XL Recordings Ltd.

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Ratking Redefine NYC Hip-Hop on New Album So It Goes

    It's 6:30 pm on a Tuesday and it's hectic on West 14th Street outside Babycastles Gallery, where the three members of the up and coming hip-hop group Ratking are trying to figure out how to get all of their friends into their album release show. Upstairs, the two floors of the gallery are already fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Record Labels Aren't Dying, They're Thriving

    Back in 2006, Jeremy Earl was pretty much an average Brooklyn 20-something. He'd moved here straight for college, and was spending his time sharing a house with four other people, working at records stores, cafes, and sometimes places that were both (like Cake Shop on Ludlow Street). He was in band, ... More >>

  • Music

    March 27, 2013

    Spring Arts Guide: The Once and Future Ratking

    The trio have been hailed as the saviors of New York rap, but they've set their sights higher

  • Music

    October 31, 2012

    The Power of Negative Thinking

    For Titus Andronicus's Patrick Stickles, everything is meaning less

  • Voice Choices

    July 4, 2012

    Urban Oasis

    The Warm Up series is back

  • Music

    January 18, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Ten Reasons Why The Wu Tang Clan Are The Greatest Rap Group Of All Time

    ​Raekwon, the Wu-Tang Clan's resident slang scholar, released his new solo album, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang, last week; it's the latest installment in a magnificent saga that's now nearly two decades strong and leaves Staten Island's finest rap representers firmly in the conversation for hip-hop's g ... More >>

  • Music

    February 23, 2011

    Adele Goes Deep

    The queen of British white-girl r&b-dom is crowned at last

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, on Getting Sued: "Given It's Our First Time We Just Want To Do It Properly"

    ​And so the oft-bemused back and forth between unwitting Contra cover model Ann Kirsten Kennis and the band she's suing, Vampire Weekend, continues. VW singer Ezra Koenig commented on the controversy last week via emoticon; Kennis, meanwhile, spoke from behind the shield of a lawyer. Now thoug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Here Is a Photo of Vampire Weekend Hanging Out With the RZA on a Tennis Court

    ​This picture currently serves as the entryway to the Vampire Weekend website. Augur of things to come? Rebuke to the haters? Larfs for the sake of larfs? No doubt we will find out soon enough. ...And, here we go: "What do Lil Jon, Joe Jonas, Jake Gyllenhaal, and RZA have in common" asks Anthe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2008

    Bonnaroo 2008: M.I.A. Going MIA?

    When M.I.A. told the crowd at Bonnaroo that the festival was her "last show ever," I didn't really believe her. Pop stars claim lots of ridiculous things on stage, right? I mean, remember all those times Jay-Z retired? Neither do I. However, this one is looking increasingly real. XL Recordings, the ... More >>

  • Music

    May 15, 2007

    School of Schlock

    Rock legends in the making they may be, but for now the NYU Clive Davis alums may have to stick to YouTube for exposure

  • NYC Life

    January 2, 2007

    No One Else on the Plane

    New York nightlife titans salute James Brown, the most titanic of them all

  • Music

    October 17, 2006

    Noise from the Front

    Actual audio from the Voice music section, October 25 through 31, 2006

  • NYC Life

    December 20, 2005

    So Over

    2005 is a blur; Tha Pumpsta, Goldfrapp, Gang of Four recap it.

  • Music

    October 5, 2004