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    August 18, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 8/18/14

    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

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    April 17, 2014

    Five Better Producers for Michael Jackson's New Album

    Like most right-thinking people, we were disappointed when producers decided to capitalize on unreleased Michael Jackson material with the album Michael just one year after the King of Pop passed away. It was a crass, money-making maneuver, and the album showed it. They're doing it again this year ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    12 (More) Big Deal Albums We're Hella Excited For

    Hey: Albums! In case people still care about these things, here's a batch of potentially interesting releases arriving in the calendar year.

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    September 4, 2012

    Fan Landers: How Can I Bootstrap My Way To Pop Stardom?

    Are you a musician? Is your band having issues? Our advice columnist Fan Landers (a.k.a. Jessica Hopper) is ready to give you Real Talk about any problems your musical outfit might be having—whether professional, practical, or sartorial. Send your problems to sotc at villagevoice dot com; conf ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    2 Chainz Brings His T.R.U. Story To The 40/40 Club

    Last night at the 40/40 Club, during the listening session for 2 Chainz's debut Based On A T.R.U. Story (Def Jam), it became apparent that the Atlanta MC grew up watching What's Happening?—he kept insisting that he could feel someone recording his album in the crowd a la Rerun's run-in with th ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    Hit Machines: The Ten Best Singles Runs From Post-Confessions R&B Albums

    In his recent review of R&B singer Miguel's fantastic Art Dealer Chic series of EPs, The A.V. Club's Evan Rytlewski explained the singer's rise in popularity by floating the idea that his 2010 album All I Want Is You contained "arguably the most engaging singles run of any R&B album since Usher's Co ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012
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    March 27, 2012

    Radio Hits One: Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, And Other Urban Radio Staples Turn To Clappers

    Lately, when I turn on a hip-hop station, I feel like I'm being applauded, and I don't always feel like returning the favor. I'm not referring just to the default use of handclaps (sampled or, more likely, emulated by drum machines) as snare drums in beats, which has been a common practice and has b ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Kim Kardashian Ruins A The-Dream Song: Behold the Sad Spectacle of "Jam (Turn It Up)"

    ​We had hopes for this song. We had such fucking hopes for this song. We had so many hopes and dreams for this song we wrote a whole musical about it. And instead it's come to this: a club trifle that in the hands of its creator, pop savant The-Dream, would probably look something a lot like a ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    The Week In Nightlife, Starring GHE20 G0TH1K, Optimo, And The Go Go Gangster Cumbia Party

    ​It's the first week of the new year! This also means it's the first week to break your resolutions to drink less and sleep more. Enablers that we are, behold your week in nightlife, featuring the return of our favorite Lower East Side fete, a music festival, a lot of disco, and so much more.

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    December 23, 2010

    Rob Harvilla's Top 10 Albums Of 2010

    Naturally, this dude is involved​Distilling a full year of furtive, easily distracted, constantly overwhelmed listening down to a mere 10 albums is a ridiculous, agonizing, thoroughly loathsome undertaking, and yet here we all are, pulling nine fully formed sonic universes together and capping ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    Zach Baron's Top 10 Albums of 2010

    Guess who? Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.​Alright, let's do this, before I change my mind. With apologies to The-Dream, Sleigh Bells, Ted Leo, Kylesa, Swans, Zola Jesus, Marnie Stern, and all other vestiges of my punk rock past, and especially you Nicki Minaj, who missed both of my lists this year. ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Zach Baron's Top 10 Singles of 2010

    Rich aliens, rich alienation. Still via​With sincere apologies to Chuck Eddy, my two favorite records of the year also produced my two favorite singles: funny how that happens. And though ten songs increasingly feels like about forty too few, especially when Dr. Luke is working, ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Was 2010 The Best Year For Music Ever? The Final Chapter: Katy Perry Is A Bad Feminist But We Are All Vulnerable Somehow

    This has been Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: Rob Harvilla, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. We're sad to see it go. Sleigh Bells frontlady Alexis Krauss, you deserved your ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    Was 2010 The Best Year For Music Ever? LCD Soundsystem and Nostalgia's Creeping Scourge

    Welcome to Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: Rob Harvilla, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. We'll be here all week! James Murphy, pulling no punches.​Dear fellow illumin ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    Wayne Williams, Mannie Fresh, Munchi, And The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival Headline Your Week In Nightlife

    ​Ah, the week before Christmas, when all is quiet, but only because it's freezing outside. (Seriously, it's way too early for snow.) And, while we know that sifting through Top Ten lists (or studying for exams, ick) gives you plenty of incentive to stay wrapped up in a Snuggie, we'd like to re ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    Was 2010 The Best Year For Music Ever? Defending Taylor Swift And Hailing The-Dream

    Welcome to Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: Rob Harvilla, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. We'll be here all week! Happier times for us all​My friends, It's the confl ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Was 2010 The Best Year For Music Ever? Throw Taylor Swift In A Well

    Welcome to Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: Rob Harvilla, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. We'll be here all week! Pay Rich Juzwiak what you owe him, Jay Leno. Twitpic by Dav ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Was 2010 The Best Year For Music Ever? Five SOTC Critics Discuss.

    Great song, at least​Welcome to Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: myself, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. Let us acknowledge at the onset that we are ripping this off fr ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Week In Review: The Love and the Wizardry

    We are all Jay-Z's children,. Photo by Jori Klein.​In the week we told you why you can't hate Kanye West and love My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy at the same time, we made similarly bold claims about Girl Talk--ten worst moments on that record, right here--and the Beatles, who along with a c ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    The Ballad Of Kim Kardashian And The-Dream Continues, Courtside At A Knicks Game

    ​Here we have (courtesy Funkmaster Flex) SOTC deity The-Dream taking in last night's Knicks-Rockets game (guess who won) with Kim Kardashian, continuing their alleged unholy union, about which we have already begun writing a speculative musical. Here, then, are more excerpts from that work in ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Week in Review: Weezy Freed

    Welcome to my life, Weezy.​So Lil Wayne is finally a free man. Perhaps a lonely free man, but a free man nonetheless. It's been a hell of a two weeks for the law around here, in all honesty. After last week's barrage of club closings, this week brought news of yet more: 171 Lombardy was raided ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    The 10 Best Posse Cuts of 2010 (So Far)

    ​Posse cuts are like friendlier versions of the WWE's Royal Rumble -- a platform designed to showcase all of the stars in the game, both up-and-coming and certified. Think back to the Main Source's 1991 "Live At The Barbecue," featuring Akinyele, Joe Fatal, and the debut of a rapper named Nas, ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Your CMJ 2010 Panels, Cynically Summarized: Day 1 (Tuesday)

    ​It begins. Tonight scores of idealistic youngsters will descend on the clubs of New York City for CMJ 2010, vying to find, amid this year's slate of thousands of challengers, this year's Surfer Blood, Sleigh Bells, or, uh, Black Kids. The official showcase schedule is here. Have at it. But le ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    A Pop Star's Guide to Making Music on Twitter

    ​A couple days ago, zeitgeisty rapper B.o.B stopped by Chelsea Handler's talk show. There, he disclosed an interesting detail: despite the fact that he and Paramore's Hayley Williams share dual billing on what is far and away the biggest song of his career, "Airplanes," the two have never met ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    Top Ten Songs Named "Fuck You" Or The Immediate Equivalent

    ​On Friday Cee-Lo debuted a delightful new song with the simplest, most uncouth title possible: "Fuck You." It immediately joined the upper echelons of a surprisingly crowded genre -- from 50 Cent to Pharoahe Monch, the Avengers to Pussy Galore, Lil Kim to Atmosphere, there are lots of songs n ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    The Mad Decent Block Party, PG-13, And Wheel Up Headline Your Weekend In Nightlife

    We'll get it out of the way early: This weekend is all about Saturday's Mad Decent Block Party. And even though we think Diesel is responsible for the worst marketing campaign of all time, you should drop by tonight's in-store pre-party anyway. From 5 to 7 p.m., saucy rapper Maluca tries her hand ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Week in Review: Female Guitar Players Are the New Black

    The beach is in Bed-Stuy, suckers. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.​In the week we asked a Georgia-certified divorce attorney whether The-Dream had left his wife while she was eight and a half months pregnant because he would have had to pay more child support had he waited the full nine (or was it ju ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    Saying Goodbye to The-Dream and Christina Milian's Love, via Twitter

    ​And like that, r&b's first couple has split. Photos surfaced today of songwriter and love king Terius Nash, a/k/a The-Dream, frolicking in the ocean with a woman who is not his wife. Said wife, radiant starlet Christina Milian, may have been at home, taking care of the kids Nash works hard to ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    Week in Review: Taking Our Talents To South Beach

    Sam Horine​In the week we put the worst band name in New York to a vote (Phil and the Osophers, you are no match for Freelance Whales), we watched as LeBron James put his own name in as the most hated in New York, while Kanye West stood proudly at his side. The last place West was seen before ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    I Don't Go Clubbing, I Go Dancing: The Weekend In Nightlife (Special Patriotic Edition)

    ​Hey! It's almost the Fourth of July! In the party circuit, this weekend is no different from any other, besides the free fireworks and the overenthusiastic patriotic bros that will be stumbling around the city. At least you have an excuse to look like a hillbilly, though. Don your American fl ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    Whoever Just Faked The Jelly Pool Parties Lineup Could've Done A Way Better Job

    ​So a couple hours ago Brooklyn Vegan seemed to post this year's Jelly Pool Party schedule, easily the most vital dance card for Brooklyn-is-the-center-of-the-universe types. But apparently it was some clown with access to the JPP braintrust's official Twitter account last year. BV posts a pho ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    This Week in the Voice: An Immigrant's Heart

    ​In this week's Village Voice, a (literally) bleeding-heart story: Julia Amparo-Alvarado, an illegal Guatemalan immigrant who escaped her country's internal strife for a better life, isn't well. The figurative nature of enlarged and battered heart manifested in the physical form. And now, beca ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    The Brilliant Stupidity of The-Dream

    Love King continues the r&b lothario's streak of making terrible ideas sound like genius

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    February 19, 2010

    Week in Review: I Sweat Nonsense

    Ever feel like Sid Vicious is just kinda watching you? Photo by Sam Horine.​In the week we made Jay-Z's signature gas face at the bunch of hacks and pretenders posing as Guns N' Roses until dudes got the hell out of town, we also posted rants about everything from LMFAO not punching Mitt Romne ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    This Week's Voice: Pazz & Jop 2009!

    ​In this week's Village Voice, we happily present the 37th (or, uh, 38th) annual Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll, won handily--SPOILER, guys--by Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion and, in singles, Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind." The full album results are here; singles are here. Plus essa ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    On The New Rihanna Song, "Russian Roulette"

    ​Listen here. Written by Ne-Yo, first single off Rated R, out November 23, and not, alas, a track-by-track cover of the Queens of the Stone Age album. Don't tell me that wouldn't be awesome. But we digress, if only because this is very lovely, and very boring. The problem here is Rihanna is wa ... More >>

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    October 6, 2009
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    July 24, 2009

    Week in Review: Do Not Go to Siren Fest Hungover!

    Look, it's a member of Das Racist eating food. Photo by Sam Horine.  In the week we spent the early hours of recovering from Siren Festival--highlights of which were many and varied and included a photo of Das Racist daring to eat a type of food the duo doesn't rap about--we were officially and ... More >>

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    May 6, 2009

    Rick Ross Paints Portraits

    Rick Ross on his Columbia sojourn with The-Dream, where the two went to shoot the video for "All I Really Want," presented without further comment. Alright, one comment: The way this man says the word "hills" is a beautiful thing. "We all board the plane, go to Medellin, you feel me? We touch down. ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    R. Kelly, Meet The-Dream: On Kells' New "#1 Fan"

    Always loved that moment when pop music snake bites its own tail, and Gwen Stefani rips off Fergie-ripping-off-Gwen Stefani, or Jay-Z bites Rick Ross-biting-Jay-Z, or whatever--the moment when some foundational artist gets lapped by their own legacy and suddenly has to play catch-up. So one nascen ... More >>

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    April 14, 2009

    From the People Who Brought You Asher Roth: Universal's Next Great White Hope

    The angelic, mop-topped creature above is 14-year-old Justin Bieber, a young Canadian boy whom Universal is naturally putting in the studio with Usher, The-Dream, and Tricky Stewart, in hopes of making him a star. His debut already has a title and everything: My World. He was "discovered" by the ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    Week in Review: A Punishing Turkish Prison Sentence of the Peter Green-Era Blues Explosion "Oh Well"

    In the week all your friends went to South by Southwest, New York got a bit rowdy. The old scumbags of Mötley Crüe nearly burned down Madison Square Garden, while Fleetwood Mac brought both punishing Turkish prison sentences and "Silver Springs" to the same arena only a few days later. The Pogues ... More >>

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    March 11, 2009

    This Week's Voice: U2, The-Dream, the Pogues, Private Century, Kat Long's New Book, and More

    In this week's Music Section, Rob Harvilla takes U2's new No Line on the Horizon, force quits, and moves to trash. Restart and reboot yourself. Clover Hope on The-Dream's sublime new Love vs. Money. Tad Hendrickson rolls triumphantly forward with The Pogues, eyes as glassed over as ever. Harvilla ... More >>

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    March 11, 2009

    Live, Briefly: J. Holiday at J&R

    Morrissey looks on with disdain. J. Holiday Downtown J&R In-Store Tuesday, March 10 If J. Holiday doesn't play "Bed," I'm throwing a Roy Orbison box-set at his head. The lithe boudoir-jam r&b singer was blessed in 2007 with the best song The-Dream will ever be associated with, and the rest is, u ... More >>

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    March 11, 2009

    The-Dream's Logic

    How his pop megahits are like iPhones, or maybe like swinging belts

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    November 13, 2007

    Project Runway

    Three r&b lovermen try on different outfits, literally, metaphorically, and sexually

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