Tomorrow is America's 237th birthday, but it also has the unfortunate distinction of marking seven years since the demise of one of the finest series of music programming ever broadcast. BET Un:Cut was an hour block of hip-hop videos that aired at 3:00 a.m. ET that specialized in the racier side of ... More >>
How refreshing to find a vocal artist starting a cabaret show with a different "I'm Still Here" song. The one Sarah Dash did at 54 Below the other night was fiery and proud and alive--and not the same old one everyone else does (which I also adore, mind you). Dash has always been individual.
For almost three decades, Brooklyn MC Big Daddy Kane has remained a fixture of "Greatest Rapper of All Time" conversations. From his iconic singles like "Raw" and "Ain't No Half Steppin'" to a live show that ranks -- even today -- among the most revered in the genre, his influence can be heard in t ... More >>
Is it Lionel Richie you’re looking for?
SWV S.O.B.'s Tuesday, April 17 Better than: Veteran performers trying to prove that they're "down with the kids." The new album by SWV, which came out yesterday, is called I Missed Usit's the R&B trio's first release in 15 years, hitting at a time when their new-jill-swing legacy is intact ... More >>
In their dealings with a potentially scary press person like myself, celebs are sometimes solicitous, occasionally pandering, at times delightfully ass kissy, but always tons of fun. Here are just a few of the highlights through the years:
The year's big albums, from tUnE-yArDs on down
Slick Rick Paradise Theater Tuesday, September 27 Better than: Date night at the movies. Last time I caught up with Slick Rick, it was a family affair. Performing at a Crotona Park Summerstage event with DJ Brucie B (some 20 blocks south from last night's venue, the magnificent Paradise Theater), ... More >>
John RicardYesterday the Atlanta-born singer Lloyd released his fourth album King Of Hearts, a collection that explores love and lust, giddiness and heartbreak, and other opposing sides of the romantic cointhe first track you hear on the album is the expletive-filled summer jam "Dedica ... More >>
Yes, the new kids have a lot of sparkle and chutzpah, but they don't yet have the seasoning to become the master performers I've personally handpicked for immortality. The three greatest concert givers I've ever seen are: *Patti LaBelle A Patti concert is a religious experience, her fans w ... More >>
"We live in the present. And we're digging it." Sylvain Sylvain (left) and David Johansen, actually requesting "Pills," not pills, for once. PIc by Anna Victoria.Sylvain Sylvain is an enchanting mix of contradictions. He's a founding member of wildly attired proto-punks the New York Dolls, a ... More >>
Sometimes artists excel at re-doing what other artists already did pretty beautifully themselves. In the music industry, we call these "cover versions." Not that you asked, but my favorite covers of all time are:
Harlem rapper Gil-T seeks glory by communing with his mother
Bikini Girl, Katrina Darrell Like the cockroaches after the apocalypse, American Idol is still here. And so, Idol fans and haters, the eighth season begins with some 16 hours of auditions from eight cities. Last night, we got two hours covering two days of auditions in Phoenix, Arizona--Archuleta- ... More >>
Labelle's feathery divas come home to roost
Gambling on being satisfied by ham on wry; finding sex outside of the city.
Live at the irony apocalypse
Memorial service for Luther Vandross brings out the star wattage and Holy Ghost power
Are You Ready for This Jelly?
NARAS Sifts Through an Arty Bunch in a Don't-Miss Year
Good old-fashioned movie music is as healthy as it ever was