A Cali transplant becomes a New Yorker with help from a Williamsburg groove merchant.
Tagged as: new york
Mike Rubin on a half-century of art and music commingling in New York City.
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 underground comic goes to great lengths to prove that he doesn’t know all that much about music in New York.
An oral history of the Manhattan party that birthed bands, revolutionized the drag scene and served as a hothouse for Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
From Bronx creation to the Zulu Nation, the real roots of hip hop culture
The story behind Spike Lee’s hip hop supergroup.
Brooklyn brass constructivism and the human need for mapping things
A personal postscript of no wave New York.
Hank Shteamer uncovers the rich overlapping history between two genres that seem to have little to do with one another.
Alan Licht profiles the remarkably influential composer – and charts the impact his work has had on generations of avant-garde music-makers.
We talk to one of the artists behind the whimsical custom-made T-shirts snapped up by just about every early hip hopper you’d care to name.
Justin Smith the First: taming rappers' egos since '99
In 1988, the politically charged hip hop legends became the first rap group to play at Rikers Island. Chuck D and a host of insiders tell the story to Amy Linden.
A secret Sonic Youth gig becomes a life-defining experience.
Breakdancing, graffiti writing, DJing and MCing: Michael A. Gonzales explains how the four elements of hip hop changed the world.
No bossa, no wave: connecting the dots with the man behind Lounge Lizards and DNA
The 2001 edition of RBMA kicked off in New York on 9/3. On 9/11, everything changed. An Academy lecture host that year recalls the experience.
Talking laughter meditation with the Brian Eno collaborator and electric zither specialist.
Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin give us a rundown of some of the biggest tracks from their NYC shindig through the years.