• Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Every Person, Place, and Thing on Magna Carta Holy Grail: A Checklist

    If while listening to Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail, you experienced an indescribable sensation that you were actually listening to an encrypted invitation to a very luxurious party with a super exclusive guest list and even more ridiculous gift wish list, you were right!!! We made note of every pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    The Louis Vuitton Waffle Maker

    Artist Andrew Lewicki hacked a generic model to make this very funny Teflon-coated joke: the Louis Vuitton Waffle Maker. We're so used to branded foods and commercial collaborations, this almost doesn't seem absurd (but it should).

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Seven Speaker-Shattering Busta Rhymes Guest Verses

    Busta Rhymes will headline this year's 2012 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival with a performance down under the borough's namesake bridge on Saturday. With a stash of rap anthems that includes "Pass The Courvoisier," "Woo-Ha!! (Got You All In Check)," and "Hands Where My Eyes Can See," the big man's set is ... More >>

  • Film

    May 2, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Chicken Waffle Wings All Over the Web

    The result (left) and the process (right) Thanks to San Francisco correspondent @tracyjane and Upper West Side bon vivant Justin Kennington for clueing us in to this snack food newly invented by the website Dude Foods. Looks like a pretty nifty idea, except maybe you don't want your Teflon waffle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Ten Great Neighborhood-Specific Brooklyn Rap Anthems

    ​This Saturday, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival will conclude with shows by Brownsville's mighty M.O.P., who will perform their rambunctious brand of rap down under the Brooklyn Bridge, and, er, noted Queens representer Q-Tip. Rappers from Brooklyn have never been shy about proclaiming their her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Pig Goes Pop: The Pros and Cons

    ​There have long been food-themed toys - such as the Easy-Bake Oven, which allowed kids to bake tiny cakes using only a light bulb, and Victorian tea sets that encouraged them to stage afternoon parties with their dolls and Power Rangers. These toys permitted children to mimic adult food ritu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    The Fame Cookie: 2011 Grammy Awards Live Blog

    It's the return of the most talked-about Grammy Awards live blog--a collection of quips, blips, and arguably insightful observations that dares to match the actual Grammy telecast in terms of pure spectacle and Justin Bieber mentions. Please join our hosts Tom Breihan and Ryan Dombal below, and keep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Arcade Fire Sell Nearly Half A Million Records in 2010, Will Perform at the Grammys

    ​"The whole chart thing is kind of like sports," said an unimpressed Merge label chief Laura Ballance, back when Arcade Fire hit #1 on the Billboard charts. That may well be true. But if selling records is like sports, Arcade Fire are weirdly good at it, considering they're a bunch of spindly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Zach Baron's Top 10 Albums of 2010

    Guess who? Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.​Alright, let's do this, before I change my mind. With apologies to The-Dream, Sleigh Bells, Ted Leo, Kylesa, Swans, Zola Jesus, Marnie Stern, and all other vestiges of my punk rock past, and especially you Nicki Minaj, who missed both of my lists this year. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Was 2010 The Best Year For Music Ever? LCD Soundsystem and Nostalgia's Creeping Scourge

    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! James Murphy, pulling no punches.​Dear fellow illumin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Was 2010 The Best Year For Music Ever? House Music vs. Hashtag Rap

    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! The most important artist of 2010.​Hi everybody! To ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    The Many Disturbing Faces of a Shirtless Rick Ross

    ​More than anyone else, producer Lex Luger has had rap's summer on lock. His two booming, window-rattling tracks on Rick Ross's Teflon Don--"MC Hammer" and "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)"--have been inescapable, from cars to picnics to other rappers, who have repeatedly borrowed both beats. Some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Last Night: Diddy Dirty Money and Rick Ross Beat Back the Rain at Governors Island

    ​Power 105 Power Live, Featuring Rick Ross and Diddy Governors Island Sunday, August 22 The weather on Sunday in advance of Power 105's Power Live concert at Governors Island was fitting, considering its star attraction. There was a thick, slowing dampness in New York City yesterday--not so m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Young Jeezy Is Still Dissing Rick Ross, Sort Of

    ​Rick Ross' disconcerting habit of pretending he is other still-living people continues to get him in trouble, both with those people and other people who know those people. Young Jeezy has taken issue with Ross' Black Mafia Family shout-out/misappropriation "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)" -- th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Watch Erykah Badu and Rick Ross Assassinate Someone in the "Window Seat Part II/Turn Me Away (Get MuNNy)" Video

    Is there an odder couple in rap currently than Miami fantasist Rick Ross and the neo-soul nudist Erykah Badu? Their work together so far--"Maybach Music III," off Ross's Teflon Don, and this new "Window Seat" remix--has zeroed in on perhaps the one thing these two disparate characters have in comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    So Just How Homophobic Is Rap In 2010?

    ​The familiar conceit of this past Sunday's New York Times Magazine article "Sissy Bounce: New Orleans's Gender-Bending Rap," goes something like this: There are some gay rappers in New Orleans. Rap's usually really homophobic. That's crazy, huh? Contrasting the apparently enlightened attitude ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Rick Ross Momentarily Thinks He's Eminem, Is Quickly Disabused

    Rap fans are now (perhaps overly) familiar with the plastic nature of reality as it appears to Miami rapper Rick Ross. So while Ross spent yesterday afternoon and evening gleefully proclaiming he had his fourth #1 record, it didn't necessarily mean anything but that he wanted it to be his fourth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    The World's Largest Frying Pan - Er, Six of Them

    melaniehamlett.comImpersonating a strip of bacon in the World's Largest Frying Pan, Long Beach, WA​You'd think it'd be a simple thing to identify the world's largest frying pan, but there are six in the United States alone that make that audacious claim.

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Who Does Rick Ross Think He Is, Exactly?

    ​The rapper Rick Ross, born William Leonard Roberts II, is currently being sued by the living, breathing drug boss--"Freeway" Ricky Ross--from whom he stole his stage name. On his new Teflon Don--another nickname borrowed, without consent, from John Gotti--Ross has a song called "MC Hammer," o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    This Week's Voice: Damon Dash Resurrected, Best Coast and Wavves, Wayne Coyne, Rick Ross, and More

    Dame and Tallulah. Not pictured: Sienna Miller. Photo by Raquel M. Horn.​In this week's Village Voice, Ben Detrick profiles the post-Roc-a-Fella edition of Damon Dash as he haltingly embarks on a kinder, gentler comeback. Elsewhere, Sean Fennessey dissects the two halves of California's pre-em ... More >>

  • Music

    July 20, 2010

    Rick Ross's Alternate Reality

    More transcendent absurdity from Miami's most improved rapper

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Rick Ross' New Teflon Don Is Streaming In Full On His MySpace

    ​New York rap fans have a very complicated relationship with Rick Ross, due to the Southern thing, the prison-guard thing, the he-once-released-a-song-called-"Money Make Me Come" thing. During Diddy's 92Y Tribeca talk a couple weeks back host Peter Rosenberg abruptly started praising Ross to t ... More >>

  • Theater

    April 27, 2010
  • News

    December 29, 2009

    Michael Musto's Year (and Decade) in Review!

    Gaga for Google and every twittle thing that made the Aughts fraught with fakery and fun

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Conservatives Urged to Boycott NFL

    In the annals of rightwing hubris, we haven't seen much to equal this: one of the conservatives enraged that Rush Limbaugh's ex-partners have excluded him from their plans to buy the Rams (which Limbaugh and his followers blame on liberals) has proposed that patriots counter-attack by... boycotting ... More >>

  • Film

    April 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 13, 2008

    Paris Hilton's Romantic Secrets

    Paris Hilton seems to have finally clicked with a guy--Good Charlotte's Benji Madden--so I cornered her last week to ask why the relationship seems to be working better than her and Nicole did. "Please explain," I begged the Teflon socialite. "How do you stay a unit without straying? I'm old-school ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 12, 2008

    The Paris Hilton Interview!

    I've got questions, she's got answers, and so on and so on.

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2008

    Let’s Do the Time Warp Again: Atlantic Yards as Interpretive Dance

    Photo Simulation Copyright 2006 Jonathan Barkey Already confusing because of its opaque public costs and shady financing, this week the perplexing Atlantic Yards proposal for downtown Brooklyn revealed another bizarre element: an evolving completion timeline. The latest knot was uncombed on Mond ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2008

    Turkey Alert: Paris When She Fizzles

    Some would say Paris Hilton's best performance was telling Larry King that she's embraced the Bible instead of open bars, but Paris herself feels it's in the romantic comedy The Hottie and the Nottie. The Teflon socialite took her role in the film so seriously that she worked with the same acting c ... More >>

  • Film

    June 5, 2007

    The Mystery of the Tween Demographic

    Bringing smarty back, Nancy Drew returns for another generation of young consumers

  • Theater

    February 20, 2007

    Coasting to the Finish

    Stoppard's Utopia trilogy is complete. But is there one evening of drama in it?

  • Books

    December 12, 2006

    Exiles From Main Street

    Spaced out: The collective costs of suburban sprawl

  • Film

    June 28, 2005

    Quad Wrangle

    Reinventing the wheel: Sports doc keeps clichés to a minimum, dignifies determined jocks

  • Film

    February 1, 2005

    The Ladykiller

    The man who screwed too much: Will Smith charms in faux-cynical V-Day romantic comedy

  • News

    November 9, 2004

    Unfinished Biz

    Bush's bulge, poll fraud, and other rumors at the conspiracy-theory frontier

  • Music

    August 10, 2004

    Overdetermined to Win

    Menacing commercial rapper with purposeful image sells you the hyperreal you gotta feel

  • Music

    August 26, 2003
  • Music

    August 5, 2003

    The Long Road Home

    The World’s Biggest Country Duo Risk Backlash With a Great Rock Album

  • Specials

    January 14, 2003
  • Film

    November 27, 2001
  • Film

    November 13, 2001

    Requiem Suite

    Marc Forster’s Symphonies of Sorrow

  • Film

    May 22, 2001
  • News

    January 16, 2001
  • Dining

    June 20, 2000
  • Long Island Voice

    October 26, 1999
  • Art

    October 12, 1999
  • News

    March 23, 1999

    Disobedience Training

    Mayor Taunts City and a Coalition Forms

  • NYC Life

    December 1, 1998

    Taking the Fifth

    Theme Stores Eat Manhattan

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