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    November 5, 2014

    Kimbra Thrives Under New Spotlight at Soho House

    While most know Kimbra for the bold backing vocals she provided to "Somebody That I Used To Know," the hit that slingshot Gotye from the all-inclusive (albeit contained) expanse of Australian pop to global domination in 2011, the New Zealander has long since broken out on her own with a sizable amou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    XXL: In Loving Memory

    Newsstands nationwide got a little less cool on Monday when news emerged that magazine XXL will be no more. The New York Post broke the story that Harris Publications, who've carried the hip-hop magazine for the entirety of its 17-year existence, sold all of XXL to Townsquare Media, the Greenwich, C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    September 11th, 2001 Was a "Super Tuesday" of Album Releases

    The music industry was in a very different place 13 years ago. Record stores were thriving, profits were record setting and certain Tuesdays each year were marked as "Super Tuesdays," when the various record labels would roll out several major releases at once, often resulting in fans making multipl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Mac DeMarco Brings His Sun-Soaked Slacker Vibe to 4Knots Music Festival

    Between the release of his excellent new album, Salad Days, enormous, magazine-style pieces from sites like Pitchfork and Wondering Sound, and videos of him interviewing other indie music stars, Mac DeMarco has begun to develop a well-defined public persona. He's become the irreverent goofball (the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    The 10 Biggest Douchebags in Country Music

    Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damagi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Sage Francis' Copper Gone Sees Him Back on His D.I.Y. Grind

    Friday, May 30th, Sage Francis plays Le Poisson Rouge as one of the first dates of his new tour promoting Copper Gone, his first album in four years, due out June 3rd. A lot's changed since his last go-round, having said his June 2010 NYC show at the end of his last album Li(f)e's tour was going to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Jesse Camp's Album Turns 15--A Look Back at The Gangly MTV Legend

    This week marks the 15th anniversary of an infamous day for the MTV generation. It was on May 25th, 1999 that former MTV VJ Jesse Camp unleashed his one album, Jesse and the 8th Street Kidz on the world . It was a big day, an end of an era and a landmark swan song to one of the '90s most unforgettab ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 21, 2014
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    May 16, 2014

    Understanding New Japan Wrestling via Hip-Hop

    This Saturday, May 17th, the Hammerstein Ballroom will play host to an exciting historic night in professional wrestling. New Japan Pro Wrestling, the second biggest wrestling company on the planet, will be facing off against respected American wrestling promotion Ring of Honor for a rare cross-prom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    XXL's Editor-in-Chief Defends This Year's Freshman Class

    This week, XXL Magazine released their annual Freshman List to much fanfare and the usual fighting. The magazine's biggest issue of the year, since 2008 the Freshman List has become an easy-to-follow guide to which new artists are making noise in the rap game, as well as an increasingly more accurat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    The 2014 XXL Freshmen: A Statistical Analysis

    The line-up for XXL magazine's 2014 freshman issue was revealed on Monday evening, with the "dirty dozen" of rappers on the cover including Chance The Rapper, Kevin Gates, Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dolla $ign and Rich Homie Quan. Troy Ave is New York City's sole inclusion. As with years gone by, comments s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Sam Smith SLAYED Saturday Night Live

    Sam Smith's is another vocal powerhouse from across the pond. Still relatively unknown to American audiences, Smith is in the process of making the initial laps of touring behind his debut, In the Lonely Hour, won't see an American release until June 3. He initially broke through in the UK as the gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    The Best Concerts in New York This Week, 3/3/14

    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

  • Voice Choices

    February 26, 2014
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    February 25, 2014

    Stephen Malkmus: "Being in a Band Is More Fun Than Being a Writer"

    As Pavement's literate, sardonic frontman, Stephen Malkmus redefined indie rock in the '90s with a lo-fi, slacker sound. After the band dissolved in 1999, he turned his creative attention to a quasi-solo career with his trusty band of Jicks. During this second act, Malkmus has never appeared bothere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Is "Indie" a Bogus Concept In 2014?

    Recently Joe Steinhardt took a moment to ponder the year that had just passed, and didn't like what he saw. Steinhardt runs one of my favorite music labels, Don Giovanni Records. His New Jersey-based outfit was built, as he tells it, to promote the music his friends made. His label is now blessed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 2/14/14

    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    Save Kendrick Lamar: Imagine Dragons on SNL

    By all accounts, Imagine Dragons are having a very, very good week. They began it with their performance with Kendrick Lamar at the Grammys last Sunday, which was one of the most lauded of the evening. They took home the statuette--or the Blue Ivy Sippy Cup, as it's now known--for Best Rock Performa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Kendrick Lamar's Surprisingly Calm Grammy Snub Reaction, Translated

    XXL Magazine tried to do some Erin Andrews instant-reaction journalism yesterday, releasing part of an interview done with Kendrick Lamar shortly after his unexpected loss in every Grammy category that he was nominated for. But Kendrick was perfectly cool, calm, and collected about the whole thing i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Lee Bannon Remembers Being Roommates With Pro Era

    [Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.] Lee Bannon saw his hip-hop profile bloom after supplying beats to Flatbush rapper Joey Bada$$, not least with the slinky jazz-styled "Hilary $wank" on the Pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    The Official 56th Grammys Viewing Party with Adrian Grenier - Marquee - 1/26/14

    Better Than: ODB interrupting Soy Bomb The Grammys, "music's biggest night," was last night and oh how the stars came out to shine. The City of Angels hosted the ceremony this year that saw Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Madonna and Queen Latifah marry 33 gay couples on stage while sweeping the rap catego ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    The Year's Most Acclaimed Hip-Hop Artists Transcended Backpack Pasts

    "In this season, the man of goodwill will wear his heart up his sleeve, not on it." —W.H. Auden "Wu-Tang forever." —Drake There are only so many ways to conceal your backpack past. You can auto-tune your voice to sound like an answering machine or submerge it in a chopped-a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014
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    December 20, 2013

    The Gifts That The Other Holiday Gift Guides Forgot

    On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Slim Whitman's Yodeling Country Songs. In an attempt to help avoid gift-giving mishegas this season, we've taken the stress out of speculating what your favorite mosher might hope to find under his blackened hull of a Christmas tree. (Or what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 12/13/13

    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Jingle Ball 2003: The Time A Simple Plan Was Billed Over Jay Z and Beyonce

    It's the most wonderful time of the year. The stockings are hung, the lights are shining bright and that can only mean Z100's Jingle Ball is near! One of New York's most beloved traditions, since 1993 the Jingle Ball has served as both the holliest AND jolliest of non-stop pop performances, as well ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 11, 2013

    BANGERZ

    It's Z100's party, they can book who they want to

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Chinx Drugz on Stack Bundles' Legacy and I'll Take It From Here

    Chinx Drugz is running on empty right now. The rapper's been up for hours after an all-night recording session at Diddy's Daddy's House Recording Studio in Midtown, which at one point included French Montana, Travis Scott, Harry Fraud and strangely, a hookah-puffing Macklemore. See also: Jim Jones ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Mary Lambert on Critics of Macklemore's "Same Love": "I'm Gay and Part of the Song, Too!"

    Though Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love" technically dropped in 2012, the song really hit its stride this year when it became an anthem for LGBTQ rights as well as a hot topic. Mary Lambert-- the singer-songwriter, spoken word artist, and heartwrenchingly silken vocals behind the song's beautiful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 11/15/13

    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Theater at Madison Square Garden - 11/13/13

    Macklemore made bold moves when choosing the opening acts for his three-night stand at Madison Square Garden, selecting Mississippi-bred rapper Big K.R.I.T. and Brooklyn legend Talib Kweli, artists with ample street cred and classic rap sensibilities--basically the diametric opposites of the thrift- ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 6, 2013
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    October 15, 2013

    The Best Live Music Venues in New York City

    Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon, the Bowery Ballroom, the Blue Note: all these destinations for live music have earned their place on New York City's perennial favorites list year in and year out. We love them, too, but we're not going to rank them here. Our favorite venues have less to do with pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    With Black Panties R. Kelly's on Some Da Vinci Code/Beautiful Mind Type Shit

    In spite of the massive contributions he has made to video art, children's entertainment, and inventing the modern remix, "R. Kelly" is still a soiled name. Ever since his erratic behavior and outsized personality pushed his raw talent to the side, he has been regarded by many as more of a caricatur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Why Macklemore's "Same Love" Isn't Very Helpful

    Macklemore has good intentions in his hit song "Same Love." They are intentions I won't bother rehashing or defending because you've heard the song blasted in every store, car, bus, boutique, and street-corner you've stood on for the past couple months--but they are also intentions that do not trans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Kill Your Idols: Why Rap's Superstars Stay Relevant

    For the most part, we agree. Three of Jay-Z's last four albums have been terrible. Lil Wayne, addled as he is by lean and anatomical discharge (or just pure not-caring), don't rap so good no more. Eminem hasn't released a worthwhile LP in over a decade. Nas is wildly inconsistent--but we await all h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Why Kanye and Kim Named Their Baby North

    Well, it happened. We knew it would be crazy and annoying and that we'd talk and tweet and giggle about it anyway. Kim and Kanye named their baby North. North West. For those of you who arrived here by simply googling " WHYYYYYYYYYYY?," here are our most reasoned and intelligent guesses.

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    The 10 Best Male Rappers of All Time

    Since the birth of hip-hop, male rappers have been bringing their unique viewpoint to the art of rhyme. Today, we're shining some long overdue light on their important contributions to rap. We're proud to present our list of the 10 finest male rappers, from the smoking-hot hardbodies to the true lyr ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    The Ultimate List of Free Summer Concerts in NYC, 2013

    Get ready to plug this in your bookmarks, iCals, sticky notes, and religious shrines, because the ultimate guide to free summer concerts in New York City is here! Seriously, scroll down and don't be stingy - share with your friends. Concerts aren't fun without friends. Just ask the lucky gal above e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Kanye West Gets Dark and Political on SNL

    In true finale fashion, Saturday Night Live didn't mess around with the season's closing episode--and the musical guest successfully (and rightfully) upstaged not only the host and the cast and every single performer that hit the stage before him in recent memory, but the departure of STEFON, and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    He's Old, Missing Teeth, and Has a Funny Haircut: He's Danny Brown, Rap's Biggest Deal

    Apart from the overcrowding and cost of living, subway ads are one of the most depressing things about New York City. But now, next to the usual ads offering escape in vacation destinations and self-realization in a pair of shoes, you'll find a glimmer of hope in a Uniqlo ad featuring 32-year-old De ... More >>

  • Music

    April 10, 2013

    The Making of Mykki Blanco

    Michael Quattlebaum Jr. takes rap beyond pronouns

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    I Want to Stop DJing to Make "Real Music," Will Fans Accept Me Despite My Past?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    This Week in Pop Videos: Robin Thicke! 50 Cent! Lil Wayne! More!

    A look at the week's hottest pop clips, including the frolicsome ribaldry of Robin Thicke, the mansion malaise of 50 Cent and the insufferable wackness of Somethingorother Yacht Idiots.

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