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  • YOUNGER EVERYONE

    published June 20, 2012

    Beginning and ending with the sound of fireworks cracking, Japandroids’ Celebration Rock explodes with summertime energy, memorializing the... More >>

  • MAJOR RAGER

    published June 20, 2012

    For all the A-listers and Best New Music winners scheduled to perform, the biggest and most promising words on the Governors Ball flyer are a... More >>

  • LIKE A SALTSHAKER

    published June 20, 2012

    If Please Don’t Forget Da B exposed Nicky Da B to a group of listeners unable to drop it like it’s hot at any of the next generation... More >>

  • CREW LOVE

    published June 13, 2012

    At his annual OVO Fest, you have to go to Drake (crossing into Canada) for hometown performances by the Toronto rapper, along with his r&b pal the... More >>

  • NORTHERN EXPOSURE

    published June 13, 2012

    The Northside Festival, CMJ’s Williamsburg-specific baby bro, which starts Thursday, will once again bring more big names to a neighborhood... More >>

  • BIG PIMPIN'

    published June 13, 2012

    After hosting the release party for El-P’s Cure 4 Cancer, Shortcuts—the not-quite monthly True Panther Sounds boss Dean Bein and... More >>

  • IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR

    published June 6, 2012

    A New York institution since 1986, the Summerstage concert series is back and continuing its expansion beyond Rumsey Playground and into the many... More >>

  • OFF TO THE RACES

    published June 6, 2012

    After months of being called unkind names, such as a YouTube flash in the pan, a PR product, and Everything That Is Wrong With Music, Lana Del Rey... More >>

  • ASTRONAUT STATUS

    published May 23, 2012

    He’s wearing Gucci, and he’s wearing Bally at the same damn time. He’s on the phone, and he’s cooking dope at the same... More >>

  • HELLO. . . .

    published May 23, 2012

    Perhaps you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but give him a solid backing band and guest appearances from the biggest stars in Nashville,... More >>

  • THIS IS 

COUNTRY MUSIC

    published May 23, 2012

    With lyrics that focused on the peculiarities of domestic life (sample hook: “If you want to show her that you love her, then put that... More >>

  • TOOT IT AND BOOT IT

    published May 23, 2012

    Even if you’ve never heard of ratchet music, the rap-production style associated with L.A.’s DJ “Dijon McFarlane” Mustard,... More >>

  • TAKING BACK 

SUNDAY

    published May 23, 2012

    Spring has finally arrived, and if you didn’t have enough shows, DJ nights, and television episodes to cram into your weekend before, Sunday... More >>

  • IN SYNC

    published May 23, 2012

    One Direction megastars Zayn (the cute one), Liam (the cute one), Harry (the cute one), Louis (the cute one), and Niall (the cutest one) met as... More >>

  • YG's Ratchet City

    published May 30, 2012

    It's 2 in the afternoon, and the hottest young rapper in Los Angeles is down in Miami, still awake after a marathon studio session that lasted... More >>

  • 'Electric Daisy Carnival'

    published May 9, 2012

    This weekend the biggest music festival in Las Vegas leaves the desert and OH OH, SOMETIMES heads to New York, offering three days of dubstep,... More >>

  • MY KINDA PARTY

    published May 16, 2012

    Remember that time you were sipping on a crisp glass of craft beer and thought, "Wouldn't it be great if I could do this while watching the Roots,... More >>

  • NOTORIOUS K.I.M.

    published May 16, 2012

    The elders will preach respect, but when beef is the most lucrative thing this side of Beats by Dre headphones, and a dis MP3 leaked to the right... More >>

  • RUST NEVER SLEEPS

    published May 9, 2012

    Over the past few months, Shortcuts has emerged as one of the most exciting new parties in the city: Thrown by Truth Panther Sounds head honcho... More >>

  • REGGAETON 

LATINO

    published May 9, 2012

    In 2006, Don Omar's King of Kings took reggaeton higher up on the American pop charts than it had been before. Six years later, the former... More >>

  • THURSDAY = YOUTH

    published May 9, 2012

    In their early days, European indie duo M83 looked back to shoegaze, with Anthony Gonzalez's vocals lying in a feathery bed of guitars and keys.... More >>

  • ARTY ROCK ANTHEM

    published May 2, 2012

    Andrew Bird, so the press release goes, is a classically trained violinist (do they train violinists in anything but?) who turned his back on the... More >>

  • OWN THE NIGHT

    published May 2, 2012

    With "Need You Now," Nashville trio Lady Antebellum crossed over from country radio to Top 40; they even got the Glee treatment as the song... More >>

  • SONG OF BROOKLYN

    published May 2, 2012

    When Walt Whitman wrote the poem that the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival takes its name from, the ferry served as the main means of... More >>

  • BOUNCIN' BACK

    published April 25, 2012

    Most know Mystikal from 2000—the year when his "Shake That Ass" followed Juvenile's "Back That Azz Up" on the charts and out of the speakers... More >>

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