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Who Invited the New York Times to Stretch & Bob's Reunion Show?

Who Invited the New York Times to Stretch & Bob's Reunion Show?

It's ridiculous that anyone would read the New York Times for music coverage. Still the sad truth is that staff critic Jon Caramanica wields serious...
By Chris Faraone  |  February 13, 2011

Review: Thornton's Grille

Restaurants are notoriously difficult businesses to start up, with survival rates not unlike those of small countries with larger, hostile neighbors. But some people know how to put them together so they'll stick around awhile.
Giving people what they want
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 02, 2010

Label makers

To keep tabs on how Duck Down maintains its hardcore tradition despite also expanding with MTV-friendly acts like Kidz in the Hall, you need look no farther than Ruste Juxx and Marco Polo.
Ruste Juxx and Marco Polo talk Duck Down
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 16, 2010

Legends of Bucktown

Despite his notorious blunt-scented halitosis, Sean Price feels terrific these days.
Sean Price and the second coming of Duck Down
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 16, 2010

Ruste Juxx & Marco Polo | The Exxecution

I feel sorry for the mothers whose fake thug sons were shot and stabbed in the making of this album.
Duck Down (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 02, 2010

Ivory and ebony

Hip-hop will never be post-racial. Pigment plays a major role at every level, and that's not always a bad thing.
Jake One and Freeway aren't hip-hop's first multi-racial tag team
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010


Party like it’s 2010

Your usual lackadaisical approach to New Year's Eve — just see what happens and go with the flow — is not going to cut it this year. So to help you make this one count, here are some sure-thing NYE happenings, and some suggestions for the first day of '1
Get your New Year’s Eve on — and hit the ground running on New Year’s Day
By JIM MACNIE  |  January 01, 2010

Review: KRS-One and Buckshot | Survival Skills

Duck Down (2009)
Duck Down (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2009

Delay of game

Splinter Cell: Conviction , BioShock 2 , Heavy Rain — these are just some of the eagerly awaited titles that won't be coming to your video-game console this fall.
With some big names shelved, 10 releases to watch for this fall
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 18, 2009

Marco Polo and Torae | Double Barrel

Duck Down has reached beyond its Brooklyn-grounded rap roots in recent years, signing such acts as Kidz in the Hall and Boston's Special Teamz.
Duck Down (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 29, 2009

Keelay & Zaire | Ridin' High

Keelay and Zaire's tracks bounce lovelier than Joe Budden's girlfriend on that trampoline.
MM (2009)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 10, 2009


Brooklyn Academy | Bored Of Education

The stakes are treacherous when a group wait 13 years to drop a debut album.  
Gold Dust Media (2008)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 08, 2008

On edge

If a worldwide pandemic of sanity and accord suddenly swept across the continent, we’d not only have to deal without a follow-up to this year’s 4th Annual Fledgling Festival at Perishable Theatre.
Fledgling Festival’s feisty fare
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 13, 2008

Touched by grace

This, around November, when New England’s bones start to show — and I realized my heart was beating faster. The story had quickened my pulse.
Andre Dubus’s unending gifts
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  October 01, 2007

Environmentally yours

Environmental interest groups, Shellenberger and Nordhaus claimed, simply don’t dream big enough to address the multifaceted monster that is global warming.
Two new takes on global warming
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 24, 2007

''Things'' we love

Until I was 14, I spent nearly every Saturday evening wading through a wealth of antique objects in my grandmother’s small apartment in the Baltimore suburbs.
Writers extol sacred objects of everyday use — and uselessness
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  September 24, 2007


''Great Journeys''

Now that the jungle is withdrawing, and the wilderness is tenanted, the brief of the travel writer has altered somewhat.
From Marco Polo to Twain and Shackleton, with a bit of Pico Iyer
By JAMES PARKER  |  September 24, 2007

Singles scene

It’s old news: this series of tubes they call the Internet has revolutionized the way music is distributed.
Local bands dig in with digital
By WILL SPITZ  |  September 12, 2007

Certified Grooves

It’s clear from the first refrain of Joe South’s “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” that the Soul Band don’t fool around.
The Soul Band's blueprint for great R&B
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 17, 2006