Ty Dolla $ign Has Mad Bowling Tips

Ty Dolla $ign by Jory Lee Cordy

[Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.]

On November 2, Ty Dolla $ign will be strutting onto the stage at Irving Plaza to air out his hits as part of the rap-styled warbler's In Too Deep tour. It's a spectacle the genial Ty promises will turn out to be "the best show people have ever seen in their life." Off the back of those lofty words, then, here's Ty$ running through timeline talk about his frequent cohort DJ Mustard, his love of J Dilla, and the all-important bowling/grilled-cheese nexus.

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A Complete Guide to Hip-Hop at CMJ 2014

Categories: CMJ

Joey Bada$$ Brings Pro Era to CMJ
It's the most wonderful time of the year as CMJ has once again descended over the good people of New York City. The College Music Journalism festival is bringing over 1,000 acts across all genres to the city, which makes planning a five-day foray into the fires of college radio a touch daunting. Those among you who are hip-hop heads (i.e., the coolest kids) are in luck: We've assembled a rundown of everything beats-and-rhymes happening at CMJ this year.

While you've probably heard about the Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era showcase on Thursday, or the free Tommy Boy showcase on Wednesday, one of the best parts about CMJ has always been the opportunity to see acts that are never really in New York. Hip-hop especially benefits this week, and this year is no exception, as artists from such exotic locations as Taiwan and Alabama will be showing what they can do with a mic. Here's a day-by-day breakdown of everything CMJ.

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Reminder: Tonight Marnie Stern Will Tell Dirty Stories, and Marnie the Dog Will Be Adorable

Categories: Celebrations

Update! If you missed it, watch the full video below

We've talked to Marnie Stern and Marnie the Dog about the tour stories they're going to tell tonight at The Creek and Cave in Long Island City. [SPOILER ALERT] One of them contains the phrase "tore his penis."

It's going to be a fun, fun, fun night for the price of zero dollars. Marnie (Stern) will blow minds and Marnie (the Dog) will melt hearts (or maybe vice versa?) starting at 8 p.m., so hop on the 7 train or put on your most comfy walking shoes and come on out to Rumble Strip, which is what we're calling this because "Road Stories" was already taken. But people will both rumble and strip tonight, so it's fine. It's fine.

See you there! In the meantime, watch Marnie and Marnie interview Mac DeMarco together on a boat after the jump.

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Meet Logic, the Punctual, Seinfeld-Loving Rapper Who Turned Down a Deal With Nas

Categories: Interviews

Hip-hop and Seinfeld nostalgia rarely intersect, but then Logic is not your typical rapper. The 24-year-old Gaithersburg, Maryland, native is in town on a promo blitz for his debut album, Under Pressure, and asks to meet me for breakfast at Tom's Restaurant, the Morningside Heights spot known as Monk's Diner to fans of Jerry, Elaine, and George. He's ridiculously punctual, unheard of in hip-hop, and really nice about my tardiness (even more unheard of). "You watch Seinfeld?" he asks, after ordering a tuna sandwich on white bread, toasted, with light lettuce and cheese. "Jerry Seinfeld is the type of dude who would break up with a girl because she eats her peas one at a time."

Born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Logic's regal name and pop-culture affinities seem more suburbia than his tormented, impoverished, and downright fucked-up upbringing. A light-complexioned, blue-eyed biracial child -- he absolutely hates when people incorrectly categorize him as a "white rapper" -- he grew up with a white mother who battled prostitution and addiction while his father, who is black, was addicted to drugs, even scoring crack from Logic's brothers. Terrifying violence was the norm, and Logic recounts seeing his mother and sisters sexually assaulted. His own best friend is currently serving a 14-year prison sentence for stabbing and disemboweling a man on the sidewalk, due to what he believes was a drug deal gone bad.

Somehow, Logic took this as a cautionary example and went the other way.

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'Pray Daily. Love Openly. Live Simply': The Sound of Crown Heights Rapper ScienZe

Categories: Interviews

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Crown Heights' ScienZe, born Jamal Monsanto, became fascinated with hip-hop at nine years old, when he first heard his older brother -- nine years his senior -- rap with his friends in their family home. From then on, a young Jamal took to writing lyrics in his head, something he believed to be normal for everyone. Jamal's brother was his real inspiration to pursue rapping; as Jamal began to take rap more seriously, he first went by the name Warlock. He then teamed up with his brother to form a producer duo called the Brudaz Grymm. After a while, Jamal went solo, landing on the name ScienZe, which stuck with him.

ScienZe made the move to a full-time rap career in 2009 by dropping his debut project, The DopeNESS Vol. 1. Since then he has released seven solo projects and one collaborative effort (as Divine ScienZe), and now he's set to drop his latest solo work, #BringBackElla, on Tuesday, October 21. Tonight, ScienZe performs at the Red Door's CMJ Showcase with King I Divine as the duo Divine ScienZe. Before his show, we spoke with him about his Ella movement, positivity in hip-hop, and the movie 500 Days of Summer.

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Buster Poindexter Is All Around Us, Always

Categories: New York Dolls

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Buster Poindexter is a refined gentleman.
On Tuesday, October 21, at Café Carlyle, the great Buster Poindexter performs. Poindexter is best known for "Hot Hot Hot," the one song that subway-platform steel-drum performers play that isn't outrageously irritating, but -- far from the one-hit wonder he's sometimes chalked up to be -- his impact on pop culture is all around us. While even novice music trivia buffs might have some inkling of his punk-rock past, what may come as news is that Buster Poindexter (or his sometimes credited real name, David Johansen) has touched each of our lives in some capacity or another. Let's take a look at the ubiquity of Buster Poindexter.

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Farewell, Fan Landers

Categories: Fan Landers

Not Jessica Hopper
If you follow either her or Pitchfork on Twitter, you may have already guessed what's coming next: Fan Landers is no more. Its author, Jessica Hopper, has been hired out to greener pastures to tend more copy as Pitchfork's senior editor and editor in chief of its slick, new-ish print product, The Pitchfork Review. And though it pains us to say goodbye to her column, which has run every week in this space at the Voice for well over two years, we couldn't be happier for her.

Every week here she'd help bands sail the rough, unpredictable waters of the music industry with the kind of sage advice we desperately wished we'd had back when we were in a band, which was frequently our only note when she'd turn the column in every Monday -- "I wish there was a resource like this back in the day!" She's helped many an act in her time as Fan, whether she was advising them how to use Twitter, or how to better budget; she always shot straight and pulled no punches. Let's take a look back at some of our favorite Fan Landers columns, shall we?

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The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week - 10/20/14

Categories: Feature

The Allman Bros are taking over Beacon again. Not all of these dudes made it.
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

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Zola Jesus - Webster Hall - 10/19

Photo by DeShaun Craddock
Better Than: Being stranded in the Russian wilderness

As Zola Jesus, Nika Roza Danilova has spent six years honing a very singular craft that's mostly unlike anything else in music. Approaching her vocal performance squarely from a pop diva angle, she's often gone on to obscure or juxtapose it with moody, abrasive compositions that have earned her cred in goth and industrial scenes. Her releases on Sacred Bones Records all followed this formula, beginning in 2009 with The Spoils, then continuing through 2010's breakout Stridulum and its attendant EPs as well as 2011's Conatus. Each LP saw her advance from lo-fi bedroom recording to progressively polished, orchestral production, so it was fitting when she partnered with Australian avant-garde composer JG Thirwell to record neo-classical variations on her old material for last year's Versions. She's a performer who consistently thinks in terms of the bigger picture, and with her latest release, Taiga, Zola Jesus has gone full-blown panorama with an epic, wide-angle lens.

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The Iron Sheik Is Ready to Roast Everyone's Nuts

He will break your neck, make you humble.
No one can dish it out quite like the Iron Sheik. And, even though he's no longer in the ring, he's still smacking people down. The legendary Iron Sheik is more into giving a complete and total verbal lashing these days, and on October 30th, he'll be stepping into a different ring but still promises to deliver the ultimate beat down when he hosts "Roast Rumble: The Ultimate Insult Fest" at Carolines on Broadway. With your chance to see the legend in the flesh coming up, we got the details on what to expect from the event and then got him to roast a few people as well because, hey, it's only right. Right?

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