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 >>
WFMU DJ, music journalist and frequent Voice contributor Jesse Jarnow has just released Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock (Gotham), a voluminous tome that dissects Hoboken's finest Amerindie pioneers' journey from their childhood beginnings all the way to their current place as ... More >>
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
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 >>
This month has seen quite a bit of ink spilled on behalf of the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind. But it's also a moment to remember the ways that lead singer Kurt Cobain's reach went beyond the scope of his band and that recordconsider one of his most beloved influences, the U ... 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 >>
Joey Ramone would have been 60 years old on May 19. This week, in celebration of the birthday of the Queens-born gone-too-soon punk legend, Sound of the City will run a series of features on his life and his legacy.
Bruce Frankel/courtesy Allan Arkush
Allan Arkush has executive produced a bu ... More >>
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
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 >>
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 >>