Next weekend, various stripes of music nerds (critics, academics, people who just like to think a lot) will descend on New York for the EMP Pop Conference, an annual mind-meld of pro and amateur musicologists that's taking place in our fair city for the first time. The conference, sponsored by the S ... More >>
A year and change ago SOTC emerituses (emereti?) Rob Harvilla and Zach Baron said it seemed at least a bit likely, and now it's really happening: The Afghan Whigs, the Cincinnati chroniclers of suffering for love while swaddling one's self in soul to help ease the pain a bit, will be getting ... More >>
This blog has been soaring lately, so we're reaching out for an intern to join in on the fun. I need someone to work UNGODLY hours to help me track down clips, transcripts, and interviews, and then blast the posts out into the social media. Let's pump it up a notch. Wouldn't this look outrageousl ... More >>
That's it for us in 2010, thanks guys--we feel extremely lucky to have the readers we do. It's been a long month of recapping an even longer year. So before we head out the door for 2011, let's run it all back one last time. What you may have missed in the December fog: F2K10, Our Countdown ... More >>
Naturally, this dude is involvedDistilling a full year of furtive, easily distracted, constantly overwhelmed listening down to a mere 10 albums is a ridiculous, agonizing, thoroughly loathsome undertaking, and yet here we all are, pulling nine fully formed sonic universes together and capping ... 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! Please, this holiday season, spare a thought for these mill ... 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! Happier times for us allMy friends, It's the confl ... 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! Pay Rich Juzwiak what you owe him, Jay Leno. Twitpic by Dav ... More >>
Great song, at leastWelcome to Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: myself, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. Let us acknowledge at the onset that we are ripping this off fr ... More >>
Growing pain or total disaster? One fan and one non-fan hash it out.
In this week's Village Voice, Sean Fennessey plumbs the gorgeous nightmares of Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Zach Baron decodes Jay-Z's Decoded, Michael Robbins sorts through a goofy Bruce Springsteen reissue project, and Phillip Mlynar remembers slain Harlem rapper Big L.
Win Butler, serenading The Kids. Photo by Kim Erlandsen.In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla takes on the grandiose, unintentional comedy of the Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, Maura Johnston wanders around the revitalized Lilith Fair, and David Cotner breaks down the long-awaited Neu! retro ... More >>
So. Drake (and Hanson!) was set to play South Street Seaport last night, for free, at the behest of Paper Magazine. It did not go to plan, unless the plan including half a song by Ninjasonik, enormous crowds, fights, chairs flung from balconies (yoy), Mace, damaged soundboards, and general ca ... More >>
Flier pretty much says it all: Every relevant party DJing late Saturday night, after the fourth and last of LCD's gala sold-out Terminal 5 run. If James Murphy seems to be playing entirely break-up tunes, our own Zach Baron has a few theories as to why.
Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss, meeting her public. Photo by Santiago FelipeIn this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla attempts to describe the planet-obliterating joys of Sleigh Bells, Zach Baron on LCD Soundsystem's sardonically devastating This Is Happening, and Sean Fennessey explains why th ... More >>
The mythical tents arrive. Pic by Zach Baron.The good news: Todd P is now personally presiding over his wildly ambitious, somewhat flawed three-day DIY-rock fete out in Monterrey, Mexico, which ends late tonight, perhaps mercifully. Took him awhile to get there, though: Evidently he spent hou ... More >>
If you weren't there, have a Red Stripe and fuck off. Unfortunately he took to Twitter several hours before our own Zach Baron unleashed his own visceral rant re: GNR's two "secret" shows here last week, but Axl's own thoughts are always worth perusing, if only because rumors/jibes/accusations sw ... More >>
Pazz & Jop needs no introduction. The main page, the albums, the singles, the ballots, and essays by Sean Fennessey, Mike Powell, Rich Juzwiak, Chuck Eddy, Zach Baron, Maura Johnston, Rob Harvilla, Mikael Wood, Clover Hope, and Das Racist. The celebrity sudoku known as blind items is a mena ... More >>
Vikings, asses, and LSD—Voice writers pick their favorite books of the year
If you listen to only one biblical-themed rock record this year, it's gotta be the Mountain Goats' The Life of the World to Come, explored by SOTC's own Zach Baron here and featured tonight as the Goats take Webster Hall with Final Fantasy. Note: Frontman John Darnielle's fans can be pretty i ... More >>
Girls, probably telling the truth. Photo by Sandy Kim.In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla reviews Michael Jackson's mercifully goofy and cheerful This Is It, Reyhan Harmanci does some reporting and fact-checking on the improbably ridiculous backstory of San Francisco duo Girls, Andy Be ... More >>
Just a note here to point out that the Tom Robbins Voice story that tied former New Jersey Senator Bob Toricelli to the New York pension scandal went up Tuesday night, not Thursday as the Times has it today. Thanks also to the New Jersey Star-Ledger for picking up the story, and Crain's New York Bus ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla joins with the rest of Neko Case's lovestruck/dumbstruck audience. Zach Baron on the upper-middle-class and rising rapper Asher Roth. Rob Trucks walks down Broadway with Scottish indie-pop enclave Camera Obscura. Jason Gross at Merce Cunnin ... More >>
Photo by Star Foreman. You're going to love Zoe Kazan. She's Hollywood royalty (granddaughter of Elia Kazan). She's been on Broadway and in movies, one of which, The Exploding Girl, debuts at the Tribeca Film Festival. Melissa Anderson interviews her. You may also view Star Foreman's photo slidesh ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, we unveil our 2009 Spring Arts Guide: Stacey Anderson on Metric's dreamy new Fantasies, Zach Baron on author Wells Tower's Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, Aaron Hillis in conversation with Steven Soderbergh, Robert Shuster on sculptor Chakaia Booker, Brian Seiber ... More >>
When you think about out-of-control parents and coaches in little-league sports, you probably think of the suburbs. But right here in the city, there are sixth-graders playing 12 months a year, with sponsors like Nike, signing bonuses -- and out-of-control parents and coaches. This is Elite Youth Ba ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Pazz & Jop! More info here; results here. In Books, Zach Baron talks to "Alien Vs. Predator" poet Michael Robbins and catches up with David Denby about the critic's new book, Snark, in the third edition of his monthly literary column, Lit Seen. In Film, ... More >>
Catch up on a year's worth of musicology with the Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll, now in its 36th year of goading the nation's top parsers to struggle over the higher meaning of sonic culture. Review the singles top-1,761 and albums top-1,693, see how your favorite critics voted, and attend the deep thoug ... More >>
The 36th Annual Village Voice Critics' Poll, Pazz & Jop, has finally arrived, bringing with it the revenge of TV on the Radio (on Bob Dylan, among others) and of M.I.A. (on our insufficiently reverent 2007 singles poll). Read Andy Beta on TV on the Radio, Rob Harvilla on M.I.A., Estelle, and Beyonc ... More >>
Creepy Earth Mothers! Portuguese drag queens! Voice writers pick their favorites of the year.
photo by Rebecca Smeyne One-man band Dan Deacon reps Baltimore by being a frenetic, unkempt, sampler-assisted Pied Piper, a la Atom & his Package, but with less jokes and more pseudo-rave energy. Here, he’s the musical guest on Ed Schrader’s live-action talk show, which tonight will supposedly ... More >>
Paper Rad, Problem Solvers (Detail) Pretty radtacular event going on tonight we haven't seen listed anywhere (and didn't include here). So let us jump on the service tip for a minute: East Coast collective Paper Rad premieres two videos: "Problem Solvers" (20 min, 2008) and a short entitled "cran ... More >>
Suppose I owe you some kind of introduction to CMJ. Something that mentions energy drinks, badge futility, and essential picks? CMJ is a "marathon," after all, every bloghard's own charitable Walk for Musical Hunger—collective insomniac "suffering" in the name of better-working elbo.ws—and in wh ... More >>