One of the defining traits of a great DJ is the ability to read the room, to know what songs to avoid playing and what songs will fill the dance floor. On February 10, American dubstep mastermind Skrillex will kick off a week of shows at different venues in Brooklyn. Dubbed the “Takeover,” he’ll be spinning for different crowds on five straight nights. That will mean mixing up his sets to appeal...Read more »
One of your favorite rapper's favorite rappers is Rakim. If it isn't, then get a new favorite rapper.
The hip-hop innovator is now 28 years removed from his first big single as the emcee half of Eric B. and Rakim, and yet his name is still mentioned as one of the greatest ever on the microphone.
Everyone from Jay Z to Nas to 50 Cent has been said to have been influenced by Rakim, but...Read more »
At this time last year, the Pixies lineup looked like it had since the quartet of Boston-area musicians first got together in 1986, with Black Francis (or Frank Black) on lead vocals, Joey Santiago on guitar, Dave Lovering on drums and Kim Deal on bass. Twelve months later, the band is on its third bassist (and first not named Kim): Paz Lenchantin, ex-Zwan member.
But the Pixies aren’t the...Read more »
First national tours for an artist are often about managing expectations. Bands that play to sold-out crowds in their hometowns often are met with indifference in new cities, playing in small venues to small crowds.
The first major national tour for Brooklyn synth-pop expert St. Lucia and its leader Jean-Philip Grobler, however, is bucking that trend hard. Extra dates have been added in several...Read more »
It was just another hiatus for NBC’s “Community.”
After struggling through its fourth season, the program re-hired its original showrunner, Dan Harmon, a year after he had been unceremoniously dumped; NBC picked the show up for an a 13-episode midseason run without an actual spot on the schedule; and one of the core cast members, Donald Glover, announced that he’d be leaving mid-season. But...Read more »
Pop music superstars can get away with a lot, in the eyes of the public. Abuse a significant other? You're forgiven. Break a dressing room window at a television studio? The network probably deserved it. Trash a VIP lounge in a nightclub, just because of a silly beef? Hey, YOLO, or something.
And that's just Chris Brown.
But there's one judge out there that doesn't forgive so easily,...Read more »
Some bands reunite to take advantage of nostalgia, to get one last big payday before streaming services and piracy consume the last vestiges of the music industry.
For Luscious Jackson, the three-piece best known for 1990s songs like "Naked Eye" and "Ladyfingers," getting back together is less about ambition and more about having fun.
"We all have kids, and some...Read more »
Songs that caught the ear of Big Boi from Outkast, that ended up in commercials and on the “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” soundtrack and that made up set lists at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza were produced not in a multimillion-dollar studio, but in a barn in Saratoga Springs.
Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel, known to a growing fan base as the moody electro-pop duo Phantogram, sound...Read more »
The first rule of hip-hop beef should be simple: Don't punch downward. That's why the Jay Z-MC Hammer "feud" of 2010 never took off; it's no fun to watch a heavyweight champion beat up someone not in his or her weight class.
This is a problem for Kanye West. Currently on his "Yeezus" tour with opening act Kendrick Lamar, West is one of a very few emcees who garners headlines...Read more »
Indie-rock outfit Metric has headlined arenas across Canada, performed with the Rolling Stones and Lou Reed, and played main stages of festivals around the world. This fall, though, the band is on the road in a supporting role, as the main support act for pop-punkers Paramore.
amNY caught up with Emily Haines, Metric's lead singer, to talk about touring, 10-year anniversaries and the passing...Read more »