"Hip-hop was set out in the dark/ They used to do it out in the park" begins MC Shan's classic rap track "The Bridge." But while the almost 30-year-old track refers to rap's park days in the past tense, hip-hop in the park is more alive than ever thanks to Legendary Cyphers. Started in August, 201 ... More >>
Is he spinning in his grave?
In 2010, Eyadou Ag Leche, bassist for African desert blues band Tinariwen, received his first-ever birthday present ... from Flea. A member of the Tuareg, a nomadic African people that don't record birth dates (on passports, the day and month is written as XX, January 1 if necessary), Ag Leche had r ... More >>
Trent Reznor sure is a happy guy these days. In a recent interview in The Fader, Reznor is even shown as chipper when facing a root canal. Reznor's apparent changed mood is so interesting because he has faced his demons so publicly in his music. Reznor today is sober. His first Nine Inch Nails albu ... More >>
It's only Monday, but shit has already hit the fan at Afropunk HQ. A second wave of performers was supposed to be announced on the festival's website on Wednesday, but this morning one miscommunication led to another, and now they've accidentally been posted two days early. Twin Shadow is one of the ... More >>
Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Talib Kweli is gearing up to release his fifth solo album, Prisoner of Consciousness, on May 7th. The project features collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Curren ... More >>
Dustin PittmanSpoon's Britt Daniel, back in '05Ten years ago, the Village Voice staged its first-ever Siren Music Festival. On Saturday, we're celebrating the anniversary by welcoming back some SOTC favorites like Matt & Kim and Ted Leo to the shadow of the Cyclone at Coney Island. As we gear ... More >>
Janelle Monáe juggles three nights in NYC
With maybe a bit of Rakim, too
The-Dream can make a song worthy of Sam Cooke in less than 37 minutes, but no one but Kanye can make the creative process seem like slaying dragons and free jumping off of high cliffs and generally marshalling the forces of good against the forces of evil. To wit:
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. Everyone in our generation will never forget where they were when they heard about the greatest tragedy to ever occur on American soil: The Beastie Boys forgot how to rap.
CMJ 2009 has just announced another wave of performers: The xx, Pig Destroyer, Eyehategod, Patrick Watson, Z-Trip, Midnight Juggernauts, Saul Williams, Janelle Monae, Superdrag, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Bear Hands, and UUVVWWZ will join Japandroids, the Very Best, Das Racist, Pissed J ... More >>
In praise of Trent Reznor, the nihilist-turned-populist, waving goodbye
Afro-punks rule at this skate park
Revisiting a black art movement.
Meet the first, and weirdest, and possibly best band on the bill
Rappin and rockin, NYC-style
The Teenagers have dirty mouths and an accent
Using YouTube to beat back critical malaise and bullshit race-baiting arguments
Trent Reznor embraces populism, and another great NIN remix album is born
A rundown of everybody's favorite summer festival, Coney Island's mecca of hot 'n' cool
Rock and roll could never hip hop like this and vice-versa et cetera, part 400something