This week's cover story is an in-depth look at one of music's most talented and intelligent, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the Roots. It's a great longread, if we do say so ourselves. (Check it out). And it could've been much longer. As writer Jenna Sauers discovered, Quest is full of insight and an ... More >>
Better Than: Waiting two hours for Justin Bieber.
Fans were told 9. Press was told 9:30. By 9:45 the room was packed to the rafters, and as 10 o'clock, and then 10:30 passed, the tension in the room was palpable, and the whispers began spreading through the crowd... Where is D'Angelo?
A fair quest ... More >>
By Daniel Kohn
For music fans, there's nothing better than seeing your favorite band or checking out an up-and-coming act in person. While the records serve as a tangible finished product that fans can jam on until eternity, the live show experience explains more about a band than their recorded wo ... More >>
Airing on TV One since 2008, Unsung is sort of a black Behind the Music, detailing the rise and fall of various R&B stars who haven't gotten their proper respect with time.
The show has covered some of my all-time faves (Tammi Terrell, Florence Ballard), as well as acts outside my palette (Alexande ... More >>
"I didn't think this would ever happen, but now that it has, it reminds me of what my father always told me: 'It's never too late,'" says Benjy Melendez. The 60-year-old South Bronx native is positively giddy as he holds a copy of the newly reissued Power Fuerza -- the one and only album that Melend ... More >>
Looking for something funky, fresh, and 45-based to do this evening? Check out Mobile Mondays at Bowery Electric, which kicks off tonight with the Brooklyn-born Masters At Work partner Kenny Dope headlining and spinning a set of nothing but 7-inch records. In advance of the funk shindig, we got Kenn ... More >>
Jimmy Castor was a smart aleck; a wise guy; a clean shit-talker with so much joie de vivre you had to laugh even when his truth-telling smacked you upside the head. So when he died this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 71 near his home outside of Las Vegas, far away from the streets of Harlem he o ... More >>
I'll get to that in a second.
But first let me remind you that Brooks is up for all sort of awards for his hipster performance as a Jewish gangster in Drive.
Of course it didn't happen overnight. In a Film Society of Lincoln Center talk that I attended in my surgical shoes, Brooks talked about his ... More >>
Cubic Zirconia. CMJ Day Two: Gospel Music, Cloud Nothings, Widowspeak, Cubic Zirconia, Mux Mool, Teen Daze
Better than: Walking around in the drizzle-cum-actual rain without an umbrella.
Gospel Music had the best T-shirt of the day at Cake Shop yesterday afternoonmaybe of CMJ, perio ... More >>
via StevenBernstein.netA fixture on Manhattan bandstands since 1979, Steven Bernstein is attached to very old crafts: trumpet, arranging, and jazz that sounds like jazz. His newest album, MTO Plays Sly (Royal Potato Family), opts for the all-star route with vocals, and features Antony Hegerty ... More >>
via RickeyHey, The Voice! It's still pretty good! And right now, there's pretty much nothing else on TV except for Game of Thrones!
On last night's episode, Carson Daly, you'll be happy to learn, moved on from the detestable suit-with-sneakers look he was rocking last week. Unfortunately, he ... More >>
Though originally birthed in Oberlin, Skeletons are a quintessential New York amalgam, guided by a fluttery art-jazz shimmer, a minimalist aesthetic, a grab bag of post-punk grooves and those disjunctive melodies currently turning the underground into a 12-tone headfuck (cf. Dirty Projectors, Tyond ... More >>
The bass here is super-pulverizing, but oh boy, is that ever the point. The former Sly and the Family Stone thunder-broom specialist is a longtime Prince cohort, and here they are together, ripping through "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)." Let's just politely note that this show went way ... More >>
Lot of New York bands representing: LCD Soundsystem, Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer, Lucero, Sleigh Bells, Dirty Projectors, De La Soul, Julian Casablancas, Matt & Kim, Gil Scott-Heron, etc. Pretty fucking good show. Some other big ones--Public Image Limited, Grace Jones, Gorillaz, P ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.
Brooklyn's up-and-coming percusso-punks Screens pound in harmony alongside Brooklyn vets Aa and recent YIMBY grads Dinowalrus, mixing pulverizing sturm und drum with giant mushy, smushy, whooshy hoo ... 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 >>