Michael Musto

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    July 19, 2012

    My Tour Of The Bars Last Night! I'm Breathless!

    A friend was in from L.A., so naturally I swept him on a gay nightlife tour spanning the East Side, HK, and Chelsea. First stop: The Townhouse, which has always been uniquely fascinating because it's a haven for really old men. But there weren't enough of them! In fact, the median age was about 40! ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    I'm Interviewed In New Gay Anthology

    Love, Christopher Street is a new "volume of original essays, representing some of the most talented and diverse voices in the LGBT community. "These 26 pieces contain revealing, intense, profound, funny, and queer reflections that span 40 years of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender life in th ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    The Wackiest Things Celebs Have Ever Said To Me

    In their dealings with a potentially scary press person like myself, celebs are sometimes solicitous, occasionally pandering, at times delightfully ass kissy, but always tons of fun. Here are just a few of the highlights through the years:

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    March 7, 2012

    This Week In The Voice: Charli XCX Gets Bummed; Jenny Scheinman Innovates

    In this week's Village Voice, out now: I preview the upcoming show by the sullen British pop singer Charli XCX (above, singing a stripped-down version of her stunning single "Stay Away") and review last Saturday's freestyle extravaganza in the Bronx, which was topped off by Stevie B; and Benjamin Lo ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Do You Have To Wear A Button-Down Shirt To Go To xl?

    Not if you're posing for the invite, lol! But that's the excuse one guy was given when the doorman turned him away from the new gay club I wrote about this week. ("You should be more dressed up for a Friday night.") And he was very surprised because he knew other guys had gotten in in T-shirts.

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    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 >>

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    July 6, 2011

    This Week In The Voice: Mata and Moreno's Other Incident

    ​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 >>

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    June 29, 2011

    This Week In the Voice: Real Men Get Their Facts Straight

    ​This week in the Village Voice, out today: Martin Cizmar, Ellis Conklin, and Kristen Hinman explore the origins of a statistic about underaged sex-trafficking, slam Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore's new ad campaign, and shine a light on the celebrity philanthropy industry in their feature "Real ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: The Obie Awards 2011

    ​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 >>

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    April 6, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: Cartoons!

    ​This week in the Voice, it's the Comics Issue! Be sure to pick up a hard copy so you can fully appreciate all the vibrant illustrations and art, including an animated Robert Sietsema food review and Michael Musto's column as a cartoon. Just look at that cover; look at it! It's a piece of geni ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: Kicking Back With the Black Hebrew Israelites

    ​This week in the Voice, Steven Thrasher enters the wild world of Black Hebrew Israelites, or as they are more commonly referred, "those guys who yell at everybody on the street." They tell him they "are the Ambassadors of Christ," but others have differing views. One of their ex-girlfriends, ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: Geisha for a Month

    ​This week in the Voice, Victoria Bekiempis writes of her month-long experience as a geisha in Midtown. Infiltrating this world of sake and karaoke, she discovers more about the men who visit the club than the persona she becomes. "It takes about three weeks for the customers to warm up to you ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    This Week in the Voice: Shock The Junkie with Ibogaine Ingestion

    ​It's common knowledge that kicking a capital-H Habit isn't the most pleasant experience, to say the least. But what if there were a cure for drug addiction out there that only comes with one side effect, that of intense hallucinations? For this week's Village Voice cover story, join Keegan Ha ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    THERE SHE IS . . .

    A beauty pageant all its own

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    August 11, 2010

    This Week in the Voice: Inside the Brutal World of America's Kidnapping Capital

    ​Phoenix, Arizona! The fifth most populated city in the country. It's the capital of Arizona, the Grand Canyon State! It's also -- as the center of the United States' immigration crisis with two sides viciously battling over the future of millions of people -- the place where the most people i ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    This Week in the Voice: The Tilda Swinton Moment

    ​How time flies, right? Eighteen years ago, Sally Potter had her breakout as the writer-director of Orlando, which also starred then-breakout Tilda Swinton. Now, for this week's Village Voice cover story, Melissa Anderson talks with Potter and Swinton about Orlando about their continuing caree ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    This Week in the Voice: The Queer Issue, Featuring Jersey Shore's Guidos

    ​We at the Village Voice fly all variations of flags -- patriotic, pirate, freak, or otherwise -- day in, day out as routine business around here. But this week, we're loud and proud of a very specific color (or colors), as that special time of year is here again: The Queer Issue has arrived. ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010

    This Week in the Voice: The Police Tapes, Vol. 4

    ​In this week's Village Voice, our writers may not run restaurants, but they definitely have seen their fair share of rats. Graham Rayman's fourth installment of his epic look behind closed NYPD doors, The Police Tapes, runs this week, and now we learn who the officer was that took these recor ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    This Week, in the Voice: The Andrew Cuomo-Shelly Silver Donkey Show

    ​How many Democrats does it take to make a donkey show? In this week's cover story, Village Voice columnist Wayne Barrett takes account of the opposition New York gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo will actually have to face: Shelly Silver, and the rest of our state's old-school democrats.

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    June 4, 2010

    Week in Review: He Did? I Love It!

    Happy birthday, clowns. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne​In the week James Murphy finally squashed his beef with our own Michael Musto, we watched as another journalist-on-artist feud--M.I.A. vs. Lynn Hirschberg, who else?--heated up, adding an album cover, a response to a response to a response to a r ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    This Week's Voice: Summer Guide!

    ​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 >>

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    May 12, 2010

    This Week's Voice: The National, Ariel Pink, Battle of the Memphis Rap Crews, Colt Ford, and 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 >>

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    April 28, 2010

    This Week's Voice: Sam Amidon, Courtney Love, Little Brother, Harlem's Afro-Cuban Renaissance, Roky Erickson, The Human Centipede, and More

    Little Brother: happy or not, it's an ending. Photo by Studio Kompleks​In 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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 27, 2010


    These girls are true friends of Dorothy

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    March 11, 2010

    The Truth About My Crappy Looking Bicycle!

    ​Here's a Streetfilms vlog (called "Il Ciclista Dolce: Michael Musto") in which Clarence Eckerson Jr. follows me around as I ride my messed up, $75 girl's bike and talk about:

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    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 >>

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    October 12, 2009

    Musto Jokes About Incest at Miss LEZ Pageant, Bombs

    Maro HagopianOur very own Michael Musto at last night's Miss LEZ. More photos from the evening here. Roughly 200 queer women (and only a handful of men, gay or otherwise) gathered at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory last night for Miss LEZ, the ninth annual assault on the beauty pageant industry by cont ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Big Conservative Event to Take Place on Rosh Hashanah

    ​Last week venerable conservative Norman Podhoretz wondered why Jews in America were "misguidedly loyal" to liberalism, when conservatism was so welcoming to the Chosen People. This led to endless debates and a pleasing irony: the arch-conservative Family Research Council, which also likes to ... More >>

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    July 15, 2009

    I'll Be At Barnes and Noble Tomorrow!

    Yes, I'm planning to go to the sprawling bookstore in the Lincoln Center area to peruse the shelves for discount recipe books and sexual board games. And while I'm there, I might as well take part in the "Fresh Fruit Festival" event--you heard me--in which different LGBT writers will read from their ... More >>

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    May 19, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    Photo by Cary Conover. What were the Obies like? We noticed mainly free drinks. James Hannaham saw a lot of winners of color ("Black is definitely the new black"), and many other details. List of laureates here; slideshow here. Michael Feingold starts his Obie meditation by talking about depart ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 6, 2009


    Miss California wouldn't bring her saline implants near this pageant

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    April 15, 2009

    This Week's Voice: Superdrag, Rap Beef, Juan MacLean, State of Play, Guy Maddin, 'Younger Than Jesus', and 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 >>

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    March 11, 2009

    This Week's Voice: U2, The-Dream, the Pogues, Private Century, Kat Long's New Book, and More

    In this week's Music Section, Rob Harvilla takes U2's new No Line on the Horizon, force quits, and moves to trash. Restart and reboot yourself. Clover Hope on The-Dream's sublime new Love vs. Money. Tad Hendrickson rolls triumphantly forward with The Pogues, eyes as glassed over as ever. Harvilla ... More >>

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    March 11, 2009


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    March 2, 2009

    Russell Simmons May Want to Have a Word or Two With His Publicist

    A frustrated Michael Musto asks: Who Sends More Press Releases--Russell Simmons or a Porn Star?

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