Andy Beta

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  • 3 years ago

    Five years ago, Other Music co-founder Josh Madell sat across from me at a Fort Greene café and enthused about his venerated East Village record shop going digital. It was 2007, and a brave new world seemed to be on the horizon: Its neighbo...

  • 3 years ago

    It's a cloudy spring night in May of 2009, and every music editor I have ever corresponded with is shoehorned into the Housing Works bookstore on Crosby Street to stand shoulder to shoulder with a who's who of New York musical iconoclasts, ranging...

  • 3 years ago

    When I first meet Laurel Halo, she has just returned from a cruise to Haiti. But the young electronic-music producer doesn't look any tanner than any other New Yorker who had just survived the winter, nor has she seemingly turned into the 21st-cen...

  • 3 years ago

    There might not be a tidier under-five-minute overview of two decades of underground New York dance crazes than the 12-inch single "Disco-Tech (Studio 54 Mix)." KATO, a nom de production of Ronald Burrell, recorded it, and New York's Nu Groove Rec...

  • 3 years ago

    'My wife and I went out to the Hamptons last weekend. . . ." So begins Black Dice member Eric Copeland, only to have the cramped, amp-lined room that is his band's basement practice space explode in laughter before he can finish his story. When th...

  • 4 years ago

    It's a warm autumn night in 2008, and a hundred or so patrons have been invited to venture inside a disused clock tower, hiding in plain sight among the buildings south of Houston Street. Films of blurry vegetation are projected on scrims around t...

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