Get ready to plug this in your bookmarks, iCals, sticky notes, and religious shrines, because the ultimate guide to free summer concerts 2014 in New York City is here! Seriously, scroll down and don't be stingy -- share with your friends. Concerts aren't fun without friends. We'll be updating this p ... More >>
Sometimes it seems like former city councilman Charles Barron lives on political island--the sole dissenter or the sole proponent on many issues. Speaker Christine Quinn, his longtime rival, praised him for "the courage of your convictions, certainly not afraid to stand alone." "Black radical revol ... More >>
The New York rap renaissance, such as it is, has been widely placed on the shoulders of young crews like Harlem's A$AP and Brooklyn's Pro Era crew. But four performances Saturday night at the Gramercy Theatre showed how deep New York's new rap wave truly is, in a showcase for three talented New Yor ... More >>
Amiri Baraka, the poet, playwright, and activist, died last week at the age of 79. Befitting a man with such a long, complicated and controversial career, not even his obituaries could agree. The New York Times calls him "polarizing," while the Jerusalem Post opted, among other qualifiers, for "hate ... More >>
Intents and Purposes gets a proper reissue
New York-based songwriter Stephan Said has played in punk bands, toured in Ween, worked as a migrant worker and befriended and worked with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Pete Seeger and Patti Smith. The Iraqi-American musician is a longtime grassroots organizer; he had a hand in the 1999 WTO d ... More >>
When we first approached the now closed Asian Pub, known officially as Cooper 35, we were confused as to why everyone was standing outside protesting -- holding various signs written in Sharpie -- instead of inside getting drunk, but maybe that was just us wishfully needing a stiff cocktail a ... More >>
Bassists shine, even amid the dark age of conservatism
Transcending roots and relishing every moment, whether you've got the rhythm section or not
"For me, the idea is to use the movie to highlight some issues that resonate with today's culture of cut-and-paste, collaged-out-the-ass, wildly fragmented post-YouTube nation." Spooky, performing Rebirth of a Nation in San Francisco Paul Miller, a/k/a DJ Spooky, takes a lot of flack (sometimes fr ... More >>
Jenny Lewis in Sweet Temptation (Part 4) Fair-haired girl-next-door Jenny Lewis, the former child actress and Rilo Kiley heartthrob, plays the Music Hall of Williamsburg in support of her latest solo release, Acid Tongue, a sugary country album that's found a place in entrenched Nashville. Lewis g ... More >>
Charles Lloyd, Kidd Jordan, Herbie Hancock and more
The American icon is back in the saddle with a new play at the Public
From South Africa to North Carolina, fest explores the black experience
Hypocrisy and lack of flow defeat Marsalis's attack on "safari seekers" and "thug-life coons"
Amiri Baraka's express train to consciousness
Black journalism in the pages of the 'Voice'
Reaching back to the ultra-romantic past, director Yukio Ninagawa's work looks strikingly new
Dismantling canons, describing contexts, the new jazz studies come of age.
Whatcha celebratin' for?
Crouch, Jazz & the All-American Skin Game
Lincoln Center Thaws Its Cold War on Jazz Activism
Why Poetry? Why Now?
'Parades of People Would Follow Behind'
Poet-Activist Ras Baraka Runs for Newark City Council
At a Literary Retreat, Authors Debate the Mainstreaming of African American Lit
At Brooklyns Bedford Bowl, the Stakes Are High and the Obsessions Run Deep
Spike Lee takes some shots