Slayer Return to NYC
D'Angelo comes to Brooklyn
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Dance the night away with Tegan and Sara and fun.
If you like your music blog experiences to be timely and relevant, I suggest you stop reading now. This piece is neither. It concerns a book from five years ago that's as inconsequential now as the day it was published. This book hasn't dropped a track on Soundcloud, and it's not in a Twitter fight ... More >>
Clipse's Pusha T raps a lot about drug dealing and the spoils that go with it. (His name is Pusha, after all.) You no doubt know that by now. It's why Pusha Ton is naming his upcoming album My Name Is My Name. But before that shipment arrives he's doling out samples in the form of his mixtape Wrath ... More >>
Esperanza Spalding and friends come to Webster Hall
As part of this year's larger reduction in genre-specific awards, 2012 will see the country portion of the Grammys streamlined to just four categories: Best Solo Performance (which swallows Male and Female Vocal Performance), Best Duo/Group Performance (which swallows Best Duo/Group Vocal Performanc ... More >>
As you'll recall, I'm in TV on the Radio's video for Nine Types of Light. I brilliantly played a hapless janitor, Carol Burnett-style, thanks to filmmakers Amy Davis and Jon Mortisugu, who cast me with a mop in mind and also nabbed Murray Hill to play the nightclub MC. And it's up for the G ... More >>
Tonight's Grammy nomination concert, airing at 10 p.m. on CBS, will not only jam-pack a bunch of performances by the likes of Lady Gaga and Jason Aldean into its 60 minutes, it'll also let us know which artists will be prostrating themselves in front of the globe and thanking their families and God ... More >>
The lady sitting atop both of Billboard's major lists this week has made enough news in 2011 that I'm tempted to rename this column "This Week in Adele." The British thrush is certainly making enough sad news these days, canceling her tour and preparing to undergo much-needed throat surgery. ... More >>
Hit the ultimate beach party
This week in the Voice, Larry Blumenfeld chronicles Grammy-winning pianist Arturo O'Farrill's trip to Havana to, in his words, "complete a musical, spiritual, and cultural journey for my father." His father, Chico O'Farrill, was revered in the Jazz world, a "stone genius, on the level of Duke ... More >>
Grammy fresh. Photo via @questloveYou'd think between the tapings of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, being shuttled from to gig to gig, and freaking out at Prince concerts, it'd be hard to pin down Questlove for 15 minutes, but it was surprising painless. We caught up with the Roots' drummer an ... More >>
Is anyone else getting a little embarrassed by all the mutual loving displayed by Justin Bieber and his mentor Usher, as seen on tonight's Grammy awards? We were gushily told it's a "beautiful relationship," then watched the two eye each other as Usher remembered, "I saw you in the parking lot..." ... More >>
Of all the people I interviewed in 2010, Laurie Anderson was easily my favorite, based entirely on that voice -- even snaking through a phone line, it's a wise, warm, profoundly soothing phenomenon, Kim Deal-esque in its capacity to soothe even the most savage of beasts, and put to equally ph ... More >>
Two Winans reunite after a decade
Prepare to have your mind blown
Discussing ladies who rock
I'm a little late to this picnic, but I finally caught up with the Grammy Awards (I was away) and prepared for the Taylor Swift trainwreck everyone had clucked about, expecting her to not come any closer to any of the notes than I have to Wasilla, Alaska.
Because it's called "Heat," see? Fresh off of taking the Grammys by military force on Sunday night, Beyonce will run up on innocent little Union Square Park tonight, "flickering projections of flames, steam and fog" in tow, by way of launching her new fragrance line. All this noise will be em ... More >>
Her multitudes await, says Jon Caramanica. There's a contrarian streak in culture, where it's a lot easier to share an animosity towards a figure, whether it's the government or a pop star, says Maura Johnston. Also, you try holding onto four Grammy Awards without dropping at least one. (Robo ... More >>
Don't blink, or you'll miss Mos Def
Would a musical artist who sings "Jews must die" or "black people need to be killed" get a Grammy nomination? I really don't think so, and if I am somehow off-base in assuming that, please look through this year's list of nominees--Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and so on--and let me know.
Haunting post-bop from a scene hero
But really, everyone's a winner. New York, what a town. We've got the Tonys, and sometimes the Emmys and Grammys, and the U.S. Pole Dance Championships, and now, just this past weekend, The Hookies -- awards for male escorts presented this weekend at Splash Bar. Our own Michael Musto presented a ... More >>
Because he's released a book and done everything else, too
Blue Note Records reaches a milestone
Good for you. As any self-respecting Grammy live blog will have told you by now, the highlight of last night's occasionally lively fiasco was undoubtedly the "Rap Pack" black-and-white "Swagga Like Us" blowout, ostensibly starring Jay-Z/Kanye/Wayne/T.I. but dominated by a stupendously pregnant M ... More >>
An Alice Smith production is a glass-shattering one
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