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2014 Stories by Brittany Spanos

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  • PRESTIGE TV

    published November 12, 2014

    Though they’ve been shaking up the alt-rock scene since the early aughts, TV on the Radio really hit their breakthrough in 2006 with... More >>

  • BIG SALAD

    published October 29, 2014

    The fuzzy, funny singer-songwriter-guitarist Mac DeMarco has had a meaty year thanks to his recent LP, Salad Days. The spring... More >>

  • JAM BANDS

    published October 15, 2014

    It’s hard to believe that famed record label Def Jam Recordings was founded just 30 years ago in producer Rick Rubin’s NYU dorm room.... More >>

  • BY THE WAY

    published October 15, 2014

    Emo prince and former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way is in the midst of a reinvention, but that doesn’t mean he’s totally... More >>

  • REBEL YELLE

    published October 8, 2014

    French electropop band Yelle had a huge break with their debut album, 2007’s Pop Up. Thanks to vibrant singles like “À cause... More >>

  • NEW KIDS ON THE BACKSTREET

    published October 8, 2014

    What do you get when you put together a pair of boy-band men who have grown up and out of their boy-band heydays? Nick Carter and Jordan Knight,... More >>

  • DOWN AND OUT

    published October 1, 2014

    Since 2011, the Downtown Festival, hosted by Downtown Records, has called NYC one of its homes on three occasions. Now with locations across the... More >>

  • RUMOUR HAS IT

    published October 1, 2014

    Calling this tour “On With the Show” is significant for Fleetwood Mac in more ways than one. Following their 2013 tour, bassist and... More >>

  • IT TAKES TWO

    published September 24, 2014

    2014 has become the Year of the Super Tour, with a variety of power players joining forces for co-headliners determined to drive fans wild.... More >>

  • PLANT ROOTS

    published September 24, 2014

    Robert Plant’s post–Led Zeppelin career may be one of the most compelling musical afterlives. While his legendary band fused hard... More >>

  • IRREPLACEABLE

    published September 17, 2014

    Chances are high that your favorite band’s favorite band is the Replacements. In the 1980s, the Minneapolis outfit put college rock on the... More >>

  • THE KEYS TO SUCCESS

    published September 17, 2014

    Gene Simmons can say that rock is dead all he wants, but that hasn’t stopped the Black Keys from keeping the spirit of the genre kicking.... More >>

  • END OF SUMMER FUNK

    published September 10, 2014

    Summer coming to a close means one very important thing: The time left to catch outdoor concerts in NYC is almost up. With that in mind,... More >>

  • PRAISE THE LORDE

    published September 10, 2014

    Nearing the age of 18, Lorde has packed more into her teen years than most do in their twenties and beyond. At 13, she was signed to a major-label... More >>

  • THE HIT MAN

    published September 3, 2014

    What happens after your band releases a string of infectious and inescapable singles? Why, you attempt world domination with yet another band!... More >>

  • STAGE STYLE

    published September 3, 2014

    Fashion and music have long had a complex and intertwined relationship. From the way musical movements have inspired designers (remember Marc... More >>

  • A DAY AT THE ZOO

    published August 27, 2014

    Can Electric Zoo make a comeback this year? EDM fans will see how the fest holds up a year after having to cancel its final day following several... More >>

  • GOOD AS GOLD

    published August 27, 2014

    If you can’t make it out of town for Labor Day, local hip-hop/electronic label Fool’s Gold can always be counted on to make sure you... More >>

  • BY GEORGE!

    published August 20, 2014

    There sure will be a whole lot of rhythm going ‘round when George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic come to town. Fronted by the eccentric... More >>

  • THE NEW PUNK

    published August 20, 2014

    Finding a free, two-day music festival with a hefty lineup like the one featured at this year’s AfroPunk Fest is like finding gold. Maybe... More >>

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    Let's Be Cops Puts on a Costume and Pretends to Be a Buddy-Cop Flick

    published August 13, 2014

    When you put a pair of losers in uniforms, at the end of the day they're still losers. Best friends and roommates Justin (Damon Wayans... More >>

  • TEACHER’S PET

    published August 13, 2014

    Very few students have surpassed their teachers quite like Drake has with Lil Wayne, but luckily for the man who discovered Drake as a... More >>

  • ROCKIN’ ROBYN

    published August 13, 2014

    Robyn has been active in the music business for two decades now, but it wasn’t until her 2010 dual album Body Talk that she truly broke... More >>

  • DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT

    published August 6, 2014

    A full moon occurs every 29 days, but the Full Moon Festival on Governors Island only happens once a year. Inspired by monthly, all-night... More >>

  • BUILDING BLOCKS

    published August 6, 2014

    Diplo is kind of everywhere these days. From rumors of romancin’ Katy Perry to a cameo in 22 Jump Street, he’s become the most... More >>

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