For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
Kanye West closes the Governors Ball
Here are the ten best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.
Rap has always had a dividing line between the rapper and the guy that yells out things on stage because it's America, damn it. That man used to be the DJ, who'd spin records for the rapper and rap along to his verses to get the crowd hype. As the years went by and quality DJing became more rare, th ... More >>
Hip-hop is at its best when artists collaborate, challenging one another to create their best work, and this week's best hip-hop tracks are highlighted by a collection of odd couples. DJ Khaled, of incessant yelling and inexplicably giving Ace Hood work, managed to put Nas, Scarface and DJ Premier o ... More >>
If you've listened to much urban radio lately, or even a little, you may have noticed that Lil Wayne and his Young Money Entertainment labelmates, particularly Drake and Nicki MInaj, are quite popular. You may have also noticed the same thing in 2011. And in 2010. And 2009. But perhaps nothing under ... More >>
Remember the brouhaha in October over the vibrator discovered by a TSA agent, who left a note in the suitcase inspected saying, knowingly, accusingly, "Get your freak on girl"? (Perhaps most upsettingly, that statement could have used a comma.) Remember how that TSA agent was hunted down and ... More >>
Fools Gold Day Off City Winery Monday, September 5 Better than: Catching bullets at a parade. New York City empties out on Labor Day weekend, but for the past two years those who've stuck around have been able to see behind the curtain on what's next, on what's nexter-than-next, and the emerging ... More >>
Back to (old) school
You guys drank the Kool-Aid, didn't you? Now all you can rave about is Rick Ross. Tsk, tsk. The guy told you himself, in no uncertain terms, that he's caught up in a fantasy. Yeah, he's got a talent for picking huge, cinematic beats, and he strings words together nicely from time to time. Pro ... More >>
So much to see, everywhere. The Bamboozle Meadowlands April 29-May 1, 2011 Better than: Watching scene reports scroll by on Twitter. In a lot of ways, the Bamboozle is a festival tailor-made for the current moment of constant distraction. The festival's running time over three days totals ... More >>
Harlem's finest are back, but Cam'ron's new protégé might steal the spotlight
Well, that's one way to let CMJ know what you think of it, if you are the vast music recommendation website Pitchfork--by having a multi-day, 30-plus band festival in the middle of Williamsburg during the marathon's prime three nights. They're calling it #Offline, paradoxical hashtag and all; ... More >>
Our hero, Screaming Females frontlady Marissa Paternoster, at Siren. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.The second round of artists announcements is out, and it's the big one--count on newly installed acts Phoenix, GZA, Screaming Females, Extra Lens, Francis and the Lights, et al, to be your headliners, ... More >>
Unfortunately, this just isn't fun anymore. Pic by Sam Horine.It's Friday the 13th, and if you're as superstitious as we are here at SOTC, you'll stay away from the outside world altogether. Lucky for you, though, we've put together a pretty awesome rundown of dance parties to visit this week ... More >>
The Internet's hottest rapper is about to find out if that means anything
Phoenix, Arizona! The fifth most populated city in the country. It's the capital of Arizona, the Grand Canyon State! It's also -- as the center of the United States' immigration crisis with two sides viciously battling over the future of millions of people -- the place where the most people i ... More >>
Freddie Gibbs, who could use a better promo picture. Photo by Alexander Richter.In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla on the pointless, entirely necessary reissue of Queens of the Stone Age's Rated R, Jayson Greene assesses the market value of Freddie Gibbs, and Kurt Gottschalk talks wit ... More >>
So Bill Simmons, a/k/a ESPN.com's The Sports Guy, is quite possibly the Internet's most-discussed sportswriter; Freddie Gibbs is a current favorite of the rap-blog conglomerate. Given that Simmons doesn't have much to say about rap (or music generally) beyond the occasional white-guy-making-a ... More >>
Celebrity interviews exist on a strange spectrum of self-awareness. From enigmatic to overshare-y, it's all for publicity, leaving it as the readers' job -- should they care at all about something as trivial as celebrity journalism -- to deduce where the subject's quest to create a character ... More >>
In what has become an annual tradition, the minds over at XXL magazine recently unveiled the elite class of fresh-faced rappers they dub the Freshman 10. Mostly products of Internet buzz and/or critically acclaimed mixtapes, the Freshman class issue has risen from a gimmicky excuse to put non ... More >>
On the euphoric charms of utter inscrutability
His first #1 song is his first Pazz & Jop chart-topper as well. Go Yankees.
Guess which one of those things didn't die this year
On Monday, our home slices over at Impose unveiled their year-end 50 favorite acts of 2009. It's a uniquely varied list of familiar blog-sprayed faces (Animal Collective, Fever Ray, Black Lips, Dan Deacon, Black Dice), mixtape rappers (Gucci Mane, Freddie Gibbs, Drake), relative unknowns (Nisennen ... More >>