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  • REGGAETON LATINO

    published October 31, 2012

    With P’al Mundo, their fifth album, Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin y Yandel finally struck gold, going triple-platinum on the strength of... More >>

  • ORIGINAL DONS

    published October 24, 2012

    With 2009’s Guns Don’t Kill People . . . Lazers Do, an American and a Brit (Diplo and Switch) renamed themselves Major Lazer and set... More >>

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    Sound of the Sandy City

    published October 31, 2012

    Upon hitting land, Hurricane Sandy disrupted the lives of everyone on the Eastern Seaboard and destroyed not only houses and roads but also... More >>

  • WICKED GAMES

    published October 24, 2012

    Last year, Toronto’s the Weeknd shook up r&b with a self-released mixtape trilogy (in order of both quality and chronology: House of... More >>

  • SHOWSTOPPER

    published October 17, 2012

    Fans of MTV’s Making the Band 3 will remember Dawn Richard for her role in Diddy-selected female supergroup Danity Kane, the voices behind... More >>

  • THE BRONX GIVERNY

    published June 6, 2012

    In his many paintings, Claude Monet depicted the natural world with unrivaled brilliance. The only drawback? His impressionist brushstrokes and... More >>

  • CEREMONY

    published October 17, 2012

    Thirty-one years after the release of their debut, post–Joy Division Movement, and six years after a brief reunion tour that took them... More >>

  • LET THE GAMES BEGIN

    published October 17, 2012

    Ah, CMJ, the music festival that charges a hefty $325 to $549 for a badge. But if you can’t afford one, not to worry. Tonight, the best... More >>

  • LET THE GAMES BEGIN

    published October 17, 2012

    Ah, CMJ, the music festival that charges a hefty $325 to $549 for a badge. But if you can’t afford one, not to worry. Tonight, the best... More >>

  • GRIND TIME

    published October 17, 2012

    With the recently reissued Liquid Swords, GZA wrote what many would consider 
the crown jewel of the impeccable run of first wave Wu-Tang... More >>

  • GIDDY UP!

    published October 10, 2012

    After air balling a children’s film, 2007’s Bee Movie, and a prime time game show, NBC’s The Marriage Ref, Jerry Seinfeld is... More >>

  • Dancehall Queen

    published October 10, 2012

    Perhaps an improbable candidate to become the Queen Bee of EDM, Ellie Goulding began her career with 2009’s “Under the Sheets”... More >>

  • QUEENS GET THE MONEY

    published October 10, 2012

    Since releasing their first proper album last September, the men of Das Racist have stayed busy. Besides touring, Kool A.D. released two mixtapes... More >>

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    COVER STORY

    Prince Royce Is Generation Next

    published October 10, 2012

    The first fans arrive at 1, lining up inside the FYE at the intersection Verveleen and Broadway in the Kingsbridge neighborhood of the... More >>

  • SUPER BASS

    published September 26, 2012

    After six years of blowing minds and speakers, Trouble & Bass (that’s AC Slater, the Captain, Star Eyes, and ringleader Drop the Lime) come... More >>

  • FACTORY GIRL

    published September 26, 2012

    Without fail, Patti Smith’s annual performances at the Met’s Gracey Rainey Rogers auditorium are among the most reliably excellent... More >>

  • WHEN FRIDAY COMES AROUND

    published September 19, 2012

    Since its birth in 1999 and its across-the-pond, American debut in 2002, All Tomorrow’s Parties has become a second Christmas, saved... More >>

  • THUNDER ROAD

    published September 19, 2012

    There are few things on this planet comparable to a Lightning Bolt live show. Rather than jump around on stage, this Providence... More >>

  • MISSISSIPPI MAN

    published September 19, 2012

    Big K.R.I.T. may be young, but he’s always been an old soul. Though he sent his breakthrough K.R.I.T. Wuz Here mixtape into... More >>

  • KID ROCK

    published September 12, 2012

    Of the 100 or so cassette tapes and CD-Rs that L.A. home-recording mysterioso 
Ariel Pink has made over the course of his 33 years, none... More >>

  • Groove is in the Heart

    published September 12, 2012

    Despite making music for a grand total of two years, Estonia-born, London-based Maria Minerva has already released three albums (all on L.A. label... More >>

  • HELL ON HEELS

    published September 12, 2012

    As a solo artist, it took Texas native Miranda Lambert less than a decade to go from second runner-up on a country-themed Idol to the... More >>

  • DINE AND DANCE

    published August 29, 2012

    On a day full of cookouts, count on the good folks at Do or Dine to offer the only one that you’ll regret missing: Rub-a-Grub. Instead of... More >>

  • BAD BOYS

    published August 29, 2012

    Mavado has been a Hot 97 mainstay this summer, showing up unannounced at Drake’s Jones Beach extravaganza one month (to sing “So... More >>

  • ROCK ’N’ REVOLT

    published August 22, 2012

    At this year’s Afro-Punk Festival, the titular genre offers less a unified aesthetic than an open-ended and open-minded way to approach... More >>

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