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 >>
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Boomers Turn Broadway into a Pop-Music Scrapbook
With Motown The Musical jazzing up Broadway with "the sound of young America," let me look back and pick my 10 fave Motown singles of all time. Come on, let's get it on! (10) What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted," sung by Jimmy Ruffin Careful in its pace, soulful in its tone, this one is a heart wr ... More >>
Sex takes center stage on his sophomore album
Sex addict, preacher, comedian: the many sides of r&b's Pied Piper
Here, in no particular order, are five shows this weekend you should make it out to.
One of the most intriguing new voices in hip-hop, Maryland MC Oddisee has amassed one of the most loyal word-of-mouth grassroots fanbases in indie-rap today. Acclaimed for his work both behind the mic and behind the boards (he's produced for Talib Kweli, Freeway and Homeboy Sandman), what makes Oddi ... More >>
In my column about theater last year, I bemoaned the fact that there have been jukebox musicals about everything except the one I want to see--Motown! Well, it's finally coming. Berry Gordy Jr. is planning a show called Motown which will tell his story while sprinkling in the Motown hits of the da ... More >>
Though artists like Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye and Baby Huey spoke on police corruption, it wasn't until the dawn of the rap era that the message in the music began to convey the anger and frustration of people who had been systematically disenfranchised and brutalized since the United States was ... More >>
Jose James Harlem Stage Gatehouse Saturday, February 11 Better than: Ever. What better way to see in the pre-Valentine's Day weekend, a warm-up for the designated 24 hours our culture sets aside for Love, than to enjoy the supple outpourings of Jose James? For two nights last weekend, the Yankee-h ... More >>
The up-from-the-mixtape-depths MC Big Sean's sexytime summer jam "Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay" now has a Hype Williams-directed video, one in which Sean and his hip-hop patron Kanye West mug for the camera in front of brightly hued walls while women who might very well have been plucked from ... More >>
This Sunday at 9 PM is the second installment of the four-week series on TV Guide Network called From Glamour to Slammer! 100 Hollywood Crimes, Misdemeanors, and Dirty Deeds. The series examines the alleged criminal actions of names like Michael Jackson, Hugh Grant, Lindsay Lohan, Marvin Gay ... More >>
The sonic muses of Terry Winters, Lisa Yuskavage, John Chiara, Jaime Hernandez, Demetrius Oliver, and James Casebere
Back in the early '90s, Ishmael Butler came to rap prominence as Butterfly in the group Digable Planets. These days, he's taken on the moniker Palaceer Lazaro and records as the lead voice in Sub Pop's first hip-hop signing, Shabazz Palaces. It's a metamorphosis that Butler has left deliberat ... More >>
These days, there's nothing attention grabbing about rappers who sing, whether it's Andre 3000's amped squawk, an Auto-Tune-enabled Kanye West, or Lil Wayne's upcoming Riker's Island shower room spirituals. This week the canon sees new album additions from one-time Goodie Mob member Cee-Lo Gr ... More >>
Get down to Theophilus London and Grandmaster Flash
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. Super lame songs by charity "supergroups" have been the most expensive form of self-parody ever since Bob Geldof scribbled the word "Do" in "Do They Know It's Christmas." Since its mid-'80s "We Are The World... A ... More >>
Two years ago, William Bowers compiled this playlist. Any further additions? This holiday's abstract mandate can be sorta barren for us patriotically-challenged atheist vegetarians who maintain cosmic equidistance from our bloodkin. The term for it is even weird: "Thanksgiving" is a syntactical c ... More >>
Rising Down's nuanced dystopia threatens to overwhelm the guy at its center
Here is the bland soul-karaoke record you did not request
Major-label hip-hop records in burying-best-tracks shocker!
The defiant Dirty Dozen do Marvin Gaye (mostly) proud on brash, brassy remake
Preening, confessing, aloof Atlanta r&b phenom falls short
So when are they gonna get Augustus Pablo and his melodica to cover an old Hooters hit?
You Mean Rouse, Right? No, I Mean Joplin. Maybe Ritter. But for Damn Sure Not Kelley.