Last week kicked off City College New York's fifth annual Is Hip-Hop History Conference. An annual conference aimed at preserving and promoting hip-hop culture, this year's opening night was a celebration of the classic hip-hop film Beat Street's 30th anniversary. Along with event co-founders Elena Romero and Professor Warren Orange, on-hand was the night's keynote speaker, MC Sha-Rock of the legendary hip-hop group The Funky 4 + 1 as well as Beat Street screenwriter Steven Hagar.
Cel Garay/ Xcelphoto Steven Hagar, Sha Rock and DJ Breakout
In 2012, filmmaker Don Argott thought he had finished shooting his documentary on Virginia metal band Lamb of God when he got the call that lead singer Randy Blythe had been arrested while the band was on tour in the Czech Republic. Blythe was being held on charges of manslaughter for an incident that had occurred two years prior and was facing up to 10 years in prison. Argott's film was far from over.
Image provided by SpectiCast and 9.14 Pictures Randy Blythe in film As the Palaces Burn, directed by Don Argott
As the Palaces Burn has its NYC premiere Monday, March 3, at the Highline Ballroom. It chronicles the first leg of the 2012 tour and the dark turn of events that followed, including Blythe's trial. We discussed this unique rock documentary with both Argott and Blythe.More »
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Chris Speed, tenor saxophone; Jim Black, drums
Zachary Cale hails from Louisiana and speaks softly with a faint twang. A self described "a pale elfin dude with dark hair, likely wearing cowboy boots," his fourth release, Blue Rider, dropped last year, stunning folks with his twist on Americana and masterful finger-picking guitar style. As we sat at Ontario Bar, he absentmindedly tapped three acrylic nails on his pint, shyly talking about perseverance, sofas and why living outside of New York just isn't appealing.
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[Editor's note: Every week New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions, and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com]
Andrew ponders your questions. Photo by Ashley Eberbach
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I have serious trouble letting things go. For instance, I sold my first truck over two years ago and I still can't stop thinking about it and wondering if I should've kept it. And today, someone threw a bottle at my girlfriend's car, so I reacted by chucking some orange drink at them. Now, hours later, it's still bothering me. What advice can you give me on clearing my mind and letting things go?
- Cluttered Mind
Winter's winding down, Spring is on the wind, and Please Enjoy Responsibly is back to get you fired before you can even start dipping into that sweet, sweet 2014 vacation time. Plug in those over-priced, over-sized headphone, and let's get ourselves real, real gone.
Though best known for his house and hip-hop productions, Brooklyn's Todd Terry caught his break producing freestyle records like Giggles's "Love Letter" and Fascination's "Why You Wanna Go." Late last year, he returned with Freestyle Forever, a new LP of original songs, and in anticipation of Saturday's unrelated Freestyle Forever concert at Lehman College, we talked to Todd about clubbing in the '80s, breaking into production, and what makes freestyle so fun make.
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This weekend, The Vivian Girls play their very last shows ever. Their band was born in Brooklyn, so it's fitting that they're going to wrapping things up, there, too, with a pair of shows: one Saturday at Death By Audio and one Sunday at Baby's All Right.
Vivian Girls, breaking up after 7 years; photo by Arnaud Bianquis
The Vivian Girls: Katy "Kickball Katy" Goodman, Cassie Ramone, and Ali Koehler (originally Frankie Rose) were a big part of Brooklyn's now officially 100% dead DiY scene. Silly, punky, approachable, enjoyable, and strangely super appealing to young teenagers, the band was the absolute best of what Brooklyn had to offer in those days (2007 ~ 2010). The picture on their Wikipedia page is from Market Hotel, for god's sake.More »
"That song came out of watching a friend play music one night," says Mike Fiore of Boston band Faces on Film about the new song "Heartspeed." " [There is] something about how you can feel like you know someone through their songs, how you can be lulled into intimacy, how many different kinds of intimacy there are, and how many different ways there are to get there," he continues.
Courtesy of Crash Avenue // Credit: Michael Basu Faces on Film
Premiering here today, Fiore's track is an active but soothing piece that will be featured on the new album Elite Lines. The album will be self-released on the same day as Faces on Film's show at Rockwood Music Hall, which is a perfect excuse to hear the new tunes, pick up a copy and celebrate what's next for
After the jump, listen to the track and learn more about the show.