On July 17, during a routine Wednesday night at the East Williamsburg performing arts space known as Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, co-manager Yoni David was shot, a bystander in a dispute unrelated to the venue. The bullet travelled through his left arm and into his torso, leaving his limb close to unusab ... More >>
Here are the 10 best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.
Dan Friel hits the Knitting Factory
Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
You can't really know where you're headed unless you know where you've been. For that reason, we're taking a look back at Pazz & Jop 2012 to drill down into the ballots of contributors and voters who participated. Maybe amongst the rubble we'll find clues about what lies ahead for music lovers in 20 ... More >>
According to legend, the East River passes through South Street Seaport at a speed of four knots. This little tidbit provided us here at the Voice with a perfect title for our annual shindig in downtown Manhattan. Welcome to the second 4Knots Festival - an all-day, all-ages totally free musical ... More >>
Randy Jones, the original cowboy from the legendary disco group the Village People, is a man of many hats--not just cowboy ones. He's starting a party called Sunday Night Fever at Splash this Sunday, May 6. Here's what the ever-charming Randy had to say about stuff when I asked. On his input int ... More >>
Metallica has announced the first annual Orion Music & More Festival, which will take place in Atlantic City on June 23 and 24 and feature the band headlining both nights and playing the Black Albumyou know, Bob Rock, commercial breakthrough, "Enter Sandman," etc.in its entirety ... More >>
The Public Theater mounts Shakespeare at his goriest
The Public stages Titus Andronicus
Ted Leo, Titus Andronicus, So So Glos Shea Stadium Monday, November 21 Better than: Getting into another political argument on Tumblr. In honor of last night's benefit for the National Lawyers Guild at Shea Stadium, the letters "OWS," for "Occupy Wall Street," were haphazardly applied to the wall ... More >>
As you might have heard, Taylor Swift has been crossing the country touring behind 2010's Speak Now and performing a new cover song, often with a surprise guest, at each city along the way, leaving in a trail of camera phone YouTube videos and exclamation point-filled tweets in her wake. In Atlanta ... More >>
Ben LozovskyTitus Andronicus Glasslands Gallery Wednesday, October 18 Better than: Reading a good book and being in bed by 10. As you're surely by now aware, this year's CMJ Music Marathon has some thousand-plus bands, not from all over the country but all over the worldeveryone from ... More >>
CMJ Day One: Hollerado, Mr. Dream, Delicate Steve, Chad Valley, Class Actress Better than: Trashing a hotel room and sex acts with a shark. In a CMJ world more than mildly dominated by moody bedroom electronica, Mediterranean sea-breezes, adolescent posse rap, and heaps of fashion-conscious ... More >>
Vivian Girls up the "fi"
In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images. This weekend, Debbie and I turned our attentions inwards, to the Village Voice's own 4Knots Music Festival at South Street Seaport. As always, the Seaport was a str ... More >>
Willie DavisTitus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles (left) and Amy Klein.You came. You danced. You sweated. And based on the tweets we saw coming out of our very first 4Knots Music Festival yesterday at the South Street Seaport, everyone had as much fun as we expected! Our favorite 140-character-o ... More >>
Celebrating the summer with live, sweaty shows
This week in the Voice: It's the preview issue for our 4Knots Music Festival, set to take place July 16 at South Street Seaport! Maura Johnston previews the lineup, which includes the Black Angels, Titus Andronicus, Oberhofer, Eleanor Friedberger, Mr. Dream, and Davila 666. She also muses on ... More >>
The triumphant David Comes to Life storms the suburbs
via @melanarchy/TwitpicOkkervil River w/ Titus Andronicus, Future Islands Terminal 5 Tuesday, June 7 Better than: Being forced to go home any earlier, even with a book in each hand. Halfway through Okkervil River's newest album I Am Very Far lies a song called "We Need a Myth." "We need a m ... More >>
A few of us Voice women headed down to the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse yesterday to join hundreds of New Yorkers protesting the acquittal of Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata, the two NYPD cops accused of raping a woman in her apartment in 2009. There was chanting, sign-waving, speechifying; ... More >>
His book mapped their lives
"If there was any way you could confirm Kanye's inevitable victory early, that'd be a big help art-department-wise." So began Pazz & Jop editor Rob Harvilla's first note to me after voting closed in late December. Inevitability is not a statistical quality, but the magnitude of My Beautiful D ... More >>
"The whole chart thing is kind of like sports," said an unimpressed Merge label chief Laura Ballance, back when Arcade Fire hit #1 on the Billboard charts. That may well be true. But if selling records is like sports, Arcade Fire are weirdly good at it, considering they're a bunch of spindly ... More >>
Ariel Pink says hi. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week we found out exactly how many professional music critics can actually name all nine members of the Wu-Tang Clan (the results may surprise and depress you!), we also found ourselves accusing Kanye West of maybe ripping off a Dr. Dog video ... More >>
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 >>
New Year's Eve is next Friday, which means you probably already missed out on Patti Smith tickets. Wait much longer and there won't be much left to choose from. So, in the interests of being servicey, and in honor of the news that 2010's Most Important Singles Artist, Ariel Pink, will be in a ... More >>
The Lauryn Hill comeback is in furious motion, folks -- make that four local-ish venues she'll be playing in the next couple months. Along with her sold-out Bowery Balloom and Music Hall of Williamsburg shows (and her trio of dates at the Blue Note in early January), she's tacked on an additi ... More >>
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! Dear Rob, Sean, Rich, and Maura, I believe, as per ... More >>
Titus Andronicus at Webster Hall last year. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.Well, this will be great, if you can make it inside: the mighty Titus Andronicus are playing the extremely modest-sized Bar Matchless tomorrow night with the So So Glos, for free. It's a private show, but you can get in with ... More >>
Hey, Marty. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week a former member of the Fugees declared his intention to run an entire country, despite his gross lack of qualifications for said job, we started a campaign against him. Sorry 'Clef, but this is ridiculous.
Protip: If you're ever looking to get a show shut down as fast as possible, whip a bottle at a police car. "The plan was originally for Ryan Schreiber, founder of Pitchfork, and Patrick Stickles, lead singer of the grouchy New Jersey band Titus Andronicus, to DJ at Shea Stadium from 2 a.m. un ... More >>
To review: Weezer's "Sweater Song" is your holy text; this howling, elemental singalong conducted by Titus Andronicus and the Vivian Girls's Cassie Ramone last night in Philadelphia will serve as your rites. That Titus's Patrick Stickles nails the solo note for note, and that he and Cassie are abl ... More >>
Hey look, it's Michael Bolton. Photo by the intrepid Rob Harvilla.In the week we attended a cocktail party at Michael Bolton's house, we learned that the god has a Kanye platinum plaque on his wall and the finest Scrabble board Toys R Us sells on his mantle. Our guided tour of New York's most ... More >>
The Times won't write their name, but we will! Over and over!
Rebecca SmeyneNot the guy from Titus Andronicus. Also not fake blood. We'll have more on this fete in a bit, but for right now, read every single word of this. "We are being choked and beaten and sexually assaulted, and all the while, my peers dance and snort cheap coke and photograph each o ... More >>
Ume at Public Assembly. Photos by Rebecca Smeyne.Elsewhere: Endless recaps, involuntary rants, street fashion. Right here: SOTC photographer Rebecca Smeyne, putting in work. Her first installment, featuring Small Black, Woods, El Perro Del Mar, Beach Fossils, Titus Andronicus, Heavy Trash, an ... More >>
Fanfarlo at Pianos. Rebecca Smeyne took all these pictures.One day you're a normal person, the next you're speaking in acronyms and set-times, discoursing knowledgably about the difference between Surfer Blood and Surf City. So yeah, CMJ is very much upon us all. Recaps of any number of last ... More >>
--Further details have been revealed about Fucked Up's November 5th live reprise of their entire Chemistry of Common Life at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. The band has revealed the special guests they'd teased earlier this week: Andrew W.K., the Vivian Girls, Titus Andronicus, and Katie Stelmanis ... More >>
Henrik, Will, Stage-struck bugs, and Mister Softee, too!
On metal, genre-based critical bias, layoffs, industry hysteria, and the Loudness Wars