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2014 Stories by Nick Murray

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  • FLOWER POWER

    published March 5, 2014

    Alongside the cherry blossoms at the institution’s Brooklyn cousin, nothing marks approaching seasonal change as brilliantly as the New York... More >>

  • BASIC SPACE

    published March 12, 2014

    Since the xx’s self-titled debut became an indie favorite, their live shows have always attempted to resolve a central paradox: The... More >>

  • S CLUB SEVYN

    published March 19, 2014

    Sevyn Streeter’s “It Won’t Stop” sounded like a hit since its May release. A song dedicated to the feeling of being in... More >>

  • NEW BEGINNING

    published March 19, 2014

    If you want to really grasp how long Pharrell has been making music, think back to the 1993 “Human Nature” mix of SWV’s... More >>

  • TAKING BACK SUNDAY

    published March 12, 2014

    For the past few summers, Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter’s Mister Sunday has gone down at the Gowanus Grove, a once verdant patch of land... More >>

  • GROWING PAINS

    published March 5, 2014

    Last time Robin Thicke came to Madison Square Garden, on the occasion of Jingle Ball, the 36-year-old singer donned a leopard-print sport coat and... More >>

  • WORLDWIDE TING

    published March 5, 2014

    Tropical bass monthly Que Bajo!? is going to be popping regardless of guest, but it sure doesn’t hurt that their first party of the new year... More >>

  • Man of the Year

    published February 26, 2014

    Schoolboy Q hasn’t released an album in two years, but those two years have been the biggest of his career regardless. As 2012 ended, the... More >>

  • Freestyle Forever

    published February 26, 2014

    Believe it or not, a freestyle revival may be in the works: Where Dmitri From Paris recently opened a Boiler Room set with a freestyle remix of... More >>

  • Casey Donahew Band+Reckless Kelly+Kevin Fowler

    published February 26, 2014

    Texas country artists are notoriously parochial, fiercely repping their home state’s slightly rougher variation on the Nashville sound. But,... More >>

  • ACTING UP

    published February 19, 2014

    If the kick-drum stomp of “Actor Out of Work” suggested that St. Vincent might have an interest in dance music — or at the very... More >>

  • Soundboy Burial

    published February 19, 2014

    As a remixer, Four Tet has cut apart and glued together tracks by everyone from Madvillian and Steve Reich to Radiohead and the xx (his takes on... More >>

  • Cash Rules Everything

    published February 19, 2014

    A secret about country music in 2014: Eric Church’s The Outsiders is getting the crossover critical love it deserves, but Rosanne... More >>

  • BEATS, DONUTS, AND LIFE

    published February 12, 2014

    Twenty years from now, if Detroit still exists and Chrysler continues to sell us cars built nearby, it’s possible that the company’s... More >>

  • YOU NEED TO GO

    published February 12, 2014

    If your summer ’13 was marked by an ongoing debate regarding the merits of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft... More >>

  • AMERICAN THURSDAY NIGHT

    published February 12, 2014

    Looking back over the past decade and a half, does any artist have as many great deep cuts as Brad Paisley? For instance, the best love song off... More >>

  • HIP-HOP HOORAY

    published February 5, 2014

    Kid Sister’s IRL big bro, DJ J2K, has, as one half of Flosstradamus, spent the past couple years pushing their aggressive rap-EDM fusion to... More >>

  • #BEEN #SKRILL

    published February 5, 2014

    Dont forget: Before festivals (bigger and bigger), Grammys (six of them now), and Avicii and Benny Benassi remixes (they’re actually pretty... More >>

  • CUPID SHUFFLES

    published February 5, 2014

    Quiz time: What do Basement Jaxx’s Scars, Florence and the Machine’s Lungs, Solange’s “True” EP, and the film... More >>

  • BY ANY NAME NECESSARY

    published January 29, 2014

    By now, it’s probably safe to assume that you’re familiar with Tauheed Epps, the Atlanta rapper better known as Tity Boi and best... More >>

  • ONE MORE CHANCE

    published January 29, 2014

    The Tunnel was many things to many people: for house heads, a place to dance to DJs like Junior Vasquez and Danny Tenaglia; for young scenesters... More >>

  • OUT OF HIDING

    published January 22, 2014

    Enigmatic and self-serving, Neutral Milk Hotel established long ago that they are perfectly fine being one of indie rock’s great mysteries.... More >>

  • BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER

    published January 22, 2014

    Like most fusion genres, moombahton works better as a bridge than an island: As a means for DJs to combine or segue between hip-hop, EDM, and... More >>

  • Dolla Dolla Bill, Y’all

    published January 15, 2014

    A couple of years ago, when we caught up with L.A.’s Ty Dolla $ign (then styled “Ty$”) while working on a story about his... More >>

  • JAY DAY

    published January 8, 2014

    Sean Carter brings his new LP to Barclays I’ll be the first to admit that at the time of the Samsung-only release of Jay-Z’s Magna... More >>

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