Enter this one in the annals of rap -- today Riff Raff released his long-mooted and often-delayed studio debut album, Neon Icon. Dropping via Diplo's Mad Decent stable, the 15-track project brims with Jody Highroller's now trademark bedazzled brags. Here's your handy run-through of Neon Icon's most ... More >>
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By Hannah Palmer Egan On a recent Tuesday, Sunday Wright sits at a table at the back of Goodbye Blue Monday. The room is dark: lit with colored bulbs, brick-a-brack and the afternoon glow of 10 or so day-drinkers, conversation keeps to a quiet lull as warm notes of jazz noodle through the air. Late ... More >>
[Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.] Lakutis came to prominence with 2011's I'm in the Forest EP, which was released on the Greedhead label. Since then he's been percolating away on the NYC rap ... More >>
How did we go from the Rolling Stones to Fartbarf?
"Banjo" and "Bronx" are two words that rarely find themselves in the same sentence, and yet Hurray for the Riff Raff have made it their business to not only smush 'em together side by side, but have them dancing across a chorus or two in perfect time. Headed up by Alynda Lee Segarra, Hurray for the ... More >>
Hurray for the Riff Raff hit Highline Ballroom
Better than: The real estate market "We are witnessing the end of Williamsburg right here, right now." Estonian experimental singer and producer Maria Minerva didn't mince words as she gave a eulogy to 285 Kent at the venue's closing party last night, comparing the people who move to Williamsburg t ... More >>
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
Not your average block party
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
No disrespect to Riff Raff, whose Vine game is tight. But when it comes to expressing the cinematic mind in six second video loops, no one is holding it down quite like Cam'ron and Action Bronson. These two are doing some incredible things with the app. Cam is like a young Guy Ritchie the way he mix ... More >>
Stylistically, rap has exploded, and the pieces fall everywhere from the mind-bogglingly complex to the unbelievably simple, from the brazenly dissident to the unapologetically mainstream. Rappers' influences seem to come from everywhere, but the stylistic differences between an Aesop Rock and a 2 C ... More >>
Better Than: Farmville "Why am I here?" That's the refrain that kept running through my head as I walked into Capitale on the Bowery last night, where Nas, 2 Chainz, Miguel, Elle Varner and a whole host of hip-hop and R&B artists emerged to celebrate the launch of Gig-IT, a new performance-based Fa ... More >>
How does one explain God? How does one explain faith? How does one explain Limp Bizkit's cover of George Michael's "Faith?" The answer, of course, is you cannot explain that which is ineffable, and also Fred Durst is playing at a club in Long Island tonight. Either way, the equally ineffable Lil B i ... More >>
The list of former judges on FOX's The X-Factor reads like the attendance list at a Passages Malibu: Addiction Cure Center for celebrities obsessed with proving their talent (Nicole Scherzinger, 2011 and Demi Lovato, 2012), relevancy (Cheryl Cole, 2011 and LA. Reid, 2011-12), sanity (Britney Spears, ... More >>
RiFF RAFF may get all the the love as the King of Incomprehensible Tweets, but the title of Queen goes to Cher. While she may not have Harmony Korine ready to pen a book of tweet interpretations, the near-EGOTer has roughly 1.3 million followers who eagerly await her tweets, which, on any given day, ... More >>
Here's a round-up of the music stories Voice writers have been reading recently. Take a spin through the links below and tip us off if there's something you like that we may have missed.
Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Hit man Harry Fraud dropped his new Adrift project yesterday, which the hip-hop producer has teased on Twitter to be a mix of "stuff you may have heard and stuff ... More >>
You can't really know where you're headed unless you know where you've been. For that reason, we're taking a look back at Pazz & Jop 2012 to drill down into the ballots of contributors and voters who participated. Maybe amongst the rubble we'll find clues about what lies ahead for music lovers in 20 ... More >>
"It's a huge accident." That's how Kitty Beckwith characterizes the fact we're even talking, over chocolate tea at Tarallucci E Vino, about her unlikely success as a rapper. The alleged teenager made waves last year as Kitty Pryde, a Claire's employee from Daytona Beach who appeared, like all viral ... More >>
Dawn Richard, with Bridget Kelly and Ro James SOB's January 17, 2013 Better than: The late night Riff Raff show at the same venue. Sometimes it's refreshing to leave your apartment, your cubicle, your laptop, wherever, and go listen to a singer you love sing some songs you love in a roomful of peo ... More >>
He's believable as a hip-hop star because nothing he says is true
Finally, celebrate Goldenheart’s release
Unquestionably New York's biggest do-no-wrong rap story of 2012 was Bronsalino, the Albanian Queens-native chef in which rap fans witnessed the face (well, cadence) of the blessed Tony Starks. Lobbing the early career peak Blue Chips onto the web for free and following it up with Rare Chandeliers fo ... More >>
Harry Fraud has quickly risen as New York rap's go-to producer since helming French Montana's anthemic "New York Minute" featuring Jadakiss (and later, Nicki Minaj and ostensibly every rapper in the Tri-State Area) and "Shot Caller." He's also produced tracks for everyone from Action Bronson and Ric ... More >>
This is a blog post about two movies that were screened for the press within the first 24 hours of the Toronto Film Festival, both of which feature three-way sex scenes. In Spring Breakers, characters played by James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson "do it" in a swimming pool; in Do Not Dis ... More >>
Mad Decent throws the block party of the year
It's been a busy year for Bruce Springsteen. In March, he released Wrecking Ball, his seventeenth studio album and tenth release to top the Billboard 200, and after packing in arenas across America throughout the spring, he took the E Street Band to Europe. His name is also in a top-40 entry on the ... More >>
Darren Mabee photo by Rebecca Smeyne When Harmony Korine directs Pirates of the Caribbean: Hunt for Redbead's Foreskin, Man Man's seasick chanteys will churn while a fat matey collapses on his own triple-X jug. That large fellow will be played by Man mascot Darren Mabee, known for rubbing his expos ... More >>