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2012 Stories by Nick Murray

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  • TRAIN DREAMS

    published December 19, 2012

    A holiday tradition for more than 20 years, the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show returns to the Bronx location’s spectacular... More >>

  • STUDY HALL

    published December 26, 2012

    We’ve always known Philadelphia transplant Questlove was a talented drummer—beyond his work with the Roots, he had a role on... More >>

  • POWER COUPLE

    published December 26, 2012

    When Coldplay released the piano ballad “The Scientist” as the second single from 2002’s A Rush of Blood to the Head, one could... More >>

  • BLOW YOUR HEAD

    published December 26, 2012

    Since providing the drums for Major Lazer’s 2009 breakthrough, “Pon de Floor,” Afrojack has gone Billboard, reaching the top of... More >>

  • ONE LAST DANCE?

    published December 19, 2012

    As silly as all the hype around the supposedly impending apocalypse might be, if it offers us an occasion to drink top-shelf liquor and dance... More >>

  • Live While 
We're Young

    published December 19, 2012

    Together, Flatbush Zombies, a pair of Brooklyn weirdos devoted to soft drugs and tight rhymes, and Bodega Bamz, the Spanish Harlem rapper whose... More >>

  • Vice City

    published December 12, 2012

    Don’t let the year-end lists fool you: Miami rap kingpin Rick Ross made his biggest splash—or, if you will, a whopping cannonball off... More >>

  • ROCK RELIEF

    published December 12, 2012

    More than a month after Sandy devastated much of the Eastern seaboard, parts of our fair city remain in ruins. Accordingly, four of our biggest... More >>

  • UNSIGNED HYPE

    published December 12, 2012

    Located in a transformed former
candy factory under the Bruckner 
Expressway, the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective has spent the past few... More >>

  • SISTER ACT

    published December 5, 2012

    For years, it seemed like Solange Knowles was best known not for her music but for taking her superstar sister and brother-
in-law to a... More >>

  • Battle of Brooklyn

    published November 28, 2012

    For their 2010 sophomore album, The Monitor, Jersey punks Titus Andronicus went big, releasing a double LP that mixed existential malaise,... More >>

  • GREEN MIND

    published November 28, 2012

    Twenty-five years ago, three misfits from outside Amherst released the record that would change their lives, bringing their music to new audiences... More >>

  • HIP-HOP BEBOP

    published November 28, 2012

    This summer, when “trap” became dance music’s hottest trend and Mad Decent signed every artist who used as little as some... More >>

  • TWENTY-NOTHING

    published November 21, 2012

    Three years after connecting with Swedish production duo Bloodshy & Avant—they of “Toxic,” “Piece of Me,” and many... More >>

  • RAPPER’S DELIGHT

    published November 21, 2012

    If you can wiggle away from family dinner and overcome its high tryptophan levels, Thanksgiving night always offers some of the finest New York... More >>

  • HE WANTS YOU

    published November 14, 2012

    The mythic perversity of Bob Dylan remains in full effect. Set lists for the four most recent shows (November 1 to 5) on the growling... More >>

  • RAMBLIN' MEN

    published November 14, 2012

    If “Chicken Fried,” a life-is-good ode to cold beers on Friday night and pairs of jeans that fit just right, established... More >>

  • LOW-END THEORY

    published November 14, 2012

    The definition of a grassroots success, Bassnectar became one the most popular dance musicians in the country not by remixing the big stars or... More >>

  • CLIQUE, CLIQUE, CLIQUE

    published November 14, 2012

    While personalities like Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean capture the imagination of Odd Future’s casual fans, acts like MellowHype (a duo... More >>

  • TEEN CHOICE

    published November 7, 2012

    After conquering the pop charts, the box office, and the hearts of millions of fans around the world, a slightly tougher Justin Bieber dons the... More >>

  • EPIC FAIL

    published November 7, 2012

    When Epic refused to release Death Grips' sophomore album, No Love Deep Web, the group took the Frank Ocean route and made it available it for... More >>

  • SONIC STORM

    published November 7, 2012

    In recorded form, the long-running hardcore and metal band Converge are so visceral, they sound like a force unto themselves: endless arrays of... More >>

  • PLUGGED IN

    published November 7, 2012

    Why hold a festival at one venue when you can hold it at six? And why hold it across the city when there are six perfectly good venues only blocks... More >>

  • Country Strong

    published October 31, 2012

    Despite label attempts to airbrush Yelawolf into a country star fit for radio, the Alabama rapper with a backstory straight out of Winter’s... More >>

  • BAND BEYOND

    published October 31, 2012

    These days, you can walk into a coffee shop, concert space, or converted warehouse in Greenpoint or Bushwick and, depending on how long you stay,... More >>

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