Teddy Pendergrass

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Premiere: The Lawsuits' Funk Up on "You're Not the Same"

    Forget New York, Los Angeles or Nashville, for the last few years the most fertile and vibrant music scene in the country has been in Philadelphia. The evidence is all around you: [ASSUMES PHILLY VOICE] you got your Kurt Viles over dere, and your War on Drugs over dere, and your Man Mans, and your P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Frank Ocean Is Boring: The Year Lifeless Music Found Critical Praise

    In 2012, nothing was as popular as being massively boring. Frank Ocean drained the sexiness and excitement out of r&b, to widespread critical acclaim. Lana Del Rey sighed listlessly over string arrangements in a tight dress, like some kind of Kristen Wiig character who stumbled out of the Holodeck a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Live: Robin Thicke Is For Lovers At The Highline Ballroom

    Robin Thicke Highline Ballroom Friday, December 9 Better than: Dinner and a movie. Not to make Robin Thicke's sold-out show at Highline Ballroom a race thing, but no one got to make the joke about a white R&B singer with a smoking biracial wife singing to a largely black audience before he did. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Presented For Your Thanksgiving Enjoyment: A Cornucopia Of Songs With "Pie" In The Title

    Today is Thanksgiving here in the States, and in addition to getting irritated by Nickelback's existence, lots of Americans will probably celebrate by eating pie. The word "pie" is a bit more prevalent in the lyrics of non-"Weird Al" Yankovic-crafted popular music than one might a dessert to be, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    The Great 2011 Grammy Postmortem: Even If Arcade Fire Made It, "We" Probably Didn't (Right?)

    This picture is from Arcade Fire's Tumblr, where it's captioned "Win jumping up and down, thanking the world." Because why wouldn't it be?​Radiohead may have already surpassed last night's Grammys as the au currant news of an indie-rock world that is all of a sudden drowning in good tidings, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Top 5 Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows

    Black Eyed Peas, about to be on this list.​The Super Bowl is a wonderful day in the sports calendar, full of drama, excitement, and also some great commercials. However, the dark cloud that hangs over most Super Bowls is that of the halftime show. The history of these halftime shows is as dive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    People Who Died, Circa 2010

    Jay Reatard, gone but not forgotten.​It is depressing but accurate to note how inexorably the internet bends toward death, and how much of the work of professional critics these days is announcing it, verifying it, and making sense of it (often in that order, unfortunately). Michael Jackson, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Was 2010 The Best Year For Music Ever? Throw Taylor Swift In A Well

    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! Pay Rich Juzwiak what you owe him, Jay Leno. Twitpic by Dav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Week in Review: An Extra Side of Arrogance

    R.I.P. Jay Reatard. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.​In the week our American Idol recapper made it all the way to the BBC for calling Victoria Beckham's face "too crazy", we also tossed epithets in the direction of the Times, in solidarity with M.I.A., and toward Esquire, who this week were forced to ... More >>

  • News

    July 1, 2009

    Michael Jackson: The Man in Our Mirror

    Black America's eulogies for the King of Pop also let us resurrect his best self

  • Music

    April 25, 2006

    The Exquisite Thug

    In the ghetto, vulnerability is the boldest possible emotion.

  • Music

    April 27, 2004

    Whine In Vain

    Preening, confessing, aloof Atlanta r&b phenom falls short

  • Music

    January 13, 2004

    Good Morning Little School Girl

    Taking a manifestly skillful, manifestly simplistic oeuvre seriously now that it's news

  • Music

    April 8, 2003

    Hearth and Soul

    Fireplace-Sex Music Seems to Hang On

  • Specials

    August 6, 2002
  • NYC Life

    December 5, 2000

    Stars and Bars

    Law-Breaking Celebrities Like Robert Downey Jr. Are in the News Again. Interested?

  • Music

    April 4, 2000
  • Music

    December 7, 1999

    Lester Bowie 1941–1999

    The Avant-Garde’s Tireless Trumpeter Goes Out Swinging

  • Music

    August 25, 1998