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    November 3, 2014

    Poland Spring Is the No. 1 NYC Beverage Brand, Proving New Yorkers Really Do Hate Themselves

    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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    November 3, 2014

    The 12 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 11/03/14

    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

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    October 31, 2014

    Let's Try to Guess These Internet Meme Costumes From the 2014 HallowMeme Party

    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 >>

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    October 17, 2014

    Zola Jesus's Taiga: Antinatalism in the style of 2000s-era J. Lo

    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 >>

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    August 26, 2014

    Popular Music Needs to Become Political Again

    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 >>

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    February 7, 2014

    10 Weekend Ideas Under $10: "Framed!," Mini Record Fair, and The Beatles Invasion

    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 >>

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    February 3, 2014

    Save Kendrick Lamar: Imagine Dragons on SNL

    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 >>

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    January 15, 2014

    2013 Pazz & Jop Tabulation Notes

    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 >>

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    December 23, 2013

    The Breeders - Webster Hall - 12/20/2013

    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 >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Which Female Country Star is Your Favorite Rapper?

    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 >>

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    September 11, 2013

    Girls Against Boys Extras: Leftover Quotes from GVSB's Scott McCloud

    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 >>

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    August 27, 2013

    A Brooklyn Bodega Is Selling a Strip of the VMA Red Carpet For $5,000

    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 >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Jimmy Eat World - Central Park Summerstage - 8/7/13

    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 >>

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    May 24, 2013

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 5/24/13

    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.

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    March 20, 2013

    Debbie Gibson Gives Good Tweet

    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.

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    March 12, 2013

    The Most Overused Terms In SXSW Band Bios

    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 >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Jason Aldean Stops in NYC: One Hip-Hop Fan's Terrifying First Country Show

    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 >>

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    January 28, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 1/28/13

    Here are the ten best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.

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    January 16, 2013
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    December 3, 2012

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 12/3/12

    Here are the ten best concerts around the city this week, in no particular order.

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    September 13, 2012

    New On The Hot 100 This Week: Taylor Swift's "Ronan," PSY's "Gangnam Style," And More

    This week's Hot 100 debuts include big names and the viral video of the year—and, 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 >>

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    September 4, 2012

    Fan Landers: How Can I Bootstrap My Way To Pop Stardom?

    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 having—whether professional, practical, or sartorial. Send your problems to sotc at villagevoice dot com; conf ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Live: Imani Uzuri Brings The Gypsy Life To Joe's Pub

    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 >>

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    April 27, 2012

    Asshattery In 140 Characters Or Less: Which Musicians Are The Biggest Klouchebags?

    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 >>

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    March 13, 2012

    Adele Wasn't The Top Brit Music Star Of The Year

    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.

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    December 30, 2011

    Sound Of The City's 11 Clickiest Posts Of 2011

    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 >>

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    December 19, 2011

    The 10 Best Cover Songs Of 2011

    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 >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Da Capo's Second-Best Music Writing 2011: 112 Of Last Year's Most Notable Music Stories

    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 2006—contains 32 essays and is augmented by a a jumbo-sized "Other N ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    Live: Das Racist Writes A New Punchline

    ​ 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 >>

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    June 30, 2011

    The Voice Trots Out The Biggish Names, Crowns Its First Champ

    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 >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Live: The Black Eyed Peas Get Washed Away

    via @Z100NewYorkBackstage, 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 >>

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    June 8, 2011

    Say Something Banal

    ​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 >>

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    May 27, 2011

    100 & Single: Lady Gaga Gets Ready To Join The Million-Weeker Club

    ​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 >>

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    February 2, 2011

    Out of Four Full Music Sales Weeks In 2011, Three Have Hit Historic Lows (Congratulations, Amos Lee!)

    "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 >>

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    January 19, 2011
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    December 13, 2010

    Was 2010 The Best Year For Music Ever? Redeeming M.I.A.

    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 >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Five Takeaways From The 2010 Grammy Nominations

    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 >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Kanye West and Nicki Minaj Just Sold A Bunch Of Records

    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 >>

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    November 17, 2010

    Kanye West, Finally Unraveled

    Plumbing the gorgeous nightmares of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

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    September 15, 2010

    Jamey Johnson Sprawls Out

    His two-disc, 25-track Guitar Song leaves no base uncovered

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    August 29, 2010

    A Photographic History of 'Hipsters' on MTV

    ​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 >>

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    July 28, 2010

    Kanye West Performs at Facebook, Disses Twitter

    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 >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Usher Is #1, But It's Still Justin Bieber Who Is Saving the Record Industry

    ​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 >>

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    March 2, 2010

    John Mayer Shuts Up and Sings

    Which is a really great idea, actually, and yet also kind of a drag

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    February 4, 2010

    Lady Gaga Was in a Broadway Show!

    ​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!

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    January 6, 2010

    America Opts For Taylor Swift Over Susan Boyle By a Terrifyingly Thin 113,000 Record Margin

    Better luck next year, Michael-Musto-as-Susan-Boyle. Photo by Chad Griffith​It'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 >>

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    October 30, 2009

    Week in Review: Those Guys Could Bring the Funk

    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 >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Jay Leno Scolds Kanye West, Plays The "What Would Your Dead Mom Think" Card; An Appalled Nation Flocks To Letterman En Masse

    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 >>

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    September 14, 2009

    Kanye West Ruins Everything at MTV Awards

    ​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 >>

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    March 17, 2009

    Another Free iTunes Single of the Week: Gloriana's "Wild at Heart"

    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 >>

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