James "Nocando" McCall is an L.A.-based critically acclaimed rapper, co-founder of the Low End Theory and founder of indie rap label Hellfyre Club. Read more of his writing at LA Weekly. I've been to Minneapolis on three occasions. The first was in 2007, and I have barely any recollection of what h ... More >>
Lady Casa is perhaps the country's most famous raver, and something like a cult leader to her tens of thousands of fans. When the Miami native makes a pilgrimage to L.A. and hosts an event on Venice Beach the day after seeing DJ Armin van Buuren, it quickly turns into a mob scene. Not far from the ... More >>
I am what is referred to as a F33.2. On the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, this means that I have recurrent, severe depressive disorder without psychotic symptoms. It means that my depression comes from a place that is hard to climb out of, that ... More >>
I put on the Ramones' classic 1977 record Rocket to Russia recently in an attempt to join all of my Facebook friends in their collective sadness at the recent death of Tommy (Erdyli) Ramone. I used to love this record, but now, even though I wanted to feel some sense of loss, it became more and more ... More >>
America's last movie star sealed his fate on Oprah's couch
Round one of Coachella is over and damn, was it a good one! We're all soar, sunburned and smiling. Here's the best of what we saw during another memorable weekend in Indio.See also:The 50 most beautiful people at Coachella
Just a few weeks back, we published a list that named "haute" chicken and waffles as one of the 13 most overcooked food trends of 2013. To clarify (and to pre-emptively combat any cries of hypocrisy that this Top 5 might provoke), that food trends list was compiled by writers from our team as well a ... More >>
The eccentric actor returns to the screen with his most "normal" role yet
As Minneapolis prepares for a downtown Whole Foods opening in September, we look to its stores on the West Coast, which are in the midst of a strange transition to vinyl retailers. This story originally appeared on LA Weekly's music blog, West Coast Sound."Pile on that kale salad," sings Taylor Gold ... More >>
Last month, I put together a list of the ten greatest rap battles of all time for our sister paper, LA Weekly. Included on that list was Twin Cities hip-hop icon Eyedea's unforgettable 1999 Scribble Jam finals with Freestyle Fellowship member P.E.A.C.E. My inclusion of it led to something of a debat ... More >>
By Ben Westhoff Each week in our print editions and every day on our blogs, the 13 Voice Media Group papers feature some of the best music writing in the country. That's why we're excited to announce the winners of our first VMG music writing awards. The honor goes to the authors of one blog post ... More >>
City Pages and its 12 sister papers have been sold by Village Voice Media, which retains ownership of Backpage.com, the online classifieds site.The new company, Voice Media Group, is based in Denver and led by CEO Scott Tobias, who put together the private equity package to execute the buyout. Chris ... More >>
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Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance and pulsing grooves of electronic dance music. The last time pop was so infatuated with the dance floor was 1979, the year disco died. This time around fans are more sa ... More >>
[Update at 2:48 a.m]: EDC is over for the night. Organizers are waiting for crowds to thin out before making an official announcement. More details and older updates at the bottom.Electric Daisy Carnval in Las Vegas tonight was shut down temporarily as a result of high winds buffeting tall sound st ... More >>
In early spring, a Twitter beef erupted between DJ Sneak, a Chicago house music legend, and Steve Angello, one-third of the DJ supergroup Swedish House Mafia. Sneak called SHM's music "fake shit" and said they "do not play house music" -- as in, real house music. On Friday, in front of a huge crow ... More >>
See also: Our Complete Coachella Coverage Dance music is coming to an arena near you: Kaskade will be the first DJ ever to play Staples Center (July 27). And mainstream concert promoters such as Live Nation are diving into the electronic dance explosion. Electric Daisy Carnival, which is being hel ... More >>
Seth Bogart -- better known as the titular frontman of Hunx and His Punx -- has constructed an image of someone who probably doesn't write from a dark place. You wouldn't think that his sonic Twizzler ropes would be pulling him out of any misery ditches. However, his latest, Punx-less LP, Hairdre ... More >>
The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our ... More >>
Author's rendering of Dave Grohl. Is this what we want music journalism to look like?If you've seen our Foo Fighters review today, you'll notice that the only photos we ran were teeny-tiny cell phone shots taken from our reviewer's seats. This wasn't for lack of of a photographer on our part, or ... More >>
LFLGirls in garters are headed for the Target Center.Last night, it was announced that a controversial sports league has inked a deal with Target Center and Minneapolis is the lucky 11th burg to win a franchise. That's right, the Lingerie Football League is here. "We truly understand the shee ... More >>
Will Dan Aykroyd break out the Bass-O-Matic for Al Franken?Live from L.A.'s House of Blues, it's a "Saturday Night Live" fundraiser on Friday night for Sen. Al Franken, starring Dan Aykroyd, Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon. LAObserved reports that tickets for the dinner are a cool $2,400 to $4, ... More >>
Nothing like a death threat to score you a few extra Myspace hits.
A roundup of our latest concert and scene photos.
The FCC goes looking for swears during live sporting events, scientists have turned stem cells into sperm, Michael Douglas's son pees on his back, clips from the Daily Show and Robot Chicken, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...
The company that publishes The Village Voice and five other alternative newspapers [including City Pages] is to announce today an agreement to be acquired by New Times Media, the largest publisher in the market. The deal would create a chain of 17 free weekly newspapers around the country with a com ... More >>
On Tuesday the San Francisco Bay Guardian posted a thorough editorial on the rumors (more here) of a possible imminent merger between the Phoenix-based New Times alternative weekly newspaper chain and Village Voice Media, which owns City Pages: "If there's a grain of truth here, and VVM and New Time ... More >>
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Owners of Village Voice buy City Pages, topple statue of Lenin.