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The first song on Petey Pablo’s first album is called “Petey Pablo.” He joins such illustrious acts as Motörhead (“Motörhead”), Black Sabbath (“Black Sabbath”), Voivod (“Voivod”), Saint Vitus (“Saint Vitus”) as artists who dared to begin their careers by hammering their names into your head with blunt-force repetition. Manowar, Overkill, Deicide, Metal Church, too, have all snuck songs named after themselves onto their debut records, and if I had to guess when Satan has...
The New York Mets are about to dive into a pennant race, hunting a chance to make it back to the World Series for the second straight year. However, baseball isn’t what’s going to be attracting thousands of fans to Citi Field this weekend; nope, instead, it'll be the inaugural edition of The Meadows festival, put on by Founders Entertainment. The festival, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday, focuses on hip-hop and indie...
There's a song on Jeremih's long-awaited new album Late Nights called "Impatient." It features Ty Dolla $ign--who released his own anticipated major label debut Free TC a few weeks ago--and offers us the thrilling contrast between two of R&B’s most powerful, pervasive forces. Jeremih builds this big fluttery song, like a breeze through a billowing curtain, and then Ty comes barreling in for just one verse, slamming that window shut. Jeremih is the public-facing...
I met David Shapiro outside his apartment in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, around 11 on a Wednesday morning. We shook hands, and he told me this was the first interview for his recently published novel, You’re Not Much Use to Anyone, that he’d done at home. Honored, I followed him up four flights to the sunny, quiet apartment he shares with two roommates. David Shapiro is not David Shapiro’s real name, but a pseudonym he adopted in...

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