Better Than: Most rock 'n' roll reunion shows. The Replacements are a band that contain multitudes. More multitudes than most, rather, with their unorthodox and believable balance of snottiness and romance that pervades their songs. Part punk and part rockabilly, they're drenched in pop sensibility ... More >>
Young, Gifted, and Black (and Gay)
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For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
Every couple weeks, the Voice takes a hard listen to the music in which millions of Americans soak. The Band Perry, "Done" Current Billboard Country Chart Position: 15 Yes, "cauc-pop." What else to call the Nashville radio hits that, since Dolly went disco, have drawn so fully on the deepest tradi ... More >>
Boomers Turn Broadway into a Pop-Music Scrapbook
With Motown The Musical jazzing up Broadway with "the sound of young America," let me look back and pick my 10 fave Motown singles of all time. Come on, let's get it on! (10) What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted," sung by Jimmy Ruffin Careful in its pace, soulful in its tone, this one is a heart wr ... More >>
Afro-Punk Festival Commodore Barry Park Sunday, August 26 Better than: Sitting at home, waiting for Breaking Bad to start. Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Bo Diddley were some of the original architects of rock and roll. Jimi Hendrix pushed it forward in the late '60s. Then came Prince. And Bad B ... More >>
The early rise of the Fat Boys is an unfairly overlooked rap story. Having broken through as mainstream figures in the mid-'80s, an ascent helped by collaborations with Chubby Checker, William "The Refrigerator" Perry and Robert Englund's Freddy Krueger character, the oversized hip-hop trio have bee ... More >>
At what point does the nostalgia overwhelm the art?
Michael Jackson: Immortal Madison Square Garden Wednesday, April 4 Better than: Ringling Bros. Cirque du Soleil's take on Michael Jackson's catalog, Michael Jackson: Immortal, is certainly ambitious. The twoish-hour set has a live band, aerialists and fireworks, flips and flops, a dancing sequined ... More >>
The national star-making machinery only begins to take you seriously when you command the field more than once. Just like, say, GOP presidential candidates, pop acts can't chart one strong number and assume dominance is permanently theirs. They've got to come back on top, week after week, sur ... More >>
Before he was writing novels about zombies, elevator inspectors and summers on Long Island, the man behind 2010's best literary twitter account worked on staff at the Voice, writing mostly about television but often about books and music as well. To coincided with the release of his new Zone ... More >>
Start your weekend off with a trip to the Williamsburg Waterfront, where downtempo DJ duo Thievery Corporation celebrate their new release Culture Of Fear with an epic outdoor hang. Tonight their mix of dub, jazz, classical music, and loungey bossa nova will be complemented by performances by ... More >>
The Making of Americans at DTW, plus Paradigm Shift: Past, Present, Future at Danspace
No reason to be nervous. Pics by Puja, more below.Questlove Cielo Sunday, January 16 Better Than: That time Justin Bieber played the drums with Questlove on Jimmy Fallon. Around 8 p.m. on Sunday night, Questlove Tweeted that he was off to spin the "hardest DJ set of m'life." The gig was Gia ... More >>
courtesy DJ SpinnaSpinna, as a little boy holding the Jackson 5 LP Get it Together Michael Jackson would've turned 52 this Sunday. Undoubtedly many parties shall be thrown around the globe in his honor, but MJ's spirit will most likely be floating over Prospect Park for Spike Lee's second annual Br ... More >>
The Ultimate Thriller The Apollo Tuesday, June 29 Sometimes you feel like going to see a really fantastic MJ tribute. Other times, you'll settle for a sorta OK MJ tribute with a few moments of vast amusement. This, decidedly, was the latter.
What the King of Pop left behind, and what he took with him
--Bob Dylan is considering becoming the voice of a car navigation system. On the latest episode of his satellite radio show Theme Time Radio Hour, Dylan said: "I am talking to a couple of car companies about being the voice of their GPS system. I think it would be good if you are looking for ... More >>
Michael Jackson's illustrious but weird life will surely be turned into a TV movie as soon as the sequins get cold. So I've been doing some imaginary casting and coming up with these fanciful yet mildly disturbing inevitabilities: As Michael: Usher. They can digitize the surgery. As the other memb ... More >>
Last week, we came across a pro-Hillary YouTube video that we compulsively watched despite a fear that it might cause seizures. This week, we came across another. It might not be as wonderfully awful as last week's Hil vid, but "Hillary4U&Me "—with its Prince-style spelling and Jackson Five-insp ... More >>
A Hanukkah fete with Yo La Tengo, the only band worth trudging all the way to Hoboken for
Fred Benenson. More of his flicks here. Girl Talk at Studio B Date: Friday, February 9 Opener: Parts & Labor Better than: Getting a MySpace friend request from Booble Bob Rating: 9.0 Last Friday, Greg Gillis had to pee—desperately enough that he asked a sold-out Studio B to "hang on" a sec while ... More >>
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