"I didn't think this would ever happen, but now that it has, it reminds me of what my father always told me: 'It's never too late,'" says Benjy Melendez. The 60-year-old South Bronx native is positively giddy as he holds a copy of the newly reissued Power Fuerza -- the one and only album that Melend ... More >>
Afrika Bambaataa has been an unofficial professor of hip-hop for so long, it makes perfect sense that Cornell University would appoint the pioneering Bronx-born DJ and founder of the Universal Zulu Nation to a three-year term as a visiting scholar.
"Wherever I go on the planet, I'm always teachin' ... More >>
In October of 1983, Kool DJ Red Alert broadcast his first rap radio show on Kiss-FM. It would soon bloom into an essential listening session for hip-hop junkies, a jump-off point for upcoming artists, and a long-running part of New York City's musical soundtrack. So with Kiss closing its doors as we ... More >>
Kraftwerk fever might have ruffled many of you the prickly way, what with the Great Unobtainable Online Tickets Ruse blighting the band's series of eight chronological album-by-album shows at MoMA this week. But let's look on the bright side! Over the years the Dusseldorf dance merchants have churne ... More >>
The Martinez Brothers rock Good Units, 2010's best place to dance. Photo by Puja Patel.The best thing about living in New York is that there's never a lack of things to do. We've given up countless hours of sleep to go see our favorite DJs, catch late-night shows, peek into neighborhood hango ... More >>
Ah, the week before Christmas, when all is quiet, but only because it's freezing outside. (Seriously, it's way too early for snow.) And, while we know that sifting through Top Ten lists (or studying for exams, ick) gives you plenty of incentive to stay wrapped up in a Snuggie, we'd like to re ... More >>
Your partying jag kicks off on Thursday this week and features a global takeover of NYC. Jamaican dancehall queen Natalie Storm is something of an obsession for us lately (especially after Friday night's reOPENed party) -- she's returning to the Lower East Side for an appearance at Happy Endi ... More >>
The Loudest Venue in New York meets one of the Godfathers of Hip-Hop tonight at a bizarre but quiet possibly wonderful benefit at Brooklyn Masonic Temple: Along with Afrika Bambaataa and dudes from the Daptone crew spinning vintage-soul 45s, there will also allegedly be a photo booth, a raffl ... More >>
Friday night in Manhattan, Webster Hall is the place to be. It's the year of dubstep, apparently, and U.K. duo Nero headline an especially solid lineup for tonight's Girls and Boys, along with L.A.'s Gaslamp Killer. The ravetastic Flashing Lights crew kick off the night with electro and glows ... More >>
May we all look this relaxed in this situation. Photo by Sam Horine.In the week the words "Kanye West" became synonymous with social media, the rapper performed at Facebook while dissing Twitter, performed at Twitter while dissing his mother's old boyfriends, then joined Twitter, a thing he t ... More >>
This right here is nuts. Starts off with interview footage of Mclaren recounting his chance meeting Afrika Bambaataa. Gets into the Sex Pistols, "Buffalo Gals," Bow Wow Wow, Yes, the Art of Noise, etc. etc. etc. Yes, Yes. "Owner of a Lonely Heart" just sounds different when Premiere plays it. ... More >>
The Deutsche Bank fire is Mayor Bloomberg's "defining debacle," says Wayne Barrett, "a failure of leadership, accountability, and transparency, revealed in one law enforcement report or news story after another." But with the help of a complaisant press, the Mayor's getting off the hook.
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