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    March 26, 2014

    M-TRI and DJ Leecy T Find Bliss in Hip-Hop Wedlock

    The one-MC one-DJ rap outfits have always shared a special bond, but none have shared holy matrimony. That is, until MTRI and DJ Leecy T. They recently released their new videos for "Rush" (with Ukraine artist Dee the Conscious One) and "Expression" (with Slovakia's Golias and DJ Muki), both filmed ... More >>

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    January 20, 2014

    The Final Days of 285 Kent - Deafheaven and Wolf Eyes - 1/18/14

    Better Than: Every stupid "285 Kent Isn't Important" thinkpiece. 285 Kent will be mythologized and there's nothing detrimental about that. The venue had a longer life than was once thought possible for a DIY in this town: if you pass the two year mark, you're on to something. Somehow Todd P and co ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    Maria Minerva - 285 Kent's Final Show - 12/19

    Better than: The real estate market "We are witnessing the end of Williamsburg right here, right now." Estonian experimental singer and producer Maria Minerva didn't mince words as she gave a eulogy to 285 Kent at the venue's closing party last night, comparing the people who move to Williamsburg t ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    How to Not Get Groped By a Frat Guy

    This disgusting letter was sent to Georgia Tech's Phi Kappa Tau members to teach them to hook up with drunk co-eds at parties. With lines like, "if anything ever fails, go get more alcohol," it reads like a date rape manual. But while frat parties have long been gross, the reality is that girls wi ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    The Weeknd - Radio City Music Hall - 10/7/13

    Better Than: Watching porn alone at home. The "WARNING: MATURE CONTENT" sign in Radio City Music Hall's lobby last night was there for a reason. "Fucking sexy New York," said Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a. the Weeknd, about halfway through the first of his two back-to-back all-ages shows at the venue. "If I ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    Big Freedia Will Attempt to Set a Guinness Record for Twerking in Herald Square Today

    If you happen to be walking past Herald Square around noon today, and you see hundreds of people doubled over, butts jutting: Stay calm. It's just Big Freedia and her army of twerkers. As a promotion for her upcoming reality show on Fuse TV, the New Orleans Bounce musician Big Freedia is holding a t ... More >>

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    September 17, 2013

    Why Big Sean's Song "MILF" Isn't Funny

    Big Sean casually throws a skit in the middle of his sophomore album, Hall of Fame. It's called "Freaky" and borrows a portion of "The Sensuous Black Woman Meets the Sensuous Black Man"--an 18 minute audio Kama Sutra of sorts. Following the skit, Big Sean gives us a track called "MILF." We all know ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013
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    September 5, 2013

    Mac Lethal Brings Texts From Bennett to Bookshelves

    Whether you first saw Mac Lethal serving sucker MCs at Scribble Jam, fiercely and independently touring with his Black Clover Records imprint or rapping while flipping pancakes, chances are some time in the past decade he's entranced and entertained you. Mac's invading a new medium this week with th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Rich Homie Quan Is the ATL's Next Big Rap Export

    It took a few years, a jail sentence and turning down a scholarship to figure out what he was put on earth to do, but hey, Rich Homie Quan is here. Future, Migos and Trinidad James now have a new rapper to contend with for the "Fastest Thing Rising Out Of ATL," title. The kid's paid his dues, alread ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    What's Alan Thicke Think of Son Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" Video?

    Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is the song of the summer, and helps continue the Thicke family's run of pop culture ubiquity. After all, Robin's father Alan played Kirk Cameron's father on Growing Pains, penned the theme songs for "The Facts of Life" and "What's Happening," and will get a star on Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    AG the Coroner: Inspired by Biggie, Cosigned by Action Bronson, Signed by Roc Marciano

    "I had a friend who just so happened to be working in the freezer when I got here and he was able to cut some corners for me," says AG the Coroner, the Brooklyn-based rapper, about what until recently was his day job in the dead body storage department of a hospital. These days, AG has been moved to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Magna Carta Holy Marketing

    [Editor's note: LA Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on our sister paper's music blog every Wednesday. His archives are available here.] When we look back on 2013, we'll consider it the year of the event album. What's less clear is whether we'll remember the music or simply ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    Brooklyn Rapper DyMe-A-DuZin Wonders: Would Biggie Be Making Trap Rap?

    Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Brooklyn-based rapper DyMe-A-DuZin is currently capitalizing on the success of his great Portrait of Donovan mixtape. He recently dropped a flick for "Father's ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Amanda Bynes Should Be a Rapper

    What is an average day in the 2013 life of Ms. Amanda Laura Bynes? Here's a likely scenario: She wakes up around 11. She goes to the gym. She might take a meeting about her fashion line(s). She (probably) goes to the gym again. She leaves her lawyer a seventeenth voicemail, detailing five more peop ... More >>

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    May 14, 2013

    #HashtagMusic: Are We Witnessing its Beginning or its End?

    #Hashtags are probably the bane of your Twitter existence. You no doubt follow people who either use them too much or in the strangest possible ways. Chances are, you regularly do the same. #DGAF. Currently, there are two songs that begin with a #hashtag in the Top 20. it's the most 'sign o' the tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Ask Willie D: I'm In Love With a Stripper!

    Editor's note: Rap pioneer and Geto Boys member Willie D regularly answers reader questions for our sister paper, Houston Press. Dear Willie D, I loaned my cousin $500 more than six months ago. She promised to pay me back when she got paid two weeks from the time I gave her the money, but to th ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Rachel Zeffira Gets Subtly Personal on Debut The Deserters

    Rachel Zeffira is breaking out on her own to sing a few seemingly intensely personal songs, but thankfully, the tracks off of The Deserters, her solo debut, are just emotionally cutting enough to be universally touching without revealing too much about the Canadian songbird. Zeffira, a classically ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    Pusha T & Fabolous - B.B. King's - 4/29/13

    Better Than: Past Fabolous performances. "This life is so exciting!" chanted Pusha T and Fabolous in unison on B.B. King's stage while a crowd of ecstatically proud New Yorkers watched two of their native sons (yup Pusha was born in the Bronx). Last night the two only shared the stage for one song, ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    Bleached - Bowery Ballroom - 4/23/13

    Better Than: Watching the Knick's game in a crowded sports bar. There should be a point during every live show where you, as an audience member, undeniably want to be who you're watching onstage. That transformation may have been a bit difficult for Bleached's Clavin sisters to inspire in me last n ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    Not Every Song By Phosphorescent is About Phosphorescent, Says Phosphorescent

    Matthew Houck has been making music under the moniker Phosphorescent for over 10 years, but his latest album Muchacho, with its stunning single "Song For Zula", is the first to really catch the ear of a mainstream audience. We caught up with the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Alabama songwriter during a pit sto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Five Other Failed Rap/Country Experiments

    The hubbub this week regarding Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's controversial duet "Accidental Racist" has, among other things, given a sign that the world might still not be ready yet for a full blown country and hip-hop crossover. While rap has been above an attempted crossover, no matter how poorly c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Big K.R.I.T. Enlists Future and 9th Wonder For New Project

    It's the return of forever... again. K.R.I.T. is fresh out of the studio and gearing up for yet another mixtape release entitled K.R.I.T. Despite virtually no radio support and a small budget at his disposal Young Krizzle has managed to keep from being swallowed up by Def Jam's extensive roster of t ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    Frightened Rabbit - Terminal 5 - 4/4/13

    Better Than: Experiencing firsthand any of the myriad failures of human romance that thematically dominate so many Frightened Rabbit songs. There are three time-honored barroom traditions that are the basic DNA of Frightened Rabbit's music and define the arc of their live show. They have introspec ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    QUIZ: Are These Tweets From Cher or Horse_ebooks?

    RiFF RAFF may get all the the love as the King of Incomprehensible Tweets, but the title of Queen goes to Cher. While she may not have Harmony Korine ready to pen a book of tweet interpretations, the near-EGOTer has roughly 1.3 million followers who eagerly await her tweets, which, on any given day, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Charles Bradley to (Presumably) Hand Out Free Hugs At Pianos Tonight

    Charles Bradley's new album Victim of Love is out today on Brooklyn's Daptone Records, and like we told you in last week's feature about both, it doesn't get much better. The album is sweet, heartfelt, proud, sad, and as soul-stirringly honest as they come. Which makes sense. Because, if you've seen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Elvis Costello, D'Angelo, Chris Rock Pay Tribute to Prince - Carnegie Hall - 3/7/13

    Better Than: Sobbing silently while watching the club performance scene in Purple Rain on your couch for the 25th time this week... not that there's anything wrong with that. The stage was bigger, the venue more prestigious, and the atmosphere gave off a more purple hue. But then this was a Prince ... More >>

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    March 5, 2013

    Sign the Petition to Change the National Anthem to R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)"

    Have you been feeling that the National Anthem is getting a bit tired? Feel like you need to spice up your sense of patriotism? Well, then thank God for the internet and R. Kelly. See also: What's So Funny About A Little Bump N' Grind? R. Kelly, Frank Ocean, And The "Right" Kind Of R&B

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    February 27, 2013

    The Six Coolest Members of Otherwise Uncool Bands

    By Ryan Wasoba Bands are collections of people. In any such group, some people will be cooler than others. Even in an uncool rock band, there will be cool people. Here are the six coolest members of uncool bands. Cool? Cool. See also: Top 10 Douchiest Guitarists of All Time

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    February 26, 2013

    The Mavericks - Bowery Ballroom - 2/25/13

    [Note: The Mavericks also play City Winery tonight at 10:30 p.m.] Better Than: Pretty much all country music from the last decade. Last night Miami country band The Mavericks played a sold-out, two-and-a-half-hour show at the Bowery Ballroom. It was a triumphant return to form on the eve of their ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    The Top 15 Things That Annoy the Crap Out of Your Local Sound Guy

    By Nate Jackson Imagine for a moment that your job's sole requirement was to make live bands sound great every night. Pretty awesome right? Late nights, live music, and an endless supply of nightlife encapsulate a typical day at the office. Then after actually doing it for a few minutes you start t ... More >>

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    February 19, 2013

    Could Independent Music Giant Amoeba Be Facing a Copyright Lawsuit Nightmare?

    While the corpses of corporate music retail chains litter strip malls where outlets like Tower Records and Blockbuster Music once stood, Amoeba Music is an independent juggernaut with three California-based stores the size of supermarkets. They've been a celebrated shopping destination for music afi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Justin Timberlake Watch 2k13: "Suit & Tie" Music Video Edition

    Justin Timberlake's comeback is exhausting. After a musical drought, it feels like we've suddenly been welcomed with a constant stream of JT news, appearances, performances, videos and Target commercials. From the initial release of his "prepare ye the way of the Justin" warning video on, he's been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Advice For Aspiring Music Writers: Don't Quit, Just Don't Suck

    The funny thing about Luke O'Neil's article earlier this week (titled "Advice For Aspiring Music Writers: Quit Now") is that "quit now" was the exact answer I gave when someone asked me last year what I would tell to a high school class of aspiring writers. My "quit now" was borne from a frustration ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    Ten Music Artsts Who Are Dead Inside

    Last week, acclaimed movie director Dave Grohl told the 15 people who were accidentally watching him fill in as host on Chelsea Lately that Britney Spears "seems dead inside" to him. Disregarding how weird it is to discuss someone's inner-deadness on the Chelsea Handler set without talking about Ch ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    Critics Need to Lay Off Macklemore

    The recently-crowned number one song in the country, as you probably know, is a Seattle-based white independent hip-hop artist's ode to shopping at thrift stores. I'm not sure exactly how the stars aligned and/or what Illuminati clerical error caused it to happen, but "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    The Case Against My Bloody Valentine's mbv

    Gotcha with the headline, but I'm not here to hate on mbv. I'm a fan. I've daydreamed a dozen Loveless follow-ups, but I wasn't satisfied with the ones in my head-- I needed to hear what Kevin Shields had crashing around in his. m b v is not quite what I hoped for and not quite what I expected, whic ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    Justin Timberlake! Destiny's Child! My Bloody Valentine!: The Week of Triumphant Returns

    Whoa boy, what a week, right? Beyonce! Justin Timberlake! Fall Out Boy! Destiny's Child! My Bloody Valentine! Over the last few days our ears have been blessed with new releases and reunions from some buzzworthy artists who couldn't keep loyal and patient fans waiting much longer. From full-albums t ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Mumford & Sons - Barclays Center - 2/6/13

    Better than: It's cool to admit, apparently. I honestly don't understand the voracious hatred some have for Mumford & Sons. I get that banjos/mandolins/dobros aren't for everyone: there is no law that says you have to like fiddles and boots-as-percussion instruments, same as there isn't one that r ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    Does Michael Bolton Have Soul? An Illustrated Guide

    That's singer Michael Bolton, above. Last week, Center Street (a division of Hachette Book Group) published his long-awaited memoir, The Soul of It All, which details his rise from broke, pot-smoking, hard-rockin' nobody to multi-platinum pop/R&B superstar, bedder of Hollywood starlets, and Friend o ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    The Best Metal Concerts in NYC This Month

    These are the best metal shows in NYC this month. See also: The Ten Best Metal Albums of 2012

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    February 1, 2013

    Local Natives on New Album Hummingbird: "It's A Very Personal Record For Us"

    Mushrooms and vines: those were the things poking through cracks in the walls and crawling out from underneath the sink when Local Natives began to clear out the abandoned bungalow on Sunset that would eventually become their new studio space. Formerly a tattoo parlor, the seemingly forsaken spot ... More >>

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    January 29, 2013

    Defend Your Ballot: Rob Harvilla, Pazz and Jop 2012 Contributor

    You can't really know where you're headed unless you know where you've been. For that reason, we're taking a look back at Pazz & Jop 2012 to drill down into the ballots of contributors and voters who participated. Maybe amongst the rubble we'll find clues about what lies ahead for music lovers in 20 ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Q&A: Raekwon Recovers Some Lost Jewelry

    Raekwon is the mayor of fly shit. Snow Beach pullovers to Cuban links, his oft-imitated style and slang have been referenced for the past 20 years -- as Cappadonna once put it, "Half the East Coast sound just like Rae"). In the past, he's accused Frank White of biting his visual style. Today, if he ... More >>

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    November 6, 2012

    Fan Landers: Should I Stay in the Closet For the Sake of My Rap Career?

    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 ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Talibam! Is Proud to Be the Sixth Grade, Amateur Version of LMFAO

    For a feature story this week we sat down with "no school" rap duo Talibam! to talk about their groovy, ass-spanking debut, Puff Up the Volume. The snazzy production team of MC K-Wizzle and MC Moaty Molguz played every instrument on the work, sans samples. You can also get a taste of them via their ... More >>

  • Music

    September 19, 2012

    Fear of a Talibam! Planet

    A Brooklyn duo brings the rap on Puff Up the Volume

  • Music

    September 12, 2012
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    August 16, 2012

    Hot 100 Roundup: Taylor Swift's Kiss-Off To Country, Mumford & Sons' Folkie Rave, And More

    Editors' note: Each week in this space, chart-watcher Robert Myers will offer his reactions to all the new entries on the Hot 100, Billboard's big board for popular songs. Late August on the pop charts used to be what I called the summer doldrums—almost the entire music industry went on vacat ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Rock-Critic Pop Quiz: How Many of Boyz II Men's Five #1 Singles Can You Name?

    ​Thanks to new albums by The Weeknd and Frank Ocean, this is totally the month of hipster R&B. You can read our own Sean Fennessey's magnificent think piece on it , or maybe peep The Guardian's informative take on the "cult of Cassie" among chillwaver types, or maybe just follow Eric Harvey ... More >>

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