What's the Difference Between G.G. Allin's Hated and One Direction's This Is Us?

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Tonight at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg a crowd will gather to watch a man drink piss and wipe his own shit on his face. That's right, the theater is showing Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies, the documentary about poop-smelling sour-faced asshole misogynist G.G. Allin and his punk band that terrorized New York City and masochistic audiences around the U.S. in the '80s and early '90s. You could say the film served as a prequel of sorts for director Todd Phillips' Hangover trilogy, and if you wanted to say that to his face you could tonight, as Phillips will be on hand at Nitehawk for a Q&A after the film, which is being presented in a partnership with Noisey and will feature, in perhaps the greatest branding opp of all times, Absolut cocktails.

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Meet the Most Important Punk Artist in New York

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Courtesy Alex Heir
You've seen his art. The skulls, the decapitated cops, the homoerotic hardcore flyers. If you've ever thought of flirting with New York City's heavier underground--both with shows and with punk--you know the image.

His name is Alex Heir. He's the mastermind behind the clothing line Death/Traitors. When he's not designing shirts and exceptionally goth votive candles, he's playing in Survival, silk-screening band flyers, experimenting with unusual visual mediums. The man does not sleep.

We sat down with Heir at his Brooklyn apartment.

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You Know What Dude? It's Robert Kelly Live From the Village Underground.

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I'm from Boston and it's kind of a Boston thing.
Being viciously straightforward, devastatingly hilarious and cursing whenever possible is what we all know and love comedian Robert Kelly for. Oh, and for his excessive use of the word "dude" too. On Tuesday, June 17, he's taping his first special at the Village Underground and while it's sold out, not to worry because you can always get your "Bobby fix" through his wildly popular "You Know What Dude" podcast on The RiotCast Network. Before his big event goes down this Tuesday, we talked to this insanely funny guy to find out what else he's got going on and as it would turn out, we opened a Pandora's Box.

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Taylor McFerrin on Working With His Dad (Yep...Bobby)

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Taylor McFerrin in deep concentration

"The album took me way longer to finish than I anticipated so just the feeling of letting go of the music has been personally rewarding," says the Brooklyn-based Taylor McFerrin about Early Riser, his debut long-player for Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder stable. "Now I feel like a fool for not putting it out earlier."

During Early Riser's near-six-year gestation period, McFerrin has been steadily etching out a position for himself as a beat-based renaissance man: His talents include composing and producing, playing the piano and deejaying, and this blend of abilities turns the 12-track project into an urbane and nuanced listen, with savvy guest vocal spots balanced by lush periods of spacey instrumentation. (Taylor is also the son of Bobby McFerrin, who graces Early Riser with guest vocals.)

Ahead of a celebratory post-album release show at Lot 45 on Tuesday, June 17, as part of the Red Bull Sound Select series, here's Taylor talking through early versions of the recording, working with his father, and the time he proposed to his then-girlfriend while performing on stage with Early Riser guest triller Emily King.

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Grim Reaper's Steve Grimmett Loved the Beavis & Butt-Head Spoofs

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Grim Reaper may be best known for the jokes Beavis and Butt-head cracked at their expense, but they're enjoying a new wave of genuine appreciation from fans younger than the songs that made the band famous. The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) veterens recorded only three albums--See You in Hell, Fear No Evil, and Rock You To Hell--that found minor U.S. success in the 80s before legal troubles with record labels split up the band.

Tonight, 6/10, vocalist Steve Grimmett leads a revamped line-up (without original guitarist Nick Bowcott, who has tendenitis) in the first of a two-night stint at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn. We talked with him about the groundswell of renewed interest in Grim Reaper and, yes, about Beavis and Butt-head.

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A Primer on Two-9, Atlanta's New Oversized Rap Crew

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The Two-9 posse by Jessica Lehrman
Two-9 is the latest oversized rap crew to seep up from the underground. Consisting of five key members at its core, the Atlanta-based unit has already clocked up collaborations and tour dates with Ludacris, Chance The Rapper, and Juicy J, while anthem-maker Mike WiLL Made It recently took the group under his guidance. (Consider 2012's Two-9 Forever as the mixtape jump-off point.)

With Two-9 playing a New York City show at The Studio at Webster Hall on June 10th, we got group staples Jace and Curtis Williams to break down the collective's back story, ponder on the dynamics of a collaboration with Miley Cyrus, and explain why their live show is an emphatically coital experience.

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Dave Harrington Travels From the Darkside and Into Your Heart

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Dave Harrington's Before This There Was One Heart But a Thousand Thoughts
The jazz guitarist/electronic collagist/Darkside member Dave Harrington put two separate skills to work in the crafting of his upcoming EP, Before This There Was One Heart But a Thousand Thoughts. In keeping with his preferred method of making music, he began recording improvised pieces of music, realizing at some point during the process that he was working toward something concrete. He then used the engineering prowess and electronic know-how that he's advanced since he began working with Nicolas Jaar to shape the music into something concrete and cinematic, reminiscent of the work of Phillip Glass and the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as more familiar Darkside touchstones like progressive rock and drone.

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Dama Nilz: From Jimmy Fallon to Applebee's to Warped Tour

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Arguably the hardest working woman in New York hip-hop, Dama Nilz's struggle is as heartbreaking as it is inspiring. Nilz has been a fixture of the underground rap scene despite life throwing her curveballs in-between her home-runs. Last winter she performed on "Jimmy Fallon," that spring she hit hard times and had to get a job at Applebee's, and that summer she got invited to perform on Warped Tour. The following winter she had to go back to hustling. She performs Friday, May 23rd, at Tobacco Road. We caught up with her to discuss the constant challenges of gaining acceptance as a female in an already competitive New York hip-hop scene, and how she began directing her own videos.

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Angry Lewis Black Is Still Angry

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It's only been two years since New York comic/Daily Show commentator/Grammy-winning Jack of all Rage Lewis Black released his last special, but he's noted plenty of political hypocrisy, generational ineptitudes and technological missteps in the meantime to keep his blood pressure soaring comfortably. Recorded in Atlantic City, Old Yeller: Live at the Borgata premieres May 2 on Epix.

Black also hosts Big Stars, Big Cure: An Unforgettable Night of Comedy and Music to Fight Cystic Fibrosis on May 5 at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater. The lineup includes Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Madigan and video pieces featuring Meryl Streep, Robin Williams and Will Ferrell.

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Bruce Springsteen's Biographer on the Boss' 10 Most Pivotal Moments

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Bruce Springsteen has sold more than 120 million albums over his four-decade-plus career. Although many acts that started in the 1960s or '70s still sell out arenas, most of these musicians (without naming names) have evolved into nostalgia acts. The Boss, however, continues to pump out new music, most recently January's High Hopes. Springsteen's music and life touch upon many critical historical and cultural moments of the past 60 years, from Ed Sullivan's weekly smiling face to the stresses of Vietnam and 9/11 to our tabloid obsession with celebrity.

To help navigate the pivotal moments in this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's career, we turned to Jeff Burger, editor of Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters. To compile the collection, Burger did plenty of sleuthing to track down rare interviews with Springsteen.

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