6 days ago | Culture
It was the last week of December, and the Planet Fitness on Wyckoff Avenue was bracing for its annual onslaught of new members. Straddling the border between Ridgewood and Bushwick, each January the gym with the purple-and-yellow-splashed façade d...
10 months ago | Comedy
Something's up with Chris Gethard. He's rarely making eye contact, looking up from his plate of cold fries only now and again to scan the room like he's casing the exits. The comic's star has been on the rise for a decade and a half, blazing a tra...
11 months ago | Hip-Hop
The problem with legends is that they tend to be forgotten; no one knows that better than DJ Kool Herc. He might never have reached quite the level of notoriety of other early hip-hop DJs, but no one disputes that Herc is one of the form's forefat...
11 months ago | Punk/Hardcore
Coming of age in the New Jersey punk scene of the late Nineties and early Aughts, Lauren Denitzio rarely saw a local band that wasn’t fronted by someone straight, white, and male. Like countless others, Denitzio — who today identifies as queer and...
12 months ago | Punk/Hardcore
In 1975, John Holmstrom and Eddie “Legs” McNeil stumbled into CBGB — the legendary and now-defunct punk club on the Bowery in Manhattan — to see the Ramones play eighteen minutes of blaring rock 'n' roll. Later recounted in McNeil’s 1997 bestselle...
12 months ago | Longform
It's the late Nineties in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and a young Yasiin Bey — then known as the rapper Mos Def — is standing in the back of a narrow, dimly lit parlor, surrounded by rows of winding bookshelves. He's preaching to a small crowd about the...