Is he spinning in his grave?
Anyone who's ever heard D'Angelo's Voodoo has thought "This man deserves a fucking mural in his honor" at one point or another, because it's a perfect piece of art. Well, thanks to the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York (our picks here), he got a few of them around the city, his beautiful visa ... More >>
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The R&B singer talks with Nelson George
This whole blood moon brouhaha is throwing our mental state for a loop, so we're planning on taking it easy this week with some light social activities. You still with us? All right then! HousingWorks Bookstore celebrates first-time published female authors (including Voice alum Jen Doll) with a pan ... More >>
We discuss his most challenging role ever in 2 Days in New York: Me!
Summerstage puts on a show for all ages
At last year's Brooklyn Book Festival, Joshua Clover and Ta-Nehisi Coates argued the relative merits of Roxette's "Listen to Your Heart" and Public Enemy's "Fight the Power." The year before, Ian MacKaye (on a panel with Thurston Moore and Lupe Fiasco) decried the overuse of the phrase "Goog ... More >>
The September 24, 1996 cover Today is the 15th anniversary of the death of Tupac Shakur, and in 1996 the Voice paid tribute to the late rapper by putting him on the cover of the September 24 issue (above) and running remembrances by dream hampton, Nelson George, Natasha Stovall, and Touré. A ... More >>
A pack of thoroughly modern throwbacks
The Wire creator David Simon's new show Treme has been called both "TV that viewers ask for but rarely get" and by another: "Boring." Most of us here, however, think it's pretty wonderful. Especially since the show now features a character who works at the Village Voice on it!
A new generation of MCs grapple with how funny they're allowed to be
We are against hagiography as a rule, but let's take a moment to list just a few members of the cast of Shan Nicolson's late '70s New York doc Downtown Calling, narrated by Debbie Harry and opening at the Austin Film Festival, next weekend: DJ AM, Wild Style's Charlie Ahearn, TV on the Radio' ... More >>
Black America's eulogies for the King of Pop also let us resurrect his best self
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Robert Christgau's titanic 1984 piece on arena rock, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and the complicated place where all three meet. Working the Crowd By Robert Christgau August 21,1984 If you'd told me five years ago that I'd will ... More >>
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Nelson George, reviewing a show Jackson and his brothers played at Madison Square Garden in 1984. Chocolate Chips at the Ice Capades By Nelson George August 7, 1984 Three years before the Jacksons' current magical mystery tour (the ... More >>
The news that obliterated the week that was: MJ. Our remembrance here, plus the complete Michael Jackson Voice archives, as written by the dream team of Robert Christgau, Chuck Eddy, Greg Tate, Vince Aletti, Stanley Crouch, Guy Trebay, Nelson George, Elvis Mitchell, Simon Frith, and Scott Poulson-Br ... More >>
The dark menagerie of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
Reminisces on last night's, last year's, and the last half-decade's parties as Fly Life turns five
The 'Voice' invents rock criticism
Black journalism in the pages of the 'Voice'
19761985: Punk to Pomo, Basquiat to Breakdancing
Club shuts its doors; Har Mar infiltrates the pop market
Nelson George brings the romance; Cervenka, the metal
Why the hanging judge can't keep his hands to himself
Does a New York DJ need a license?; Moby, Edie Falco, and Fahrenheit 9/11
Ultragrrrl hosts her prom dates, The Killers; Voice alumni celebrate
Art with a capital A: Chicks on Speed, Kevin Blechdom at Deitch projects
Hip-Hop, R&B, Dancehall, Crunk, Grime, er, Music by Black People
Hey Get Ya Mom a Crazy Milkshake in Da Club
Hip-Hop Scholars Bumrush the Academy
Hip-Hop and R&B Artists MIA in Music Industry Struggle
At a Literary Retreat, Authors Debate the Mainstreaming of African American Lit
Stephanie Black Chronicles Jamaicas IMF Woes
Nervous Rhythms, Chopped-Up Language, Thumping Slapstick Pop