar remembers the departed underground rapper Camu Tao, Francis Davis reviews spectacular new works from Keith Jarrett and Cecil Taylor, Mikael Wood hangs with Bruno Mars out in Los A ... 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 >>
In this week's Village Voice, our cover story is on the Nitrous Mafia, the gas-fueled drug gang that is terrorizing music festivals up and down both coasts. Elsewhere, Rob Harvilla talks with OutKast's Big Boi on the long-delayed occasion of the release of Sir Lucious Left Foot, Jessica Hoppe ... More >>
Nicki Minaj, in one of many "invincible Street Fighter 2 character" outfits. Photo by Santiago FelipeIn this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla keeps a running diary of Summer Jam 2010, where the best highlight Hot 97 could muster was a set from DJ Khaled. What happened, New York? Elsewhere, ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, we present our annual summer guide, featuring all sorts of seasonal picks for music, film, art, dance, theater, food, etc., not to mention Mikael Wood on the club-pop reboot of Kelis, Ben Davis on Lightning Bolt's Brian Chippendale, Jed Lipinski on Pulitzer winne ... More >>
Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss, meeting her public. Photo by Santiago FelipeIn this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla attempts to describe the planet-obliterating joys of Sleigh Bells, Zach Baron on LCD Soundsystem's sardonically devastating This Is Happening, and Sean Fennessey explains why th ... More >>
Every year, The Village Voice holds their own awards ceremony for theater free from the pomp, circumstance, and promotional intent towards profit that most other Dog and Pony extravaganzas do: The Obies. And the awesomeness that was this year's was no exception. Voice theater critic and Obie ... 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 >>
Little Brother: happy or not, it's an ending. Photo by Studio KompleksIn this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla falls hard for Sam Amidon, the gentle, affable, R. Kelly-covering young folkie, while Camille Dodero applies a lifetime of Courtney Love-related knowledge to Hole's new Nobody's Da ... More >>
Lots of great stuff in this week's Village Voice, though it all kinda pales in comparison to the incomparable Ward Sutton, who imagines R. Crumb doing an illustrated history of Genesis -- that's Phil Collins' Genesis, not God's. Elsewhere in music, Harvilla checks out the tremendously profane ... More >>
We will, in the closing days of this wretched decade, list the Top Ten reasons why it sucked. Reason #10 is here. This is #9. Name your favorite artists of the past decade. Tough one, huh? The Voice plays the best-of-decade game in the current issue, and we salute the fine crit ... More >>
Pretty light evening tonight. If you're the sort who'd be into seeing Soulfly at Blender Theater at Gramercy, we suspect you already know about it. If you must go out, the fantastic Fela Kuti musical, the imaginatively titled Fela!, starts previews tonight for a mid-November opening on Broadway. Her ... 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 >>
When Michael Feingold reported in his Voice review that "much" of the audience went "streaming for the exit at intermission" of the Peter Sellars production of Othello at NYU, which stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, we thought he must have just caught a disastrous press preview: surely the man wh ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla on Superdrag's snarling, ferocious comeback, spiritual awakening notwithstanding. Erik Parker on rap battles, circa 2009, starring 50 Cent and Rick Ross. Plus Ben Detrick comes through with a particularly formidable catalog of spectacular rap ... More >>
We had a little trouble getting the Voice online this week, and we hope you didn't miss any of the great stuff in the issue. Like our former music editor Chuck Eddy's consideration of some contemporary male country singers and their new style of shit-kicking. Or J. Hoberman's review of Observe and ... More >>
He didn't write the music or show up at the ceremony nine-months pregnant, but we're happy to note that our theater critic Michael Feingold has had a hand in a recording that won not one but two Grammys: Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording. The EuroArts recording of the Los Angeles Ope ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, the Third Annual Voice Jazz Critics Poll: Essays, RIPs, and more. In Film, the Ninth Annual Village Voice/LA Weekly Film Poll. Plus Ella Taylor on Holocaust movies Good and Defiance, and Scott Foundas on Nicholas Ray's Bigger Than Life. In Books, Tom Ro ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla interviews Henry H. Owings, creator of infamous fanzine Chunklet: "Fuck that. Everybody knows where I live. Everybody knows that I sign the checks. It has my name on it. You think I'm some kind of chickenshit?" Raquel Cepeda talks to AZ, rea ... More >>
A bumpy ride with a soft landing