This week it's all about Mardi Gras madness, eating a ton pancakes, and art fairs. Plus, punk rock pioneer Richard Hell discusses his memoir with music critic Robert Christgau at PowerHouse Arena. So. without further delay ...
Better Than: Watching two full days of rock docs. At the 12th annual EMP Pop Conference at Tisch School of the Arts on Friday afternoon, Princeton professor Alexandra Vazquez was presenting on Superstorm Sandy, remaining structures of colonialism, and Cuban-American salsa singer La Lupe, also k ... More >>
Low Cut Connie and Wussy play mercury lounge
Wonk out at the EMP conference
Fred McDarrahWe'd be remiss, after noting with some sadness its momentary demise, in not mentioning the contingent return of Robert Christgau's Consumer Guide to MSN. This time around, it's called Expert Witness--"Forty years ago I dubbed myself the Dean of American Rock Critics," writes the ... More >>
This year's edition of Best Music Writing, guest-edited by Ann Powers, is so loaded with rock-crit superstars that it'll take two nights of readings to honor them all: The fun begins tonight at Housing Works in SoHo and features Sasha Frere-Jones, Alex Ross, Robert Christgau, Starrene Rhett, ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 18, 1968, Vol. XIII, No. 40 Autohype by Richard Goldstein Autohype. I first heard that word from Robert Christgau (writer, critic, and as harmless as Winnie the Pooh). We were sitting within shouting distance of each other at Mont ... More >>
She released an incoherent polemic of a video featuring nudity (NSFW!) and some truly distasteful violence (child murder! landmines!). For some reason, Pitchfork handed her the keys to their Twitter feed; she's spent the day spewing out streams of "go egosurfing DRINK A SHOT OF TEQUILLA spamouflag ... More >>
Robert Christgau's one-line review of long defunt Minneapolis quarter Lifter Puller's final bow, Fiestas and Fiascos: "Postpunk E Street for fuckups clocking e-dollars." Frankly, we blanch at adding all that much more than that--the Hold Steady's Tad Kubler played bass, and Craig Finn fronte ... More >>
The news that obliterated the week that was: MJ. Our remembrance here, plus the complete Michael Jackson Voice archives, as written by the dream team of Robert Christgau, Chuck Eddy, Greg Tate, Vince Aletti, Stanley Crouch, Guy Trebay, Nelson George, Elvis Mitchell, Simon Frith, and Scott Poulson-Br ... More >>
Robert Christgau, who needs no introduction around here, and who was lately employed (among a few other notable outlets) by the now-deceased Blender as a contributing editor, chucks a few more words in the direction of Alpha Media's rapidly departing back. The part about the magazine (Marks and Levy ... More >>
My lord this is a badly informed piece in the Times this morning. The lede: To many Americans, Maya Arulpragasam, known as M.I.A., is the very pregnant rapper who gyrated across the stage at Sunday's Grammy Awards. Tet in Sri Lanka, where she spent her childhood years, M.I.A. remains virtually unk ... More >>
Stories in High Fidelity: A Pre-CMJ Night of Music & Stories Highline Ballroom October 20 On Monday night, the Highline Ballroom hosted a benefit for the launch of the Stories in High Fidelity website—the self-described Huffington Post of the music industry. Cramming four decades worth of influen ... More >>
Kimya Dawson, "Loose Lips" (MP3) The venue's bigger (thanks, Juno!), and the crowd will likely skew younger, but let no one forget that Kimya Dawson was a local long before she helped make Diablo Cody famous. She is apparently unchanged by all the attention—her plans for a new, market-resistant ... More >>
Hey, bring back the goofy drummer
A few unkind words for us with regards to Pazz & Jop's patriarch
Critics' polls have evolved and arguably withered lately, but at least we didn't vote for Timbuk 3
Black journalism in the pages of the 'Voice'
And a thank-you to my wife, my daughter, and my mom
'If I can't dance about your architecture, I don't wanna be a part of it.'