Balkan Beat Box
Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell
Saturday, June 16
Better than: Having to fight for the right to party.
Balkan Beat Box have made nearly a handful of fine records, but they're no match for the power of the party band's live show. It's probably a measure of how fus ... More >>
Photos by Emmanuel Garcia; more below.Patti Smith
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Friday, December 2
Better than: Whatever Met gala I'll never be invited to.
About three-quarters of the way through an impossibly good, set-closing rendition of "Gloria," Patti Smith tried something newand fa ... More >>
Yes, tonight at Housing Works longtime Voice pal Will Hermes assembles hip-hop Godfather DJ Kool Herc, Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, Laurie Anderson, Salsa legend Larry Harlow, and former Voice music editor Robert Christgau to discuss the city's music scene(s), as they unfolded from 1973 t ... More >>
At last year's Brooklyn Book Festival, Joshua Clover and Ta-Nehisi Coates argued the relative merits of Roxette's "Listen to Your Heart" and Public Enemy's "Fight the Power." The year before, Ian MacKaye (on a panel with Thurston Moore and Lupe Fiasco) decried the overuse of the phrase "Goog ... More >>
Ah, the Brooklyn Book Festival, a five-year-old, free, all-day blowout of panels, readings, and extraordinary quasi-literary happenings, where you might see, say, Ian MacKaye complaining about people who say "just type it in" when they mean "Google it." (On a panel with Thurston Moore and Lup ... More >>