One of ballroom’s biggest talents talks “Ha,” DC skuzz outs and his time in the Italian house scene.
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Julianne Escobedo Shepherd details how the scene made its moves out of the ballroom and into the limelight.
David Stubbs details how punk, hip hop and disco went across the pond.
Alfred Soto reassesses the group’s legacy.
The renowned composer talks about his ambivalent ode to New York, City Life.
From ESG to LCD, Ed Bahlman’s punk-funk record label, 99, is one of the most influential New York imprints ever.
Masters At Work, Todd Terry, Strictly Rhythm, Danny Tenaglia, Junior Vasquez, The Sound Factory, Tunnel, Twilo, Limelight: Michaelangelo Matos charts how Gotham put its twist on the 4/4 sound.
The jazz pianist tackles the question, “Are cities music?”
Jeff Weiss and Evan McGarvey explain how each rapper perfectly embodied the region they came to represent.
A tale of magical realism from an unusual Manhattan record store.
A Cali transplant becomes a New Yorker with help from a Williamsburg groove merchant.
Todd L. Burns profiles the man and label behind one of the most consistently engaging albums of the year.
Don’t call it (just) acid jazz. Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge’s legendary ’90s night remembered.
The Fool’s Gold boss and New York DJ/producer rides for his Jersey roots.
Ned Sublette charts the birth of salsa, a rhythm with Cuban and Puerto Rican roots that found its legs in ’70s New York before it was marketed to the world.
The Wax Poetics editor talks about the challenges in curating a reissue campaign for Fania, NYC’s legendary salsa imprint.
Okayplayer’s Eddie Stats explains why the Jamaican soundsystem is the best of all-time.
A trip through the bizarre and forgotten corners of the hip hop Internet.
The story behind Spike Lee’s hip hop supergroup.
A personal postscript of no wave New York.