[Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning scribe and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] The biggest concern in my life recently is that every show on my DVR is the regular definition version, rather than the high definition version. As you can see, things have a ... More >>
They were an "important group" capable of being "pretentious to the point of misery." "This album has some major work behind that erect banana on the cover." Sounds pretty spot on. Richard Goldstein's review in full from our April 13, 1967 issue is after the jump. See also: The Voice's 1972 Rev ... More >>
Lou Reed left the Velvet Underground in August 1970, but before he did the band played two shows a night for nine weeks at Max's Kansas City on Park Avenue. Their stint there was memorialized with an album, Live at Max's Kansas City, which was put out by Cotillion Records two years later. Richar ... More >>
A sanitized Beatles tribute could use "Help!"
For the most part, we agree. Three of Jay-Z's last four albums have been terrible. Lil Wayne, addled as he is by lean and anatomical discharge (or just pure not-caring), don't rap so good no more. Eminem hasn't released a worthwhile LP in over a decade. Nas is wildly inconsistent--but we await all h ... More >>
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Where has the singer-songwriter been?
Refused w/Ceremony Terminal 5 Monday, April 23 Better than: Most of the 21st century. It took 15 years, but Refused is ready to forgive. The first injustice came when people ignored their second release, Songs To Fan The Flames Of Discontent. Refused followed that up by mocking its fans' lack of d ... More >>
Marianne Faithfull & Marc Ribot City Winery Thursday, March 15 Better than: Stones tributes. If the billing of a stripped-down duo performance between Marianne Faithfull, the 65-year old pop singer, and Marc Ribot, the master guitarist of the downtown jazz scene, seemed too good to be true, it wa ... More >>
The Song: will.i.am feat. Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez, "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)" The Crimes: Overhashtagging, sub-"Dancing In The Streets" incoherence from Jagger, using "feces" as a term of braggadocio. Sometimes I feel bad for the music industry, which has had a rough go of it these ... More >>
Plus: Ed Sanders's memoir Fug You
Alva Mind CinemaCan't stop, won't stop.El Bulli is closing in three days, and now that the documentary's been made, the staff meal has been eulogized, and the last of the 'I-ate-at-El-Bulli-and-everyone-else-can-suck-it' "articles" have been written (we hope), the media is wringing its last f ... More >>
The week before July 4 is usually a slow one for big restaurant developments, but today has brought us a couple of exceptions.
His book mapped their lives
Rock 'n' roll playpen
Clownsurfing is a real thing. Pics by Rebecca, more below.The Rock and Roll Circus, a two-night spectacle at Lincoln Center that started Monday, was billed as a homage to the Rolling Stones' 1968 event by the same name, a multi-ring extravaganza scattering big-top attractions among sets in th ... More >>
Hole Terminal 5 Tuesday, April 27 "Courtney Love is scary," is how the first Village Voice piece about Hole and its "genre-defying," Kim-Gordon-produced triumph Pretty on the Inside began. Published February 1992, this was the month after Nirvana's epochal Nevermind displaced Michael Jackson's pe ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 11, 1968, Vol. XIII, No. 13 Zappa & the Mothers: Ugly Can Be Beautiful by Sally Kempton It is 1 a.m. on a Friday night and the Mothers of Invention are recording part of the soundtrack for their forthcoming movie. Ian is playin ... More >>
Our Dylan, in action. So this is making the rounds lately, and aside from that first quote (the first line of the piece, following a please-young-people-don't-kill-me disclaimer), key sentiments include: * "Three stages were surrounded by hipsters, and for a short while I actually hung out with D ... More >>
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Getting bucks from different heads of the music-biz hydra
Bronx hulk, West Coast harpist make two house parties hop
Cool out, it's only Ringo and his three friends, doing the same stuff they've always done
Satirical Web Site Offers to Rent Out an African American Companion
Disney Dreams Up the Best Radio Station in 30 Years
Style Slumps at the Met