Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>
Last night, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2014 was inducted at Barclays Center. The arena was packed with the star-studded roster of fan favorite acts that included Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, KISS, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, and the E Street Band. In the press room, several of t ... More >>
Stan Douglas updates the 1970s in Luanda–Kinshasa
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!"
Where has the singer-songwriter been?
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 >>
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.
And how can we finally secure our border with Mexico?
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 >>
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 >>
Feeling overstuffed? No country can match Italy for the sheer variety of digestive liqueurs, called amari, which can soothe a fully belly at the end of a big meal... something you might want to look into this holiday season. [NY Times] Two cases of MacKinlay's Rare Old Whisky that Ernest Sh ... More >>
Devo interrupt your dodgeball game
A look back at a year when the whole world was watching
Seeing Paul Weller in concert now necessitates selling your car, your furniture, and possibly your soul
An oft-damaged metal career, documented for posterity
Musical drugs and shared secret codes abort the utopic mission
Getting bucks from different heads of the music-biz hydra
Hunting down verboten DVDs and videos on the Internet
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