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It's the most wonderful time of the year. The stockings are hung, the lights are shining bright and that can only mean Z100's Jingle Ball is near! One of New York's most beloved traditions, since 1993 the Jingle Ball has served as both the holliest AND jolliest of non-stop pop performances, as well ... More >>
It's Z100's party, they can book who they want to
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Selena Gomez comes to Barclays
Celebrities putting the screws to the Russian government is becoming a popular tool in the push-back against the country's "homosexual propaganda" law. Actress/Singer/Disney invention Selena Gomez might have added her name to the list of A-list agitators.
Get ready to plug this in your bookmarks, iCals, sticky notes, and religious shrines, because the ultimate guide to free summer concerts in New York City is here! Seriously, scroll down and don't be stingy - share with your friends. Concerts aren't fun without friends. Just ask the lucky gal above e ... More >>
Still salty, less wounded
The Spring Breakers director explains it all
If you think Oz The Great and Powerful is a scandal, wait till you see James Franco in Spring Breakers, in which he's Alien, a cornrowed, silver-toothed rapper/dealer who watches Scarface on heavy rotation, goes down on guns on command, and has a lovely artistic side to match his psychotic one. In ... More >>
A thrilling corruption of the Disney-princess set
Spring Breakers’ provocative director on the darkness beneath college partiers’ booze, boobs, and bad decisions.
Unlike many a male performer before him who created an epic legacy through their unique musical talents and tragic deaths (SHOUT OUT to Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Freddie Mercury, Kurt Cobain, Tupac Shakur, and Hugo Chavez!), Justin Bieber has chosen a different path towards earning res ... More >>
Here's how sausage gets made, you sausage you
Everybody knows I'm a movie-favorite monster
This is a blog post about two movies that were screened for the press within the first 24 hours of the Toronto Film Festival, both of which feature three-way sex scenes. In Spring Breakers, characters played by James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson "do it" in a swimming pool; in Do Not Dis ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your band having issues? Our new advice columnist, who we're going to call Fan Landers (a.k.a. Jessica Hopper), is ready to give you Real Talk about any problems your musical outfit might be havingwhether professional, practical, or sartorial. Send your problems to sotc ... More >>
The singer infatuates the charts
If Noz and The Onion collaborated, they might come up with a scenario like this one: Gucci Mane and Selena Gomez star in a Harmony Korine-directed film alongside James Franco, whose character is loosely based on the little-known YouTube rapper Riff Raff. But, of course, this is the era of trollgaze, ... More >>
The British boy band's shot in the arm for young women
Earlier today, Maura offered a list of the 47 songs on her "2011 Awesomeness" Spotify playlist; to complement that, here are the 53 songs from my less cleverly named playlist, "2011." As is the usually the case with these mega-lists, I compiled mine a bit haphazardly, throwing together a substantial ... More >>
Drake and the Weeknd... enjoying themselves?Sound of the City's year-end roundtable, with contributions from Tom Ewing, Eric Harvey, Maura Johnston, Nick Murray, and Katherine St. Asaph, continues. Follow along here. Fellow roundtablers, As we turn down the home stretch, I have to say th ... More >>
Nicola Roberts, having herself a lucky day with the Village Voice.Sound of the City's year-end roundtable, with contributions from Tom Ewing, Eric Harvey, Maura Johnston, Nick Murray, and Katherine St. Asaph, continues. Follow along here. Hey all. Again, thanks to Maura for putting this ... More >>
Taylor Swift w/ NeedToBreathe, Danny Gokey Madison Square Garden Tuesday, November 22 Better than: Singing along alone in the office. Taylor Swift closed her Fearless tour before a sold-out football stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where she performed her encore under artificial rain and gave Ju ... More >>
Welcome to Sound of the City's liveblog of the 2011 American Music Awards, the annual salute to the most popular popular music that exists in the American wild this year. While Lady Gaga and Adele and Beyoncé are absent, this year's show apparently has one performance that will cost $500,000 to pul ... More >>
I always assumed I was the only Italian-American only child in creation -- those people tend to procreate a lot -- but it turns out Al Pacino is one, too! I'm not alone! And I did a little research (and glanced at Us magazine) and found some other famous folk who have gone through life without sib ... More >>
Demi Lovato, not pleased with her advance copy of our thoughts on her new record. In the span of months, Disney star Demi Lovato, only 19, has gone from ugly tabloid storiesmany probably false, but stillabout cocaine, eating disorders and regrettable parties to releasing her third ... More >>
Demi Lovato Hammerstein Ballroom Saturday, September 17 Better than: The majority of the Disney lineup. Demi Lovato might have packed the Hammerstein Ballroom with cameraphone-waving teen and tween girls on Saturday night, but her stage seemed ready for Madison Square Garden. During her hour-long ... More >>
Some exciting changes around the office: Starting now (well, Friday really, but we wanted to give him a day to settle in), Nick Murrayformer Voice music intern, Bronx block-party attendee, Razzie enthusiast, and Bieber-flick sleuth, among other thingsis taking over as Clubs and Music L ... More >>
... and the bland plays on
Valiant Sandra Bernhard, curious Mickey Rourke, and simply Divine
This week in the Voice: It's the preview issue for our 4Knots Music Festival, set to take place July 16 at South Street Seaport! Maura Johnston previews the lineup, which includes the Black Angels, Titus Andronicus, Oberhofer, Eleanor Friedberger, Mr. Dream, and Davila 666. She also muses on ... More >>
It's been a while since I rammed some tidbits of gossip down your throats and then made foie gras out of it. So the time is nigh! Click here for my new column, in which I dish on everyone from Ben Affleck to Sandra Bernhard--and yes, those are two different people. Plus Selena Gomez, Micke ... More >>
WikipediaYou can call him Al. OMGEEZE ANOTHER ROYAL WEDDING. Okay, so this one isn't quite as engrossing as the Kate and Wills hoopla in April, but there are reasons to get excited about the upcoming nuptials of Prince Albert II and South African former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock. The ... More >>
Superheroes, sequels, and TWO Conans! Summer has arrived.
Yeasayer. Here's hoping things are a bit warmer than this for their shows this summer. Today Live Nation announced a slew of shows at Long Island's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and New Jersey's PNC Bank Arts Center, and in addition to the many classic rock acts (with "classic rock" now being ... More >>
Z100's Jingle Ball, featuring Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Paramore, Kim Kardashian, and More Madison Square Garden Friday, December 10 Better than: That GIF of sparks coming out of Katy Perry's chest from the "Firework" video. Yes, Katy Perry looked like a human nutcracker at this year's Z100 Jin ... More >>
Just how awkward will the awkwardly staged moment between Kanye West and Taylor Swift be? Will Eminem deign to smile? Which uncomfortable pop star will B.o.B choose to bring up on stage with him? And how will your hosts, Pitchfork's Ryan Dombal and eMusic's Sean Fennessey, make it to midnight withou ... More >>
Usher's Raymond Vs. Raymond took the top spot on the albums chart this week, selling 329,000 copies in the wake of its March 30 release. But once again, this week's chart-related headlines belong to the impeccably blow-dried Canadian singer Justin Bieber. The Usher protégé and native Ontari ... More >>