Every couple weeks, the Voice takes a hard listen to the music in which millions of Americans soak. The Band Perry, "Done" Current Billboard Country Chart Position: 15 Yes, "cauc-pop." What else to call the Nashville radio hits that, since Dolly went disco, have drawn so fully on the deepest tradi ... More >>
Corporate rock still sucks
When Last Train To Paris, the sole album by the hip-hop/R&B trio Diddy-Dirty Money, landed in stores 16 months ago, it would've been fair to assume it was the end of something, not the beginning. The mogul formerly known as the artist formerly known as Puff Daddy had been more of a professional cele ... More >>
Freestyling through heartache
Why do people hate Nickelback enough to craft petitions inveighing against their inclusion in the halftime entertainment of a regular-season NFL game? (Even the Black Eyed Peas' Super Bowl appearance didn't inspire such e-ire!) I tried to figure this out two weeks ago and maybe sorta did, at ... More >>
This should probably not be how you do it.It's a common dilemma of the booty club: You're buzzing off the overpriced drinks, two-stepping with the opposite sex. The lighting is right and you're getting closer and closer to each other... and then DJ Lack-of-Direction throws on some bullshit. Y ... More >>
Mötley Crüe w/Poison, New York Dolls Nassau Coliseum Wednesday, July 20 Better than: Attending an 18-year high school reunion with a cash bar, albeit one mitigated by the DJ having a music library nearly identical to yours back in the day. An extremely partial list of pop-cultural event ... More >>
Willie DavisTitus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles (left) and Amy Klein.You came. You danced. You sweated. And based on the tweets we saw coming out of our very first 4Knots Music Festival yesterday at the South Street Seaport, everyone had as much fun as we expected! Our favorite 140-character-o ... More >>
Michael Becker/FOX Tonight, American Idol lost James Durbin. I was sorry to see him go, but only because his departure meant that we'll never get to see the live-TV Tourettic freakout that I was really excited about back when he first came into our lives. As it turns out, most people with Tou ... More >>
Yeasayer. Here's hoping things are a bit warmer than this for their shows this summer. Today Live Nation announced a slew of shows at Long Island's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and New Jersey's PNC Bank Arts Center, and in addition to the many classic rock acts (with "classic rock" now being ... More >>
Maura JohnstonThe Sgt. Schlepper's Who Needs Hearts Club Band Tour feat. Travie McCoy, Donnis, Black Cards, XV, and Bad Rabbits Gramercy Theatre Tuesday, March 24 Better than: Being broken up with by email. There was apparently some sort of apocalyptic weather going on outside the Gramercy ... More >>
F2K10 is a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Track our progress here. Look how the cat drags on...
F2K10 is a countdown of the 20 worst songs of 2010. Track our progress here. Lil Wayne's rock album was as "eagerly anticipated" as tax season, a divorce court hearing, or the icy embrace of death itself. Watching the gifted rhymer aimlessly dick around with a guitar was like watching Picass ... More >>
Cee Lo Green: Nice, not gnarly. Photo by Kai Regan.In this week's Village Voice, Amy Linden asks if The Lady Killer and "Fuck You" will finally turn Cee Lo Green into an actual solo superstar, Jesse Jarnow talks with Sierra Leone superstar Janka Nabay about his relocation to the Brooklyn, Ric ... More >>
The phenomenally successful Glee kicked off its second season earlier this week, with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' home-town anthem "Empire State Of Mind" showcased in the opening song spot. But while entire episodes of the show have been effectively hooked around the music of pop icons Madonna, La ... More >>
Listen to the Brooklyn duo's simply enormous Treats on headphones at your own risk
Rebecca SmeyneWell, they did a great job keeping this one under wraps--today is the release date for Sleigh Bells' Treats, and it did not leak. This NPR-sanctioned stream is that rare actual first listen for most of us. Electro post-hardcore, post-M.I.A., post-"Tipsy" stadium punk for people ... More >>
Two of our nation's prized women -- professional celebrity Kim Kardashian and professional sex partner-cum-professional celebrity Ashley Dupre -- occupy a very similar position in our collective psyche. Not that they're merely sex objects, but they are mostly sex objects. So when a Playboy photog ... More >>
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. Dancing With Demons: The Music's Real Master Author: Jeff Godwin Date: 1988 ... More >>
My Big Fat Greek Collapse
In 2009, the traditional practice of exchanging physical copies of records for money is a trade that might best be called quixotic. But New Yorkers are stubborn people, and the record store is not dead. Below, the top ten records that actually sold in the last week at a store near you. Befor ... More >>
Christian metal's finest (and yellow-and-blackest) foot-soldiers re-enlist
How the fuck did Ryan Cabrera fall all the way to Sullivan Hall? Five years ago, the MTV star was sitting happily in the Billboard top 10, hooking up with Elvis' granddaughter, ripping Ashlee Simpson's facile little heart into pieces. Tonight, he plays an acoustic set at a venue music-business stude ... More >>
Poisonous chatter, but the ending will leave you in Stritches.
Fighting off the recession with priceless gems. Plus, a few Debbie taunts.
The Tony Awards producers did not take our suggestions, but the show still moved at a relatively brisk pace and had some nice moments, such as the acceptance of the Best Actor in a Musical Award by the three nice young men who alternate the lead in Billy Elliot; they were physically poised as you ... More >>
The 11 o'clock number from last night's Tony awards--done at 11:03--came when host Neil Patrick Harris belted a ditty that used the melodies from West Side Story and Guys and Dolls to sum up the night's zaniness with all new lyrics. At the after-party, Harris told me composers Marc Shaiman and Sco ... More >>
Jovially brutal metalheads actually say the mean things you're thinking
Brooklyn trio is fucking with you, possibly
LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy sheds his cool and unites the Guitar Hero IIIaddled masses
New Jack Swingers come to the end of the road
The Donnas worship rock n roll, cover Ratt, inspire much wanton fist-pumping
The Hall of Fame's mountains of memorabilia might not be enough to salvage the sport's tarnished legacy
Rob "Don't Call Me Alt" Rotten talks about his unique kind of porn
Rob "Don't Call Me Alt" Rotten talks about his unique kind of porn
Reagan-era callousness sparked an indie film renaissance. Will Bush II inspire another?
A holiday guide to coffee-table books with a jagged edge
A history of celebrity sex tapes, real and fake, from Joan Crawford to Paris Hilton
'If I can't dance about your architecture, I don't wanna be a part of it.'
Losing the Plot at Sundance