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  • UNTAMED BEATS

    published August 29, 2012

    Where to start with this one? Basically, it goes like this: In 1882, machinist Matthew Maguire proposed a Monday off in honor of those laboring... More >>

  • Put Cha Back in It

    published August 22, 2012

    All hail DJ Sliink! The Jersey club producer and party starter from Newark has been 
on a tear this year while releasing not only his... More >>

  • MUENSTER MASH

    published August 22, 2012

    These days, no one raps about food quite like Rick Ross, the superstar label head who drives his Maybach to Chick-fil-A in one song and wakes up... More >>

  • VOODOO NIGHTS

    published August 15, 2012

    Need a good reason to head out to Long Island’s Jones Beach Theater tonight? We have two. First, there’s Mary J. Blige, the queen of... More >>

  • FROM CANADA 
WITH LOVE

    published August 15, 2012

    Most famous for the official “Lotus Flower” remix that Radiohead commissioned for last year’s TKOL RMX 1234567 project, Jacques... More >>

  • THE JAMAICAN SENSATION

    published August 15, 2012

    Whether you lived in Kingston or rural America, Sean Paul’s Dutty Rock was 
one of the biggest albums of 2003, moving hips both on... More >>

  • Suburban Blues

    published August 8, 2012

    Released in October to almost across-the-board praise and reappearing two months later in a variety of “albums of the year” lists,... More >>

  • SMALL-TOWN GIRL

    published August 8, 2012

    On Saturday, nearly 100,000 screaming, cowboy-hat-wearing fans will fill the Meadowlands to hear two superstars—Kenny Chesney and Tim... More >>

  • BLOW YOUR HEAD

    published July 25, 2012

    Founded some six years ago, Diplo’s label Mad Decent has grown from releasing barely heard baile funk and Baltimore club to helping break... More >>

  • NEW NO LONGER

    published July 25, 2012

    Since the release of his band’s eponymous debut, The xx production wiz Jamie xx has kept himself busy, first crafting the Far Nearer... More >>

  • FLIGHT SCHOOL

    published July 25, 2012

    Few have navigated the unstable terrain of contemporary commercial hip-hop better than Pittsburgh’s Wiz Khalifa: After lurking through the... More >>

  • LORD KNOWS

    published July 25, 2012

    Anyone with even a passing interest in hip-hop has heard the name Just Blaze shouted over an old soul sample or a triumphant horn crescendo on... More >>

  • WE TRIPPY MANE

    published July 25, 2012

    Although tonight’s party is a celebration of the release of Gatekeeper’s new Exo full-length, that didn’t stop the... More >>

  • SWEET LIFE

    published July 25, 2012

    Upon the release of his debut mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, in February of last year, few knew much about Frank Ocean. With a few Google searches,... More >>

  • SUMMER SHARE

    published July 18, 2012

    Remember the good ol’ days, those postcollegiate summers of listening to Pavement’s Wowee Zowee on repeat and knocking commercial... More >>

  • The Rise and Fall of Westchester Punk

    published July 25, 2012

    For the past couple of years, if you've wanted to learn about Westchester punk, you've had to travel to the Bronx. There, at the now-defunct... More >>

  • NO LABELS

    published July 18, 2012

    One sign of 20-year-old Angel Haze’s freshness? The number of labels and categories her critics and admirers have attempted to pin on her, a... More >>

  • SPACE JAM

    published July 11, 2012

    As much as we welcome the Nets, nothing says New York quite like street ball, and nothing says street ball quite like Rucker Park, the legendary... More >>

  • ALL ABOARD

    published July 11, 2012

    Last year, the inaugural 4Knots Music Festival brought Titus Andronicus, the Black Angels, Eleanor Friedberger, Mr. Dream, and hundreds of... More >>

  • SCHOOL'S OUT

    published July 11, 2012

    Five years after the release of Songs, and six after the breakout Love Is Real, John Maus remains something of an enigma, a man with short songs,... More >>

  • BRING IT BACK

    published July 4, 2012

    SummerStage’s annual visit to Crotona Park is one of the highlights of summer in the Bronx, a week of sun, barbecue, and music, much of... More >>

  • QUARANTINE THE PAST

    published July 4, 2012

    There are plenty of questions floating around CBGB Festival. For starters: Who is this for? Was this inevitable in our retro-drenched society?... More >>

  • ROCK THE BOAT

    published July 4, 2012

    When it comes to hip-hop, the words “all white” will forever be associated with the dress code at Puffy’s legendary Hampton... More >>

  • MALE BONDING

    published July 4, 2012

    Le Tigre fans wondering if that great New York City trio will ever make another 
album are in good hands with JD Samson’s outfit,... More >>

  • GET CRAZY

    published June 27, 2012

    Three years ago, “Shots” was the most annoying thing you’d ever heard, a neo-crunk banger that seemed to be in constant rotation... More >>

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