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Shit music in 17 keys
Here's a hard truth that needs to be told and heard and understood: OutKast aren't getting back together. They just aren't. Stankonia, their last proper release as a bonafide duo, was 13 years ago. Andre is going to be Jimi Hendrix. Big Boi is making music with Phantogram and Wavves. They've moved o ... More >>
Get down to Femi Kuti
Great drumming almost excuses Ginger Baker's dickishness
Guitarist Vernon Reid is best known as the leader of the hard rock/metal band Living Colour. Before that, though, he was a fixture on the New York avant-garde scene, blending rock, jazz and noise as a member of drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society, duetting with Bill Frisell on the albu ... More >>
globalFest 2012 Webster Hall Sunday, January 8 Better than: A Sunday evening spent preparing for the Monday grind. Starting with the number of stages it commands (three) and moving up from there, globalFest 2012 is the kind of event that could lavish in its stats. In line with its mission to showc ... More >>
Antoine Pratt Boubacar Traore w/Zongo Junction The Bell House Tuesday, September 27 Better than: Eric Clapton's probably inevitable African blues record. Sly Stone offers one possible method for dealing with celebrity: get famous, sell your royalties and squander your money, drop out of sig ... More >>
Restored and ready, the singer writes love songs to her life on 4
The Roots Studio Square Wednesday, May 4 Better Than: Whatever '90s cover band was playing elsewhere in Astoria. An hour into the Roots' Wednesday night show, located at the Astoria beer garden Studio Square, Black Thought finally got the crowd to sing along. The trouble was, the song the a ... More >>
So maybe you heard that Radiohead put out a new album, The King of Limbs, on Friday, one day earlier than planned, a gift that triggered a "live-Tweeting my first listen" torrent of unprecedented volume and ferocity, a glut of Internet-borne insta-opinions that seemed at odds with the band's reput ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. This is a compilation of 2010's best local music, lovingly curated by YIMBY columnist Christopher R. Weingarten. See last year's tape here. R.I.P. Chris Weingarten's old blue trucker hat. Photo by Rebecca ... More >>
You'd be hard pressed to find a drummer who covered more stylistic ground in his career than Bronx-born drummer Steve Reid, who died in his sleep last night after a battle with cancer. He was 66.
Vampire Weekend. Photo by Soren Solkaer Starbird.There's no feeling indifferent about this band. For fans, Vampire Weekend's sophomore album, Contra (out Tuesday, and reviewed by our own estimable Rob Harvilla here), is enough to make January feel like July--a sugary refinement of the band's ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Brooklyn nine-piece party-starters Red Baraat are thus far the most exciting local prospect of this short year, a fiery blend of raucous Indian bhangra and funky New Orleans brass. Yeah that's righ ... More >>
In 2009, we began the weekly Local Top 10, a series we hoped would prove that New Yorkers were far too stubborn to let the record store go. The series ran until last month, when we literally ran out of stores to cover--not the best sign for the future of music retailing in New York City. Befo ... More >>
A fantastic new musical will soon find out just how fantastic it has to be to survive
Kill the radio, but not this guy. Pic by Puja Patel, more below.The OKAY Africa showcase closed out CMJ with a bang for those who managed to cram into the Knitting Factory Saturday night: A sold-out lineup of African all-stars took the stage in a heartfelt tribute to their homeland, tinged wi ... More >>
Dutifully carrying on his father Fela Kuti's outsized and outspoken legacy, afrobeat's first son Femi Kuti has not only spent the last decade-plus touring the world, releasing albums (including last year's fine Day By Day), and collecting Grammy nominations (for 2003's Fight To Win), he's also bee ... More >>
Shakespeare in his underwear
A musician fights off brain cancer
In the new musical, two strong assets search for a more cogent context
Hey, where did LL Cool J go?
A leading voice of Britpop resurgence flaunts the fruits of his adventurous Honest Jon's label
Fela's youngest son picks up the rhythm and takes up the fight
Ferocious homage mingles with daring fusion, looking both back and beyond
Finding Inspiration in an African Pop Icon
NYU's Renaissance Man Contemplates the Fate of the African Expat
Exile on Poverty Street
Female DJs Got a Foot Through the Door, Ain't Goin' Nowhere
Voice of Zimbabwe Struggle Thomas Mapfumo Escapes to Oregon
Global Music in the U.S. Faces the 21st Century
Fela Didn't Believe AIDS Existed. But then he died of the disease. His brother is still trying to convince Fela's fans that HIV is real.