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

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Steve Grimmett
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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Dama Nilz
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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Danny Clinch
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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Nick DiPaolo: "I'd Like to See More People Cutting Loose and Taking Risks"

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For more than 25 years, Nick DiPaolo has battled it out in the comedy trenches alongside peers Louis C.K., Colin Quinn, and the late Patrice O'Neal. The Boston native has also waged a few personal wars of his own--mainly those against political correctness and complacency. Headlining Caroline's on Broadway Friday through Sunday (4/4 - 4/6), DiPaolo may miss the days of endless road gigs and creative risk-taking, but he remains optimistic that open, authentic dialogue will always be welcome on the stand-up stage.

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Johnny Cash Wrote a Novel, and Other Outtakes From Our Interview With His Son

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In this week's music feature, we spoke with John Carter Cash about Out Among The Stars, the record he found stashed away in the Cash family vault long after his father Johnny had laid its songs to tape. Cash went into detail about the circumstances surrounding Out Among The Stars--namely, his father's returning dependency on amphetamines and a resulting trip to the Betty Ford Clinic in the middle of the record's creation--and how he came to find the record Columbia shelved nearly 30 years after it was originally conceived.

Below are a selection of Cash's stories that didn't make it to print regarding Out Among The Stars and its new-found place in the Cash canon.

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People Feel Very Cozy Inside Amy Schumer

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By Julie Seabaugh

Between releasing stand-up special Mostly Sex Stuff on DVD and blu-ray, debuting the first 10 episodes of sketch/stand-up/interview series Inside Amy Schumer and announcing a 33-date national theater tour, native New Yorker Amy Schumer had one helluva 2013. There was also the matter of Judd Apatow agreeing to executive produce and direct her script for feature film Trainwreck, in which Schumer will also star. Calling from L.A., where she's up to her neck in pre-production, the 32-year-old proved poised to have an even bigger 2014.

While the film won't begin shooting until mid-May, the second season of Inside kicks off Tuesday, April 1, and features comedic guest stars including Janeane Garofalo, Reggie Watts, Michael Ian Black, Patrick Warburton, Jon Dore, and Mike Birbiglia.

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Gary Numan Once Had a Job So Terrible It Nearly Killed Him

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Gary Numan
Sadly, many people may only know Gary Numan for "Cars," his surprising, off-the-wall hit from 1979. Yet Numan's four decade long career belies any classification as a one-hit wonder. Indeed, some of Numan's best music came immediately before and after he made "Cars." Taken together, Numan's catalog makes him one of the most influential figures in electronic music.

Speaking via email while on tour in Europe and in anticipation of performing at Webster Hall Saturday, Numan spoke to us about almost dying while doing the worst job he ever had and the amazing continued popularity of "Cars."

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