Grouplove's 2011 debut may have been named Never Trust a Happy Song, but there's nothing to not trust or love about their upbeat, dancey sound. According to lead singer and guitarist Christian Zucconi, the sound happened by pure chance as their tastes collided. Given their organic, bright energy, It ... More >>
This week we're adding a bit of fabulousness to your agenda. Partake in a night of Queeraoke (yes, that's exactly what it sounds like), party like a supermodel at Steven Kasher Gallery, and catch rousing dance performances by the lovely ladies of Victrola Burlesque. You're welcome.
We covered a lot of music ground in 2013. You loved all of it. But some stories were more read than others. Here now, our 20 most popular posts of the year, 20 - 11. Thanks for reading, and see you next year!! See also: The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2013
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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 >>
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 >>
"Katharine Hepburn: Rebel Chic" The National Arts Club Mar. 13, 6:30, Free If you actually expend thought on something like the excessive (still developing) ado over Anne Hathaway's Oscar dress, it's true that Katherine Hepburn begins to appear very rebellious indeed. Today the film legend might emb ... 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.
Today Amnesty International releases Chimes Of Freedom, a really, really huge compilation of bob Dylan covers by artists both canonized and obscure. Trying to analyze such a huge undertaking can only be done in one way: Mathematically. Amount of music in this collection: 73 songs on four CD ... More >>
Photos by Emmanuel Garcia; more below.Patti Smith Metropolitan Museum of Art Friday, December 2 Better than: Whatever Met gala I'll never be invited to. About three-quarters of the way through an impossibly good, set-closing rendition of "Gloria," Patti Smith tried something newand fa ... 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 >>
Take a holiday with Vampire Weekend at the MTK Music Festival. And go shopping! After many stabs at hosting multi-day music festivals on Long Island (Field Day Fest, we knew you when), August 2011, at least for now, brings us two festivals happening on the East End: Escape To New York kicks off tomo ... More >>
New York-based songwriter Stephan Said has played in punk bands, toured in Ween, worked as a migrant worker and befriended and worked with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Pete Seeger and Patti Smith. The Iraqi-American musician is a longtime grassroots organizer; he had a hand in the 1999 WTO d ... More >>
all photos by Rebecca SmeyneTrash Talk bleed for their fans OFF!/Trash Talk/Cerebral Ballzy Santos Party House Saturday, March 26 Saturday night at Santos, hardcore-elders OFF! played alongside Trash Talk, one of their more ferocious descendents. Stylistic nuances aside, both bands are characteriz ... More >>
A posthumous book from rock's famous Catholic Boy
Going once... going twice... sold!Discussed: Duckie Brown, Native Son, Cynthia Steffe, Michael Angel It's now day two of Fashion Week mayhem and we've already experienced major hearing loss thanks to last night's Patti Smith's set at the LNA after party, and almost passed out at the slew of ... 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 >>
Note to all "Where Are They Now?" segment producers: Bryan Adams is now a professional photographer who's shot Brian Wilson, Queen Elizabeth, Tony Blair, and Pink in the buff. He's been in the rock-and-roll hall of fame for over a decade, so it seems Lou Reed's been bored with musical accolades an ... More >>
Matt & Kim? Against Me? Patti Smith christens the Music Hall anyway.
Some thoughtful fan left this tribute for Hilly in gold glitter and a substance that appears to be cocaine. The glitter got us thinking: What would really be nice is if someone spruced up a CBGB T-shirt with the BeDazzler. Here's a beautiful tribute to Hilly from Patti Smith's web site: HILLY KRI ... More >>
Philip Glass's handpicked humanitarians keep it unstuffy
Gypsies and Jews, Afro-Cubans and avant-gardists, led by two smashing piano players
Back in New York with a new play and starring in another, Sam Shepard reflects on the dangerous farce of contemporary politics
Once Upon Another Time: Postmodern Takes on Kids' Stories
Goebbels's Aural Pleasures; Transmissions Projects' Artic Visions
The Lure of Vintage Clothes
The Return of the Dictators
England Discovers New York Again
Dendy Serves Rum and Cock at the 'Altogether Different Festival'
Nader Tells New York Crowd to Grab the Reins
Coming to Terms With the Art of Dennis Cooper
Style Slumps at the Met
Three Ways To Purée a Planet