When the previously unpublished excerpt from Fader's interview with Haim made the rounds this week--the one where Este Haim shares a painful memory from high school of a teacher telling her she'd never make it on Saturday Night Live--we got a little mushy in the feelings place, because hey, Haim mad ... More >>
Live and on record, Baltimore duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat--singer/floor Tom drummer Ed Schrader and bassist/singer Devlin Rice--come on strong, elemental, like a force of nature. On last year's album debut Jazz Mind (Load) and a smattering of splits and singles, a winning formula emerged: rudimenta ... More >>
When two members of Pussy Riot took off their balaclavas at the Lower East Side's Bluestockings Monday evening, it probably made that night one of the most internationally significant, if clandestine, moments in the feminist bookstore's 14-year history. The event, kept under a strict 48-hour embargo ... More >>
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is slightly loosening up its tie with their latest Costume Institute exhibition "PUNK: Chaos to Couture," which opens Thursday and is on view through August 14. "Punk began as an impulse, as a feeling," curator Andrew Bolton said during a press preview this morning. ... More >>
Better Than: Practicing your '90's nostalgia with Mark McGrath's cruise-replacing tour. Garbage had never played Terminal 5 before. "This feels like how a venue is supposed to feel," proclaimed lead singer Shirley Manson before a sold-out show at the Hell's Kitchen venue Friday night. With the way ... More >>
The lures and snare of following Rock Gods
Thanks to Frankenstorm, a whole slate of concerts has been wiped out tonight and tomorrow, including this evening's Joshua Radin/A Fine Frenzy gig at Best Buy Theater--it's been rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 4. As it turns out, Alison Sudol, the brainy beauty behind AFF, is about more than just music ... More >>
Sound of the City's monthlong tournament to determine the quintessential New York City musician (since 1955, the year of the Village Voice's founding) is taking over our site all March. The full schedule and results (as of March 23) below; you can also follow along with our bracket.
A Scandinavian spin on Americana
Doom-folk lifer Larkin Grimm is known mostly for 2008's desolate, pastoral daymare Parplar and her colorfully wry outlook (her hilarious MySpace post about attending SXSW in 2009 is required reading). The last four years have been nothing short of monumental for Grimm; she moved to Spanish Harlem, l ... More >>
Permanent Wave's Halloween Covers Show Death by Audio October 27, 2011 Better than: Scrambling to put together my own costume. Last night, Brooklyn's Permanent Wave collective took over Death by Audio with what they were billing as a "ridiculously fun night of cover sets by some of our favorite l ... More >>
"I think empowerment is very sexy and cool, and there's no reason you can't believe that." Amy Klein is a busy woman. Her most high-profile gig is playing guitar for Thomas-Paine-for-the-Twitter-Generation art-punks Titus Andronicus, but she makes a diverse plethora of music on her own. Her ... More >>
A posthumous book from rock's famous Catholic Boy
David WentworthBackstage at Betsey. Alas, another thrilling Fashion Week has come to an end. We partied at LNA with Metric and Patti Smith (who gave a heartfelt tribute to Alexander McQueen), cozied up to the handsome men modeling at the GQ Best New Designer showcase, got snowed on at Isaac M ... More >>
"I have lived like a king, and I have lived like a bum, and I have lived like a tramp." Andre Williams, the septuagenarian godfather of r&b porn, spits hard-ass truths. He knows no better, having spent large chunks of his life on the streets, addicted to booze, drugs, and flesh. The Chicago nat ... More >>
The media assault for Vampire Weekend's violently anticipated sophomore release Contra, explored favorably at length in this week's Voice, has officially begun. Last night, the yacht-core clean-shaves dropped a neat rendition of their Plinko-pop single "Cousins" onto Letterman (video above), for w ... More >>
Ooooh plus "Iron Man" Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Celebration Madison Square Garden Friday, October 30 "When we were down, rock 'n' roll lifted us up," says Tom Hanks in his introductory remarks for the final night of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's benefit-concert extravaganza ... More >>
This week is the Voice's Best of NYC issue, our annual opportunity to bestow arbitrary awards like Best Rock Club and Best '90s Musical Hero Holding Out Scruffily in Brooklyn. In turn, we asked a few of our favorite New Yorkers to name their favorite local things. Jennifer Gilson and Stev ... More >>
Brat-punk lioness matures, duets with Iggy Pop
So what's it like being a girl in a band, Kim Gordon? Well, as we see from Sonic Youth's Tom Surgal-directed "Sacred Trickster" video, it's about trying on cocktail dresses, putting on wigs, and setting off paint ball bombs at a rooftop cocktail party with a mime waiter. Duh! "Sacred Trickster" is ... More >>
Everybody talks about how every spring baseball can make you feel young. What we often forget is how baseball can also make you feel old. If you're a fan of the game, you'll mark important points in your life by the passing of those you followed when you were young. To Mets fans, Harry Kalas, who di ... More >>
The catwalks, the clothes, the chit-chat: "Which of the Palin men do you think is cutest?"
How much is that mosh pit in the boutique window?
Matt & Kim? Against Me? Patti Smith christens the Music Hall anyway.
Touring the frustrating but frequently brilliant Sonic Youth archives
A playwright's modern-day downtown riff on Ulysses
Philip Glass's handpicked humanitarians keep it unstuffy
Gypsies and Jews, Afro-Cubans and avant-gardists, led by two smashing piano players
Once Upon Another Time: Postmodern Takes on Kids' Stories
Goebbels's Aural Pleasures; Transmissions Projects' Artic Visions
The Lure of Vintage Clothes
The Lower East Sides First Underground Band Refuses to Burn Out
Dendy Serves Rum and Cock at the 'Altogether Different Festival'
Nader Tells New York Crowd to Grab the Reins
Slices of Life
Style Slumps at the Met