Better than: The debates.
The pianist Aaron Goldberg has been organizing jazz benefit concerts for every presidential election since 2004 to raise money for the Democratic side. I'm the kind of person to shy away from partisan events in general, where, I've found, sanctimony can hang heavy in the a ... More >>
Much has been afoot in Gary Grice's professional life lately. The Wu-Tang Clan colonel better known as GZA or Genius is working on a new astronomy/physics-inspired record called Dark Matter and a re-recording of Liquid Swords, his 1995 stone-cold classic, that will incorporate instrumentation by liv ... More >>
"It's extra wack if your dad disses what you do."
The McFerrin clan is creating a beatboxing dynasty. Father Bobby hit the pop heights in the '80s with "Don't Worry Be Happy" and caught ears with his knack for making music with his mouth. Next up is his son, Taylor. Based in Bedford-Stuyvesa ... More >>
"Like I'm supposed to just stand up there and sing and look mean and play music and not entertain people! I could not do that."
Knocking 'em dead in 1966Back in the '60s, hanging around outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in Midtown, Jimi Hendrix took off the pink bandana he was wearing and pres ... More >>
Greg Gillis in Williamsburg, summer of 2009. Photo by Sam Horine.By now you've heard All Day, the fifth full length LP from Pittsburg's Greg Gillis--or, as he's known on chaotic, fan-filled stages around the world, Girl Talk. The record was released to minimal fanfare, at the low price of fre ... More >>
YYYYYOOOOOOOO!Fresh from a triumphant Highline Ballroom show Tuesday night, avowed Brooklyn gentrification adversary Joell Ortiz teams up with Atlanta rapper Playboy Tre, whose Liquor Store Mascot was one of the best mixtapes of 2009, and who is better at saying the word MAAAAAAAN than anyone ... More >>
"I don't want this façade of me diving into the indie scene - there's not a conscious effort to that at all."
Back in '08, when Solange Knowles released her sophomore album, the daffy, Motown-checking Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, she sang "I'm no soul girl equipped with no afro." No ... More >>
The metal world lost one of its greatest voices, and one of its nicest guys, on Sunday morning, when legendary singer Ronnie James Dio died of stomach cancer at 67. After swatting away Internet rumors earlier that day, Dio's wife and manager, Wendy Dio, finally delivered the news herself: "Today m ... More >>