The word dub was vibrant and respectable in its younger days but took a left turn in its thirties into some very dodgy areas. Fast forward to 2012 and one can see its lifeless corpse being paraded around town and affixed to any genre in sight, like an unlucky soldier in a candy colored war zone. Let ... More >>
Howard Gilman Opera House
Friday, April 20
Better than: Celebrating "4/20."
Questlove's "Shuffle Culture" eventat which ten or so musical acts performed a handful of songs each, but never more than one at a time, as if the set list itself were on shufflewas at once st ... More >>
In a recent tweet responding to a follower's assertion that he was a celebrity, the drummer and head Root Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson demurred, claiming he was merely "a personality." The follower had a point, though; according to a website devoted to Quest's blogs about meeting famous people, for in ... More >>
Courtesy VICE BooksFrom Neu Sex
Sasha Grey is one of the most famous porn stars of our generation, and perhaps the first to achieve true crossover success, with starring roles in Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience and HBO's Entourage. You probably know her by name, face, and maybe even v ... More >>
Mr. Gira (second from left), mid-exorcism. Pics by Rob, more below.Swans
Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Friday, October 8
Better than: Primal-scream therapy
And back we go to the Loudest Venue In New York City, to be summarily pulverized by the freshly reunited Loudest, Angriest Band on Earth. Our ... More >>
Brooklyn Masonic Temple, allegedly the loudest venue in all of New York, is set to dole out yet another audio beating Tuesday, when the freshly reunited Swans, whose new CD My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky is out this week, finally swoop in to terrify and antagonize you. Yet anoth ... More >>
The whole Avatarization meme, with Photoshop-savvy fans recruiting icons (Hugh Laurie, Lil Wayne, Angelina Jolie, John Goodman, Sasha Grey, Mr. Bean et al) into the Na'vi tribe -- peaked around Valentine's Day with the poignant spectacle of Palestinian activists protesting the Israeli barrier ... More >>
We woke up from some sort of obscure, terrifying dream the other night to realize that our abiding affection and love for Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson's improbable summer jam "Relator" had everything to do with Van Morrisson's "Glad Tidings." That the two songs are syncopated in almost exactly ... More >>
Photo by Cary Conover.
What were the Obies like? We noticed mainly free drinks. James Hannaham saw a lot of winners of color ("Black is definitely the new black"), and many other details. List of laureates here; slideshow here.
Michael Feingold starts his Obie meditation by talking about depart ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla visits Booker T. Jones at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where the indomitable MG finally embraces his inner surly rock star.
Aidan Levy in praise of Marc Ribot, style-morphing guitarist icon extraordinaire.
Jesse Jarnow on the otherworldly ... More >>