Earlier this month, Poland Spring -- a company that filters free, decently clean water, and then packages it and sells it for a profit -- launched a "cheers" campaign highlighting its status as New York's no. 1 beverage brand. The company did so in support of the NYC Marathon, which is a fine enough ... More >>
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Is your meme game slipping? It's OK, because unless you're just skating by at work or school, you likely aren't all spending your free time on the Internet, chortling at viral videos and photos, your eyeballs filled with snark spelled out in 48-point Impact font over some photo. So together, let's t ... More >>
Nika Roza Danilova is burdened by the unknowable. That's why she became a musician. "I needed music as a way to process my own sort of larger questions that I feel like I just can't possibly answer," says the 25-year-old vocalist known by names she borrowed from a French philosopher and the son of G ... More >>
Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>
We're not sure about you, but we're not looking forward to watching the Winter Olympics, so rather than be glued to the tube, here's what's going on this weekend. Two great art openings are happening tonight, including Elisa Kreisinger's "Framed" at Kianga Ellis Projects, as well as Derek Rippe's "M ... More >>
By all accounts, Imagine Dragons are having a very, very good week. They began it with their performance with Kendrick Lamar at the Grammys last Sunday, which was one of the most lauded of the evening. They took home the statuette--or the Blue Ivy Sippy Cup, as it's now known--for Best Rock Performa ... More >>
In 2010, this poll had a high voter-count of 712. In 2013, only 457 critics filed ballots (offset slightly by the percentage of completed ballots rising from 66 percent to 75 percent). The results, however, are rather similar. In both years Kanye West won handily, appearing on more than a third of a ... More >>
Better than: EP-1. "Oh, like the '90s?" I heard that from at least five people when I mentioned I was seeing the Breeders. "DORKS!" I heard that from Kelley Deal, loud and in on the joke, while seeing the Breeders. I'm going to try really hard to write this without harping on '90s dorks, but it's s ... More >>
Earlier this month Phonte dropped much knowledge about which rappers correspond to which classic television shows. To wit: Jay is The Wire; Nas is Breaking Bad; Kanye is Lost; East Bound and Down is Action Bronson, etc. etc. It's a fun game, and anyone who thinks too much about hip-hop has definitel ... More >>
For last week's print edition of the Voice, I wrote about the return of NYC's Girls Against Boys--at one time perhaps the "It"-iest of all the '90s alt-rock underground It-bands--who are back after more than a decade of self-imposed exile. GVSB will release their excellent new Ghost List EP on Sept ... More >>
Just before Miley destroyed the world by dancing lasciviously with sad bears, the stars of Sunday's VMAs trotted their fit and happy haunches down the red carpet in front of a thirsty press corps eager to ask them who they were wearing and snap pics of them posing. Nothing too special, we suppose, c ... More >>
Better Than: Only screaming along to tracks from Bleed American in the comfort of your parents' car. Andrew McMahon once sang "it's to Jimmy Eat World and those nights in my car" in the eight minute epic titled "Konstantine" that would become his band Something Corporate's most important and defin ... More >>
If you need even more shows to choose form, be sure to check out our comprehensive and constantly updated New York Concert Calendar. These are the 10 best this weekend.
My pal and fellow '80s survivor Debbie Gibson might not be an electric youth anymore--Who is?--but she's still got her head, and hat, on straight. Her tweets are fun and honest, especially when countering the plentiful dummos out there.
By Craig Hlavaty Before I take any trip to Austin and SXSW, I always take more than a few days to peruse the schedule and check out a few of the hundreds of names on the roster and read their bios. Some years there are more bands with "wolf" and "space" in their monikers than usual, and some year ... More >>
I had no idea who Jason Aldean was when I was asked to cover his sold-out Night Train tour. I'm a hip-hop head and aside from seeing Taylor Swift one time live -- she was awesome, by the way -- country is probably my least favorite genre right behind Gregorian chanting and Broadway show tunes. So of ... More >>
Here are the ten best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.
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Here are the ten best concerts around the city this week, in no particular order.
This week's Hot 100 debuts include big names and the viral video of the yearand, surprisingly, a nearly year-old track by Beyoncé. "Dance For You" was released on the deluxe version of 4 a little less than year ago and has been on the Hot R&B Songs chart since April; for a good but nowhere n ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your band having issues? Our advice columnist Fan Landers (a.k.a. Jessica Hopper) is ready to give you Real Talk about any problems your musical outfit might be havingwhether professional, practical, or sartorial. Send your problems to sotc at villagevoice dot com; conf ... More >>
Imani Uzuri Joe's Pub Friday, June 1 Better Than: Being sad that Alice Coltrane and Cesaria Evora are dead and that Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill don't make albums together. The Gypsy Diaries is North Carolina homegirl Imani Uzuri's second self-produced release, and it proves that major-label suppor ... More >>
If you're on the Internet you might have heard of Klout, a pseudo-scientific way for measuring the slippery ideal of "online influence." Taking into consideration a variety of factors, it has (despite its often being utterly gameable and as a result off the mark) turned into a way for people online ... More >>
Adele only made a measly $13.1 million last year, though she certainly would have earned way more had she not had to cancel U.S. concert dates when her luscious throat got sick.
We're about to close up shop here until 2012, and what better way to send out the year that birthed trollgaze than to run down the 11 posts on Sound of the City that generated the most pageviews over the course of the past 52 weeks? Enjoy this look back on the psyche of our readers, and have a happy ... More >>
Tell your children not to walk Wye Oak's way. 2011 was a year of looking back relentlessly, whether you were awash in Remember The '90s nostalgia or getting down at a New Kids On The Block show or watching Lady Gaga try to bring back the variety-hour era with her whacked-out Thanksgiving spec ... More >>
The 2011 edition of Da Capo's annual anthology Best Music Writing which this year was guest edited by The New Yorker classical writer and The Rest Is Noise author Alex Ross; Daphne Carr has been the series editor since 2006contains 32 essays and is augmented by a a jumbo-sized "Other N ... More >>
Das Racist Bowery Ballroom Monday, September 12 Better than: Making .gifs of Novak Djokovic collapsing in joy after winning the U.S. Open. In the past year I've attended more than my fair share of Das Racist shows, and I would inevitably wind up disappointed that they weren't able to trans ... More >>
Here we are, at the end of The Voice's almost shockingly successful debut season, one that may have actually turned around NBC's abysmal fortunes. There's not a ton of internal drama in The Voice's reality, and I can't say I cared too terribly much which of the four finalists would win. But the jou ... More >>
via @Z100NewYorkBackstage, will.i.am looked sad. But dry. The Black Eyed Peas & Friends The Great Lawn, Central Park Thursday, June 9 Better than: Sitting in Central Park and waiting for nothing to happen before the heat broke. The confusion started at around 5:15 p.m. last night, when NY ... More >>
Please!!! Descend to the occasion and say something really cliched and obvious, just so we can get it out of our systems and cleanse our palates for some more stimulating exchanges. Come on, bore yourself to tears with something even a slug would have rolled its eyes at five years ago. I ... More >>
The phrase "the calm before the storm" appears in virtually every chart-related story this week. That's because the latest edition of the Billboard 200, which covers sales from the week ending May 22, is topped by Adele's 21. That album is No. 1 for the ninth and (presumably) final week befor ... More >>
"Kneel, industry, kneel!"We'd graph it, but sadly, it's too simple for that. Your 2011 Billboard #1s, in chronological order: Taylor Swift, Speak Now, 52K; Cake, Showroom of Compassion, 44K; the Decemberists, The King Is Dead, 93.5K; Amos Lee, Mission Bell, 40K. That last number is the lowest ... 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 >>
Behold, the future of music.The Grammy Awards are a bit of a punchline in music nerd circles, a place where, say, MGMT battles Hall & Oates for a trophy that will inevitably be won, and then dropped on the ground, by the more telegenic and industry-saving Taylor Swift. The Grammy voters hate ... More >>
Last Tuesday night, Kanye West stood on a Bowery Ballroom stage and did the numbers: "To do an album right after the year that I had, and after all the 'Your career is over!' and 'Die, nigger, die!' and 'You'll never make music again!' And to come back and to do 100,000 the first day, digital alon ... More >>
Plumbing the gorgeous nightmares of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
His two-disc, 25-track Guitar Song leaves no base uncovered
On Friday, Crushable and Guest of a Guest noticed an MTV casting call on Craigslist. "Do you own skinny jeans, old school chucks, cabbie hat, the 70's vest, an ironic t shirt or hat, a fitted sweater, flannel shirt, or chunky lens-less glasses?" it reads. "Do you drink PBR, have an ironic mus ... More >>
Yesterday, Kanye West traveled to tech world, baffling a crowd of cellphone-toting Facebook employees by performing in their Palo Alto cafeteria, a cappella, in a sharp suit and matching scarf. Why they couldn't get him some sort of beat-delivery apparatus is unclear, though these raps sound more ... More >>
Usher's Raymond Vs. Raymond took the top spot on the albums chart this week, selling 329,000 copies in the wake of its March 30 release. But once again, this week's chart-related headlines belong to the impeccably blow-dried Canadian singer Justin Bieber. The Usher protégé and native Ontari ... More >>
Which is a really great idea, actually, and yet also kind of a drag
Well, a high school version of a Broadway show. When she was 18. See, as a senior named Stefani Germanotta, she played Adelaide, the blond showgirl in love with the gambling schnook Nathan Detroit, in Guys in Dolls. The same show I played Benny Southstreet in as a high school junior!
Better luck next year, Michael-Musto-as-Susan-Boyle. Photo by Chad GriffithIt's official--singer-to-the-olds Susan Boyle, despite a fearsome late run, didn't quite overcome Taylor Swift for the 2009 sales crown. The final tally? 3,216,000 for Fearless, 3,103,000 for I Dreamed A Dream. Boyle d ... More >>
Alison, one of many CMJ street fashion stars shot by Sam Horine. Find the rest here.In the week Jay-Z made it all about him, we made it all about Jay-Z, from the first deplorable word that he'd be attempting to demoralize the Phillies at Yankee Stadium all the way though his overshare-y and u ... More >>
Now look here. It was a dick move by Kanye, no question -- the farcical situation and meaninglessness of the award itself notwithstanding, the look on Taylor Swift's face as he bratted out for the 15,000th time seemed to be legitimately heartbreaking. (Leno: "When did you know you were wrong?" Kan ... More >>
Fond as we are of his music, Kanye West is such an egomaniac that we are unsurprised to learn he interrupted Taylor Swift's Best Female Video award at the stupid MTV Awards last night, grabbing the mic and explaining to the nonplussed honoree and audience that Swift's fellow nominee Beyonce ... More >>
Last week's prediction: Nothing like this again, unless iTunes wants a revolt. Sometimes, you get a real child-slavery vibe from these young, recently formed Nashville acts. From the official Gloriana bio: "We spend most of our time rehearsing and writing at our band house in Nashville. Most nights ... More >>