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  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Ty Dolla $ign Has Mad Bowling Tips

    [Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.] On November 2nd, Ty Dolla $ign will be strutting onto the stage at Irving Plaza to air out his hits as part of the rap-styled warbler's In Too Deep tour. It's a sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Meet Logic, the Punctual, Seinfeld-Loving Rapper Who Turned Down a Deal With Nas

    Hip-hop and Seinfeld nostalgia rarely intersect but Logic is not your typical rapper. The 24-year-old Gaithersburg, Maryland, native is in town on a promo blitz for his debut album, Under Pressure, and asks to meet me for breakfast at Tom's Restaurant, the Morningside Heights spot known as Monk's Di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    A Complete Guide to Hip-Hop at CMJ 2014

    It's the most wonderful time of the year as CMJ has once again descended over the good people of New York City. The College Music Journalism festival is bringing over 1,000 acts across all genres to the city, which makes planning a five-day foray into the fires of college radio a touch daunting. Tho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    Quiz: Musician Movie Cameos

    Not all cameos are equally coveted: a good cameo creates an undeniable rush (I know that person!) that widens the eyes and forces the viewer to blurt out the musician's name when he or she appears on the big screen, like Anthony Kiedis in Point Break. An even better cameo is when the musician is cle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    The 5 Most Underrated Def Jam Albums

    This Thursday, Def Jam celebrates its 30th anniversary with a star-studded live show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. It was a short three decades ago at New York University's Weinstein Dorms where Vincent Gallo introduced Russell Simmons to Rick Rubin and launched what would become hip-hop's longest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Homeboy Sandman's Rise Took a Lot of Work

    Homeboy Sandman has been the most visible face of New York underground hip-hop for seven years. What started as a balancing act between pursuing the music he loves and going for his law degree has given way to his becoming the galvanizing focal point of a scene, signing to revered indie rap label St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    The Harlem Quartet Changes the Notion of What a Classical Musician Looks Like

    "You know, let's face it. When you think of classical music, it's not really an African-American face that comes to mind," said Melissa White, a violinist and founding member of the Harlem Quartet.

  • Voice Choices

    October 15, 2014

    JAM BANDS

    Def Jam turns the big 3-0

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2014

    Breaking Down Rap's Greatest Albums, Track by Track

    Ever wanted to hear your favorite rap artists break down their masterpieces track-by-track? You're about to get your wish as this week sees the release of Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique 2. Boasting over 20 track-by-track breakdowns of some of the greatest rap albums of all time, it looks t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Jordan Knight and Nick Carter: The Ultimate Boy Band Bromance

    It's not every day a couple of boy band-ers join forces to start a man band, but New Kids on the Block's Jordan Knight and the Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter are a couple of above average boys from the bands. After rising to international stardom as teens in their respective groups and in their respec ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 8, 2014
  • Voice Choices

    October 8, 2014

    NO HOLDS BARD

    A return to the bawdy Shakespeare of old

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    October 8, 2014
  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Sorry, Haters: Maroon 5 Rocked SNL

    There's an elephant in the room sporting some excellent hair gel, so let's acknowledge it and move on before we dive into Maroon 5's performance on Saturday Night Live. People lo-ho-hoooooove to hate these guys, the falsetto-favoring, Voice-judging, badly tattooed frontman in particular. Adam Levine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    Stryper Tribute Bands That Should Exist

    Saturday night our favorite Christian hair metal act Stryper play B.B. King's. Say what you will about the Orange County collective, but you have to admire them for sticking to the script for three decades -- or is that scripture? Putting out new music as recently as last year, they show no signs o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Can You ID These Bands From Their Famous Typefaces?

    Fact: Any band who uses Times New Roman on their album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though). Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo. In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell, desig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    What Happens When Hip-Hop Semi-Stars Burn Out?

    With hip-hop being identified for over 40 years as a youth culture, it begs the question: do rappers grow up? Do they grow old? Does being an MC have an age limit, or is making a career rocking the mic entail no limits? Director Paul Iannacchino Jr. explores this question through his debut documenta ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 1, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    XXL: In Loving Memory

    Newsstands nationwide got a little less cool on Monday when news emerged that magazine XXL will be no more. The New York Post broke the story that Harris Publications, who've carried the hip-hop magazine for the entirety of its 17-year existence, sold all of XXL to Townsquare Media, the Greenwich, C ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 24, 2014
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    September 24, 2014
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    September 24, 2014
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    September 24, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    The Source 360 at BAM: A Guide

    This year, rap publication The Source celebrates its 25th birthday. Considered by many to be "the hip-hop Bible," the publication has been a cornerstone of the hip-hop culture, impacting everything from breaking new artists, to making "5 Mics," the coveted highest honors the magazine awards an album ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    New York Jazz Greats Ask City Council to Help Them Win Fair Pay [Video]

    Many of New York's great jazz musicians are aging into poverty, strained by a lifetime of working in clubs that deny them any benefits, healthcare, or pensions. That was the testimony before a City Council joint committee yesterday from the members of Justice for Jazz Artists , a campaign created to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    Doom and Bishop Nehru Team Up for the Most Anticipated Hip-Hop Album

    Five years ago, I boarded a plane from JFK to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport on the instruction that at some point between takeoff and landing the hip-hop artist MF Doom would text me from a secret cell-phone number and give me directions about how to meet him for an interview. The texts arriv ... More >>

  • Theater

    September 17, 2014

    Bootycandy Is Bootylicious

    Young, Gifted, and Black (and Gay)

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Mr. Brainwash Hopes His Massive 9/11 Mural Causes a 'Festival of 9/11'

    OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'xla3M5cDo7xkuWktew6TSZEScwkD4T-I'); });Please enable Javascript to watch this video "I hope next year there will be [art] everywhere, [and on] every corner, some people doing something. It becomes very ... it becomes like a festival ... like a ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 10, 2014

    KNOW YOUR ENEMY

    See the legendary group back in Brooklyn

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    September 10, 2014
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    September 10, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Loudon Wainwright III: "I Figured I'd be Dead Before I Was 30"

    With the exception of his satirical West Coast soulmate, Randy Newman, Loudon Wainwright III, is one of the only singer-songwriters from the '70s still turning out tunes that are consistently well-crafted, profound and funny. We recently spoke to Wainwright about his newest album, Haven't Got The Bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    Songwriting Advice From Successful Songwriters

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>

  • Theater

    September 3, 2014
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    September 3, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Top 5 Aerosmith Samples of All Time

    Wednesday, September 3rd, Aerosmith play the Prudential Center. While much has been written about their extensive catalog and presence in the media, their influence on early hip-hop has been somewhat understated. The drum breaks from tracks like "Walk This Way" and "Sweet Emotion" were some of the e ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 3, 2014
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    August 27, 2014

    Westboro Baptist Church Will Also Picket Gawker, Buzzfeed, Foursquare, Basically Everybody Else

    Last week, we told you that the Westboro Baptist Church, a merry band of noxious trolls with questionable ties to Jesus, is returning to New York to picket the New York Times, Facebook, the Huffington Post, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. It appears that the WBC has realized that picketing media outle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    The 10 Best Punk Rock Movies

    Punk rock has been a part of cinema ever since the music blasted out of New York, Los Angeles, and London in the mid to late '70s. In film and on TV, portrayals of punk are often misguided or straight laughable (Hello Quincy! Hi C.H.I.P.S!) But sometimes they get it kinda sorta right. Here now, ou ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 27, 2014
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    August 27, 2014

    THRILLER NIGHT

    It's not just MJ's music that’s immortal

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Covergirl, Trojan, and Kia Win Big at MTV Video Music Awards!

    Last night was the 31st annual MTV Video Music Awards, brought to you by State Farm, Covergirl, Trojan, Kia, Verizon and more. In our preview last week, we mentioned the increasing emphasis on interactivity at the awards, but my goodness was last night an absolute social media assault sponsored by s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Your Guide to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

    This Sunday, one of cable television's most storied traditions, the MTV Video Music Awards, beams from the Forum in Southern California into living rooms nationwide. The VMA's 32nd broadcast, this year's hostless show looks to carry on the quality of well-received recent installments, namely the 201 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Finding the Poetry in Hip-Hop

    By the time I began studying English and creative writing at NYU, I had already started to identify myself as a poet. I lived and breathed poetry; it was the only way I could compute and make sense of my surroundings. Simultaneously, I was also an EDM head, before electronic music had become so wild ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Were The 1999 MTV Video Music Award the Greatest of All Time?

    With the 32nd annual MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday, the music world and Taco Bell both seem to be abuzz with VMA fever. But as excited as we are about this year's telecast, VMA season has us nostalgic for some of our favorite Video Music Awards memories. One particular telecast we keep coming b ... More >>

  • Music

    August 20, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Drake Vs. Lil Wayne - Forest Hills Stadium - 8/19/14

    Better than: Watching a bro-comedy film. Is Step-Brothers now to hip-hop what Scarface or kung-fu movies used to be? With Kanye quoting the film in interviews and Eminem doing the same in concerts, it's difficult to not compare the loving push-and-shove between Drake and his mentor Lil Wayne to tha ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 20, 2014

    ARCADE GAMES

    Indie and getting Indie-r.

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    August 20, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Funk Legend Steve Arrington On Being Sampled By A Tribe Called Quest, N.W.A. and Jay Z

    Steve Arrington has attainted a position of righteous funk royalty. Having risen to prominence with the band Slave in the late-'70s, he then flew the roost to form the humbly-monikered Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame before storming through the '80s as a solo funkateer. Along the way, Arrington's swa ... More >>

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