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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 >>
Here are the ten best concerts around the city this week, in no particular order.
In this week's Village Voice, out now: I listen to the shifting sounds of pop music in 2012 as epitomized by the R&B singer Ne-Yo's recent releases; and Chris Chafin talks to the sister act TEEN.
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 >>
In his recent review of R&B singer Miguel's fantastic Art Dealer Chic series of EPs, The A.V. Club's Evan Rytlewski explained the singer's rise in popularity by floating the idea that his 2010 album All I Want Is You contained "arguably the most engaging singles run of any R&B album since Usher's Co ... More >>
Now that the calendar has flipped to May, and the schedules for the area's big sheds have been announced, and the Hot 97 Summer Jam lineup is on the verge of being made public, it's time to think of other musical concerns related to the year's hottest months. Today, let's wonder about what song will ... More >>
Today is the first of March, a month that brings lions, lambs, ominous midpoints, yummy Italian pastries, and people grossly stereotyping the Irish by drinking cheap beer until they get shitty drunk. It also is the month for March Madness, the 6468-entrant (thanks Turner and CBS) tournament of colle ... More >>
Earlier today, Maura offered a list of the 47 songs on her "2011 Awesomeness" Spotify playlist; to complement that, here are the 53 songs from my less cleverly named playlist, "2011." As is the usually the case with these mega-lists, I compiled mine a bit haphazardly, throwing together a substantial ... More >>
Wale Highline Ballroom Wednesday, November 2 Better than: watching next week, when the show will air on MySpace. The line had packed itself six-deep, turning the long sidewalk from the Highline Ballroom to Ninth Avenue into a traffic jam of Wale fans. Or maybe just fans of events. Or maybe sheep. ... More >>
Now that Halloween is over, it's time to note that Thanksgiving is only 24 days away. Pumpkin martinis with your turkey? [Washington Post] Glenfiddich is releasing 11 special bottles to mark the 110th birthday of the distillery's founder's granddaughter. [Drinks Business] Ne-Yo, the R&B sin ... More >>
...despite these black marks, Is This It was a decade-defining record that set the agenda for how rock sounded and even looked throughout the aughts. More importantly, Is This It remains (takes deep breath, steels self for commenter rage) the single best album released in the past 10 years." ... More >>
Singer/songwriter/all-around smoothie Ne-Yo is spinning the success of the very-beneath-him-but-still-huge Pitbull "Give Me Everything" into the release of a mixtape sometime later this month. Last week to give people a taste he released his take on Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Try A Little Tender ... More >>
In the run-up to yesterday's release of Watch The Throne, the project's first official single, the Otis Redding-sampling "Otis," was re-done and freestyled over by many a rapper. So to tide you over until the physical version of Watch The Throne (packaged with a bonus CD-ROM containing a vec ... More >>
via Rickey Already, The Voice is just about over. Tomorrow, the field of four contestants gets wiped away and we get a winner. This show could've kept going for another three months or so if it followed a less fucked-up elimination schedule, but maybe NBC didn't realize they had an actual hit ... More >>
Our look back at all things 2010 continues this week as we highlight some of the year's most overlooked tracks. In this edition: different shades of soul.
Welcome to Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: Rob Harvilla, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. We'll be here all week! At least one song on this record is really good!Gent ... More >>
Request "Ass on the Floor." Photo by Travis Shinn.In this week's Village Voice, Brandon Soderberg chats with Diddy on the eve of the release of his long-awaited Last Train to Paris, Mikael Wood rounds up the current crop of 2010 quiet storm r&b (R. Kelly, Ne-Yo, Jamine Sullivan, Faith Evans, ... More >>
And so children's day continues at SOTC...Yesterday an entertaining screed penned by an outraged tenant of the Financial District luxury palace 90W and posted on StreetEasy made the rounds, causing great mirth. "Here's a review of my horrible experience living at 90 Washington Street," it beg ... More >>
Our host, in his elementLook, when you get an email with that offer, you say yes. It's just a fact. And thus do I find myself on a bus yesterday evening with 20-odd publicists, journalists (OK!, In Style, Vibe, Entertainment Weekly, etc.), and TV/radio people, a merciful lack of ironical "LOL ... More >>
Listen here. Written by Ne-Yo, first single off Rated R, out November 23, and not, alas, a track-by-track cover of the Queens of the Stone Age album. Don't tell me that wouldn't be awesome. But we digress, if only because this is very lovely, and very boring. The problem here is Rihanna is wa ... More >>
Tony Brummel, the iTunes/Ne-Yo-despising Victory Records proprietor and bete noir of DIY hardcore since time immemorial, appears to have crossed yet another line. Gerard Cosloy, whose Austin home burned to the ground completely in the early hours of Tuesday morning, took the Matablog today ... More >>
On a constantly-on-the-brink Brooklyn rapper and perils of undersharing
New jams for low-riders and supper clubs, respectively
How his pop megahits are like iPhones, or maybe like swinging belts
Good for you. As any self-respecting Grammy live blog will have told you by now, the highlight of last night's occasionally lively fiasco was undoubtedly the "Rap Pack" black-and-white "Swagga Like Us" blowout, ostensibly starring Jay-Z/Kanye/Wayne/T.I. but dominated by a stupendously pregnant M ... More >>
At least rap's most troubled superstar is talking about his feelings,ugly as they may be
Two Carters: one young, one oldÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã¢â¬ï¿½both dominant
The Year of the Gentleman proves soft is the new hard
Top-shelf reggae cheese, by overwhelmingly popular demand
Sensitive souls done wrong by cheating lovers, or maybe the cops
Downtown's odd relationship with rap bravado continues this fallnow with Muppet costumes
R&b hitmakers attack with precision, be they vulgar or merely lonely.