About this time five years ago, I was driving around with the radio tuned to a classic rock station when whatever super-computer Clear Channel uses to program its stations decided it was time for "Heart of Gold." "That was Neil Young," the DJ bantered afterwards. "Congrats to him for winning his fir ... More >>
Reviewed herein: Merle Haggard:The Running Kind by David Cantwell Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades of Nashville by Michael Streissguth Surprisingly, since it stands as the finest and most thorough work of Hag-gazing any critic has yet mustered, David Cantwell's Merle Haggard:The R ... More >>
In a perfect world, jukeboxes aren't Top 40-spewing robots, those glowing ATM-like contraptions hooked up to an infinite Internet playlist that charges $2 a song and inundates you with too many choices to the point where you're just playing The Outfield's "Your Love" on repeat for the billionth time ... More >>
After countless rumors, false starts, and fakes, the ACTUAL, REAL DEAL, NO BULLSHIT Coachella Lineup has finally been announced. And, no, the Rolling Stones aren't headlining. But you already knew that. So who is? These are your Coachella headliners: Stone Roses and Blur the first night, Phoenix the ... More >>
Here are the ten best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
At the start of a new year, the sporting season of the music bloggers begins: it's time to fool the Internet with phony Coachella lineup leaks! The genuine roster for 2013's festival likely won't be unveiled until later in the month, giving us a few great weeks of posting Photoshopped posters to Fac ... More >>
Catch Mick Jagger in Performance
Illustrations by Debbie Allen CMJ is great. It's got all the stressful clusterfuckery of SXSW, but with none of the late night hot tub parties or surprise Kanye West performances! It brings a ton of acts to town all at once, and you can't really get mad at that. In honor of this grand industry tra ... More >>
Rock and roll, 62-ish, died Friday at 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan after a courageous battle with poor taste. At the time of its death, rock and roll was surrounded by friends, family, and comedian Jimmy Fallon, as Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon -- the former wife and son (respectively) of Beatle Jo ... More >>
Rumors have been circulating for some time that Kristen Wiig was considering her seventh year as an Saturday Night Live castmember to be her last. And, in the last sketch of the season finale on Saturday night, she confirmed those rumors with one of the best (and emotional) send-offs in the show's h ... More >>
The Nomad, a follow-up restaurant to Eleven Madison Park created by Will Guidara and Daniel Humm, opened for business yesterday evening, according to Eater.
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Naturally, this record shows up quite a bitAs our celebration of the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's arrival in New York City winds down, we thought we'd reach out to a bunch of musicians with a simple question: What's your favorite Dylan song?
There's a pretty astonishing piece of criticism on Slate today about the new Keith Richards autobiography, Life. It purports to be by Mick Jagger himself, and comes with an editor's note attached at the top: On a recent morning, the journalist Bill Wyman received a UPS package containing a ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. November 19, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 47 Scenes By Howard Smith IT WAS A LONG WAY from Woodstock to Altamont. Knowing upfront what happened at Altamont gave a grim undertow to "Gimme Shelter," the Maysles Brothers' documentary about the Ston ... 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. July 27, 1967, Vol. XII, No. 41 Needed: A Mencken By Jack Newfield The pop scene needs its Mencken. Its mythmakers and trend-spotters have made it all visible, but the influence of the hucksters, fast-buck promoters, middle-aged teenyb ... More >>
Doug Fieger, leader of The Knack, has died of cancer at age 57. He'd had several operations for brain tumors, and had also been fighting lung cancer. The Oak Park, Michigan, native was a knockabout musician from his teen years, and got Rolling Stones and Traffic producer Jimmy Miller to work ... More >>
Hello from Madison Square Garden, where once may be enough
if you've got "Wood" in your name, maybe you should just take the week off. Following the affairs L'Tiger, Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones has been arrested for assault in Claygate, UK. Cops -- 'scuse us, constables -- say the 62-year-old Wood's arrest was "in connection with a domestic incide ... 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 >>
In 2009, the traditional practice of exchanging physical copies of records for money is a trade that might best be called quixotic. But New Yorkers are stubborn people, and the record store is not dead. Below, the top ten records that sold in the last week at a store near you. ¬† John Kioussis ope ... More >>
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