With Eat Pray Thug, Heems Moves Past That Funny Rap Group With the 'Dumb' Name

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Himanshu Suri, a/k/a Heems, at his parents' Hicksville, Long Island, home
It was in north Brooklyn that Himanshu Suri spent his post-collegiate years — a period that began in 2007 with the Wesleyan grad working on Wall Street and terminated, a half-decade later, with the dissolution of his surprise-hit hip-hop trio, Das Racist. The group had made him an unlikely big shot, but as it went, so too did Suri's closest friendships, his serious girlfriend, and, eventually, his bacchanalian ways.

Williamsburg, once the epicenter of his glories, became potholed with demons. And yet it is in the neighborhood where Suri wishes to meet, at a café with erudite bathroom graffiti and an $11,000 coffee pot.

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We Are Living in the Golden Age of Band T-Shirts

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Before social media, band shirts used to be a way to easily identify other members of your tribe. People wore their love on their sleeves, quite literally. There were T-shirt ordering magazines (remember Rockabilia?), but for the most part you had to go to the show's merch table. A shirt didn't just mean that you liked the band, it meant that you showed up for the band. Band T-shirts have gotten so much more interesting in recent years and there have been trends I can totally get behind.

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It's Your Last Chance to See Bitch Magnet, They Promise

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Even in this era of Every Band That Ever Existed Must And Will Reunite, the return of Bitch Magnet is surprising, a bit shocking, really -- as if a Mars space probe long given up for lost somehow found its way back to Earth.

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The Chrome Cranks: Stinking Up the LES Again

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THE CHROME CRANKS!

By Brad Cohan

Present day LES is a bottomless pit of bombed bridge 'n' tunnel scenester wannabees, ex-Upper East side yuppie scum jogging past the John Varvatos store where punk was birthed at CBGB and trust fund frat kids living off their rich-assed parent's dime, drunkenly soiling the newly sprouted luxury condo-lined streets. But remnants of the once-vibrant, crusty downtown music scene of the late 1980's and 90's glory years are seemingly back on the upswing.



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Lamin Fofana's African-Inspired Techno Is Dutty!

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Dutty Artz, the independent record label based in NYC, certainly knows a thing or two about nurturing talent from a grass roots level up. Ever since Matt Shadetek and DJ Rupture started it up in 2008, the label has released left-field grime, house and techno to bass music lovers across the globe. Already a respected name within the industry, Dutty Artz's latest signing is about to give them some extra kudos. A protégé of DJ Rupture, Sierra Leone-born Lamin Fofana is producer and DJ whose African-inspired techno is already adding another edge to ever-growing "EDM" scene. From the age of 15, he began programming rhythms and designing sounds using cracked software, something which has helped mould his sound into what it is today.

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Bucks Burnett's Very Cool Eight Track Museum Opens This Weekend

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Tiny Tim's 1996 album Girl concludes with "Fourteen," a song that declares, "I'm just an ordinary man." The author of "Fourteen," though, is anything but average. A lifelong resident of Dallas, Texas, James "Bucks" Burnett has written ad copy for Warner Bros., worked as a butler for Small Faces bassist Ronnie Lane, archived for Talking Heads couple Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth and managed and produced for Tiny. His most unconventional achievement, however, is opening the world's first eight-track museum, a charming slice of weirdness that descended on Dallas's Deep Ellum neighborhood in late 2010.

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Iggy Pop Taught Mike Watt How To Be A Better Bassist

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By Katherine Turman

Mike Watt is a jack of all trades, and master of most. Since founding hardcore punk legends Minutemen in 1980 and contributing the phrase "We Jam Econo" to the cultural lexicon, the bassist and "spieler" has added much to America's left-of-center musical landscape. From the two-bass band dos to late 80s-early 90s alt-rock heroes fIREHOSE to solo albums featuring the likes of Eddie Vedder, Adam Horovitz, Dave Grohl and Thurston Moore, Watt is seemingly never without a new-fangled idea and the guts, talent and cool friends to wondrously implement it.

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Menomena Get Dark On Moms

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Moms may very well be Menomena's darkest, most emotionally devastating album yet--an arresting song cycle about familial bonds that touches on mothers long since passed away, absentee fathers, dysfunctional kinship, and the way one's family ties weigh on every other relationship that comes along in life.

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Scott and Charlene's Wedding: Jangle Pop with a Middle Finger Fully Extended

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On the surface, it seemed Craig Dermody's life wasn't going all that bad in his home of Melbourne, Australia. He was playing around town in the psychedelically damaged rock unit Spider Vomit as well as in his wonderfully brainless Punk band, Divorced.

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The Life And Times Of Res

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Res had it pretty good, for a while.

A little more than a decade ago, when the music industry was still flush with cash and power, the Philadelphia-born singer-songwriter (whose given name is Shareese Ballard; her stage name is pronounced "Reese") had a sweet deal with MCA Records. She had a crash pad on a Los Angeles beach that was paid for by the label, which was jetting her around the globe to open for Mary J. Blige and hooking her up with some of the hottest producers in the land.

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