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  • CUT 'N' MIX

    published August 28, 2013

    What’d Nas say? The real rap comes at halftime? He had no idea: Four years after the release of Illmatic, DJ Eclipse of the Rock Steady Crew... More >>

  • SOUL MACHINE

    published August 21, 2013

    Just so we’re on the same page, let’s make note of the fact that CeeLo’s cultural reputation was cemented long before he started... More >>

  • FULL HOUSE

    published August 21, 2013

    Dance music doesn't die—it just gets recycled. Note, for instance, that reigning world-crossing pop-charting kings of Euro schlock, Swedish... More >>

  • ALL-ABOARD

    published August 21, 2013

    Who knew that Lonely Island’s “I’m on a Boat” wasn’t just a mildly funny parody rap, but also a statement on the... More >>

  • HANG UP

    published August 14, 2013

    It was 30 years ago when Madonna’s self-titled debut launched the bohemian New Yorker from local club kid to national star. Tonight, head to... More >>

  • PICASSO BABIES

    published August 14, 2013

    A lineup this good could only be booked by an urban arts museum with something to prove and an endowment that’s the envy of even the richest... More >>

  • HOW COUNTRY FEELS

    published August 14, 2013

    Seriously, who’s the last artist, before Luke Bryan, who smiled on the cover of all of his albums? OK, fine, the cover of his forthcoming... More >>

  • LIFE IN THE ARENA

    published August 7, 2013

    We’ll be the first to admit that Kenny Chesney’s latest album, Life on a Rock, was not his best, a 45-minute island getaway where... More >>

  • MORE THAN DECENT

    published August 7, 2013

    Last time the Mad Decent Block Party rolled through Brooklyn, the indie label behind it brought Riff Raff, Lunice, Bonde Do Role, a kid named... More >>

  • SHAGGY 2 POPE

    published August 7, 2013

    No matter what genre it comes from, the novelty song remains a gift and a curse, bestowing on an artist the sort of fickle exposure that comes... More >>

  • GARAGE, INC

    published July 31, 2013

    Only 15 and 18 when they released their debut single, the Burial-influenced 
“Offline Dexterity,” British brothers Guy and... More >>

  • CRAZY IN LOVE

    published July 31, 2013

    Where better to see Beyoncé’s ongoing Mrs. Carter Show world tour than the arena of which Mr. Carter owns 1/15 of 1 percent? Call it... More >>

  • CLOSING TIME

    published July 24, 2013

    After 35 years of shows, Hoboken’s Maxwell’s—named for the coffee factory that was once a block away—ends poetically, with... More >>

  • ROCK THE BOAT

    published July 24, 2013

    Just ask Little Big Town: Nothing says summer like making waves and catching rays during an evening cruise. Of course, it’s unlikely that... More >>

  • LIFE OF THE INFAMOUS

    published July 24, 2013

    Readers of crime fiction are familiar with masterminds, the type of career criminals who can rob a bank and cross state lines in less time than it... More >>

  • QUEEN OF ARKANSAS

    published July 24, 2013

    Like ’70s and ’80s country star Crystal Gayle, Iris DeMent is the youngest of eight children. But where Gayle crossed over into the... More >>

  • UP, DOWN, TURN AROUND

    published July 17, 2013

    After more than 20 years of soundtracking all-night dance parties, New Order finally come to Williamsburg, playing the neighborhood’s... More >>

  • RUST NEVER SLEEPS

    published July 17, 2013

    Many have attempted the sound of Rustie’s 2011 Glass Swords, a dance music masterpiece on which the drums draw from hip-hop, the synths... More >>

  • 2 SHOWZ

    published July 17, 2013

    Choose a show, and choose wisely: As summer picks up, perhaps the two biggest stadium hip-hop shows of the season fall on the same night, with... More >>

  • DEM BOW DOWN

    published July 10, 2013

    A true moombahton success story, L.A.’s Dillon Francis parlayed a couple big tunes—jittery, squelchy, Dutch-house-meets-reggaeton... More >>

  • PUNK CLASSIC

    published July 10, 2013

    What happens when an annual music festival becomes older that its average attendee? If the Warped Tour is any indication, not much. Now in its... More >>

  • TEEN POP THAT

    published July 10, 2013

    “They say we dance like the Jacksons, all we missing is Tito,” sing boyband Mindless Behavior on a glitchy r&b banger that strikes my... More >>

  • POP OUT

    published July 3, 2013

    Chief Keef got the $6 million deal and Chance the Rapper has the best received mixtape of the year, but don’t sleep on Katie Got Bandz,... More >>

  • BROTHERLY LOVE

    published July 3, 2013

    Five years ago, a pair of baby-faced teenage brothers from the Bronx played MOMA P.S. 1’s Warm Up series alongside mentor and local House... More >>

  • ELECTRIC FIRECRACKERS

    published July 3, 2013

    What better way to celebrate American independence—and pay tribute to New York City’s roots—than by heading to Governors Island... More >>

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