The Afro-Punk festival at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene, Brooklyn is in its 10th year. The decade mark brings with it an air of legitimacy and staying power that usually signals the inevitable corporatization of most music festivals. At this point, you might expect to see million dollar headli ... More >>
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Feel the love at this multicultural fest.
Get ready to plug this in your bookmarks, iCals, sticky notes, and religious shrines, because the ultimate guide to free summer concerts 2014 in New York City is here! Seriously, scroll down and don't be stingy -- share with your friends. Concerts aren't fun without friends. We'll be updating this p ... More >>
Better Than: Pretty much everything. About a month ago, Sharon Jones was finishing up her final chemo treatment in an attempt to trounce the cancer that threatened to silence her. Two weeks ago today, she announced that she was cancer-free. Last night, she launched her 10-week comeback tour at the ... More >>
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January 11, 2014 will be National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, which reminds America that over 20 million men, women, and children across the globe are enslaved and subject to countless kinds of abuse and injustices on a daily basis. Staying informed and giving back are minor ways of helping put ... More >>
Back in early November we found ourselves in a long-closed pool hall in Sunnyside, Queens, a sprawling--just guessing here--1,000,000 sq. ft. party warehouse that the owners rented out on occasion. We were there for a Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings video shoot. The song, "Stranger to My Happiness," wa ... More >>
The outdoor crowd of some 6,000 fans in Boise that night in April probably remember a few distinct things about the show they'd come to see. One: It was great. Of course it was. This was Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, after all — the raucous but tight-as-a-drum soul powerhouse fronted by a n ... More >>
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have made a career doing it their way. Now they face an opponent they can't control.
The story of Tennessee music is a tale of two cities, really: Nashville and Memphis. But to count out Chattanooga is to ignore the origins of the Impressions, the long-running, socially conscious soul group that launched the careers of Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield. On the street corners of mid-t ... More >>
In an industry that rewards greed and egocentrism, tenor saxophonist Neal Sugarman has made a career out of selflessness. On record and onstage, Sugarman plays only what is needed: a big, percussive horn blast here, a raw R&B riff there. And career-wise, he has done much the same: in 2001, when both ... More >>
via VH1VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul Hammerstein Ballroom Sunday, December 18 Better than: Whatever Ryan Seacrest is going to cook up for VH1 Soul. Last night's VH1 Divas taping existed both as a performance and self-contained, 24-hours-out advertising opportunity for its broadcast. (Tonight at ... More >>
A pack of thoroughly modern throwbacks
"I want to be the number one soul singer in America. After Michael died, there was an open spot and I want to take it." Guess which one of these guys is Black Wolf. Photo by Jim NewberryKings Go Forth frontman Black Wolf is not shy about his aspirations. Like Sharon Jones, another 50 -year-o ... More >>
Shorn Jones, where the magic happens. Photo by Christopher FarberIn this week's Village Voice, Michael D. Ayers talks with Brooklyn soul queen Sharon Jones, Tom Hull provides a new installment of his Jazz Consumer Guide, and Tad Hendrickson profiles Ethio-jazz godfather Mulatu Astatke. In B ... More >>
An undergraduate was killed during the making of a student film for NYU's highly-esteemed and well-regarded film program. What could've been done to prevent it? Why isn't anyone talking about it? And just how dodgy has NYU been over this? Village Voice staff writer Steven Thrasher investigate ... More >>
Brooklyn's exuberant soul goddess fits into 2010 just fine, thanks
Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings peers into a big pitcher of God-knows-what. I can't decide whether Dinner with the Band represents the end of reality cooking shows, or the end of indie rock. Or both.
Daptone's new gospel-soul star prefers Friday-night masses
The indomitable MG finally embraces his inner surly rock star
Before the Daptone empire, there was a Nigerian Afrobeat crew that did not exist
New releases, reissues, debuts, and moreeach critic's picks
Julian Schnabel captures the music, moment, and mood of Reed's once-maligned record
Soul classics from two greats, one a bit less familiar than the other
St. Vincent celebrated Prince's headlining set by turning into Jennifer Beales. Coachella Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27 all photos by Timothy Norris
photo by Rebecca Smeyne Hugs and Kisses The Continued Outbursts of Everett True THIS WEEK: Old Time Relijun swim through sweat Oh yeah. Before the gig, I traded with Arrington de Dionyso names we had in common. We agreed that Ari Up (The Slits singer) has quite some presence even now: he wan ... More >>
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, "100 Days, 100 Nights" (MP3) Hugs and Kisses The Continued Outbursts of Everett True THIS WEEK: NYC's Sharon Jones Hits the UK I remember one time, racing backstage to greet (mid-Eighties, perfect Scots amalgam of the Ramones and Sixties girl groups) Shop Ass ... More >>
Feist overshadows the subversive sirens blaring down South
Gorgeous crate-digger mag Wax Poetics teaches us to value the artifact as much as the art
Sharon Jones, Darondo, and other soul sensations hit it big after decades on the outskirts
Professor, blogger, DJ, curator, and music zealot Oliver Wang reveals even more Soul Sides
DOWN IN FRONT by Rob Harvilla Grab Sharon Jones's ass by clicking here. INTERVAL by Francis Davis Jazz dude Uri Caine looks for his brother Nova here. FLY LIFE by Tricia Romano
Dapper dressed soul bands old and less old try to stay in step