I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>
Michael Quattlebaum Jr. takes rap beyond pronouns
Every couple weeks, we take a hard listen to the music in which millions of Americans soak. Questions raised by this round of top country music singles: Did you know country stations are the only radio home for new songs (like Blake Shelton's) built on Babyface-style slow-bump R&B heartbeat rhythms ... More >>
Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Sadat X notched his place in hip-hop history as part of the Brand Nubian crew who coined the tail-end golden-era classic One For All. Since then he's also droppe ... More >>
Fletcher's pulled pork sandwich comes closest to ones FiTR has eaten in Raleigh, NC and Lexington, NC. The city has made many strides BBQ-wise in the last two decades. I can point to a half-dozen places that do excellent beef brisket, Texas style, and there are no shortages of pits that do great p ... More >>
Better Than: Witch Mountain. One of the greatest delights of concert-going is being blown away by a band who's not the headliner. This is exactly what happened to us at Saint Vitus on Friday when Royal Thunder, from Atlanta, played second in a lineup of four bands and made all who performed afterwa ... More >>
Pork pulled from the whole hog from Ed Mitchell's, Wilson and Raleigh, NC. Put the slaw on the sandwich! We have many things to thank the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party for, now in its 10th year. A decade ago, it got the ball rolling for barbecue in NYC, and is partly responsible for our fair city ... More >>
If you have just gotten hitched, congrats and STAY OUT of New York! In a recent study, Rent.com looked at 25 American cities to figure out which were best for newlyweds. New York didn't even make the top ten. The cities that did? Austin, Texas; Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; Dallas, Texas; Kans ... More >>
Viktor Vazquez has just arrived at a hotel in Seattle and is pining for some noodles. Specifically, he has the hankering for some "fancy ramen noodles." It's a caliber of Japanese wheat-noodle that he has not been able to find since leaving his home in New York City to undertake a vehement 30 ... More >>
Texas-style barbecue at Hill Country This week we had a nice long chat with Blue Smoke executive chef Kenny Callaghan, who explained the nuances of this country's many regional barbecue styles. Apparently Zagat has been obsessed with this issue as well because they just published their BBQ St ... More >>
We spoke with swampbuggy bad-ass Quintron very briefly on Monday afternoon, amid the throes of a pre-tour van emergency. But since then something else far more harrowing has developed, specifically an undisclosed "family emergency at home," which has sadly forced cartoon lady Miss Pussycat and her o ... More >>
Laura Salierno/TxikitoA couple of weeks ago, Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez told us that she'd be resurrecting Lassi at Txikifest, a street fair organized by Txikito's Alex Raij and Eder Montero. Now, Raij has sent us some more details about the event, which will take place on Sunday, May 1.
Last weekend rallies were held in all 50 states in support of the teachers' union in Wisconsin. And at the Wisconsin state capitol, at least 70,000 people came out on Saturday to protest Governor Walker's attempt to break the union. Sounds like a big deal, right? Hundreds of thousands of people tur ... More >>
Westboro protesters, previouslyLet us give no further attention to the media-seeking antagonists at the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas than this: They plan to picket Elizabeth Edwards' funeral on Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina, because...God only knows, but if we were betting folks, w ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. September 24, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 39 Cyclists in The City: Ride On! By Clark Whelton A thousand bicyclists left Central Park last Wednesday morning and headed down Fifth Avenue to demonstrate that New York would be a better city if more ... More >>
When Phonte Coleman, the singing, songwriting half of r&b duo the Foreign Exchange (the other half is producer/multi-instrumentalist Nicolay Rook), talks about the group's new album Authenticity, he's close to apologetic. That's because unlike 2008's Leave It All Behind, the group's Grammy-no ... More >>
Happy National Coming Out Day! Since October 11, 1988, the first anniversary of the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, this date has been celebrated as a day for LGBT people to live openly. Runnin' Scared asked a few gay and lesbian New Yorkers around town (and ... More >>
Rebecca SmeyneWelcome back. The third All Tomorrow's Parties New York begins tonight. Jim Jarmusch is the curator. Christopher R. Weingarten is your official historian. Shellac are your house band. Barry Hogan is your host. And if you enjoy life, you should go. There's still time.
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The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party has grown to be one of the great culinary events of the summer. This year the 7th annual edition will be held on June 13th and June 14th in Madison Square, from 11 am till 7 pm, which is two hours longer than the previous year. As usual, the collection of barbecues ... More >>
Wine Tweeter and vlogger Gary Vaynerchuk has signed a seven-figure 10-book deal with HarperStudio. The Belarusian-born wine retailer from New Jersey, who has 145,000 followers on Twitter, admits he doesn't read books. [Wall Street Journal] A Japanese study suggests that chicken soup may help lower ... More >>
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. Weep No More, My Lady Author: W.E. Debnam Publisher: The Graphic Press, Raleigh, North Carolina Date: 1950 ... More >>
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