This Sunday, one of cable television's most storied traditions, the MTV Video Music Awards, beams from the Forum in Southern California into living rooms nationwide. The VMA's 32nd broadcast, this year's hostless show looks to carry on the quality of well-received recent installments, namely the 201 ... More >>
Anyone with a half way decent record collection and half working brain knows New York City is the birthplace of punk. And I'm not trying to start beef here; I'm just trying to lay down some truth. This week our sister paper the L.A. Weekly ran a wrongheaded article, "Why L.A. Is More Punk Than New ... More >>
A legend takes up residency in the East Village
While the Gathering of the Juggalos is generally known as a peaceful event filled with unity and togetherness, there are still occasional scuffles. One such incident took the form of a melee early Thursday morning when Hed PE rapper/singer Jared Gomes launched himself into the crowd to confront a ra ... More >>
By Mary Carreon Did you know that, for some people, Coachella represents a big ol' Alcoholics Anonymous meeting? Since 2009, New Orleans couple Bob Johnson and Jane Smith (not their real names) have led 12 step meetings on the festival grounds for those who, like themselves, are in recovery. ... More >>
Before The Noble Experiment NYC founder Bridget Firtle was measuring the chemical compositions of water suitable for distilling, she was analyzing stocks at a hedge fund as a global alcoholic beverage analyst. "I learned a lot about the market and brand development and watched what was starting to h ... More >>
America's liberal class and Main Stream Media are abuzz right now over Narco Cultura, a documentary about Mexico's horrific drug war and the musical movement that has risen around it. These libs (and more than a few conservatives) are telling each other and the two Mexicans they know about how Mexic ... More >>
I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>
Taquitos from Taquitoria (168 Ludlow Street, 212-780-0121) This San Diego specialty is good for a quick bite--and it's better for quelling drunk munchies than a sloppy slice of pizza.
In case you missed it, LA and its surroundings got their undies in a bunch this week after the New York Times published a Hungry City column declaring that NYC could go "mano a mano" with the City of Angels when it comes to tacos.
Better Than: Everything. It started like a movie. The lights dim and rise up again. Excited cheers stifled by a few excited gasps. Half a second goes by and... "I'VE GOT NO REGRET RIGHT NOW." The nasal boom comes from deep within guitarist Tom DeLonge's throat, and with a ferocity that's unmatch ... More >>
Our music feature this week focuses on the environmental impact of music festivals, which tend to be--surprise, surprise--ecologically problematic. For the piece we talked with Tucker Gumber. Known on his blog as The Festival Guy, he goes to just about every festival imaginable. In fact, he's been ... More >>
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
Better Than: Flag, Black Flag and possibly White Flag. In the summer of 1981, the Southern California band Black Flag went on a monumental tour of the U.S. where they unconsciously became the Johnny Appleseeds for the American Hardcore scene. From the Midwest to Manhattan, every fuck-up kid who ba ... More >>
It's a confusing time to be an emo fan. My Chemical Romance recently called it quits, while Fall Out Boy, surprisingly, have the #1 album in the country. That album, however, is a far cry from the sound old heads remember from the Take This to Your Grave era. Bro, are you even emo anymore? See also ... More >>
Actress, producer and ex-wife of Tom Green winemaker Drew Barrymore joined Eric Ripert for an episode of his Reserve Channel video series, On the Table, this week. The new mom helped the French chef prepare her "favorite dish," clams Montecito--a buttery, shellfish-laden entree named for the uber-we ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
Before putting in your $1.75 for the jumbo bag of Buggles, consider that hungry West Coasters may be snacking on vending machine caviar when 4:00pm hunger attacks. Beverly Hills Caviar is now doling out the "$500-an-ounce" luxury food in certain Southern California malls for those with champagne wis ... More >>
The Vikings punter is prying open America's last closet: major league sports
A spin-off in Elmhurst outdoes the original
Discuss the apocalypse with Karen Thompson Walker
This month, to celebrate the Internet's unbridled love for wallowing in nostalgia and even greater relishing of talking about why certain cultural artifacts are horrible, Sound of the City presents First Worsts, a series in which our writers remember the first time... they ever hated a song enough t ... More >>
You might want to be left behind
Get cozy with some colorful blobs
And why do they love scratch-off Lotto tickets?
Erin Courtney remembers the beloved downtown performer
The East Village gets two new Vietnamese spots
The animated-film nominators have a lovely habit of not just going for blockbuster Hollywood fare all the time. In fact, The Adventures of Tintin wasn't even nominated, possibly because of a bias against stop-action technology (though it was amazing-looking, no matter what you thought of the storyt ... More >>
Starbucks has decided to add beer and wine to its roster, but it's unclear whether the spirits will be as overpriced and overrated as the chain's coffee. According to Bloomberg (via The Washington Post), at least 25 Starbucks stores will sell booze -- as well as cheese plates and focaccia with oli ... More >>
Oh, don't be such a cynic
Because SoHo needed another enormous mural depicting a Southern California symbol. Hollister's latest addition to its display of murky brown mega-advertising is the California state flag, a natural fit for the space that used to have a DKNY mural with the Statue of Liberty.
In this week's Voice, we profiled the Rapture, recently re-signed to DFA Records. Luke Jenner, Vito Roccoforte, and Gabriel Andruzzi are voluble guys, so there was plenty of material that we couldn't fit into the story. Here are a few pieces from our interviews that touch on the band's early ... More >>
via the Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryStarting this weekend, you will be able to see a cosmic phenomenon without the aid of a mountaintop telescope or highly politicized university grant. Researchers at the Palomar Observatory in Southern California found a white dwarf star about 1.4 t ... More >>
And we finally stop insulting Guatemalans!
The noted Las Vegas Thai joint chances New York City
Steven Duong offers a new restaurant
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 27, 1962, Vol. VIII, No. 10 New York State Is Now No. 2 As of tomorrow, New York becomes the number-two state in the union. That's what the experts believe. On that day the population of California will surpass that of New York. New ... More >>
The Knicks (21-26) began "Dream Week" with a 126-117 loss to the Lakers. It doesn't look too bad until you realize Kobe Bryant scored almost half Los Angeles' points. His 61-point performance, a new Garden record (supplanting Bernard King's 60 points in a 1984 game) was celebrated by the fans at MSG ... More >>