My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way Made Me a Better Person

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Gerard Way
Last month Gerard Way (frontman of My Chemical Romance, the reigning emo band of the 2000s) released his first solo album, Hesitant Alien. It's the first music we've heard from Way since MCR released Danger Days in 2010 and then (tragically) split in 2013.

Seeing his name pop up on the interwebs again gave me butterflies.

See also: Ten Things My Chemical Romance Fans Can Do RIGHT NOW to Cope With the Band's Breakup

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How Well Do You Know These Rock Star Movie Cameos?

Categories: Quiz

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Anthony Kiedis, Point Break (1991)
Not all cameos are equally coveted: a good cameo creates an undeniable rush (I know that person!) that widens the eyes and forces the viewer to blurt out the musician's name when he or she appears on the big screen, like Anthony Kiedis in Point Break. An even better cameo is when the musician is cleverly disguised or appears so briefly it leaves you puzzled, and forces you to rewind. (Was that just Alex Van Halen in Robocop?!) A bad cameo, like Vanilla Ice's dance routine in 1991's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret Of The Ooze, is a mockery. Despite which kind of cameo we find, one thing is certain: we always enjoy seeing a familiar face in unfamiliar territory.

Let's test your knowledge where movies and music collide. Can you correctly name which musician appeared in the following films? Check your answers on the last page.

See also: Can You ID These Bands From Their Famous Typefaces?

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Zola Jesus's Taiga: Antinatalism in the style of 2000s-era J. Lo

Categories: Feature

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Jeff Elstone
Nika Roza Danilova is burdened by the unknowable. That's why she became a musician. "I needed music as a way to process my own sort of larger questions that I feel like I just can't possibly answer," says the 25-year-old vocalist known by names she borrowed from a French philosopher and the son of God.

Zola Jesus' newest album, Taiga, debuted earlier this month. It's a collection of meditations on those larger questions--"Man versus nature, man's position in nature, and the synthesized world versus the natural world"--informed, Danilova says, by the philosphy of Norwegian metaphysician Peter Wessel Zapffe. (He's a famous antinatalist--someone who believes, essentially, the human race should be extinguished.)

See also: Zola Jesus Conquers The Guggenheim

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The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 10/17/14

Categories: Weekend

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Damien Rice
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.


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Joe Perry Walks His Way in New Memoir

Categories: Books

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Joe Perry tells his life story -- before and after the grey streak -- in ROCKS.
While they may not be blood brothers, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, singer and guitarist for Aerosmith, respectively, might as well be, given the relationship they've had for more than 45 years.

It's a love/hate story that Perry details extensively in his new autobiography, written with David Ritz, ROCKS: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith (432 pp., $27.99, Simon & Schuster). And, if you've been following the saga of the "Toxic Twins" today, the future of one of America's greatest hard-rock bands is still in flux. At the time we spoke with Perry, just days before publication, neither Tyler nor any other band member had seen a copy of the book.

See also: Top 5 Aerosmith Samples of All Time

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Baby Pools, Cream of Wheat, and Field Hockey: The Hip-Hop of Freestyle Love Supreme

Categories: TV

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Hayley Strichman
Freestyle Love Supreme

This Friday, October 17, sees New York's longest-running freestyle theatrical comedy experience, Freestyle Love Supreme, venture from the stage to the screen with the premiere of a new show on Pivot TV. After a decade of wowing audiences with top-tier freestyle rhymes and impeccable comedic timing, the gang are looking to transition their talents to this new medium with some innovative techniques that maintain the spontaneous energy of the live setting with the new freedoms a taped show allows.

We spoke to members MC Utkarsh "UTK" Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect, The Mindy Project, The Beatards) and beatboxer Chris "Shockwave" Sullivan ("The Electric Company," UCBEast's Battlicious) about hip-hop's impact on their lives and where it's taken them.

See also: The 50 Most NYC Albums Ever

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Come Hear Marnie Stern and Marnie the Dog Tell Outrageous Tour Stories

Categories: Celebrations

Update! If you missed it, watch the full video below

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The Marnies, Stern and The Dog. We have loved them both for a very long time here at the Voice. And next Tuesday, October 21, at 8 p.m., we're getting them together at The Creek and Cave to tell their most outrageous stories from the road. Tour Stories that turned into War Stories. You definitely should come. It's going to rule. And it's free.

See also: AUDIO: Andrew W.K. and Wu-Tang Clan's Masta Killa Tell Road Stories

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The 5 Most Underrated Def Jam Albums

Categories: Slick Rick

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Slick Rick was still making classics...in '99?!
This Thursday, Def Jam celebrates its 30th anniversary with a star-studded live show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. It was a short three decades ago at New York University's Weinstein Dorms where Vincent Gallo introduced Russell Simmons to Rick Rubin and launched what would become hip-hop's longest-tenured label. But while its most heralded releases have found their place among the genre's most treasured, there's a number of gems in the Def Jam catalog that seldom get mentioned in these retrospectives. To right this wrong, we've named five unsung Def Jam masterpieces.

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'My Inner White Girl Really Likes This One': Taste-Testing Fall Beers With the Doppelgangaz

Categories: Interviews

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Matter Ov Fact and EP at Pop Bar.

Fall is upon us! For hop heads, this means an abundance of pumpkin and Oktoberfest-styled beers popping up on draft and in bottles across the land. But how do you navigate through this tricksy autumnal beer market? Enter EP and Matter Ov Fact, who perform as the discerning upstate rap duo the Doppelgangaz and who have graciously agreed to act as your official fall beer taste-testers. (Gratuitous product plug: You can cop the Dopp Gang's Ghastly Duo EP on tape or vinyl now.)

Holed up at the graffiti-splattered Pop Bar in Astoria, EP and Matter Ov Fact sampled a selection of seasonal brews (including a can of slopwater PBR, in the interests of balance) and then anointed an approved beer for fall. Read on for the Dopp Gang's ruling. (Beer snob disclaimer: Key descriptions include the terms "grandma's attic" and "my inner white girl," and also involve a discussion on breast milk.)

See also: The Doppelgangaz: 'We Hold Dipset Near and Dear to Us'

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Ask Andrew W.K.: Should I Worry About Ebola?

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[Editor's note: Every Wednesday, New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose, or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com]


Dear Andrew,

I'm shitting my pants about this Ebola virus. Just hearing the word "Ebola" makes me literally sick to my stomach. I'm sick of hearing about this disease and I'm sick of feeling terrified about it. Every morning I wake up for work, I scramble to watch the news and read the latest horror stories, and then I spend the rest of the day irritable and panicked about this growing epidemic. And it seems like every day a new fear of mine has come true: more people getting sick, no one doing anything real to stop it, and more and more people chiming in about what should be done, without any real organization or plan of action. But what can be done? I feel like we're all going to die! How do I stop freaking out about this?

Scared Sick

See also: Ask Andrew W.K.: Pizza Is Healthy


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