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  • BECAUSE THE NIGHT

    published December 28, 2011

    "I don’t fuck much with the past, but I fuck plenty with the future,” Patti Smith said on “Babelogue,” a... More >>

  • HOMETOWN HERO

    published December 28, 2011

    It’s hard not to love Fred Da Godson, New York City’s lone representative on hip-hop mag XXL’s February list of... More >>

  • INTERNATIONAL LOVE

    published December 28, 2011

    Almost a decade after Lil Jon taught the country to get crunk, what has happened to everyone’s favorite onomatopoeic Southern subgenre? On... More >>

  • IRON MEN

    published December 21, 2011

    If Action Bronson and Mr. 
Muthafuckin’ eXquire represent New York’s new hip-hop underground, it’s an underground that... More >>

  • Danny Tenaglia

    published December 14, 2011

    Christmas day is going to be stressful, right? Lots of small talk, the stress of trying to remember which cookbook goes to which uncle, the energy... More >>

  • THE BLOCK IS HOT

    published December 21, 2011

    By now, the plot that would support a Clipse-themed Behind the Music is so well known that actually filming such an episode would be mostly... More >>

  • 8 CRAZY NIGHTS

    published December 14, 2011

    In 2001, interfaith indie-rock lifers Yo La Tengo began celebrating the Festival of Lights with a run of shows across the Hudson at... More >>

  • Wale+Meek Mill

    published December 7, 2011

    “The dilemma is, you think I got no conscience,” Wale raps on “600 Benz,” his first single with Maybach Music Group bawse... More >>

  • ALTERED ZONES

    published December 14, 2011

    When we saw Oneohtrix Point Never (government name: Daniel Lopatin) playing before a packed 285 Kent on day two of this year’s CMJ festival,... More >>

  • KINGS OF CORONA

    published December 7, 2011

    Eight years ago, !!! (pronounced “Chk-Chk-Chk”) raised their middle fingers, not to mention their BPMs, with “Me and Giuliani... More >>

  • NOT SO SILENT NIGHT

    published December 7, 2011

    Lady Gaga! Kelly Clarkson! LMFAO! Foster the People! Demi Lovato! David Guetta! Pitbull! Odds are you like at least three of those pop stars, but... More >>

  • GROWING PAINS

    published November 23, 2011

    In 2003, Robin Thicke’s self-titled debut gave the singer/songwriter/producer his first crack at the Billboard 200 and Lil Wayne the raw... More >>

  • GOLDEN GIRL

    published November 23, 2011

    Lana Del Rey’s meteoric rise from indie unknown to global bestseller can be charted by the shows she played on her way to a top far higher... More >>

  • HELLO, NASTY

    published November 23, 2011

    Right now, no one knows exactly what to make of Mac Miller, the Pittsburgh native whose Blue Slide Park recently debuted at the top of the... More >>

  • ETSY: THE MUSICAL

    published November 16, 2011

    If Thanksgiving is a time to relax with family and make an ideologically questionable return to our ethically unforgivable Americana roots, what... More >>

  • Slick Rick

    published November 9, 2011

    We've seen Rick twice this year: First at a Summerstage event at the Bronx's Crotona Park, then in the packed lobby of the nearby Loew's Paradise.... More >>

  • THANK HIM LATER

    published November 16, 2011

    If all goes according to plan, by the time this paper hits the streets Drake’s sophomore LP Take Care will be the biggest record in the... More >>

  • Greg Fox Breaks Free from the Drum Circle

    published November 30, 2011

    During the occupation of Zuccotti Park, few issues—not even the occasional doorstep defecation—caused more of a stir than the drum... More >>

  • TOO BIG TO FAIL

    published November 16, 2011

    The dirty little secret about G-Unit’s 2002 breakthrough mixtape, 50 Cent Is the Future? That Lloyd Banks, then the group’s... More >>

  • FOREVER AND ALWAYS

    published November 9, 2011

    If you missed Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” tour when it rolled its sparkly wheels through Newark’s Prudential Center over... More >>

  • Eleanor Friedberger

    published November 9, 2011

    With her brother Matthew, Friedberger released nine records and a handful of singles as the Fiery Furnaces; now solo, 2011's Last Summer... More >>

  • BRING THE RAKAS

    published November 9, 2011

    With the plinky “Hold You,” Gyptian topped the Jamaican Dancehall charts for two hot weeks in the summer of 2010, but New York lovers... More >>

  • GHOST BUSTERS

    published November 2, 2011

    At the time of writing this, Balam Acab (IRL: 20-year-old Pennsylvanian Alex Koone) has played as many shows as he has released albums.... More >>

  • THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT

    published November 2, 2011

    With Teenage Dream, Katy Perry provided the soundtrack to the summer of 2010—releasing the Dr. Luke/Max Martin–produced lead single... More >>

  • PLANET ROCK

    published November 2, 2011

    It was 38 years ago this week when Bronx gang/youth group (depending on your politics) Universal Zulu Nation coalesced under the leadership of... More >>

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