The hubbub this week regarding Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's controversial duet "Accidental Racist" has, among other things, given a sign that the world might still not be ready yet for a full blown country and hip-hop crossover. While rap has been above an attempted crossover, no matter how poorly c ... More >>
Beach Boys YouTube wormholes can take many paths, from sunshine-draped reveries to sudden decisive turns towards the seriously depressing. But no clickbait-enhanced listicle of questionable Mike Love sartorial/dance/aesthetic moves, horrifying Brian Wilson zombie moments, made-for-TV movies, or John ... More >>
We are adidas' friends. You'll never be shoeless again. Right now in a record store (probably in Seattle or maybe in Austin), two people are flipping through used vinyl and talking about music. Inevitably, one of them will turn to the other, pick up a record and accuse that musician or band o ... More >>
The jeans-and-tees emporium The Gap has paired up with musicians before; the likes of Luscious Jackson and Common have warbled holiday-appropriate tunes for them during the store's late-autumn shopping season ads, Daft Punk has danced for its denim, and even Willie Nelson has endorsed the brand. But ... More >>
The day before, at Yo La Tengo's show at Maxwell's.
Bonnie Prince Billy & the Cairo Gang
Wednesday, December 9
Better than: Any other band wearing both pajamas and black suits in the course of one night.
"Are you deceiving me?" went the first line of the tonight's six-piece opening ban ... More >>
Everyone knows Thanksgiving is a two-day holiday. The first is for eating and drinking and fighting with your family. (Maybe you go to the movies at night, that's okay too.) The second is for eating and drinking more, preferably leftovers with people you like, friends or the favorite family m ... More >>
Tonight is a Nicolas-Cage-circa-National-Treasure wet dream: The Ridgewood Masonic Temple is housing Sleigh Bells, the M.I.A./Jonas Brother-endorsed duo consisting of metallic guitars fused with overdriven, butt-spanking hip-hop beats. Openers include ecstatic lo-fiers Sundelles and mysterious, sp ... 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.
Creating With Macrame
Author: Suzanne Stiles
Publisher: American ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, we remember Michael Jackson: Greg Tate on the man and his legacy, rapper Jean Grae on what Jackson meant to musicians everywhere, and Jessica Hopper, reporting live from Gary, Indiana the night Jackson died.
Elsewhere, Rob Harvilla describes the daffy sci-fi audacity ... More >>
Well, it's not as spectacular as Joaquin Phoenix's mumblefest on David Letterman. In fact, Billy Bob Thornton -- interviewed here with his band the Boxmasters for a radio show -- seems quite lucid, but behaves like a total asshole. It starts about 1:15 in, when the DJ asks when the band formed, an ... More >>
Janelle Monáe (Stubbs)
Phosphorescent (Club De Ville)
SXSW Wednesday Night, March 18
I would declare that a bunch of Decemberists fans crowding the front of the stage four hours before the sea shanties etc. even begin just to insure their spot is not exactly Atlanta r&b space-cadet Janelle Moná ... More >>