Jace Clayton, who usually performs and records as DJ/ rupture, is applying for a job he knows he's not going to get. He wants to impersonate Julius Eastman, an obscure gay African-American composer, pianist, and vocalist from the late 20th century. Unfortunately, there were a lot of applicants for t ... More >>
In some ways, the Friday before last looked like business as usual at Colony Records, the venerable Theater District music-and-sheet-music retailer that recently announced its impending closing after 64 years of operation. At the counter, Warren Tesoro, an employee for 25 years, asked a middle-aged ... More >>
Dirty Dancing w/Vaz, Prince Rama, Telepathe
McCarren Park basketball court
Wednesday, July 25
Better than: Watching at home.
Somebody finally figured out how to get people to show up and sit through opening bands: just make the headlining act a free outdoor screening of a beloved movie. ... More >>
Cults w/Delicate Steve, Dirty Fences
Thursday, January 19
Better than: Surfing the Hype Machine.
Cults might be one of those bands that seemed to be birthed entirely on the Internet, but give them some credit: Even now, some 18 months after launching their debut EP on Bandcamp, there ... More >>
Whenever I think of sassy camp queen Bette Midler, I always think of magisterial Oscar winner Helen Mirren.
Well, maybe not. But someone obviously does.
You see, Bette just hurt her back and had to drop out of playing Phil Spector's lawyer in the HBO movie about the convicted kille ... More >>
Below are more excerpts from my late May interview with Brian Wilson that served as the basis for this week's cover story. We talked about his thoughts on this year's release of the long-delayed Smile, the unpleasant memories of its creation, reuniting with collaborator Van Dyke Parks after 4 ... More >>
Joey Ramone would have been 60 years old on May 19. This week, in celebration of the birthday of the Queens-born gone-too-soon punk legend, Sound of the City will run a series of features on his life and his legacy.
Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery--and whose style has been ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.
Brooklyn's Laura Stevenson & The Cans make the good kind of indie rock: the beaming, soaring, cloud-gazing, theatrical kind; the nu-sensitivo version of "all killer no filler." Their hooks never pus ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives.
May 18, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 20
Of honest men & good writers
By Jack Newfield
After participating in several panel discussions, attending (More)'s counter-convention, reading books and articles by Tom Wolfe and Mike Arlen, and being i ... More >>
Metric photo by Anne Koller. We'd have put the Patti Smith shot here, but it's sort of terrifying."When people like Alexander McQueen leave us so young we have to remember to live," Patti Smith said in between songs at last night's LNA afterparty at Chelsea's MILK Studios. "Don't forget, you' ... More >>
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Vince Aletti, backstage at Radio City Music Hall with a 16-year-old MJ in 1975.
In Love With the Jackson Five
'I'm more concerned that I didn't get their autographs than that I can't read any of my notes.'
By Vince Aletti
Mon. Feb. 1 ... More >>
The MVP, as usual. CREDIT
Friday May 29
Things shouted at Grizzly Bear tonight, in ascending order of dunderheadedness:
"What's your favorite color?"
"What kind of reverb pedal do you use?"
"Best album of the year!"
Knock it off. GB's Veckatimest is, ... More >>
Scarlett Johansson, the musician, was last seen being loathed for Anywhere I Lay My Head, her Dave Sitek-assisted suite of Tom Waits covers, a project that was probably doomed (critically, anyway) by her incredible beauty and success way before it even got started. But that record was better than it ... More >>
Dwindling demagogue Bill O'Reilly has it out for me! The incredibly sensitive feminist-cum-loofa-enthusiast doesn't like the way people like me have been ragging on the semi-nude-modeling boob-implanted moralist known as Carrie Prejean. I don't watch O'Reilly's car wreck of a show, which is famous ... More >>
"The last mass trials were a great success. There are going to be fewer but better Russians." -- Ninotchka.
Once upon a time -- as we pointed out elsewhere -- rightbloggers disapproved of purist liberal Democrats who were trying to drive moderates like Joe Lieberman out of their Party. This hun ... More >>
"As Christians we are sorry if you have ever felt pushed away from Church or ever felt like you didn't fit in. That was people, not Jesus." -- message handed out by members of the Awakening Church at Union Square station.
Tea parties were all the rage -- literally! We read the tea leaves and att ... More >>
Rob Trucks's "Possibly 4th Street" expositions, in which he invites musicians to perform live and impromptu somewhere in New York City, run intermittently here at Sound of the City.
The Explorers Club plays the Mercury Lounge, February 5 and the following night at Maxwell's in Hoboken.
photos by ... More >>