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  • READY FOR THE FLOOR

    published July 18, 2012

    Countless indie acts have talked up the influence of Aaliyah’s 1998 r&b hit “Are You That Somebody?” including Gossip, who have... More >>

  • Mindy Smith+Rosi Golan

    published July 18, 2012

    This Long Island-born singer-songwriter has been putting out handsome, thoughtful folk-pop records for nearly a decade now, and the self-titled... More >>

  • 'Vans Warped Tour'

    published July 18, 2012

    The annual all-day punkathon is criss-crossing the country this summer largely free of the stunt-cast mainstream acts it often features. That... More >>

  • Gary Clark Jr.+Givers+Alice Smith

    published July 18, 2012

    As the folks at SPIN recently pointed out, young-gun bluesman Gary Clark Jr. is playing virtually every festival there is to play this... More >>

  • Tom Morello

    published July 18, 2012

    The Rage Against the Machine guitarist has been cropping up all over the place this year in connection with the centennial of Woody... More >>

  • SURF'S UP

    published July 11, 2012

    With the possible exception of the Beach Boys, no one’s likely this year to out-summer Best Coast, whose sophomore set of sun-kissed surf... More >>

  • Iceage+Dirty Beaches+Martial Canterel

    published July 11, 2012

    If you haven’t dug out this Danish hardcore band’s New Brigade since it came out here last year in a flurry of Internet hype,... More >>

  • Josh Turner

    published July 4, 2012

    His alpha-dude baritone may have been co-opted by American Idol’s Scotty McCreery, but Josh Turner proves himself the more compelling... More >>

  • Urban Oasis

    published July 4, 2012

    For electronic-music fans, this weekend marks the return of what has become a summer-months institution: MOMA P.S.1’s Warm Up series, which... More >>

  • Meshell Ndegeocello

    published June 27, 2012

    This multi-tasking singer-bassist is always worth checking in on, no matter what project she’s got her head in at the moment. (Last year I... More >>

  • Glen Hansard

    published June 27, 2012

    The Frames/Swell Season singer-guitarist (whose songs just helped drive Broadway’s Once to a Tony for best new musical) returns to... More >>

  • The Jacksons

    published June 27, 2012

    Three years after the death of the King of Pop, the surviving members of the Jackson 5—Marlon, Jermaine, Tito and Jackie—are on the road... More >>

  • Ryan Leslie+Juelz Santana

    published June 27, 2012

    The self-styled R&B auteur has a new album on the way called Les Is More, 40 percent of which is streamable now on his website; so far... More >>

  • LOVE BITES

    published June 27, 2012

    A decade on from her smash 2002 debut, Norah Jones is still inviting listeners to come away with her. But these days, instead of taking us to... More >>

  • RAPPER'S DELIGHT

    published June 27, 2012

    It goes down in Manhattan at night, but otherwise, there looks to be no funk-faking involved in Queens Day, Mass Appeal’s all-star... More >>

  • The Virgins

    published June 27, 2012

    Last heard from on their sweetly scuzzy 2008 debut, these New York City disco-rock brats are back with a new single, “Venus in... More >>

  • Scissor Sisters+Rye Rye

    published June 27, 2012

    New York’s glitter-balliest glamazons recruited plenty of top-shelf help for their new Magic Hour, which includes contributions by... More >>

  • Friends

    published June 27, 2012

    The buzzy Brooklyn groovemeisters will spend next month on the European festival circuit, hitting Reading, Leeds, and Pukkelpop, among others.... More >>

  • CITY SYMPHONY

    published June 20, 2012

    O rganizers of Make Music New York say this year’s edition of the annual festival—which brings live music to venues in all five... More >>

  • JUST A KID

    published June 20, 2012

    With his NBC comedy Community on hiatus, Donald Glover is spending the summer tending to his alt-rap career as Childish Gambino: In recent weeks,... More >>

  • LOTS O' FUN

    published June 13, 2012

    This time last year, the members of New York’s fun.—an emo supergroup of sorts featuring dudes from the Format, Anathallo, and Steel... More >>

  • Eli 'Paperboy' Reed

    published June 13, 2012

    He hasn’t fared as well as Mayer Hawthorne or Fitz and the Tantrums, but this white-dude retro-soul revivalist appears no less committed to... More >>

  • The Hives

    published June 13, 2012

    Evidently recovered from whatever led them to hire the Neptunes to produce 2007’s The Black and White Album, these Swedish garage... More >>

  • STRANGE WAYS

    published June 6, 2012

    The Portland, Oregon–based brainchild of New Zealand-born Ruban Nielson, Unknown Mortal Orchestra live up to their name with a mysterious... More >>

  • Creepshow

    published June 6, 2012

    Last month, the British band 2:54 opened for the xx at a series of exclusive London concerts, and it’s not hard to hear how they got the... More >>

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