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  • SONGS FOR SINGLES

    published October 26, 2011

    Last time Torche came through New York, the band went as soft at Guided by Voices’ ’90s indie anthem “Exit Flagger” and as... More >>

  • Crosby, Stills and Nash

    published November 2, 2011

    Between them, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash have written enough songs to fill a month-long residency at Manhattan’s Beacon... More >>

  • FRANK, THE CREATOR

    published October 26, 2011

    After almost two years of languishing near the bottom of Def Jam’s 50-artist roster, Frank Ocean took matters into his own hands, releasing... More >>

  • Screaming Females

    published October 26, 2011

    Despite the continuous hassle posed by noise violations, high turnover, and shouting frat boys, the indefatigable New Brunswick DIY scene remains... More >>

  • THE KING’S TWO BODIES

    published October 26, 2011

    What’s left to say about Watch the Throne, the gold-plated, 12-tag-teamed-songs-plus-bonus-tracks opus on which Jay-Z and Kanye West, two of... More >>

  • 'Funkmaster Flex's Halloween Spook-tacular'

    published October 19, 2011

    Go, if only on the off-chance that you'll be able to snag one of the posters, graphic design marvels that feature host Funkmaster Flex doing the... More >>

  • WHO’S THE BOSS?

    published October 19, 2011

    Speaking with the Voice last month, Amy Klein updated us on recent news from her cleverly named Permanent Wave feminist collective, which since... More >>

  • COUNTRY RAP

    published October 19, 2011

    On 2010’s Trunk Muzik mixtape and its ensuing 0-60 commercial re-release, Yelawolf endeared himself to listeners across... More >>

  • NO SLEEP ’TIL BROOKLYN

    published October 19, 2011

    Officially running from October 18 through Saturday, CMJ’s annual citywide music festival offers hundreds of bands a shot at the new... More >>

  • YOUNG AT HEART

    published October 19, 2011

    Across the 100 or so CMJ showcases that will have taken place in the days leading up to Jonathan Richman’s unaffiliated Bell House... More >>

  • WAVE IT HIGH

    published October 5, 2011

    Some projects Carrie Brownstein has engaged in since Sleater-Kinney stepped out of the indie rock spotlight in the summer of 2006:... More >>

  • THE CHRONIC

    published October 5, 2011

    When the Smoker's Club Tour first rolled through New York last October, Curren$y had dropped the first of his two breakthrough Pilot... More >>

  • KINGS OF ROCK

    published October 5, 2011

    "See I know how to rap, it's simple but/All I did was read a Russell Simmons book," rapper Swift of D12 admits on "My Band," a back-and-forth with... More >>

  • PRIMAL SCREAM

    published September 28, 2011

    Despite the continuous hassle posed by noise violations, high turnover, and shouting frat boys, the indefatigable New Brunswick DIY scene remains... More >>

  • DISCOTRAXX

    published September 28, 2011

    Since their last visit to New York, a trip that saw them opening for the Faint at Webster Hall on back-to-back nights, Liverpudlian coed quartet... More >>

  • Ducktails

    published September 28, 2011

    With Real Estate, Matthew Mondale plays slinky guitar lines that start out as indie pop and wind towards classic psychedelia. As Ducktails, he... More >>

  • GAME, SET, MATCH

    published September 28, 2011

    On James Blake’s self-titled debut, the follow-up to a series of four well-received EPs, the young British dubstep producer shirks the 808s... More >>

  • THE MUCH-HEARD MUSIC

    published September 28, 2011

    On the 31st anniversary (an odd interval, but OK) of the release of their debut album Los Angeles, first-wave California punks X... More >>

  • TAP TAP REVENGE

    published September 28, 2011

    Female guitar players might be the new black, as Marnie Stern coyly suggests about halfway through her latest self-titled album, but this... More >>

  • MORE SURPRISES

    published September 28, 2011

    Never ones to give much of a heads-up before making a major move (surely you remember the out-of-the-blue In Rainbows announcement four... More >>

  • CULTURAL REVOLUTION

    published September 14, 2011

    Finally, Boots Riley and the Coup return to New York, partying for the right to fight while our city's self-proclaimed "conscious" rappers... More >>

  • GOLD SOUNDZ

    published September 14, 2011

    Does Stephen Malkmus sound old on Mirror Traffic, his latest record with post-Pavement outfit the Jicks? Maybe. But certainly not in... More >>

  • Enrique Iglesias+Pitbull

    published September 7, 2011

    If Pitbull isn’t the biggest rapper in the world, he’s probably the most well traveled, as likely to pop up on an Ibiza club banger as a... More >>

  • TALKIN' ABOUT TONIGHT

    published September 14, 2011

    "Get Drunk and Be Somebody" might be a Toby Keith tune, but it's a sentiment to which Toronto hardcore group Fucked Up would surely relate.... More >>

  • UPTOWN GIRL

    published September 7, 2011

    Although Beirut might be best known for their fixation with the sort of Eastern European folk arrangements not often heard in American pop, "East... More >>

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