This week in the Voice: Michaelangelo Matos talks to Maya Jane Coles, who brings her spin on house music to this week's Electric Zoo; and I run down six concerts from this summer that I loved, including outings by MS MR, Kelly Clarkson, and the Killers.
In this week's Village Voice, out now: Michaelangelo Matos examines the state of the EP, a format of recorded music that's become more popular for artists of all genresfrom R&B singer Miguel (above) to country superstar Dierks Bentleylooking to keep up in the digital age. Also, Brian C ... More >>
This week in the Village Voice, out now: I head to B.B. King's for a show by R&B sex-jam-crafter Ginuwine; and Michaelangelo Matos treks to JamaicaQueens, that isto talk to the people behind VP Records, the country's largest independent reggae label.
After many weeks of planning and announcements and waiting, the daylong music festival we here at The Village Voice host, 4Knots, is happening tomorrow at Piers 16 and 17 of the South Street Seaport! A guide to the day follows.
This weekend is the 4Knots Music Festival, and the Voice is taken over by people performing during the all-day event. Michaelangelo Matos talks to party auteur Jonathan Toubin, who's hosting the afterparty; Michael Tedder looks at the rise of indiepop in New York, which has been assisted by Hospital ... More >>
The Unsound Festival, which place tonight through Sunday around New York, is defined by a belief in the thrills to be found in experimental eclecticism. The first New York edition of the festival (which originated in Krakow) took place in 2010 and has yet to disappoint, with one-of-a-kind programmin ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, out now: Michaelangelo Matos profiles Daniel Martin-McCormick, the Brooklyn electronic musician with widespread acclaim and punk rock roots; Jesse Jarnow talks to Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, who just released his first solo album; and I defend the boy band against the sn ... More >>
In this week's Voice cover story, Michaelangelo Matos profiles Daniel Martin-McCormick, the Brooklyn musician currently making waves under the name Ital. In the video for "Culture Clubs," shot live in Cleveland last November by Aurora Halal and premiering on Sound of the City, Martin-McCormick's app ... More >>
This week in the Voice, out today: Michaelangelo Matos details Daniel Martin-McCormick, the musician who is half of the rock-gone-electronic duo Mi Ami and the sole member of Ital: "He's personable, quite alert, and friendly, and it doesn't feel like a chore. He gives the sense that he's exactly wha ... More >>
Forget that the latest song to be released from Madonna's upcoming album MDNA is biting its title from a noxious DVD series run by one of the worst people ever to be hailed as a "celebrity" by American culture (a pretty impressive feat, that); never mind that it rhymes "fire" and "desire" on its pre ... More >>
Every year, when I get involved in Grammy debates with my cooler friends, I tell them the problem with the awards isn't that they reward mass-appeal schlock. If the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is doing its job right, it should be rewarding popular, undeniable, and somewhat unhip ... More >>
This morning, Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius was found dead from an apparent suicide at age 75, and the outpouring of grief and nostalgia was probably best summed up by the Roots' ?uestlove, whose Brooklyn Bowl party Bowl Train is an homage to the show. He wrote passionately about how the ... More >>
Hooray and huzzah, the Pazz & Jop poll, calculated from the ballots of 700 critics around the globe, is up and running and ready for your perusal. Congratulations to Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, whose w h o k i l l walked away with the albums poll; and Adele, whose inescapable yet compelling even o ... More >>
This week in the Voice, on newsstands now: I lay down the law with some music-related resolutions for 2012; Larry Blumenfeld talks to Jonathan Batiste about his traveling concerts on the subway (not just the platforms, the cars themselves); and Michaelangelo Matos profiles the techno-plus party The ... More >>
In the Voice's first issue of 2012, Nick Pinto writes about airport security contractors, like Prince Jackson, who make minimum wage and have no health insurance or sick days -- yet are responsible for keeping the terminals safe. "The scene today at airport-terminal security doesn't look so differen ... More >>
Amy Winehouse passed away on July 23. In memory of the people, places, and things that passed away in 2011, here's a collection of links and streaming-video artifacts.
Michal NanoruThis month marks the publication of Best Music Writing 2011, the annual anthology of top-notch scribing about music2010 pieces by the likes of Nitsuh Abebe, Ann Powers, and Jessica Hopper are collected in the book, which this year was edited by New Yorker classical-music c ... More >>
The 2011 edition of Da Capo's annual anthology Best Music Writing which this year was guest edited by The New Yorker classical writer and The Rest Is Noise author Alex Ross; Daphne Carr has been the series editor since 2006contains 32 essays and is augmented by a a jumbo-sized "Other N ... More >>
Megan CullenSepalcure. In this week's Village Voice, out now: Jay Smooth talks to the charmed Canadian MC Drake about his efforts to step up his lyrical game on his second album, Take Care; Michaelangelo Matos chats with the Brooklyn bass duo Sepalcure about making music for Black Swan and th ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, available in a red box near you right now: Michaelangelo Matos talks to the Rapture about their new album In The Grace Of Your Love and their return to DFA Records; and I hit a pop-up venue on Bleecker Street to check out a performance by the dizzyingly talented ... More >>
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 >>
Kate GarnerIn this week's Village Voice, available now: Michaelangelo Matos checks in on the always-ahead-of-the-curve British dance producer Zomby, Andy Beta talks to the folks running the British "queer party for everyone" Horse Meat Disco about their imminent New York dates, and Chuck Eddy ... More >>
This week in the Voice: It's the preview issue for our 4Knots Music Festival, set to take place July 16 at South Street Seaport! Maura Johnston previews the lineup, which includes the Black Angels, Titus Andronicus, Oberhofer, Eleanor Friedberger, Mr. Dream, and Davila 666. She also muses on ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, out now now now: We preview this weekend's 4Knots Music Festival with my argument why the New York metropolitan area doesn't need its own Coachella, Michaelangelo Matos's profile of Eleanor Friedberger, and Michael Tedder's chat with the Black Angels' Alex Maas; ... More >>
20 F@#&ing Years of Planet E: We Ain't Dead Yet.In this week's Village Voice, available around the New York City metropolitan area today: Michaelangelo Matos takes a look at some new dance-music compilations from labels all around the world, Phillip Mlynar talks to Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Bu ... More >>
This week in the Village Voice, out today: Stacey Anderson talks to Brian Wilson and looks back on a conversation between the reclusive singer and her father that changed her family; Michaelangelo Matos examines the first volume of Watch The Closing Doors, a far-reaching compilation of New Yo ... More >>
TheFABLifeLast December, our F2K series counted down the 50 lousiest songs from the morass of mediocrity that accumulated between 2000 and 2009--and it was no easy task. The 9/11 tie-ins, the mawkish charity singles, the wan covers, Owl City, the continued existence of Nicole Scherzinger ... ... More >>
Try and guess which song she's talking about. Fun eMusic Jukebox Jury piece by Michaelangelo Matos (they sit in her car, he plays a bunch of tunes, she sassily free-associates), particularly when they get into her oft-discussed stint as a Rikers guard:
Forgive the moderate self-aggrandizement here, but tonight, Brooklyn's own Jalopy Theatre is hosting Peter Stampfel's Critical Karaoke, wherein the badass NYC folk heavyweight invites a bunch of rock critics -- the slate will apparently include Robert Christgau, Rob Sheffield, Joe Levy, Micha ... More >>
The lusciously curated Jewface
Seattle's EMP proves that great popular music conferences cannot live by inclusive intentions alone