We're giving you a lot of weird stuff to do this weekend. Don't even attempt to question it. Tonight sing-along to your favorite '90s tunes (Color Me Badd, Dr. Dre, etc.) at Union Hall, or dance to a mash-up of Daft Punk and Michael Jackson at the Bell House. Also, there's a Taylor Swift group art s ... More >>
Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. DJ Spinna will be holding down deck duties at a Michael Jackson tribute party this Sunday. Once that's in the bag, he'll be hitting the lab to ready up a Jigmast ... More >>
This week's cover story is an in-depth look at one of music's most talented and intelligent, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the Roots. It's a great longread, if we do say so ourselves. (Check it out). And it could've been much longer. As writer Jenna Sauers discovered, Quest is full of insight and an ... More >>
Bad 25: Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona, Swizz Beatz Gotham Hall Wednesday, August 29 Better than: an easy hair-burning joke. "You just don't do a Michael songyou try and do the best you can." So said Ne-Yo, dabbing at his forehead, having sweated through his "Smooth Criminal" costume. On screens behi ... More >>
Two of my "best bashes in history" were casino galas that were outrageouly lavish and star studded, just the way events in a glitzy gambling temple should be. First of all: The opening of the Mohegan Sun Hotel and spa in Connecticut in 2002 How's this for a gala weekend? Friday night in the bi ... More >>
Swizz Beatz IAC Building Wednesday, November 30 Better than: Ja Rule's acting in The Fast and the Furious. It seems cruel that as the recession continues to hit the "snooze" button, Swizz Beatz has picked up yet another job, another paycheck. He is the luxe James Franco, collecting 1099s like pass ... More >>
Bless Das Racist for always coming along at the right time, right? The group performed on Conan last night, and while the reactions the group was retweeting in the broadcast's wake seemed a little bit confused/outraged/weary, their take on the completely goofy "Michael Jackson" was, I thought, prett ... More >>
Bad news for Conrad Murray. The jury didn't buy the idea that Michael Jackson administered that last, fatal dose of propofol himself.
Das Racist's Relax is currently online for your perusal/enjoyment right now, and the group's just released the video for the bonkers first single "Michael Jackson." It's an homage to "Black Or White" that comes complete with references to The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live and the Last Supp ... More >>
MTV turns 30 today. To celebrate, we're running a bunch of pieces on the channel, its legacy, and its future. Earlier today, we counted down the best music videos directed by people who took home (or, more likely, left at the podium) the Razzies' "Golden Raspberry" award for worst director. ... More >>
While uncluttering the house one day, I found a Michael Jackson chocolate bar -- dark chocolate, mind you -- on a shelf, though I have no idea where I'd originally attained it. Must be the Jesus juice. Wherever the thing came from, this discovery had me moonwalking for joy, and I assumed I ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, we happily present the 37th (or, uh, 38th) annual Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll, won handily--SPOILER, guys--by Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion and, in singles, Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind." The full album results are here; singles are here. Plus essa ... More >>
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NYC celebrates MJ's birthday in a big way
After widespread alarm by citizens and city officials about "crowd control" and potential chaos in Fort Greene around Spike Lee's Michael Jackson tribute block party next weekend, the city announced today that event will move from Fort Greene Park to the center of Prospect Park. Jackson is no ... More >>
--Yesterday, we reported the existence of a new Weezer track, the punchy "(If You're Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To." Today, Weezer announced the title of their new album, and it's Raditude. Yes, Raditude. Longtime Weez webman Karl Koch writes on the band's site: "'Raditude"??' WHA ... More >>
--Legendary cult UK folk singer Vashti Bunyan will appear at 92Y Tribeca with director Kieran Evans for a live performance and screening of the documentary Vashti Bunyan: From Here To Before on October 16th and 17th. The New York Press once called Bunyan the "Godmother of Freak Folk." She rel ... More >>
--Postpunk pioneers the Feelies, whom this paper once called "The best underground band in New York," will reissue their 1980 debut, Crazy Rhythms and the 1986 Peter Buck-produced follow-up The Good Earth, on September 8. The reissued albums will be released on CD and vinyl in their original ... More >>
--The Dead Weather, who we saw at the Bowery last April, long ago sold out their gigs at Terminal 5 this Thursday and Friday, but the band will play a free show tomorrow at noon at the Third Man Records pop-up store store at 131 Chrystie Street. The one-off is first come, first serve. We recommend b ... More >>
Ashanti's got nothing on Diana Ross
Live Video streaming by Ustream For all the lovely grace notes, homages, and eulogies that have flowed from any number of erudite and compassionate individuals in the wake of Michael Jackson's untimely death at the young age of 50, a celebrity's death is not over in American until the huge, gaudy, ... More >>
A heartbroken rapper channels her grief into a solo Bed-Stuy dance party
We need something to get our minds off Michael Jackson and onto the scandals of the living. So thanks to Bitten and Bound for posting what it says are "alleged photos" of Maria Belen Shapur, the alleged lover of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. And The Swamp has an alleged photo of the alleged ... More >>
Michael Jackson is dead, and I'm taken aback by how incredibly unpleasant a feeling it is, far beyond the usual celebrity-grieving response: This is devastating in an unexpected and overwhelmingly surreal way. I'm also tremendously/overly conscious that at this exact moment thousands of writers/blog ... More >>
Michael Jackson announced today that he would give this July his last public performances -- whether his last in London, or anywhere, it was hard to tell from his brief, garbled remarks ("This is it... This is the final curtain call"). This is a brave decision because Jackson was recently seen bei ... More >>
That Santacon thing we VoiceChoiced happened Saturday, and hundreds of Santas descended upon the city in full jollity. They were well YouTubed, and you can see them dancing on the Staten Island Ferry, and to Michael Jackson under the warming lights of some hotel awning; here's a Santa in a crow's ne ... More >>
We should have known: though this morning's mass Thriller dance at Madame Tussaud's did beat the posted Guinness World Record, ours was not the only city in competition, and the New York Times says 881 aspirants danced to the Michael Jackson song in Austin, Texas last weekend, presumably with their ... More >>
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