Ronnie James Dio

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2013

    Inevitably, every "best of" list features some tiny--or not so tiny--bias from its compilers. Journalistic objectivity takes precedence, sure, but when even the definition of "metal" is subject to interpretation, there's no true one-size-fits-all best-of list. But that's often the best part of the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Rockstar Mayhem Festival - PNC Bank Arts Center - 7/23/13

    Better Than: Elevator music in a sauna. "Welcome to heavy metal Woodstock!" shouted Scorpion Child singer Aryn Jonathan Black, greeting the throng of approximately 30 at hand to see his band at 4:40 on a Tuesday afternoon in 90-degree heat. One of about 17 groups on three stages, Scorpion Child ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    People Who Died, Circa 2010

    Jay Reatard, gone but not forgotten.​It is depressing but accurate to note how inexorably the internet bends toward death, and how much of the work of professional critics these days is announcing it, verifying it, and making sense of it (often in that order, unfortunately). Michael Jackson, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    CMJ Day One: Greg Dulli Seethes, Thrills, And Banters Hilariously At Bowery Ballroom

    Go ahead, ask him about the Yankees. Photo by Caryn Rose.​Greg Dulli Bowery Ballroom Tuesday, October 19 Better than: Leaving the lights on. "Could we bring the lights down a little bit, please?" asked Greg Dulli after the first song of his Bowery Ballroom set on Tuesday night. And immediat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Live: Iron Maiden Murders Madison Square Garden

    Nate "Igor" SmithA few of the many Iron Maiden fans Igor photographed last night. Iron Maiden Monday, July 12 Madison Square Garden There is, still to this day, an Iron Maiden dress code. It consists of denim. A black T-shirt with the band's logo in that inimitable Metal Lord font. And somewhere i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Week in Review: We Are A Viking Raiding Party of Good Will and Intention

    These Are Powers, Secret Project Robot, Confetti. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne​In the week that everybody finally went outside for the summer, we hung out on a few rooftops ourselves. Twin Sister? Rooftop. The SFNY party? Rooftop. Good Co.? BBQ, outdoors, ground floor. So yeah. The rain drove us in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    A User's Guide To Ronnie James Dio, 1942-2010

    The metal world lost one of its greatest voices, and one of its nicest guys, on Sunday morning, when legendary singer Ronnie James Dio died of stomach cancer at 67. After swatting away Internet rumors earlier that day, Dio's wife and manager, Wendy Dio, finally delivered the news herself: "Today m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2010

    Internet Hoax Becomes Reality: Ronnie James Dio, Black Sabbath Singer, Dead at 67

    ​Late Saturday night, the rumor spread that Black Sabbath (post-Ozzy) and Dio vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who has been suffering from stomach caner, had died, leading to a war over his Wikipedia page. The page was subsequently locked last night and Dio's wife and manager reportedly sent a messa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    ​Years ago, Ella Taylor interviewed Quentin Tarantino at his favorite Denny's. She returns to the scene to ask about Inglourious Basterds and his career. Tarantino is charmng, but if you want to be pissed at him, he does say things like, "A case can be made that I re-created the gangster fil ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 18, 2009
  • Music

    August 18, 2009

    Heaven & Hell Rise Again

    The return of Dio-Era Black Sabbath

  • Music

    July 15, 2009

    The Full-Tilt, Half-Naked Joys of Israeli Cock Rockers Monotonix

    On the gleeful, uncouth, spontaneous, not-at-all-satirical chaos

  • Music

    March 27, 2007

    Vaya Con Dio

    The other Black Sabbath whips Baphomet's ass at Radio City

  • Art

    February 27, 2007

    Splendour in the Crass

    Spring load with punk psychopaths and cheerleader cherrybombs

  • Film

    November 14, 2006

    One Toke Wonder

    Tenacious D gets the band back together, and . . . and . . . and?

  • NYC Life

    August 29, 2006

    Past Masters

    A rich repertory selection saves the year for cinephiles

  • News

    January 27, 2004


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  • Music

    August 5, 2003
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    April 25, 2000