This Week In The Voice: Hunters Kill, Dan Friel Feels, and Musto Hates Music

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In this week's Village Voice, which you'll find in beat up, plastic red boxes across the city right. fucking. now.:

>> I use words like "raw, sexy, scary, fuzzy, fun, fucked up" to describe Brooklyn's Hunters for this week's cover story. The quick highlights: champagne bottle to the face, blood, professional wrestling, horror movies, James Iha, "vaguely depressing" Chinatown art gallery parties. Read the whole thing. Twice. Here. And know when you do I tried like hell to work in the fact that Hunters' guitarist Derek Watson very much love, love, loves R. Kelly's classic comedy album Double Up, and knows all or most of the words to its outlandish non-hits "The Zoo," "Sex In the Kitchen," "Real Talk," "Sex Weed," "Sex Planet." He even knows "Sweet Tooth," and together he and I sang its nastiest line: "I'm all up in your middle/Ooh it tastes like Skittles." We then promptly apologized to Hunters' vocalist Isabel Almeida, a proper lady.

>> Brad Cohan sat down with former Parts & Labor keyboardist/pedal pusher Dan Friel, who has a new album, Total Folklore, coming out soon on Thrill Jockey. Friel, writes Cohan, has created a new genre of music, "electroni-commuter rock," wherein he walks around New York City making field recordings of everyday life. He then incorporates those field recordings into his music. "Do you remember," I asked Cohan (smugly), "that show The Heights? Didn't Jamie Walters character Ray Pruit do this exact thing in the songs he wrote for the show's titular band?" Cohan didn't know, but did remember the time Pruit threw Donna down the stairs on 90210. Still, I decided to allow the assertion that Friel has created something new here and not just borrowed heavily from the subplot of an early-90s TV drama that lasted only a couple episodes. Because I'm a generous, giving music editor. And now you're in the room with me, behind the curtain I've lifted for you to show off a brief glimpse of The Process. It smells weird in here, don't it?

>> Also on the music front this week, venerable Voice icon Michael Musto rattles off one of his "Why I Hate _____" columns, this time about Music. It's a light, campy, completely frivolous romp written in the style of Larry King's old USA Today column, which UNBELIEVABLY never won a Pulitzer. No bigs, right? WRONG! To judge the reaction from music writers on Twitter and elsewhere online you'd think Musto had spoiled the ending of the upcoming Homeland finale instead of just penning a few lighthearted, completely harmless opinions about Rihanna, Ke$ha and his distaste for live music. Back away from the knives, homies. You're the reason everyone nods their head in agreement anytime anyone anywhere says "MUSIC WRITERS ARE THE WORSSSSSSSST."

This Week's Five Best Concerts: Pistol Annies, Thrill Jockey, Austra, And More

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If you're thumbing through the print edition (God bless your soul), it's hard to miss the three pages of recommended events that open the issue. Because the internet makes those a little less obvious, here are our five picks for concerts this week.

Tomorrow, the Pistol Annies come to Midtown's Terminal 5, a long way from Brooklyn but closer than Long Island or New Jersey. Nick Murray writes:

As a solo artist, it took Texas native Miranda Lambert less than a decade to go from second runner-up on a country-themed Idol to the genre's queen bee, winning CMA album of the year for her 2009 return-to-form Revolution. Lately, however, her best music has been coming from retro-oriented supergroup Pistol Annies, which includes both Nashville journeywoman Ashley Monroe and songwriter Angaleena Presley, the pen behind recent hits including Ashton Shepherd's "Look It Up" and Lambert's own "Fastest Girl in Town." Tonight, the trio brings tunes like the self-explanatory "Hell on Heels" and "Bad Example" to Terminal 5, setting a bad example that all New Yorkers would do best to follow.


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This Week In the Voice: The VMAs Fizzle; Unlocking The Truth Go To Metal School

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In this week's Village Voice, out now: Despite the aerial hijinks of P!nk (above) and lots of sex talk, I get underwhelmed by MTV's Video Music Awards; and Jonah Bromwich hangs out with the hard-rocking kids who make up Unlocking The Truth, who you might be able to catch playing Times Square sometime soon.

This Week In The Voice: Ne-Yo's Spin On Pop; TEEN's Sibling Revelry

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In this week's Village Voice, out now: I listen to the shifting sounds of pop music in 2012 as epitomized by the R&B singer Ne-Yo's recent releases; and Chris Chafin talks to the sister act TEEN.

This Week In The Voice: Visiting Maya Jane Coles's House; Six Sizzling Summer Shows

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This week in the Voice: Michaelangelo Matos talks to Maya Jane Coles, who brings her spin on house music to this week's Electric Zoo; and I run down six concerts from this summer that I loved, including outings by MS MR, Kelly Clarkson, and the Killers.

This Week In The Voice: Other Music Goes Into The Record (Label) Business

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Nude Beach, whose new album is on Other Music's label.
In this week's Village Voice, out now: Andy Beta goes inside the record label recently launched by the downtown music emporium Other Music.

This Week In The Voice: Kenny Chesney Throws A Party, ugEXPLODE's Avant-Gardism

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In this week's Village Voice, out now: I head to MetLife Stadium for the Brothers of the Sun Tour, starring Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw; and Brad Cohan looks at the boundary-smashing label ugEXPLODE, the brainchild of master basher Weasel Walter.

This Week In The Voice: The Unexpected Rebirth Of The EP

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In this week's Village Voice, out now: Michaelangelo Matos examines the state of the EP, a format of recorded music that's become more popular for artists of all genres—from R&B singer Miguel (above) to country superstar Dierks Bentley—looking to keep up in the digital age. Also, Brian Chiedster visits Secret Project Robot at its new home in Bushwick.

This Week In The Voice: Ginuwine Rides On; VP Records Keeps Spinning

Westchester Punk: Flyers Of The 914

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In this week's issue, we headed north to tell the story Westchester's punk rock scene from the mid '90s into the late aughts. Here, find a collection of flyers advertising local shows, courtesy of Morgan Storm's Allison Gray and the Genuine Imitations' Dave Haack. Note the opener in slide 6—it's none other than an early incarnation of My Chemical Romance.

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