Disclaimer: Everything in this post is not some bogus attempt at making an April Fools' joke, that's not how we roll. We don't mess around when it comes to social activities. Spend this evening with real comedians including Janeane Garofalo at Union Hall, and Colin Quinn at Housing Works Bookstore, ... More >>
Singles were added to the Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics' poll for the music of 1979 issue. Before that, only albums were ranked in the poll, which began in 1971, then stopped for three years before returning for good in early 1975 to recap the music of 1974. Here's a rundown of the top ten singl ... More >>
Cruise through this index of the Voice's top ten albums from 1971 through 2013, according to its annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, started by Robert Christgau. The poll has run every year since '71, except for a three-year hiatus after that first year. The prominence of legacy artists on the inaugu ... More >>
John Denver is coming to town, and he's bringing his old bandmates with him. Together, they're kicking off the "Rocky Mountain High Concert" U.S. tour in Westbury on Friday (at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury), and then looping back around to Best Buy Theatre on Tuesday, February 12. And they'll be pla ... More >>
Bad 25: Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona, Swizz Beatz Gotham Hall Wednesday, August 29 Better than: an easy hair-burning joke. "You just don't do a Michael songyou try and do the best you can." So said Ne-Yo, dabbing at his forehead, having sweated through his "Smooth Criminal" costume. On screens behi ... More >>
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Yann Tiersen Irving Plaza Friday, April 27 Better than: Most of the Philip Glass and Stephin Merritt music I've heard. Skyline, Yann Tiersen's seventh studio album, is only the second album of his current deal with Anti- and, like 2010's Dust Lane, it pioneers sonic territory structurally differen ... More >>
Whatever you thought of her performance at this year's Super Bowl, Madonna's halftime appearance had the desired effect: It drummed up awareness for her first album in four years, the longest recording gap of her career. When the Billboard 200 album chart is tallied in the middle of this week, Madg ... More >>
The lady sitting atop both of Billboard's major lists this week has made enough news in 2011 that I'm tempted to rename this column "This Week in Adele." The British thrush is certainly making enough sad news these days, canceling her tour and preparing to undergo much-needed throat surgery. ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 1, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 26 Fillmore, Summer of '71: Graduation Day By Don Heckman So it turned out to be with a whimper, after all. Expecting fireworks at the Absolutely Last Final Fillmore East performance on Sunday night, we expe ... More >>
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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 >>
Loss on top of loss: Ellie Greenwich, the pioneering female songwriter who wrote some of the most flat out brilliant songs of the 1960s, including "Be My Baby," "And Then He Kissed Me," "Da Doo Ron Ron," "River Deep, Mountain High," and "Leader of the Pack," died this morning at the age of 68. Bro ... More >>
Michael Becker / FOX Allison's hair is back to normal, Scott's is growing back, Lil's is yet again gorgeously coiffed, and "This is American Idol," says Ryan as we scan the remaining eight players. If last week's one-and-a-half-hour show was a reprieve, this week I've got it really easy with only a ... More >>
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