Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>
LA punk rockers come to NY.
Merrill Garbus defeats the curse of the real thing on incredible new album Nikki Nack
[The following article, written by Tom Smucker, ran in The Village Voice on October 16, 1976.] See also: Legendary Texas Punk Tim Kerr's Tribute to Folk Hero Pete Seeger
Over the past decade, a slew of art devoted to the cause of amnesty for illegal immigrants has flourished across the United States, everything from music to YouTube videos, posters to poems. It follows in the grand tradition of Mexican protest songs about la frontera and migra, a genre that goes bac ... More >>
From Totonno's limited roster of toppings, we ordered Italian sausage and garlic. Coney Island's ancient pizza parlor Totonno's reopened recently after a five-month hiatus following Hurricane Sandy, which flooded the premises and did massive damage. Two years ago this month, the venerable pizzeria ... More >>
On Sunday afternoon, musicians played Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan songs as they walked down Van Brunt Street, stomping their feet and singing. Usually these guys come with their banjos and harmonicas to Sunny's, the beloved, family-owned bar on Red Hook's waterfront, but it's one of the many places ... More >>
43rd Annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame Awards Marriott Marquis Thursday, June 14 Better than: Disco roller derby. If you closed your eyes and listened to the parade of songs and familiar voices emanating from the Marriott Marquis' luminary-packed sixth-floor ballroom last night, you might have tho ... More >>
"Band seeking 1000 guitar players. Other instruments also welcome. Influences include Woody Guthrie, Tom Morello, Willie Nile, and Sergio Ortega." Occupy Wall Street is raising a "Guitarmy." For months, activists have been preparing for May Day, laying plans for teach-ins, bank blockades, marches ... More >>
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musicianfinishes this weekend, with the Round of 32 kicking off Monday. (The schedule and results so far are here; the fu ... More >>
A talented crew takes on Woody Guthrie
Tom Morello at Occupy Wall Street this morning.Tom Morello, the guitar player for Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, made an appearance at Zuccotti Park this morning to play for Occupy Wall Street Protesters. "First they ignored you," Morello told the crowd. "Then you got pepper-spraye ... More >>
all photos by Sam HorineShepard Fairey has a motorcycle posse and it includes Rick Ross. Shepard Fairey's "May Day" show opened this past Saturday. The promotional noise from Deitch Projects' send-off has been near-deafening, amplified by the hubbub around Fairey's rabidly targeted, heavily guarded ... More >>
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. Everyone in our generation will never forget where they were when they heard about the greatest tragedy to ever occur on American soil: The Beastie Boys forgot how to rap.
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesMarch 25, 1965, Vol. X, No. 23Dylan Meets the PressBy J.R. GoddardFour years ago a thin, aquiline-faced boy of 19 got off the subway from Hibbing, Minnesota, to come up for air in the Village, bearing with him no more than a battered guita ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesJanuary 14, 1965, Vol. X, No. 13Blowin' in the Wind: A Folk-Music RevoltBy Jack NewfieldOn the frontier of every art form guerilla bands of prophets and crackpots are nourishing the orthodoxies and fashions of tomorrow.A decade ago the frontie ... More >>
A progressive hero celebrates the 9-0 with a few friends
New York City prosecutors remained asleep at the switch while mortgage rip-off artists took huge bites out of the Big Apple, reports The Times's Michael Powell this morning in a great top-of-the fold read.Almost a decade after HUD declared the city a foreclosure fraud "hot zone" and schemesters bega ... More >>
I used to say, 'I've been at the Voice since the Civil War.' But now I'm off to other combats.
A hefty collection of articles and photos plumps up the legacy of the blues great
Like playing Guitar Hero, only REAL: Slash, Tom Morello, Les Claypool onstage early this morning at the Parish. Click on this shit for the full effect. Holy double motherfuck. New York, I have so much to tell you about this thing they call South By Southwest, but this comes first. I saw Slash earl ... More >>
Brazil, Beliz, San Antonio, Soho, Mother Africaall journeys into paradise
The career-launching music of another kind of '60s counterculturalist
Soho shop sells 'real construction worker jacket'for only $400!
Youngish protest Bobs confront reality, pitch in to help Kerry get elected and govern
Steve Earle Practices Rock and Roll Leftism for Its Own Sweet Sake
Peggy Seeger, First Woman of Folk, Returns to New York
Folksinger, Wordslinger, Start Me a Song