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We all love action movies. There is no better way to escape from the brutal, sometimes flagrantly unfair world than to hunker down with a bunch of cool-looking people shooting each other. But sometimes our favorite action movies need something more. Perhaps a different selection of music will best e ... More >>
These are the best jazz shows in NYC in November. See also: Ten Jazz Albums to Hear Before you Die
Hey, man! What are YOU doing Saturday night? Wanna go to Radio City Music Hall with me and watch motherfucking fun.? Wait, where are you going? Dude, why'd you just unfriend me on Facebook? I just tried to email you and it bounced. I thought we were best friends, and now you're acting like you barel ... More >>
Influentialalbums.com is a "quiz" one of your Facebook friends might've posted, boasting "Very few people own 70 or more. How many have you got?" and listing 100 albums ranging from the duh (Blonde on Blonde, Pet Sounds) to the hmmm (Gerry Rafferty? Felt??) to the genuinely bizarre (well, see below) ... More >>
Since Purity Ring, Death Grips and Tame Impala didn't exactly take off this year like Arcade Fire or Animal Collective, Pitchfork's cultural influence might be cooling off, which is bittersweet since their writer stable is probably better now than it ever was (some of us don't miss those novelty rev ... More >>
In an effort to stanch the flow of stale complaining about its "elitism" invite its readership into the magical world of music-publication listmaking, the online-tastemaker behemoth Pitchfork is putting together The Pitchfork List, which purports to count down its readers' favorite albums released b ... More >>
"Weather" isn't the first Meshell Ndegeocello single to fall into the category of "freak folk," but the album of the same name (Naive) is her first that can be comfortably filed under that genre. Classical and country elements have often enhanced Ndegeocello's melding of jazz, rock, global fu ... More >>
The singer's grand, sweeping take on pop
"If there was any way you could confirm Kanye's inevitable victory early, that'd be a big help art-department-wise." So began Pazz & Jop editor Rob Harvilla's first note to me after voting closed in late December. Inevitability is not a statistical quality, but the magnitude of My Beautiful D ... 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 >>
Take a minute and let the words Jackyl and "Just Like A Negro" sink in. It's OK, we'll wait. These are truly magical times, huh? Breathe deeply and be proud, America. We can finally get to have an honest, articulate discourse about race in America with the band that wrote "She Loves My Cock."
Ah M.I.A., it just wasn't your year, was it? Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In 2010, Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire both had #1 records. LCD Soundsystem, Spoon, MGMT, the National, M.I.A, and Sufjan Stevens all had albums debut in the top ten. Kanye West joined Twitter. Drake started a riot in New ... More >>
In the week one of this blog's authors inspired a short play about juggalo zombies and Lady Gaga, we celebrated by announcing the 2010 Village Voice/Redeye Distribution Day Party, featuring the great Marnie Stern, Hooray For Earth, and a bunch of others, including a wonderful special secret g ... More >>
Later, dude. Photo by Rob HarvillaIn the week we threw up our hands and named all seven days after Pavement, we celebrated at the now-reunited and finally in New York band's first show at the Williamsburg Waterfront, pitied the plight of scalpers trying to get rid of their tickets, hung out w ... More >>
Happier times"All love, no hate," goes the unofficial slogan of popular, partially NYC-based blog the Music Slut, which nonetheless has lately suffered some profound internal calamity, leading to the abrupt departure of writer/editor Matt Gross in what he calls an out-of-nowhere hijacking and ... More >>
Yesterday, the tasteful-culture bible Paste abruptly suspended its print edition, the latest music-related publication to shut down in the past few years. The Paste website, on which the display ads for subscriptions lead to an announcement of the print issue's suspension, will continue to l ... More >>
Don't write Steve Zahn off yet, folksDavid Simon's Treme is, as has been mentioned far and wide, clearly not going to be The Wire. Sure, it's dealing with rampant corruption in a major American city and the frustration of human beings forced to deal with that corruption, doing so with an unca ... More >>
Janelle Monáe Highline Ballroom Thursday, April 8 Bad Sign #1: We are greeted in the Highline Ballroom atrium by a cardboard cutout of Janelle, sci-fi r&b heroine extraordinaire, holding a sign informing us that we must listen to The Archandroid (that's her upcoming album) from beginning ... More >>
A DIY gospel comp offers three discs of ferocious testimony even nonbelievers can believe in
We shouldn't have to tell you this, but we'll try
Photo of South Williamsburg's the Woods by Puja PatelIn the week in which everyone went to rock and roll fantasy camp--whether it be the one that takes place inside the Colbert Report studios with the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle or the one that takes place on the disco dance floor with Vin ... More >>
In honor of next weekend's fete upstate, some wistful reminiscences and trash talk
--The rapidly decaying corpse of Aerosmith called the whole thing off today, canceling the rest of the band's AeroForceOne summer tour. Frontman Steven Tyler danced his way right off the stage at a motorcycle rally in Sturgis, SD last week, shattering his shoulder and amusing the entire inter ... More >>
Look, it's a member of Das Racist eating food. Photo by Sam Horine. In the week we spent the early hours of recovering from Siren Festival--highlights of which were many and varied and included a photo of Das Racist daring to eat a type of food the duo doesn't rap about--we were officially and ... More >>
Modest, familial, faithful folkies multiply in Brooklyn
Delicate indie offshoots deliver lovely, inconvenient truths
Annie Clark's volatile skills can't match her charms, but how could they?
BAM's all-night fête flaunts bands, burlesque, and a 'mid-career Lindsay Lohan retrospective'
An ode to NYC ambience that sounds a bit too ambient
Joyously overwrought arena rock often sounds even better in church
Born Under the Sign of Satyrn
Atlanta's Roy Owens Jr. just can't click-start
On the beauty but hollow humanity of micromanaged Mac rock
Cosmic commies, Christian rockers, and gay Republicans at the 13th annual NYUFF
Track after track of sincere classicism, internationalist anarchism, and foiled espionage
Bar serves up TV dinners without shame
Finally a chance to catch up on all those new bands. Well, maybe not bands exactly . . .
Unvulgar sham of an acoustic-strummed walk in the woods