Singles were added to the Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics' poll for the music of 1979 issue. Before that, only albums were ranked in the poll, which began in 1971, then stopped for three years before returning for good in early 1975 to recap the music of 1974. Here's a rundown of the top ten singl ... More >>
Cruise through this index of the Voice's top ten albums from 1971 through 2013, according to its annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, started by Robert Christgau. The poll has run every year since '71, except for a three-year hiatus after that first year. The prominence of legacy artists on the inaugu ... More >>
Better Than: Watching the corny parts of the "Watch the Throne" tour. Hip-hop has always flirted with spirituality. The S.p.o.o.k.s. and Wu-Tang embraced a Buddhist vision; M.C. Hammer, God's Property, and P.M. Dawn charted with Christian themes; and the 5% Nation attracted many gifted creators of ... More >>
For a brief moment in late 2008, it felt like the clouds were parting after eight dark years, and TV on the Radio's supremely great "Golden Age" might just be heralding the start of something truly amazing. The band went all in, leaving any arty pretension to the music video and earnestly pr ... More >>
Revenge of the losers! Or, what it's like at a four-day reunion of 'the most misunderstood people of all time'
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Brooklyn hip-hop boundary-pushers Super Chron Flight Brothers--a.k.a. MCs Billy Woods and Privilege--spit daring, free-associative rhymes reminiscent of vintage Ultramagnetic or first-generation Def ... More >>
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