"Why the long face?" I joked to drag contestant Trannie Oakley at last night's So You Think You Can Drag? at New World Stages, where I was a judge along with author/promoter Justin Luke and Wicked's Kyle Dean Massey. Trannie had just done an astounding number as Celine Dion, capturing her power, gr ... More >>
By Mike Seely [Editor's note: Country Time is a new biweekly column for our sister music blog in Seattle.] With the nation's major-party political conventions drawing to a close recently with a rousing reelection appeal from the nation's first black president, it seems fitting to cast a spotlight ... More >>
Starring, Dustin Wong & Dan Friel, White Out, PC Worship 285 Kent Saturday, July 7 Better than: Next week's Crimson ProjeKct appearance, perhaps? It may have ended with a dazzle, but this Northern Spy Records-curated night of intriguingly difficult music did not commence auspiciously, at least for ... More >>
Drag star Sherry Vine -- the Elizabeth Taylor of downtown and the Gaga-spoofing YouTube queen -- is hosting a variety show for Here TV called She's Living for This. Well, I'm living for Sherry's favorite variety shows of all-time, and she generously obliged me with them since we both love a high-co ... More >>
53. Phil Collins, "Another Day in Paradise"  52. The 5th Dimension, "Up, Up and Away"  51. Olivia Newton-John, "I Honestly Love You"  50. Celine Dion, "My Heart Will Go On"  49. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, "A Taste of Honey"  48. Bobby McFerrin, "Don't ... More >>
Sabel Scities, the Portland-born dazzler who regularly plays at Stonewall and other NYC clubs! Miss'd America is the annual Atlantic City beauty pageant that has become way more enjoyable than tired, old Miss America. (The latter has gals dressed weirdly like hos as they perform classical music an ... More >>
They were washed up, kaput, as ovah as the macarena! And then they rose up from the ashes of disdain and said, "Ha!' And we applauded like madmen. The best comebacks ever are:
Benjamin LozovskyAlabama Shakes Lakeside Lounge Friday, December 10 Better than: Alabama (the band and the state). The banks of the Mississippi swell and contract in a brutally accelerated pace, not unlike the current cycle of Internet-fueled indie stardom. Channeling the bona fide heart of ... More >>
What would you give up for freedom?
Michael Becker / FOXJames Durbin makes the piano catch fire for no reason This week is Elton John week on American Idol, and it's the same week Elton John is hosting and playing musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Why so much Elton John all of a goddamned sudden? Did God hear "Rocket Man" on his ... More >>
"Like I'm supposed to just stand up there and sing and look mean and play music and not entertain people! I could not do that." Knocking 'em dead in 1966Back in the '60s, hanging around outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in Midtown, Jimi Hendrix took off the pink bandana he was wearing and pres ... More >>
Or at least to Soho Rep
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 >>
Doing a lot better now, thanks. Pics by Jason Gross, more below.M.I.A. Terminal 5 Monday, September 27 Better Than: Getting drenched at her last gig. Listen, Maya, if you don't like this review, don't Tweet my cell. You're having a shitty year, but everyone else has, too. Yours is just more ... More >>
Is that your card catalog or are you just happy to see me?Hold onto your library cards, peeps. Will Manley has released the results of the librarian sex survey that Wilson Library Bulletin refused to run in 1992 -- the one which he got fired over. The results are... less than scintillating. B ... More >>
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. Dancing With Demons: The Music's Real Master Author: Jeff Godwin Date: 1988 ... More >>
You know you're a NYer when . . . you recognize locations in these movies. Ba da bum.
Cure your Independence Day hangover with the Film Society
Justin HyteJustin Tranter is a rock star (he's lead singer of the glammy Semi Precious Weapons) AND a jewelry designer (his sexy FETTY line sells at Barneys NY and Barneys COOP). He's ALSO a perfect subject for this widely read blog! So, in between bouts of rubbing sea kelp into my hair, I cornered ... More >>
Frank Micelotta / FOXBye, Scott! When "Year You Were Born" is an Idol episode theme, anything should happen, but last night's predictable mess yielded just one surprise: Simon Cowell's standing ovation for the swishiest contestant in history and new Bill O'Reilly foe, Adam Lambert. So, which boring ... More >>
In the same week that we interviewed Jaime Lowe about her ODB biography and had an unexpected follow-up exchange, the Vivian Girls insulted people who eat at Applebee's, we defended them, they apologized, Fluxy (who co-launched a new blog) called bullshit, NBS responded, and now Zach's off drinking ... More >>
The (other) queen is back, multi-octave bazooka and all
A half-centenarian provides more porny pop excellence
Which of the perverse telecast's random pairings was the looniest—Alicia Keys and dead Sinatra, Alicia Keys and half-dead John Mayer, or Carrie Underwood and the refugees from Stomp? I'll call it a tie—along with the tooth-achingly kitschy Beatles tribute and the three instrumentalists vying for ... More >>
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