Steve Arrington has attainted a position of righteous funk royalty. Having risen to prominence with the band Slave in the late-'70s, he then flew the roost to form the humbly-monikered Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame before storming through the '80s as a solo funkateer. Along the way, Arrington's swa ... More >>
Singles were added to the Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics' poll for the music of 1979 issue. Before that, only albums were ranked in the poll, which began in 1971, then stopped for three years before returning for good in early 1975 to recap the music of 1974. Here's a rundown of the top ten singl ... More >>
In a perfect world, jukeboxes aren't Top 40-spewing robots, those glowing ATM-like contraptions hooked up to an infinite Internet playlist that charges $2 a song and inundates you with too many choices to the point where you're just playing The Outfield's "Your Love" on repeat for the billionth time ... More >>
With Motown The Musical in previews on Broadway, I'm reminded of one of my all-time favorite Supremes songs, "Reflections." Actually, it was the first song released under the new billing Diana Ross & the Supremes in 1967, and though troubled Supreme Florence Ballard was on the record, she was way g ... More >>
In no particular order, here are 10 can't-miss shows in New York this weekend. For the Voice's full rundown of New York concerts, hit us up at villagevoice.com/concerts
I told you right here about the Broadway show Berry Gordy is planning, featuring his life story interspersed with scads of fabulous Motown hits. Well, the New York Daily News addressed the show today, and asked me for my input, so I told them I had a cover band for years and am literally obsessed w ... More >>
Booker T. Jones is in a cab from the airport heading into Brooklyn, where he'll perform a free show tonight under the Brooklyn Bridge as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn festival. In tandem with his band, Booker T. & The M.G.s, the multi-instrumentalist laid down the grooves behind some of the '60s mo ... More >>
via FacebookDuring the Nickelback brouhaha that took over parts of the Internet earlier this month, one of the common refrains against having the Canadian band perform at the halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day showdown between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions involved the select ... More >>
"It takes two, baby," as Marvin & Tammi once sang. So here are my all-time favorite twosomes -- musically, that is. (13) "Cruisin'," Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis, 2000 This cover version of the Smokey Robinson hit came from a rotten movie about karaoke, but it grabbed me, with Gwynnie's creamy ... More >>
Boogaloo! with Spanglish Fly, DJ Turmix Nublu Friday, July 8 Better than: Paying twice as much to watch the same crowd drink and not dance. It could have been a disastersubway service to Loisaida was screwed up (again), it was raining, one of the club's turntables was on the fritz, ... More >>
The seventh annual Afro-Punk Festival will take place at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn at the end of August (the 27th and 28th, to be precise), and the just-announced lineup looks pretty incredible: Cee Lo Green will headline, and the once-again-active Santigold, the always-spellbinding Ja ... More >>
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Greg Tate on what's wrong with Michael Jackson in 1987. It ran side by side with a piece on the same topic by Guy Trebay. I'm White! By Greg Tate September 22, 1987 There are other ways to read Michael Jackson's blanched skin and di ... More >>
Sharyn Jackson is your American Idol host for season eight. This week: the Top 10! Ray Mickshaw /FOXWow, this is ridiculous. Last night's Motown show was another rough one. As Season 8 shapes up to have some of the worst singing we've ever seen on this show--and that's saying a lot--I'm not hopefu ... More >>
Is Damon Albarn the new Peter Gabriel?
Bobby Darin and the Soops I have a stunning confession to make: I found out about Rodgers and Hart because of the Supremes! In the '60s, the Motown trio did a theme album commemorating the songs of that esteemed theater duo, along with novelty LPs dedicated to country, Liverpool, and Sam Cooke. In ... More >>
Soul classics from two greats, one a bit less familiar than the other
Live at the irony apocalypse
Here is the bland soul-karaoke record you did not request
New Jack Swingers come to the end of the road
A Stax set predictably thrills, but a set of forgotten Chicago gems hits harder
New York nightlife titans salute James Brown, the most titanic of them all
(Cary Conover slideshow here) Thousands of New Yorkers sang and danced in the cold Thursday to give James Brown a final goodbye. The Godfather of Soul died over Christmas at age 73. Early yesterday morning, a white carriage pulled by two horses brought Brown's body to the Apollo Theater in Harle ... More >>
Singing the praises of Al Green
In the ghetto, vulnerability is the boldest possible emotion.
Self-referential hip-hop queen mixes surface glam and soul-baring confessions
Preening, confessing, aloof Atlanta r&b phenom falls short
So when are they gonna get Augustus Pablo and his melodica to cover an old Hooters hit?
Hip-Hop, R&B, Dancehall, Crunk, Grime, er, Music by Black People
You Mean Rouse, Right? No, I Mean Joplin. Maybe Ritter. But for Damn Sure Not Kelley.