New York

Bobby Shmurda Spent 2015 In Jail Without A Trial, And His Record Label Couldn’t Care Less

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Bobby Shmurda is still in jail. The 21-year-old East Flatbush native, born Ackquille Pollard, was arrested December 17, 2014, on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, multiple weapons possession, and reckless endangerment. His arrest was part of a 15-person, 69-count indictment that alleges he is the ringleader of a Crips branch known as GS9. Pollard plead not guilty on all counts, and his bail was set at $2m, likely due to the highly publicized seven-figure deal the rapper had just signed with Epic Records (a division of Sony Music).
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Sleater-Kinney, Market Hotel, and The Importance of DIY Spaces

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Last Wednesday, December 16, Sleater-Kinney played their last show of 2015. It was a raucous, sweaty set at a resurrected DIY venue in Bushwick, Brooklyn; the floors bowed and arms flailed as elevated subway trains rumbled past open windows. ’90s riot grrrl anthems resonated outward from the wedge-shaped building’s stage like a natural urban amphitheater. It was one of our favorite music experiences of 2015.
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The Dichotomy of Dance Music: A Weekend at the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

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This year’s edition of the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival highlighted just how broad the church of what we call “electronic music” is in 2015. With a bill encompassing everything from banging EDM to deep house, the diverse and often dichotomous nature of contemporary electronic music was on full display. Indeed, it was the dichotomies that left the most lasting impression: everywhere you looked, there were divisions. Divisions of gender, divisions of class, divisions of age. It made for a disjointed but often interesting festival experience, with new sounds to discover and familiar ones to dance to.
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Too Weird for Punk: New York No Wave Legend James Chance Keeps On Contorting Himself

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When No Wave was born in a loft in Chelsea in 1978, at the center of the avant-garde musical movement was an awkward white boy who worshipped at the altar of James Brown. Born James Siegfried but known as James Chance or James White, he moved to New York at 22 years old in 1975, and never looked back. And while he’s lost a few strands of hair and gained a few pounds, he’s still contorting himself, and inspiring others to do the same.
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Blood, Booze, and Debauchery: A Night at the ‘Blade’ Blood Rave with The Crystal Method

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1998’s Blade predates the current comic book movie craze by a couple of years. The R-rated adaptation of the vampire-hunting comic set the high-water mark for the many vampire-related projects that would follow in the next two decades. The opening scene — in which Traci Lords leads an unsuspecting victim to an underground vampire rave where blood rains from the fire sprinklers — has become iconic, and gave new life to New Order’s “Confusion.”
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Chernobyl and Its Radiant Creative Culture Lures New Yorkers

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It started with a Geiger counter. Just as the Girls tour of Greenpoint generated buzz about that secluded, environmental hazard-plagued, northern nook of Brook, the Chernobyl Diaries tour of Chernobyl has already begun generating excitement and lifting the stigma surrounding the abandoned nuclear power plant and its environs. As they may or may not say in real estate, “it was only a matter of time.”
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