"Encyclopedias of rock, rap--I see them all the time at the bookstore. Like, when you look at the 'I's and you get to the 'In's and you see 'Incubus,' just to see our name included in there would be so cool."
Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. . . on a boat.
It's been since six months a certain Village ... More >>
Thanks to new albums by The Weeknd and Frank Ocean, this is totally the month of hipster R&B. You can read our own Sean Fennessey's magnificent think piece on it , or maybe peep The Guardian's informative take on the "cult of Cassie" among chillwaver types, or maybe just follow Eric Harvey ... More >>
Welcome to Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: Rob Harvilla, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. We'll be here all week!
Dear Rob, Sean, Rich, and Maura,
I believe, as per ... More >>
Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy doesn't come out until next week, but the reviews are already in. (Summary: it's a masterpiece.) In these pages, Sean Fennessey wrote at some length about the way West's embattled public persona crashes, again and again, into the music on his new ... More >>
Odd Future and Mos Def in New York, circa two days ago. Photo by Brook Bobbins.By now you've heard about Odd Future, the polarizing Los Angeles rap collective that got a lot of New York-based critics and labels pretty excited the other night in the basement of Webster Hall. And if you've list ... More >>
Sometimes, New Yorkers need a drink. Not a cocktail, not mixology, not a libation or a concoction, but a drink, plain and simple. Good think they live in New York City: throw a stone, and you'll find a place to drown your sorrows on the relatively cheap and/or DL. But how to separate the divi ... More >>
Today, Slate posts "an all-access, totally non-exclusive interview with the would-be king of hip-hop," Kanye West. The conceit is as follows: though the rapper stopped giving many interviews in the aftermath of his mother's death, in 2007, he's lately been on "a new-media-heavy promo offensiv ... More >>
I don't know, seems PhotoshoppedSorry, but I felt that quote deserved to be reprinted in full in the largest font I had immediately available. Yes, America, it would appear the Kanye-Bon Iver team-up is a real thing, per a chat with Rolling Stone in which he acknowledges -- and we totally sup ... More >>
How time flies, right? Eighteen years ago, Sally Potter had her breakout as the writer-director of Orlando, which also starred then-breakout Tilda Swinton. Now, for this week's Village Voice cover story, Melissa Anderson talks with Potter and Swinton about Orlando about their continuing caree ... More >>
On May 7, Katy Perry debuted "California Gurls," the first single from her forthcoming album, Teenage Dream. It was a cleverly-engineered, synchronized piece of pop craft--a classic no-chances move--and it had to be: there were things riding on this song. Things like the viability of Perry as a bo ... More >>
"For The Blueprint, Jay-Z literally just walked into the studio one day and was like, 'Anybody got some beats?'"
Kanye mourns, 1.30.10.Last Thursday, when producer Justin "Just Blaze" Smith announced he was closing shop at Baseline Studios, longtime recording homebase for Roc-A-Fella Records ... More >>
"I just love the Grizzly Bear. That project was great. It sounds like these church cathedral chords--it's just sick what they're doing."
In 2009, Jay-Z rolled, grabbing his first number one record and--to the rapper's own surprise--a victory in our 37th Annual Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll. "When ... More >>
In honor of 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, we've invited SOTC buddies and pop savants Sean Fennessey and Ryan Dombal to lend a certain wisdom and perspective to these sure-to-be completely dignified proceedings. Gentleman?
Sean: We're coming to you live from one or two or ... More >>
The ostensible cover to Blueprint 3. As Sean Fennessey pointed out, Jay seems to be taking several pages from the 808s & Heartbreak handbook. And, speaking of Kanye, he produced basically all of the record, it seems:
Jay-Z and his arch-nemesis T-Pain, together at Summer Jam last night
Released late Friday, Jay-Z's new single, "D.O.A (Death of Auto-Tune)," from the now thoroughly-announced The Blueprint 3, is less a Martin Luther-like cry for hip-hop reformation than an awkward slab of concept rap. The concept: ... More >>