Last month, came news that the Wu Tang Clan's resident Genius, the GZA, is going to soon begin working with Columbia teacher Dr. Christopher Emdin and the website RapGenius to bring a better, hip-hop-based chemistry class to New York public schools. As cool as it is that GZA's taking this seriously ... More >>
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One of rap's most overused cliches is the phrase "my life is like a movie." Significantly much harder to come across are the artists who liken their entire albums to the medium of film. Most recently, Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge teamed up for Twelve Reasons to Die, an album made to sound like ... More >>
This Sunday is Mother's Day. (Yes, we're sure. Yes, there's still time to get her something.) And what better way to thank the person who brought you into this world than with the gift of music? Few genres have dedicated as many songs to the importance of mothers and mother-figures as hip-hop, but i ... More >>
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Frankenstorm Sandy is throwing salt in everyone's concert game. Here's a list so far of everything that's been postponed or canceled. Check back for updates throughout the day. And stay safe.
By all means, enjoy the whispy waifs warbling their sensitive indie ballads up and down the city during CMJ. But make time for some hip-hop while you do. Here are a few acts worth your time. See Also: - Don't Miss These Bands At CMJ - Handy CMJ Flowchart Panel Selector
Many artists in the independent hip-hop world like to brag about how much they're hustling or grinding. MC/Producer The Audible Doctor is far too busy to speak of such things because he's actually doing it. The past two weeks have seen him release projects with both his group the Brown Bag All Stars ... More >>
WikipediaWord.Donald Trump has his own vodka, but the best celebrity booze hybrid most certainly is the new Ghost Face Killah spicy beer!
Love beer so much you want to lather with it? Brooklyn Brewery has teamed up with a Williamsburg soapsmith to make artisanal beer soap. [Brooklyn Paper] The Cuba Libre is more than just a "rum and Coke." Add bitters, a splash of gin, and Key lime juice or Meyer lemon juice to kick yours up a ... More >>
If there's one common complaint we hear as rock critics, it's "I could totally do your job." First off--shhh, don't tell anyone! Secondly, "jobs" traditionally pay better than this, so we'll gladly go Parent Trap with you in a heartbeat. Either way, we decided to get some measurable data o ... More >>
There will no be shortage of New York City hip-hop at the local NBA Jam-sponsored 2010 stop of the Sneaker Pimps tour, which centers around "over 1,500 pairs of rare, limited edition, vintage, celebrity signed, artists collaborated sneakers and a collection of sneaker inspired artwork, fashio ... More >>
When we last heard from Ghostface Killah in the full-solo-album arena, he was thoroughly disquieting us with the lurid sex tales of Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City. His just-announced follow-up (via Twitter, of course) is less eccentrically named, at least: The Apollo Kids tak ... 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 >>
Surfer Blood play Cake Shop during last year's CMJ. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.Hey, remember last year, when we predicted that the stresses of Surfer Blood's twelve different CMJ shows would cause the band to self-destruct? Um, that's not at all what happened. Instead, the Florida band rode thei ... More >>
That's how you listen to Ghostface! Photo by Rebecca SmeyneIn the week M.I.A. broke the internet in a tidal wave of blood and guts and red hair, we did our best to put it back together.
All photos by Rebecca Smeyne If there's any metaphor for the price tag on elite higher education, just look to its student-run concerts. For Columbia's 250th anniversary a few years back, this alum remembers a blowout that included a no-show by Erykah Badu and one recently-hospitalized Wyclef Jean ... More >>
Oooh, lookit, it's the XX, fresh from beguiling long lines of CMJ patrons and subsequently canceling shows due to exhaustion. That's all sorted out, apparently, and thus will pleasantly gloomy goth-pop elegies fill the air at Bowery Ballroom tonight. We're still all into this band, right, Int ... More >>
Alison, one of many CMJ street fashion stars shot by Sam Horine. Find the rest here.In the week Jay-Z made it all about him, we made it all about Jay-Z, from the first deplorable word that he'd be attempting to demoralize the Phillies at Yankee Stadium all the way though his overshare-y and u ... More >>
There must be a lot of celebrating going down in the old VW compound right about now. From yesterday's Q A in the Times, with Ghost and his manager Mike Caruso, an interview which took place inside a "parked S.U.V. around midnight recently": Q: Vampire Weekend is a group you said you liked. ... More >>
--The onetime musician Ryan Adams, whose next new book of poetry, Hello Sunshine, just landed on top of his last one, Infinity Blues, at SOTC HQ, is taking his act to the Awl, where he'll be reviewing video games. Ahem: "Playing Gorf is like getting wasted, or what I remember about getting wa ... More >>
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Today, as we struggle mightily to readjust from Long Weekend Mode to Back at Work Mode, seems like a good day to just play Wu-Tang Chamber Music on infinite repeat: As Mr. Breihan notes, it's neither a great album nor, technically a Wu-Tang album (no Method Man/GZA, no RZA production, etc.), but a r ... More >>
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