Like most right-thinking people, we were disappointed when producers decided to capitalize on unreleased Michael Jackson material with the album Michael just one year after the King of Pop passed away. It was a crass, money-making maneuver, and the album showed it. They're doing it again this year ... More >>
Though best known for his house and hip-hop productions, Brooklyn's Todd Terry caught his break producing freestyle records like Giggles's "Love Letter" and Fascination's "Why You Wanna Go." Late last year, he returned with Freestyle Forever, a new LP of original songs, and in anticipation of Saturd ... More >>
Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Statik Selaktah promises his upcoming album, Extended Play, will "remind you of the hip-hop you grew up on, but it's like the new fresh version of that." To hi ... More >>
The Queens-born hip-hop producer walks in to the Grammys a double-nominee
This past weekend saw Rick Ross and Young Jeezy's long-simmering beef boiling over into fisticuffs as the rappers and their entourages went at each other at the BET Hip-Hop Honors Awards (and possibly broke a very expensive mirror in the process). That squabble wasn't a one-off though! Here's a prim ... More >>
Escort, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society World Financial Center Plaza Saturday, August 25 Better than: Screaming "Disco sucks!" in a crowded Studio 54. "Disco snuck up on America like a covert operation," wrote Alice Echols in Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture. Dan Balis and ... More >>
2NE1 Prudential Center Friday, August 17 Better than: Pretty much everything. At the Prudential Center on Friday, after an hour and a half delay due to "vocal and technical difficulties," 2NE1 emerged from four separated, elevated platforms, wheeled around by shirtless dudes in mesh shirts. Later, ... More >>
I knew I liked this woman. She's the daughter of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton. She's a writer/movie star (currently promoting the amiable Celeste and Jesse Forever). And in an interview where she speaks with writer/actor Will McCormack on topics like the need for more out gay stars, here's what ... More >>
The late bloomer
I told you right here about the Broadway show Berry Gordy is planning, featuring his life story interspersed with scads of fabulous Motown hits. Well, the New York Daily News addressed the show today, and asked me for my input, so I told them I had a cover band for years and am literally obsessed w ... More >>
Booker T. Jones is in a cab from the airport heading into Brooklyn, where he'll perform a free show tonight under the Brooklyn Bridge as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn festival. In tandem with his band, Booker T. & The M.G.s, the multi-instrumentalist laid down the grooves behind some of the '60s mo ... More >>
Lenny TsoEscort is New York City's greatest perpetual buzz band: Five years; five critically acclaimed 12-inches; a 17-member live bacchanal; and a decadent vintage disco sound that miraculously has never gone out of style. They're finally getting around to releasing a debut album (out Novemb ... More >>
CMJ, Day Four: Vex Ruffin, The Stepkids, Jonti Better than: Listening to Stones Throw's present rap roster. The day before his first CMJ show, Vex Ruffin sat in a bar called Ontario in Williamsburg, wearing a t-shirt with the Seinfeld logo on it and quietly nerding out by giving the Stones ... More >>
NYC's annual three-day Blip Festival, which starts tonight, is the world's most important celebration of "chiptune" music, wherein gamers-turned-composers write songs using their favorite ancient video game consoles. Wanna see how the sausage gets made? Let's take a look at the consoles that ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. April 27, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 17 Will they snort coke in the White House? By Maureen Orth LOS ANGELES, California -- "I kissed Jack Nicholson," shrieked a teenybopper, her bare midriff quivering with excitement. "Warren Beatty hugged ... More >>
Why the rapper's memoir is definitely not Shawn Carter's
courtesy DJ SpinnaSpinna, as a little boy holding the Jackson 5 LP Get it Together Michael Jackson would've turned 52 this Sunday. Undoubtedly many parties shall be thrown around the globe in his honor, but MJ's spirit will most likely be floating over Prospect Park for Spike Lee's second annual Br ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. New York's super-funky disco exports (see Invisible Conga People, Escort) just got maybe their most luscious addition yet. Not to be confused with YIMBY favorite Ava Luna, Avan Lava is lush, sparkli ... More >>
You'd be hard pressed to find a drummer who covered more stylistic ground in his career than Bronx-born drummer Steve Reid, who died in his sleep last night after a battle with cancer. He was 66.
Cuban songstress Albita Rodriguez makes an NYC tour stop tonight at SOB's, on the day of Dia de San Lazaro. The Afro-Cuban holiday honors San Lazaro (or Babalu Aye), a father-figure saint believed to protect and heal--the dance stylings of Rodriguez intend to celebrate that through her soulfu ... More >>
The Dwayne Carter documentary has arrived, to his dismay, or at least his lawyers'
While most normal, functioning human beings with brains and consciences and feelings for other human beings react at things like the closing of VIBE magazine--one of those elegantly sad duets of massive job loss combined with significant cultural loss--with sensitivity and compassion, there are alwa ... More >>
No offense to the dude (getting to Night of the Gun soon, I promise), but it seemed unlikely that Mr. Carr would supply perhaps the most comprehensive and tender-hearted Vibe epitaph not delivered on Twitter. But his Times piece gets at what made the mag so important to both hip-hop and the NY musi ... More >>
Now the news comes that Quincy Jones is thinking of "saving" VIBE. "I'm trying to buy my magazine back now," Jones told EbonyJet.com yesterday. "They just messed my magazine all up, but I'm gonna get it back. You better believe it, I'm'a take it online because print and all that stuff is over." This ... More >>
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Vince Aletti on Jackson's Thriller in 1982. E.T as Mr. Entertainment 'Michael Jackson: intense fame, dreams of flying, and a paranoid undertow' By Vince Aletti Dec. 14, 1982 Michael Jackson, who has been "touring, singing, dancing" ... More >>
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