Dearly Beloved, you are gathered here today to read our interview with a writer about a legendary performer. In this corner, Touré: Journalist and thinker for many an outlet (The New Yorker, VIBE, Time.com), and author of Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness: What It Means to Be Black Now. You perhaps kn ... 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 >>
John McClane sneering at the title of the newest Die Hard film
You won't be able to tell, superficially, that Bruce Willis has aged--his level of baldness has remained unchanged since the mid-90s--but there are some signs of wear and tear on the newest, fifth iteration of the long-running Die Hard ... More >>
Amy Morton and Tracy Letts play Martha and George in the Steppenwolf revival of Edward Albee's blistering tragicomedy Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and at a meet-and-greet the other day, Morton told me it's about the seventh or eighth time she's been married to Letts.
"Are George and M ... More >>
Today Amnesty International releases Chimes Of Freedom, a really, really huge compilation of bob Dylan covers by artists both canonized and obscure. Trying to analyze such a huge undertaking can only be done in one way: Mathematically.
Amount of music in this collection: 73 songs on four CD ... More >>
Tell your children not to walk Wye Oak's way. 2011 was a year of looking back relentlessly, whether you were awash in Remember The '90s nostalgia or getting down at a New Kids On The Block show or watching Lady Gaga try to bring back the variety-hour era with her whacked-out Thanksgiving spec ... More >>
The two big formats that have long ruled over popular music are the single and the album. They have a great duality between them: the song and the collection; the sliver and the whole; the appetizer and the main course. Albums are the full-length format long considered pop music's ultimate a ... More >>
Guns N' Roses w/Asking Alexandria
Thurdsay, November 18
Better than: Getting to sleep at a decent hour.
"It's nice to be here," Axl Rose said from the Izod Center's stage at approximately midnight last night, an hour into Guns N' Roses set. "I had my doubts, too, if I'd make it." The ... More >>
Mark SeligerIn the new documentary Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements, you'll find a wildly diverse array of witnesses, all in thrall to the ragged glory that was The Mats in their prime. Included among these friends, admirers, whack jobs, rackjobbers, rock critics and record ex ... More >>
MTV turns 30 today. To celebrate, we're running a bunch of pieces on the channel, its legacy, and its future.
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The first 59 minutes of MTV12:01 a.m. to 1 a.m., ex ... More >>
Boogaloo! with Spanglish Fly, DJ Turmix
Friday, July 8
Better than: Paying twice as much to watch the same crowd drink and not dance.
It could have been a disastersubway service to Loisaida was screwed up (again), it was raining, one of the club's turntables was on the fritz, ... More >>
Using a cell phone at the dinner table is rude, the New York Times cements as a rule this weekend, citing a new Emily Post book of manners for children and a Zagat survey. But are there exceptions? "What if a few clicks of the smartphone can answer a question, solve a dispute or elucidate tha ... More >>
Today's New York Times brings a startling bit of news: the sneaker company Converse is opening a recording studio in the heart of Williamsburg, to be called Converse Rubber Tracks, where bands "deemed dedicated and needy enough" will be able to record for free. Artists selected to use the spa ... More >>
Usher's Raymond Vs. Raymond took the top spot on the albums chart this week, selling 329,000 copies in the wake of its March 30 release. But once again, this week's chart-related headlines belong to the impeccably blow-dried Canadian singer Justin Bieber. The Usher protégé and native Ontari ... More >>