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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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