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 >>
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!
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 >>
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
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 >>