Kacey Musgraves headlines her first New York City show
Today is, apparently, national hot and spicy food day, and you're not properly celebrating if your meal isn't making you feel like you're about to spontaneously combust. Where, you ask, should you go in this city for volcanic heat?
Since contributing to Carrie Underwood's 2007 "Last Name," 2012 BMI Country Songwriter of the Year Luke Laird has netted almost a dozen chart-toppers, penning hits for everyone from Eric Church to Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert. This year, on top of work with Tim McGraw and Little Big Town, he' ... More >>
See Luke Bryan shake it for you at Nassau Coliseum
If I sang this column onstage, you would make a shitty phone video of it
Few guitar bands cleaned up this year like Japandroids, whose triumphant second album Celebration Rock brought them massive universal acclaim and a bounty of new fans in the spirit of Titus Andronicus' The Monitor and the Hold Steady's Separation Sunday. Just yesterday their Celebration Rock was nam ... More >>
By Mike Seely [Editor's note: Country Time is a new biweekly column for our sister music blog in Seattle.] With the nation's major-party political conventions drawing to a close recently with a rousing reelection appeal from the nation's first black president, it seems fitting to cast a spotlight ... More >>
Lady Antebellum get mushy at Radio City Music Hall
Kurt Wagner, ringleader of Lambchop, stops to chat with me for a few minutes outside his tour van. He's in White Plains, on his way to Philly, and he has about a cigarette break's worth of time. Thankfully, he's as verbose and animated in conversation as he is muttering, inscrutable, and downright p ... More >>
"I know a place where we can go," as Brit pop goddess Petula Clark sang in one of her 15 consecutive Top 40 U.S. hits that came out in the 1960s. It's Feinstein's at Loews Regency, where "Pet" is serving you her hits in grand style (without any of the self-conscious I'm-doing-you-a-favor attitude o ... More >>
Taylor Swift wraps the ‘Speak Now’ tour
Jonathan KingsburyDaniel Pujol formed Pujol about two years ago, and he has put out ten releasessingles, EPs, and full-length albumsin that short period. When Pujol (the band) isn't touring, writing or recording, Pujol (the guy) is playing the Nashville circuit with his other ba ... More >>
Eric Church and Randy Montana navigate life
Stinky tofu is, indeed, stinkyIndie band Yo La Tengo are bona fide foodies! Interviewed in Wine Enthusiast magazine, the trio explain that their sole purpose for touring is to eat and drink their way through cities around the world. But they still can't conquer every food.
McDonald's has announced that it will roll out oatmeal on its all-day menu in January. Fruit & Maple Oatmeal will be available with or without brown sugar for $1.99. [Nation's Restaurant News] A couple of the city's top caterers, including Bryan Calvert and Marc Murphy, offer recipes for ho ... More >>
A lonely cotton candy vendor in Richmond Hill, Queens. Cotton candy has been with us since at least the Middle Ages, when Persian and Turkish versions were available at great expense, made by a labor-intensive method. The invention of a cotton-candy machine by Nashville candy makers John C. ... More >>
Photo by: Michael KahanJeff the Brotherhood, at the Williamsburg Waterfront this Sunday, for free, with Murder City Devils (!) and Obits Quick favor. Let's all keep this link a secret from Rush Limbaugh, and Michelle Malkin, and all the other bloviating right-wingers our next-door neighbor Roy Edro ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 1, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 29 Obvious Believers by Robert Christgau I think people are missing the point of "Nashville Skyline," which is as it should be, since they were probably supposed to. The beauty of the album is that it is tota ... More >>
Some South for your mouth at two new restaurants
APWhat with the Times Square bomb and the manholes exploding and Ahmadinejad in town, we've been a little focused on New York City today. We will address that now. Add to our End Times Watch record rains and 50-feet-high-and-rising waters in Tennessee. The flooding has led to evacuations of ... More >>
I'm a little late to this picnic, but I finally caught up with the Grammy Awards (I was away) and prepared for the Taylor Swift trainwreck everyone had clucked about, expecting her to not come any closer to any of the notes than I have to Wasilla, Alaska.
It's our country's birthday this weekend. Thursday, the Celebrate Brooklyn festival hosts Puetro Rican pop star Obie Bermudez at the Bandshell; he paid his dues working a Bronx laundromat job for three years. Luke Temple earned his weight by pulling hours at a candy store; Friday, he fronts Here We ... More >>
Expansive rock from another time
He may be the greatest artist of the '00s. Don't tell the Dixie Chicks.
From the 'Voice' archives: Remembering Robert Altman through the words of Voice critics past
Come savor the beaty delights of European multiculturalism, Arabski kjuchek included
Ignore the red states, red flags, and red herrings; Nashvilles less straight than you think
From sipping iced tea and playing Al Green to imagining you're watching Ricky beat Lucy
Add to the many things not to be thankful for this year 13 CDs that will make your gorge rise
Playboys of the Southwestern World Thrive on Certainty
The Song's the Thing
Country Cuts the Crap