How did we go from the Rolling Stones to Fartbarf?
By Richard Gehr Popular Vermont improv-rock quartet Phish turned 30 on December 2, ending their strongest year together since, oh, 1998 or so. Is it coincidence that the group's subsequent bad juju -- first a hiatus, then a breakup -- occurred during the horrific Bush administration? Or that the gr ... More >>
The opening guitar lick and two furious snare blasts of the Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun" are as classic a riff as "Smoke on the Water," "Smells Like Teen Spirit" or "You Really Got Me"--riffs that serve as salvos, as calling cards for their respective genres. Add to that the mystique of the ... More >>
Part one of my interview with the Pines chef Angelo Romano ran yesterday. Here in part two, he weighs in on fluke cartilage, what else he could have done with the money he spent on culinary school, and why he can't put alligator on the menu even though he wants to.
Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne on Imelda Marcos and the bubble of power
Thom Yorke returns for an intimate Atoms for Peace DJ set
Tiny Tim's 1996 album Girl concludes with "Fourteen," a song that declares, "I'm just an ordinary man." The author of "Fourteen," though, is anything but average. A lifelong resident of Dallas, Texas, James "Bucks" Burnett has written ad copy for Warner Bros., worked as a butler for Small Faces bass ... More >>
David Byrne and St. Vincent join powers
This weekend, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its class of 2012, which consists of Donovan, the Beastie Boys, the late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, the Small Faces and the Faces, blues guitarist Freddie King, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Guns N' Roses, although not lead singer Axl Rose, wh ... More >>
Sound of the City's monthlong tournament to determine the quintessential New York City musician (since 1955, the year of the Village Voice's founding) is taking over our site all March. The full schedule and results (as of March 23) below; you can also follow along with our bracket.
Cults w/Delicate Steve, Dirty Fences Webster Hall Thursday, January 19 Better than: Surfing the Hype Machine. Cults might be one of those bands that seemed to be birthed entirely on the Internet, but give them some credit: Even now, some 18 months after launching their debut EP on Bandcamp, there ... More >>
Rolex/Kirsten HolstEarlier this week, the Voice published a story about an improbably cool concert event pitting the alternately noisy and contemplative musician Ben Frost against the New York Public Library's Rose Reading Rooma grand, palatial space that will be the setting on Sunday ... More >>
The Antlers w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra The Liberty Room of The Ace Hotel Friday, August 5 Better than: Perusing the photo galleries the Monday after. The Antlers' Friday-night gig at the Ace Hotel had all the makings of one of those exclusive New York City shows that you hear about after the fa ... More >>
U2 w/ Interpol New Meadowlands Stadium Wednesday, July 20 Better than: ...the real thing? Every day, you presumably go to work, and sit in a cubicle or in an office. You work on a desktop, check some blogs, IM with your friends, and small talk with co-workers. You do this competently and consist ... More >>
Archers of Loaf Music Hall of Williamsburg Saturday, June 25 Better than: The banging club night going on next door at Public Assembly, where outside the line stretched around the corner and a guy had passed out on the sidewalk. Some might think it's a slight exaggeration to say that Archers of L ... More >>
His book mapped their lives
Plus CSS, Adele, and other spring music picks
A few weeks ago, James Murphy, reluctant voice to a generation of record-obsessed man-children, announced that LCD Soundsystem was going to call it quits, culminating in a fascinating pushing-and-shoving match for farewell concert tickets. Seriously, it was like Black Friday for doughy people ... More >>
Try and guess the DJ's name. Pics by Rob, more below.Tom Tom Club/Matthew Dear Irving Plaza Wednesday, January 12 Better than: A Heads reunion. Tina Weymouth: "A lot of you are too young to know this show, but it feels like Romper Room. "Chris Frantz: "This song is about all the cute little ... More >>
Naturally, this dude is involvedDistilling a full year of furtive, easily distracted, constantly overwhelmed listening down to a mere 10 albums is a ridiculous, agonizing, thoroughly loathsome undertaking, and yet here we all are, pulling nine fully formed sonic universes together and capping ... More >>
Your fake name is good enough for him--Sam Beam chats about his new album
Eddie Brannan"I was at M.I.A.'s secret birthday party two days ago when Drew Barrymore walked in," says a smitten-sounding Theophilus London, the much-championed young M.C. who, contrary to his rap name, hails from Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood. "M.I.A.'s brother invited all her friends, p ... More >>
Vikings, asses, and LSD—Voice writers pick their favorite books of the year
Why Vampire Weekends high-society fetishizations cant help but drive you to Black Flag
How much is that mosh pit in the boutique window?
The deathless Mekons make fun of their ages and act their shoe sizes
CBGB regular Jesse Malin remembers the late Hilly Kristal
Don't Call Them Spinal Tap! The Theatre Collective Banana Bag & Bodice Love Myths and Beer.
Critics' polls have evolved and arguably withered lately, but at least we didn't vote for Timbuk 3
As CBGB takes its victory laps, a lifer reminisces about the death of an era
On the beauty but hollow humanity of micromanaged Mac rock
Hey hey punky way: How CBGB and New Orleans increase a skeptic's respect for history
Sensually syncopative Brazilian and American alter egos do their part for global warming
Rock en Español's Art-Gangstas Remain Hopefuland Silly (Except When They're Not)
Slices of Life
Southern Rock's Undying Appeal