By Richard Gehr Popular Vermont improv-rock quartet Phish turned 30 on December 2, ending their strongest year together since, oh, 1998 or so. Is it coincidence that the group's subsequent bad juju -- first a hiatus, then a breakup -- occurred during the horrific Bush administration? Or that the gr ... More >>
From Richard Nusser's Riffs column comes this review of Lou Reed's first ever solo performance: "Saturday night Reed made his solo debut at Alice Tully Hall and reaffirmed the growing belief that he is a remarkable writer and one of the most gifted artists of our generation." The review in full fr ... More >>
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When Punk Authority (Software Recording Co.), Pete Swanson's new EP, is emanating from my iPhone, a funny thing happens: my German Shepherd rushes in from wherever else he was in the house, snuffling and whimpering and breathing heavily. The ears flatten against his head. His entire body heaves. "Fo ... More >>
Alexander Cockburn, trenchant political writer and former Voice columnist, has died of cancer in Germany at the age of 71, announces his friend and collaborator, Jeffrey St. Clair. "He didn't want to blog his own death as Christopher Hitchens had done," writes St. Clair at their mutual endeavor, Cou ... More >>
Phish Jones Beach Theater Wednesday, July 4 Better than: Putting the freak flag in permanent cold storage. "Goddard College!" Phish leader Trey Anastasio called out between verses during "Alumni Blues," the band's opening number at Jones Beach on Wednesday night, a rare onstage shout-out to the b ... More >>
The opening credits of the Brad Pitt-starring Killing Them Softly are set to snatches of Barack Obama's 2008 Democratic Convention speech, focused on the notion of "the American promise," jarringly jump-intercut with scenes of Frank (Scoot McNairy) making his way through a tunnel onto a dismal A ... More >>
A Scandinavian spin on Americana
Looking for signs of the artist a quarter-century after he disappeared
Stephen SlaybaughBob Pfeifer. Cleveland Confidential Book Tour, moderated by Luc Sante and featuring Cheetah Chrome, Mike Hudson, and Bob Pfeifer plus Eric Davidson powerHouse Arena Saturday, April 9 Better Than: Watching the East River burn while sitting in a swank DUMBO loft. There must ... More >>
Plus CSS, Adele, and other spring music picks
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. August 26, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 34 One-way street By Lucian K. Truscott IV Last Wednesday was hot and sunny. On St. Mark's Place, once the home of James Fenimore Cooper and later W. H. Auden and Abbie Hoffman, the air hung in soggy, hea ... More >>
Georgia, Ira, and the Clean's Hamish Kilgour, leading a drummer summit. Pics by Liz Clayton, more below.Yo La Tengo/The National Maxwell's Wednesday, December 8 Better than: The other seven nights, kinda. Nels Cline sitting in Tuesday was pretty sweet. Ditto Jeff Tweedy a few nights earl ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Reverb-soaked New York art-crooners Translations are a lazy Sunday dream, tempering their drizzly indie-pop with the subtle shades of classic r&b. Drums rattle drearily and bass lines groove silkily ... More >>
Arguing about mellow indie rock, Lady Gaga, and the real grizzly bears
Historicity and records from other fresh faces take our 2009 jazz poll
The man behind some of Warhol's best work
A crucial 15-minute NYC hardcore origin story gets canonized at last
Ooooh plus "Iron Man" Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Celebration Madison Square Garden Friday, October 30 "When we were down, rock 'n' roll lifted us up," says Tom Hanks in his introductory remarks for the final night of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's benefit-concert extravaganza ... More >>
Phillippe Garrel's Relationship Memoir is Perfectly in Tune
On Returning with Mister Lonely
Tyshawn Sorey's provocations lead a pack of notable 2007 debuts
Pirate of the Guggenheim! How Richard Prince stole his way into the art world's heart.
Hand over that Pioneer Medal, please. Also, a thumbnail gallery of Wire Images from the event here. "Who would've believed this one?" Lou Reed's rhetorical question was the opening line for his speech accepting the George Arents Pioneer Medal ("for excellence in the arts") from his alma mater, Sy ... More >>
Random obsessions and vexations, born of both young tyros and inexplicably still-rocking old people
As CBGB takes its victory laps, a lifer reminisces about the death of an era
An East Village staple evolves, but dies a little in the process
Brit lads get things like naked girlfriends out in the open
Come savor the beaty delights of European multiculturalism, Arabski kjuchek included
Pavement, the unheard musictreat it like an oil well?
Who's the Villain? Whos the Saint?
Scandinavian Garages and Carburetor Dung
The Lower East Sides First Underground Band Refuses to Burn Out